Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 25th 2012

Texas prom queen arrested for faking…, care home resident being repeatedly slapped…,  a space program for the country…, Ghosts of WWII…, Dating Website…, Woman in her 40s collapses…, S*x-for-Hire Robots…, Hasbro faces boycott after siccing lawyers…, Brain dead mom gives birth to twins…, Perthshire village of Dull…

1. Texas prom queen arrested for faking terminal cancer to rake in $17,000 in donations

A Texas prom queen whose fellow students donated more than $17,000 to her charity has been arrested and accused of faking cancer. ABC affiliate KVIA reports that 19-year-old Angie Gomez faces a felony charge and is being held on a $50,000 bond after being arrested on Friday.

2. Secret camera films care home resident being repeatedly slapped 

Jane Worroll hid a camera in an alarm clock in her 80-year-old mother Maria’s room at Ash Court Care Centre in Kentish Town, London, after becoming concerned.

3. In 1964, a Zambian grade-school science teacher single-handedly, and unilaterally, created a space program for his country.

4. Ghosts of WWII. (Reichstag Berlin)

5. The Dating Website Where Rich People Take Pretty People on Fancy Vacations, Which Is 100% Definitely Not Prostitutey at All

Attractive people. Why should they have to “pay for stuff” and “get jobs”? Haven’t attractive people suffered enough, what with all the not-being-taken-seriously-as-scientists-in-movies and having-to-wear-fake-glasses-to-get-promotions? I’m getting choked up just thinking about it.

6. Woman in her 40s collapses at a restaurant called “Heart Attack Grill” while eating “a double bypass burger, smoking cigarettes and having a margarita.”

The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas has lived up to its name, yet again.  A woman is recovering after she collapsed at the restaurant Saturday night. The woman, a Las Vegas resident in her 40s, was eating a double bypass burger, smoking cigarettes and having a margarita, said the restaurant’s owner, Jon Basso.

7. S*x-for-Hire Robots Predicted by 2050

Will this be the future of luxury bachelor and bachelorette parties? Maybe it’s something you could get your grandkids. By 2050, bordellos will offer for-hire s*x robots for disease- and guilt-free pleasure, according to a new scientific paper.

8. Hasbro faces boycott after siccing lawyers onto fan site – Hasbro manager offers free samples to blogger only to use the address offered to come after him

US-based toy multinational Hasbro is embroiled in a damaging Internet scandal after it marshalled henchmen representing global lawyers Baker & McKenzie to take aim at an online fan for posting photos of his favourite Hasbro Nerf guns.

9. Brain dead mom gives birth to twins while on life support

Christine Bolden of Muskegon, Mich., had called her brother Vance Terrell on the last day of February to tell him she had picked out baby names for her twin boys she was pregnant with, choosing to call them Nicholas and Alexander, Michigan news site mlive.com reported. The next day on March 1, Bolden collapsed while leaving a Grand Rapids building with her 3-year-old son and boyfriend. Her family would never speak to her again.

10. Perthshire village of Dull wants to forge ties with US town of Boring

The potential link between the two places was the brainchild of Perthshire resident Elizabeth Leighton, who passed through Boring while on a cycling holiday. Boring is to consider Dull’s request to become a “sister community”.

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