Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

Theater worker sees man carry gun…, flying bee…, Poop Strong…, Zombies…, Ungrateful hitchhiker…, Man assaults live-in girlfriend…, Man falls asleep crashes car…, Puzzling Heritage…, Here comes the awkward family…, Prototype hover bike…1. Theater worker sees man carry gun into Dark Knight screening; cops arrive and ask whoever has the gun to stand up…three men do.

Despite a sign prohibiting weapons, police said three people had brought guns into a movie theater Friday night where the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” was showing. According to the Herald Citizen, all of the gun carriers had permits. Police said the movie was stopped briefly and officers entered the Carmike Highland Cinemas on South Jefferson Avenue around 9 p.m.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

2. Darwin’s finest.

Alex Bowden, 23, of Wagaman, Darwin, put a spinning “flying bee” winged firework in his butt crack during a party at on Saturday night and his mate lit the fuse. “I had a few lads up from Queensland and I had to put on a good show,” he told the NT News from his hospital bed.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

3. Student launches “Poop Strong” campaign to pay for colon cancer treatments after being dropped by insurer

Talk about making the best of a crappy situation. Arijit Guha, a 31 year-old PhD student at Arizona State University, was in a financial mess when he was suddenly diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer — and then quickly hit the $300,000 maximum ceiling on his Aetna insurance plan. 

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

 4. ‘Zombies’ show up to counter Westboro Baptist Church protestors

After reading this story, you may begin to see zombies in a whole new light. While they get a lot of criticism for their love of human flesh, it turns out that some zombies also go out of their way to support the troops. The West boro Baptist Church had recently announced that it would be holding one of its protest soutside the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in DuPont, Washington. But last Friday, the controversial group was met with a far larger group of counter protestersdressed as zombies.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012



5. Ungrateful hitchhiker allegedly steals car, wrecks it

A hitchhiker allegedly stole a car in which he’d been given a free ride and destroyed it by crashing into several other vehicles. Some kindly folks had agreed not only to give the hitcher a lift from a shopping mall car park, but also let him chill out in their ride while they did a little shopping. But this act of charity and good faith became something of a cry for help (as in, “Help me, I’m an idiot!”) when they left the keys in the ignition.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

6. Man assaults live-in girlfriend after seeing a Facebook photo of a guy he thought she was planning an affair with. It was a Mitt Romney campaign photo.

Lowell Turpin, 40, “angrily demanded to know who the male was,” reported Anderson County Sheriff’s Department investigators. Crystal Gray, 38, “replied that it was a picture of Mitt Romney.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

 7. Man falls asleep, crashes car, catches field on fire, escapes, flags down traffic for help, gets hit by semi, and lives. 

An Idaho man who was able to escape a fiery car crash suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck by a semitrailer as he tried to flag down help. The Idaho State Police says 37-year-old Patrick Grimm of Pocatello was eastbound on Interstate 84 east of Boise at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday when he fell asleep at the wheel. His car went off the road, through a fence and came to rest about 300 yards off the road, starting a fire that burned about 10 acres.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

8. The Word ‘Fart’ And Its Puzzling Heritage

Fart looks like a product of our time, but it has existed since time immemorial. Even the nuances have not been lost: one thing is to break wind loudly (farting); quite a different thing is to do it quietly (the now obscure “fisting”). (This fist has nothing to do with fist “clenched fingers” and consequently isn’t related to fisting, a sexual activity requiring, as we are warned, great caution and a lot of tender experience. This reminds me of the instruction Sergei Prokofiev gave to his First Piano Concerto: “Col pugno,” that is ‘with a fist’.)

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

9. Here comes the awkward family get-togethers… Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Is Now a Google Employee

In what may make for awkward family get-togethers, Mark Zuckerberg‘s sister, Arielle, is now a Google employee. The younger Zuckerberg is presumably making the move as part of Google’s acquisition of Wildfire Interactive, which was announced on Tuesday. Arielle’s blog lists her occupation as junior product manager for the social media marketing firm. Arielle previously offered constructive criticism of her brother’s company’s site overhaul last fall.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012

10. Prototype hoverbike could soar to 3km altitude at 173mph

An Australian chap named Chris Malloy has built a hoverbike from motorbike parts, which he claims can fly at 173mph at an altitude of 3,000 metres. Those are theoretical figures for the time being, because it hasn’t flown too far yet. Instead they’re based on the device’s thrust-to-weight ratio, which is extremely high thanks to how little weight it carries. It consists almost solely of a pair of massive propellers, powered by a central 1170cc four-stroke engine with a seat on top. The fuel tank contains enough juice to give it a range of 92 miles at a cruising speed of 92 mph.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – Aug 01st, 2012