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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 10th 2012

Cloud tsunami…, the world’s oldest Nintendo player, Na*ed Burglar Was Smeared in Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Spank the Cat, 21,000-square-foot Jamesburg Earth Station, the hardest job in Iraq…, Nicolas Cage: I’m not a vampire…, Meanwhile, in Romania, Women Cyclists Claim They’d Give Up S*x Before Cycling, Tesla unveils Model-X: battery-powered SUV with falcon-wing doors…

1. Cloud tsunami over Panama City, Florida 

A misty “tsunami” has hit the coastline of Panama City, Florida, USA. A helicopter pilot managed to capture rare phenomenon. JR Hott, who makes his living, flying tourists in a helicopter over the city and the Gulf of Mexico, took photos of clouds of fog developing over buildings while hovering over Panama City’s coastline.

Image by Facebook user JR Hott, Panhadale Helicopters

2. Is this Britain’s oldest gamer? Gran, 100, is Nintendo queen

Kathleen Kit Connell, a 100-year-old woman from East Renfrewshire in Scotland, however, has gone beyond the old age proclivities (inhibitions rather) and has joined up the league of avid Nintendo freaks, with a perceptible difference. According to World Records Academy, she is the world’s oldest Nintendo player.

World's oldest Nintendo player

3. Na*ed Burglar Was Smeared in Peanut Butter, Chocolate

Here we have the delectable, yet disturbing case of Andrew Toothman, who might go downin the annals of crime as “The Human Reese’s Cup.” He broke into a Neon, Kentucky supermarket, but took no money. Nor did he head for the expensive meat aisle or explore the depths of the lobster tank. No, Andrew had an entirely different agenda in mind.

 4. Spank the Cat

5. 21,000 Square Feet of Cold War Memories for Sale, Satellite Dish Included

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the ultimate gift for the Dr. Strangelove in your life: the 21,000-square-foot Jamesburg Earth Station, a satellite relay base from the 1960s that was built to survive a nuclear attack. Perched on a remote hillside overlooking the Ventana Wilderness here on California’s Central Coast, it is a white elephant that costs $3 million, a tech-lover’s paradise on 161 acres equipped with a 97-foot satellite dish.

 

6. I ♥ Iraq – How the country’s tourism minister makes the hard sell 

THE MAN WITH the hardest job in Iraq works out of a warren of cluttered Baghdad offices lined with calendars from 2008 (“Iraq’s Year of Progress and Reintegration”) and yellowing ads touting the city’s finest pre-war hotels. His name is Liwass Semeism and he is Iraq’s minister of tourism and antiquities, charged with persuading foreigners that a country beset by years of brutal warfare and political instability is the perfect place for their next vacation.

7. Nicolas Cage: I’m not a vampire

A Civil War-era photograph featuring a man with more than a passing resemblance to Nicolas Cage had the Internet buzzing last year when it appeared on eBay. On Thursday night’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” the actor chimed in on the image and addressed the ridiculous rumor that the man in the photo might actually be him.

8. Meanwhile, in Romania

9. Women Cyclists Claim They’d Give Up S*x Before Cycling 

58% of women from a survey of 5,000 cyclists said they would choose cycling over s*x if they had to abandon one of these two pleasures for a month. Bicycling’s 2012 “Reader’s Choice” poll is intended to offer a glimpse into the minds of cyclists, covering everything from “motivation to movies, food to fashion, endurance to embarrassment, and of course, how they feel about s*x vs. cycling.” But then again, are we pressed to make this strange either/or choice? Probably not very likely.

10. Tesla unveils Model-X: battery-powered SUV with falcon-wing doors 

Tesla Motors unveiled a prototype of its third vehicle, the Model X, here at the company’s design studios. Elon Musk, the chief executive of the electric-vehicle start-up, said the crossover-like car would enter production in late 2013.

Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors, with the Model X prototype on Thursday.

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