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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 12th 2012

Man Has 50 Credit Cards, 6 Real Planets That Put Science Fiction to Shame, Osama Bin Laden urged his children get a University Education, Maker of 5 Hour Energy Drink Is a Billionaire Buddhist Monk, Woman with Cow’s tail, Cat eating Corn-on-the-Cob, The funniest Animation, The politics of Cleavage and a Glance, The “Forever Alone” Valentines Day Bundle, Masks Acrylic Slabs turned into a beautiful fern-like fractals…

1. This Man Has 50 Credit Cards

Scott Bilker first applied for a credit card in the late ’80s when he realized he would need to borrow money to pay his tuition bills. His efforts to avoid paying interest and score better deals quickly got him a very fat wallet. According to Bilker, banks rarely turned him down thanks to his perfect payment history.

Scott Bilker

2.  6 Real Planets That Put Science Fiction to Shame

George Lucas dreamed up planets with two suns and cloud cities, and Gene Roddenberry invented dozens of worlds that were all suspiciously similar to the Southern California desert. But as actual space exploration advances and we start to learn what’s really on the surface of those distant worlds, it becomes increasingly clear that our imagination has no chance of competing with the jaw-dropping, pants-peeing craziness outer space is capable of cooking up.

3.  Slain Al-Qaeda Chief Osama Bin Laden Urged his children to Go live Peacefully in the West and Get a University Education

Slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden urged his children to go live peacefully in the West and get a university education, his brother-in-law said in an interview published Sunday. Bin Laden was killed in a commando raid in May 2011 by US Navy SEALS at a house in the garrison town of Abbottabad, northwest Pakistan, where he had been living for several years.

4. Turns Out the Maker of 5 Hour Energy Drink Is a Billionaire Buddhist Monk 

“A Buddhist monk” would not be the first guess from most people when asked who invented the5-Hour Energy drink. But Forbes reporter Clare O’Conner discovered that’s exactly who is behind the phenomenon that has a 90%-near monopoly of the energy shot market.

5.  Movie buzz mounts for woman with Cow’s tail

News of the fantasy thriller ‘Thale’ has intrigued movie buffs worldwide ever since a trailer with English-language subtitles appeared two weeks ago. The woman reveals herself to be a huldra, a secretive figure in Scandinavian folklore with the body and facial features of a beautiful woman and the tail of a cow.

6. Cat Eating Corn-on-the-Cob, 1951

7. This woman makes the funniest Animations

8. Busted – the politics of Cleavage and a Glance

A young man and woman are having a friendly chat after a yoga class. The fresh-faced blonde seems totally relaxed but then she freezes. ”Did you just look at my chest,” she asks angrily, arms firmly folded…

For your eyes only . . . some women dress provocatively but bristle if the wrong man shows he enjoys the display.

9. The “Forever Alone” Valentines Day Bundle

10. Acrylic fractal art made by bombarding slabs of plastic in a particle accelerator

Todd Johnson’s Shockfossils are “multimillion volt Lichtenberg figures in acrylic.” He masks acrylic slabs with lead and then rents time on a commercial particle accelerator and the result are beautiful, fern-like fractals.

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