Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012

Girl, age 9, dies after being forced to run for three hours …, Comfortable…, Woman accused of hiring hit man to kill random fur-wearer…, Most Young People Buy Smartphones…, Guitars which are vintage, rare…, Seinfeld actor in critical condition…, Meanwhile in Dubai…, It can prevent a tsunami…, Nebraska woman is auctioning a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget…, Convicts marry in rare jail wedding…,

1. Girl, 9, dies after being forced to run for three hours as punishment – Grandmother and stepmother in Alabama face murder charges after girl was forced to run for lying about eating candy 

Roger Simpson said he saw a little girl running outside her home but did not give it a second thought. Police said he witnessed a murder in progress. Authorities said nine-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours as punishment for lying to her grandmother, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard, about eating sweets. Severely dehydrated, the girl had a seizure and died days later. Her grandmother and stepmother are now facing murder charges.

Etowah County Board of Education photograph of Savannah Hardin

2. Comfortable

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012

3. Woman accused of hiring hit man to kill random fur-wearer

A self-proclaimed animal rights activist in Ohio has been charged with soliciting a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur, either by shooting the individual or slitting his or her throat. Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, is accused of creating a phony Facebook profile with the intention of contacting a would-be killer, according to the affidavit filed in an Ohio district court.

Meredith Marie Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is charged with a federal count of solicitation to commit murder.

4. Even on $15,000 a Year, Most Young People Buy Smartphones

When a twentysomething’s budget is tight, her smartphone is far from the first expense to go, suggests a new study from Nielsen. The survey of 20,000 U.S. mobile customers found that smartphone ownership skews toward the young and the wealthy — exactly as you’d expect.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012

5. Guitars which are vintage, rare, owned and played by rock stars

Guitars which are vintage, rare, owned and played by rock stars and guitar gods are sold for prices that earn them the status of being the most expensive in the world. Our focus here remains the price and the novelty values in the guitar that makes them unique and a collector’s edition.



Most expensive guitars

6. Seinfeld actor in critical condition after shooting himself in the head

Former Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen was left fighting for life after shooting himself in the head in an apparent suicide attempt. Von Bargen – who played Mr Kruger in the hit U.S. comedy – called 911 himself and told the operator he had shot himself in the head on Monday morning.

Seinfeld star Daniel von Bargen in critical condition after shooting himself in the head

7. Meanwhile in Dubai 

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012

 8. It can prevent a tsunami, save your marriage, and stop a suicide, but what is it? It is a light emitting diode

It can prevent a tsunami, save your marriage, and stop a suicide, but what is it? It is a light emitting diode. Such a statement will of course meet with raised eyebrows and unbridled scepticism yet it contains no word of a lie. Read on to find out just how a LED can save your life.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012

9. Nebraska woman auctioning off a Chicken McNugget that she says looks like George Washington 

A Nebraska woman is auctioning a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget that she believes resembles President George Washington. The Sioux City Journal says Rebekah Speights, of Dakota City, Neb., is selling the presidential McNugget on eBay to raise money for a church summer camp.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012

10. Convicts marry in rare jail wedding

A convict on death row and a woman jailed for 32 years have tied the knot in a rare jail wedding in Orange County, US. The bride Marissa Star Bilotti, 20, is serving a 32-year sentence for helping a former boyfriend shoot and kill a man in 2010. She is charged with first-degree murder, burglary, and robbery

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 24th 2012