Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

Birthplace of NASCAR is now a gay bar…, What Happens to the Coke…, Why the German manufacturing sector is highly efficient…, Human Carpet in New York City …, Nepalese man named shortest ever…, Loo with a view…, Little Britain star Matt Lucas quits Twitter after teen’s jibes about his dead lover…, Rejected Cartoons by: Don Hertzfeldt…, Oscars 2012 – The Real Winners and Losers…, Just warming up…,

1. Birthplace of NASCAR is now a gay bar

The penthouse where NASCAR was founded in 1947 is now a gay bar. Back then, Bill France Sr. walked into the four-story, art deco Streamline Hotel and, in a series of meetings, laid out the rules and regulations of what would become the nation’s most popular racing organization.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

2. What Happens to the Coke in Coca-Cola?

In 1886, the city of Atlanta passed a short-lived law prohibiting the sale and/or manufacture of alcohol. In response, a pharmacist named John Pemberton created a faux wine, mixing together fruit flavors with extracts from kola nuts (caffeine) and coca leaves (cocaine). He dispensed it via soda fountains—at the time, carbonated water was believed to have medicinal benefit—and with that, Coca-Cola was born.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

3. Why the German manufacturing sector is highly efficient

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

4. Great article about a Human Carpet in New York City 

A MAN walks into a bar. He’s carrying a carpet under his arm. He wraps himself in the carpet, lies on the floor, covers his face and waits for people to step on him. A sign taped to the bar reads: “Step on carpet.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

5. Nepalese man named shortest ever in history

A Nepalese man who stands no taller than a newborn has been declared the world’s shortest man in history. Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who says he’s 72, earned the title with a height of 54.6 centimeters (21.5 inches), Guinness World Records announced Sunday.



Chandra Bahadur Dangi displays two Guinness World Records certificates: for shortest man ever and shortest man living.

 6. Loo with a view (pics)

This looks like the perfect place to take time out when the economy is going down the toilet. Because this loo with a view sits on the boardroom floor of the Frankfurt  headquarters of Commerzbank in Germany. Bank staff feeling flushed with success can look out across the country’s financial capital while using the urinals.

Dizzying heights: The men's loos on 49th floor of Commerzbank HQ

7. Little Britain star Matt Lucas quits Twitter after teen’s jibes about his dead lover

Comic Matt Lucas has quit Twitter in disgust after a Northern Ireland teenager apparently made fun of his ex-partner’s suicide. The Little Britain star (37) announced his decision in a final message to his 566,200 followers after the 16-year-old tweeted a joke about Kevin McGee.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

8. Ok, this is old but when I saw the Kids React to asdf movies I immediately thought of this… It needs more 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJYxCSXjhLI

9.  Oscars 2012 – The Real Winners and Losers

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony has ended with The Artistwalking away the biggest winner. The film won Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Music and Best Director. In a sign of the times, the studios had very little presences in the winners circle. The Artist was directed, produced by and starred French folks (though it was the only Best Picture nominee actually filmed in Los Angeles) and was distributed by The Weinstein Company.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012

 10. Just warming up for batting practice…

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – February 27th 2012