Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 12th, 2012

Octomom…, ‘inspiration p*rn’ shame…, bargain…., Homeless couple finds $10,000…, The second-year York psychology student…, The raccoons…,  Cool Down…, BMW at Hooters…, 10 Things Most Americans…, specific…and hard to obtain…barbecue chips…

1. The woman known as “Octomom” is facing a lawsuit after backing out of a deal to strip at a Florida club.

The woman known as “Octomom” is facing a lawsuit after backing out of a deal to strip at a Florida club. T’s Lounge in West Palm Beach has sued Nadya Suleman, who had agreed to dance topless in eight shows that were to begin Wednesday. The club is seeking an emergency injunction to keep her from appearing at a competing club.

2. We’re not here for your inspiration: “Pictures of people with disabilities going about our everyday lives posted on facebook and twitter as ‘inspiration p*rn’ shame and objectify those of us they pretend to represent.” 

You’ve heard of him, I’m sure. He’s the one who said “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” You know, that quote that’s plastered all over pictures of disabled people doing completely normal things and shared far and wide on social media. Hamilton is a figure skater who has had cancer more than once and has survived after lots of treatment. Good for him. Although how it qualifies him to make such a bold sweeping statement about disability, I can’t quite grasp. I’ll get to that in a moment. Firstly, I want to address the images that his slogan so often accompanies.

3. There should be more gyms like this. Run to old people to help them and get in shape in the bargain.

GoodGym provides meaningful ways to exercise.  It connects people who want to get fit with physical tasks that need to be done, and which benefit the community.  We can do anything from shifting rubble, and planting gardens to making deliveries and friendly visits to older people. Group runs: We run regular group runs during which we stop and help local community organisations. Over the past year we’ve cleared land for a community garden, moved rubble, tided up community centres, shifted soil on allotments, helped a school to make a new vegetable patch, moved books around the library and decorated community centres for Christmas.

4. Homeless couple finds $10,000, turns it in to police.

A homeless Brazilian couple that lives under the bridges of Sao Paulo found a garbage bag filled with 20,000 reals ($10,000) on a sidewalk Monday – and promptly turned it into the police.

5. “The second-year York psychology student was thrust into the online limelight after she accidentally emailed a picture of Nicolas Cage to a job posting rather than her resumé.”

The second-year York psychology student was thrust into the online limelight after she accidentally emailed a picture of Nicolas Cage to a job posting rather than her resumé. Since then, she’s had a taste of celebrity herself. “Now I Google my name and it comes up as a Washington Post article,” Hojda told the Star.

6. The raccoons have had enough.

A Washington state woman says she was attacked and bitten by raccoons after her dog chased several of the animals up a tree. Michaela Lee had just finished jogging in Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park on Monday when her dog got loose. When she went to grab the dog’s leash, several other raccoons started to scratch her legs, chased her for about 75 feet, knocked her down and bit her.

7. Cool Down With A Hot Drink? It’s Not As Crazy As You Think

Hot tea on a hot day? Not for me, thank you. Not my idea of how to cool down. But I’ve been doing a series of stories for Morning Edition called Summer Science, where I tackle such subjects as how to roast the perfect marshmallow and what causes that sharp headache some people get when they eat ice cream. For my next installment,Morning Edition Executive Producer Madhulika Sikka asked me to explain why drinking hot tea cools you off on a hot day.

 8. Burke man gives away his BMW at Hooters

In another age, loaning your car to complete strangers and telling them to just bring it back the next day would have had a happy ending. Doing it recently at the Hooters restaurant in Fairfax City? Not so much. A 46-year-old Burke man reported to police that he was inside the Hooters on Route 50 on a Saturday evening last month when a couple came in and asked him for directions. The couple further revealed the heartbreaking development that they were on their way to a wedding when their vehicle broke down, Fairfax City Sgt. Joe Johnson said.

9. 10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America

Imagine you have a brother and he’s an alcoholic. He has his moments, but you keep your distance from him. You don’t mind him for the occasional family gathering or holiday. You still love him. But you don’t want to be around him. This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment.

 10. Canadian police from 3 different departments converge to stop thieves from stealing “specific…and hard to obtain…barbecue chips.”

In the quiet town of Saanich (located in the British Columbia province of Canada), two University of Victoria students were drunkenly wandering home at around 3:00 AM. Their journey was interrupted, however, when the pair noticed a garage door that was open to one of the residences along the street. Inside was something that apparently no drunk Canadian is able to resist: Zellers BBQ Potato Chips.

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