Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

A flower with 80,000 volts…, awesome tip…, illegal…, Michigan house for months…, Live World War II…, Train hits vehicle…, Encyclopedia Brown…, Russian roulette…, Slurpee machines…, Architect creates real-life adventure/puzzle…1. A flower with 80,000 volts running through it

These extraordinary images reveal what happens when electrical surges pass through a metal board with a simple plant on top. Photographer Robert Buelteman sends 80,000 volts through his flowery subjects and then literally paints photographs of the outcome. In three awe-inspiring series, the 55-year-old uses roses, petunias, and even cannabis in mind-blowing detail to give an extraordinary view of ordinary plant-life.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

2. A Kentucky man’s final wish goes viral, raises thousands for ‘awesome tip’

Aaron Collins was only in his 20s. But something, his family and friends say, made him outline three things he wanted when he died: to repay his parents any debt he may have owed, to give a homeless person some money and to leave “an awesome tip” for a waiter or waitress. “I’m not talking about 25%. I mean $500 for a … pizza,” Collins wrote in his will, according to his brother.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

3. Casino loses $1.5 million during game in which they forgot to shuffle the cards; they are now suing to get the “illegal” winnings back.

Some gamblers are demanding an apology from the Golden Nugget Atlantic City and payment of what they argue are legitimate winning bets from a game of mini-baccarat. The Golden Nugget, however, has responded with a lawsuit that claims it unfairly lost more than $1.5 million because the mini-baccarat cards were not shuffled. The casino wants the court to declare the game illegal and order 14 gamblers to return their “purported winnings.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

 4. A woman said she kept the dead body of her companion in a chair in their southern Michigan house for months because she didn’t want to be alone.

A woman said she kept the dead body of her companion in a chair in their southern Michigan house for months because she didn’t want to be alone. Linda Chase, 72, said she kept the remains of Charles Zigler clean and dressed and talked to the body while watching NASCAR on television.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012



5. Live World War II grenade found at estate sale

Shoppers rummaging for deals at an estate sale in Fennville, Michigan, (a city of around 1,500 residents) were shocked to stumble upon a live World War II grenade on Saturday. One shopper actually purchased the grenade thinking it was a replica and was told by another person at the estate sale that it was instead, a live grenade. The live grenade was reported to proper authorities and was then placed on the side of the street by someone at the estate sale.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

 6. Train hits vehicle driving down tracks

The Ector County Sheriffs Office responded to a car/train collision at approximately 10:04 p.m. Saturday night. The  wreck occurred in the area of East Highway 80 across from the area of the Great Value Inn. It is believed the vehicle had entered from the area of Truck and Cargo Street and went around the barriers and onto a secondary set of  train tracks that are South that run parallel to the main tracks on East Highway 80.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

7. Donald J. Sobol, author of the best-selling “Encyclopedia Brown” books, has died at age 87.

Donald J. Sobol, author of the “Encyclopedia Brown” series that captured the imaginations of children across the world, died Monday, the Publishers Weekly Twitter account announced. He was 87. Circumstances of Sobol’s death were unclear; Publishers Weekly posted a brief tweet that Sobol died. “‘Encyclopedia Brown’ creator Donald J. Sobol has died, at age 87,” was the terse announcement from Publishers Weekly, posted at 10:04 a.m. EST.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

8. Animal rights activists are offering San Francisco $10,000 to halt its plan to pay panhandlers to take care of unwanted pups, saying the city’s idea is tantamount to playing “Russian roulette” with the pets

Animal rights activists are offering San Francisco $10,000 to halt its plan to pay panhandlers to take care of unwanted pups, saying the city’s idea is tantamount to playing “Russian roulette” with the pets. In a sharply worded letter to Mayor Ed Lee, PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – called the paid-pet partner idea “a disastrous plan that will come back to haunt the city.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

 9. 7-Eleven now selling mashed potatoes and chicken gravy from Slurpee machines

The 7-Eleven convenience store chain is now featuring a Slurpee-type machine that dispenses mashed potatoes and gravy. The Huffington Post on Monday confirmed that the Maggi mashed potato vending machines were beginning to show up in stores in the U.S. For a dollar, you can get a generous helping of mashed potatoes. And then you can wash it down with a Big Gulp for only a dollar more.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012

10. Architect creates real-life adventure/puzzle game in Manhattan mansion without telling his clients.

THINGS are not as they seem in the 14th-floor apartment on upper Fifth Avenue. At first blush the family that occupies it looks to be very much of a type. The father, Steven B. Klinsky, 52, runs a private equity company; the mother, Maureen Sherry, 44, left her job as a managing director for Bear Stearns to raise their four young children (two boys and two girls); and the dog, LuLu, is a soulful Lab mix rescued from a pound in Louisiana.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 17th, 2012