Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 19th, 2012

25 y/o Lied His Way Into MSNBC…,  South African poachers…, A man builds illegal house…,  Stephen Gough walks free…,  Dr. Gonzo…, Burger King employee…, Florida burglar unable to break…, Grow Cannabis Without THC…, The Audition…, Giant Female Mecha Overrun…1. 25 y/o Lied His Way Into MSNBC, ABC News, The New York Times and More

Ryan Holiday could be called an “expert.” As head of marketing for American Apparel, an online strategist for Tucker Max, andself-styled “media manipulator,” he can talk social media and modern advertising with the best of them – he’s done so both online and in print on countless occasions. He is not an expert in barefoot running, investing, vinyl records, or insomnia. But he is a liar.

2. South African poachers killed 281 rhinos so far in 2012

Poachers in South Africa have killed 281 rhinos so far this year, with the world-famous Kruger National Park accounting for over half the killings, authorities said Tuesday. “The Kruger National Park has lost a total of 164 rhinos to illegal killings,” the environment department said in a statement.

3. A man builds illegal house in middle of wildlife reserve where he lived there secretly for more than a year

In a surprise finding Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD) found that three men were living in an illegally created handmade hut in the Tujunga Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary near Pasadena. Even more surprising is the fact that one of these men, Robert Downs (51 years old) claims to be living in LA Country Park for more than a year’s duration.

 4. Stephen Gough walks free from prison after six years locked up for refusing to wear clothes.

The 53-year-old said he was looking forward to seeing his children for the first time in years. A n*ked Mr Gough was spoken to by police as he was freed from Perth Prison, but was allowed to go on his way in an apparent shift in policy from Tayside Police.

 5. Dr. Gonzo would have been 75 today. There he goes, one of God’s own prototypes

HST, or Dr. Gonzo, would have turned 75 on July 18, 2012. Thanks to his prolific career as a columnist, reporter, author and media darling, his words live on. Here he is as the anti-Big Brother, pro-libertarian, pro-gun, liberal kook that made him a national treasure from the late sixties until his suicide in 2005.


 6. Burger King employee stomps on lettuce, posts photo, gets busted

An Ohio Burger King employee who posted a photo of himself stomping on bins of lettuce served to customers was tracked down by the users of popular online image board 4chan. Hypervocal reports that the unnamed employee was careless when he posted the photo of himself stepping in two bins of lettuce destined for customers’ burgers and salads. He didn’t bother to remove the embedded GPS data from the images, and it took livid 4chan users less than 15 minutes to identify the location of the Mayfield Heights Burger King where the man worked.

7. Florida burglar unable to break into Pizza Hut cash register; steals 2 cases of mozzarella cheese instead.

On June 9, 2012 at 2:00 AM, a burglar decided that a local Pizza hut would be an excellent place to grab some quick cash. This decision was probably made with great haste or while heavily intoxicated due to a couple of factors:

8. Grow Cannabis Without THC? Man.. That Is Just Ugly! 

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan have identified the process that marijuana plants use to create tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the active ingredient in pot that gets smokers high —and say it could help breeders create pot plants that contain no traces of the drug and can be freely used in fibres or pharmaceuticals.

9. The Audition – You have 10 minutes to impress a Boston Symphony Orchestra selection committee

It’s close to 5 o’clock on a late afternoon in January when Mike Tetreault, a tall, lanky redhead, turns off Massachusetts Avenue and enters Symphony Hall through a side door. He checks in with the security guard and then heads for the basement, wrestling with more than 150 pounds of gear (mallets, snare drums, tambourines) in a backpack and a roller bag. The rest of the instruments he’ll need tonight will be supplied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He’s an hour and a half early.

 10. Giant Female Mecha Overrun the Streets of Tokyo

Not only that, the mecha have taken over a robot restaurant with the clever name “Robot Restaurant”. Wait, you say, Tokyo doesn’t already have a robot restaurant? As of tonight, it most certainly does. Tonight, Robot Restaurant opens in Shinjuku.