Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

Model T…, shape shifting goat…, YouTube restores Obama videos…, Dolphin photographed…, embarrassing…, The Distressing World…, Changing gears…, victim…, Two days ago I purchased…, Kim Dotcom’s Baffling…1. The Evolution of The Car: From ‘Model T’ to ‘EV’

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

2. Nigerian police arrest shapeshifting goat

A police spokesman in Kwara State has been quoted as saying that the “armed robbery suspect” would remain in custody until investigations were over. But another police spokesman told the BBC the goat was being held in case its owner claimed it.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

3. YouTube restores Obama videos, refuses to explain takedown policies 

Four YouTube videos that had apparently been taken down earlier this week due to dubious copyright claims by the music publisher BMG Rights Management have once again become available to American audiences. The videos showed President Obama singing the opening line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” One of the videos, released by the Mitt Romney campaign, used the clip to portray President Obamaas too friendly with political donors. The others were news coverage of his appearance at the Apollo Theater earlier this year.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

 4. Dolphin photographed carrying the broken body of its baby in heartbreaking ritual

While a boat full of tourists watched the heartbreaking scene, the baby dolphin slipped from its mother’s back five times as she battled against the tide. But on each occasion, she plucked it from the waves and continued her lonely voyage. The dolphin was thought to be moving her dead calf away from the shore to lay it to rest in deeper water. A large gash, approximately a foot long, was visible across the calf’s belly.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

5. Microsoft fixes embarrassing code string – 0xB16B00B5 – after developers labelled it “big boobs”

The hexadecimal string 0xB16B00B5 was discovered lurking in code that helps a Microsoft program work with Linux open source software. The controversial string came to light on a mailing list for developers who oversee the core, or kernel, of Linux.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

6. The Distressing World of Erotic Top Gear Fan Fiction

The deepest, darkest recesses of the internet are where the strangest things lie. It’s a bit like the bottom of the ocean. Before it vanished, the site www.tgff.com featured romantic tales, s*xual dalliances and sweaty friction fiction concerning Jeremy Clarkson and the rest of the Top Gear gang produced by a mysterious gaggle of dedicated fans. It’s hard to find even the faintest trace of this stuff online now; all but a few cached fragments remain. Here, for the strong stomached, are some selected highlights…

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

 7. Changing gears: Is knowing how to drive stick in America still essential?

When Linda Waterhouse was 16, she went out with a friend who had too much to drink and couldn’t drive home. If her friend’s car had been an automatic, there wouldn’t have been a problem — but it had a manual transmission. Luckily, Waterhouse had driven a tractor before, giving her some familiarity with stick-shift driving. She wrestled the car into second gear and managed to drive them home.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

8. Rescue blows up when cops realize ‘victim’ is a s*x doll

Eighteen of the finest police officers in Shandong, China, arrived at the river, responding to a call that a body had been seen floating in the water. A crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered to watch the dramatic rescue, which means that there were a thousand people on hand who saw the cops bring in an inflatable s*x doll.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

9. “Two days ago I purchased one of only two Nintendo PowerFest 94 cartridges known to exist. The purchase took 74 emails, 27 months, 6 phone calls, 5 failed meeting attempts, 1 sack of cash, and some additional twists and turns to finally complete.”

Two days ago I purchase one of only two Nintendo PowerFest 94 cartridges known to exist. The purchase took 74 emails, 27 months, 6 phone calls, 5 failed meeting attempts, 1 sack of cash, and some additional twists and turns to finally complete. At the final meeting the two PowerFest cartridges were reunited and played in the first competition since 1994. Fellow game collectors might find it interesting to read how it all went down.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 21th, 2012

 10. Kim Dotcom’s Baffling New Video

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