Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

A civilian employee…, I Won’t Hire People…, Aurora Shooter…, 21 Burned in Hot Coal Walk Hosted …,  hospital struggling against blood poisoning…,  cook salmon…, New Strategy in the War…,  Panhandler makes $60,000…, Minka Kelly S*x Tape…, Woman had a pen in her stomach…1. A civilian employee set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a Navy submarine because he was suffering from anxiety and wanted to get out of work early

A civilian employee set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a Navy submarine because he was suffering from anxiety and wanted to get out of work early, Navy investigators said in a complaint filed Monday. Casey James Fury, 24, of Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted on two counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to the USS Miami nuclear-powered attack submarine while it was in dry dock on May 23, and setting a second fire outside the sub on June 16.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

2. “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why.”

If you think an apostrophe was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, you will never work for me. If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

3. CNN thinks it’s newsworthy that the Aurora Shooter didn’t have a Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter account.

It’s a truth of the digital age. When a person is plucked from obscurity, for good reasons or bad, the first thing curiosity-seekers do is turn to the Web. Facebook or Twitter. LinkedIn or Tumblr. We expect social media to shed light on a person’s personality, especially when, as in the case of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes, we’re trying to explain the unexplainable.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

4. 21 Burned in Hot Coal Walk Hosted by Motivational Speaker

Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals. The injuries took place during the first day Thursday of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Center hosted by Robbins called “Unleash the Power Within.” Most of those hurt had second and third degree burns, said San Jose Fire Department Capt. Reggie Williams.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012



 5. A 31-year-old father of two is in hospital struggling against blood poisoning after a freak accident at a Swedish theme park on Sunday where a tow hitch on a children’s ride penetrated his rectum.

A 31-year-old father of two is in hospital struggling against blood poisoning after a freak accident at a Swedish theme park on Sunday where a tow hitch on a children’s ride penetrated his rectum.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

 6. Instructions on how to cook salmon…in your dishwasher.

Poaching fish in the dishwasher is a virtually foolproof way to shock your friends, prepare a succulent meal and do the dishes — all at the same time. I’ve poached salmon in more than 100 dishwashers on three continents. There’s never been a dull party. It all started with the release of my last book, The Surreal Gourmet Entertains. To promote it, I traveled the globe throwing spontaneous dinner parties wherever I could rustle up a kitchen and a willing audience.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

7.  The U.S. State Department’s New Strategy in the War on Terror: Trolling Jihadi Forums

The U.S. State Department wants to deploy a cruel new weapon in the War on Terror: the Internet troll. Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reports that a project called Viral Peace will use harassment and irrelevant comments—the troll’s favorite tools—to disrupt jihadi forums and online communities. Eventually, the hope is, this tactic will hurt Islamist extremists’ virtual recruiting. “Think of it as strategic trolling, in pursuit of geopolitical pwnage,” writes Ackerman.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

 8. Panhandler makes $60,000 a year begging

No soup kitchen for this beggar. Shane Warren Speegle told Oklahoma City police he made $60,000 panhandling last year. “Why would I go get a job?” he said to an officer who approached him earlier this month, according to KOCO.com. Speegle, 45, carried a 4-foot-by-4-foot signrequesting money for travel and food at an Oklahoma City intersection, noted DigitalJournal.com. A cop warned him that he couldn’t panhandle without a license, but Speegle suggested that a $200 daily permit was within his means, KOCO.com reported.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

 9. There’s A Minka Kelly S*x Tape

Last week ended f*cking horribly, so let’s start this week with a powerful and rejuvenating tale of the human spirit that will bind us all together in a cavalcade of love and unity-boners. The tale of Minka Kelly‘s s*x tape.TMZ reports:

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012

10. Woman had a pen in her stomach for 25 years

Here’s a reason to leave any and all tonsil examinations up to the professionals. From an article last year in the journal BMJ Case Reports comes this anecdote about a woman who managed to keep a pen marinating in her gut for a quarter-century until doctors plucked it out. Report the authors, who are physicians in Exeter, England:

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 24th, 2012