Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

Cyber Warfare…, Boston cop drinks…, Gunther Holtorf’s …, recovering in hospital…, Ostrich is not a bird…, Lamborghini Batman…,  NYPD officer…, Will You Marry Me…, Shrunken Head DNA…, Man in goat suit…1. Cyber Warfare: Iran’s Nuclear Computer ‘Forced to Play AC/DC’ by Computer Malware

A computer malware has allegedly attacked computer systems in Iran forcing them to play AC/DC’s Thunderstruck at full volume in the middle of the night, according to a computer security researcher. Mikko Hypponen, lead researcher at the Finnish computer security firm F-Secure, reported in his blog that a scientist working at the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) sent him an e-mail about his systems getting hit by a cyber-attack.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

2. Boston cop drinks, drives, and nearly kills a woman and faces no punishment

An off-duty intoxicated Boston police officer almost killed a 22-year old woman while speeding through a stop sign, yet he didn’t face any punishment and still keeps his job. Richard Jeanetti, 35, had a blood alcohol content of .27 – more than three times the legal limit – and was driving at 68 mph in a 25 mph zone. “He smelled like liquor. You could smell it right out of the car,” a witness said, according to local TV station  WBZ-TV.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

3. Gunther Holtorf’s 23-year road trip

Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen. Now, with more than 800,000km (500,000 miles) on the clock, Gunther is still going. The German former airline executive has travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet in the vehicle – which he calls Otto. He says he has never had a serious breakdown. Recently in Vietnam, Canadian-born photographer David Lemke joined Gunther on one section of his epic journey.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

 4. A man is recovering in hospital after four men broke into his flat and cut off his p*nis.

Police are hunting the masked intruders, who are thought to have acted over accusations that their victim was engaged in affairs with local women. The 41-year-old told cops he had been asleep when the men burst into his bedroom around 4am.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012



 5. Well, Ostrich is not a bird, rules the Punjab Assembly. It is “an animal”. 

Ostrich, a heavy flightless bird of African origin, was officially declared ‘an animal’ on Wednesday when Punjab Assembly passed a bill overruling the objections raised by the Punjab governor who had refused to sign it, saying, it was a ‘bird’ covered under the definition of exotic species not native to Pakistan.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

6. The ‘Lamborghini Batman’ Just Got A Real Batmobile To Visit Sick Kids Across The Country!

Lenny B. Robinson is the “Maryland Batman” who made headlines earlier this year when he was pulled over — while in costume — by state troopers in his Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Robinson, who dons the batsuit when he visits childrens’ hospitals, has ditched the Lambo and picked up a custom-made, down-to-the-last-detail Batmobile.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

 7. An NYPD officer called to talk him down a jumper from the Verrazano Bridge, ended up talking to him for hours — in Cantonese — about the village in China they both come from

An NYPD officer successfully talked a man off the Verrazano Bridge Monday afternoon.
The man, who police described as “despondent” and in his 30s, was noticed at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, after someone called in that they saw him park his car on the bridge and “went over the edge.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

 8. Plane towing a “Will You Marry Me?” banner crashes into the Atlantic Ocean.

A romantic gesture went awry off the coast of Rhode Island Monday when a plane towing a “Will You Marry Me” crashed into the water. CBS Boston affiliate WBZ reported that the Coast Guard rushed to rescue the pilot, the only one on board the plane, at around 4:10 p.m. ET after receiving a radio transmission.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

9. Shrunken Head DNA Proves Folklore True

A remarkably well-preserved shrunken head has just been authenticated by DNA analysis, which provides strong evidence that anecdotal accounts of violent head-hunting in South America were true. The study, published in the latest issue of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, marks the first successful effort to unveil the genetic make-up of a shrunken head.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012

10. Man in goat suit seen living among goats in Utah mountains. Wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches

A man spotted in a goat suit in the mountains of northern Utah has been identified as a hunter preparing for a Canadian archery season. SALT LAKE CITY — A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has wildlife officials worried he could be in danger as hunting season approaches.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 25th, 2012