Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

Police Beat…, Russia’s nuclear…,  Mail apologizes…, Doctor’s Strike …, Cologne Germany pardons…,  5 biggest explosions…, “fixing” Nickelback…, future crime…, Guy misfires rifle…, Wrong number…1. Police Beat: Teenager throws cup at a duck, 23 year old beats the crap out of him

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

2. Russia’s nuclear sledgehammers.

Russia’s nuclear missile bunkers reportedly come standard-issue with a sledgehammer whose designated purpose is smashing open the safe containing the launch-codes, should the combination not work:

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

 3. UK Daily Mail apologizes for implying that BBC reporter got her job by expressing an interest in working in the n*de

On April 1 we said, incorrectly, that the freelance reporter and presenter Stephanie O’Keeffe struggled to read her scripts when working at BBC Radio 5 Live. We now accept that this was not the case.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

 4. Doctor’s Strike (PIC)

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

5. Cologne Germany pardons witches from the 1600s

The Cologne City Council in Germany pardoned and rehabilitated the names of 38 “witches” who were executed in the 1600s, officials said. Council members voted unanimously Thursday to pardon the witches, The Local.de reported.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

 6. The 5 biggest explosions caught on film

Five of the biggest, most dramatic and most destructive man made explosions in history. Accidental or deliberate, in war, in peace, or for propaganda purposes, these explosions will never be forgotten.  Watch dramatic video of some of the biggest booms in history.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 20127. Some say that we’re “fixing” Nickelback. This is our Kickstarter.

November 2011.  Detroit is aflame with controversy after the Detroit Lions announce that the popular Canadian band Nickelback will be the halftime entertainment.  A petition threatens to tear the city AND the NFL apart.  Only one band can heal this rift… FLASH FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY:  Viral internet sensation A Motown Tribute to Nickelback finds itself on a bill alongside The Tragically Hip, Chromeo, Charles Bradley, and others at Virgin Mobile’s Live at Squamish in August.  Only one problem…they aren’t a “real” band… YET.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 20128. Los Angeles is currently fighting “future crime” a la Minority Report

Los Angeles police are aiming to beat suspects to the scene of a crime by using computers to predict where trouble might occur. The Los Angeles Police Department is the largest agency to embrace an experiment known as “predictive policing,” which crunches data to determine where to send officers to thwart would-be thieves and burglars. Time Magazine called it one of the best inventions of 2011.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

9. Guy misfires rifle, ignites two towns’ entire Fourth of July displays

The Grand Old Fourth celebration is always a big deal in this small island community near Seattle, featuring a pancake breakfast, a parade with community service groups and kids’ soccer teams and of course the annual fireworks show over Eagle Harbor — a show that this year, nine days before the big event, went up in smoke.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012

10. Wrong number for drug deal ends in arrests.

North Carolina authorities arrested four people on drug charges after one suspect mistakenly called a deputy for a drug deal instead of a fellow suspect. Rowan County sheriff’s deputies arrested Sandra Davis, Henry Cloer, Jermiere Walker and Pamela Henderson on an array of drug charges for the incident, the Salisbury Post reported.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 3rd, 2012