Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

Police recruitment videos…, Portland mayoral…, Vietnam Minorities Convert…, “bombs” home…, my garage looks…, Detroit police…, A girl had to be rescued…, McDonald’s cashiers…, scientology prospect…,  10 Amazing Antarctica…1. Police recruitment videos from different [USA] cities reveal astonishing differences in attitude – Boing Boing

Police recruitment videos from Decatur, Georgia (top), and Newport Beach, California (Bottom). I wonder if the differences in attitude here reflect real differences in the quality of police service.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

2. Portland mayoral candidate punches basketball opponent in the balls

I should clear something up. Democrat Jefferson Smith (pictured, right) has denied punching any pick-up basketball opponent in the balls. His opponent yelled “You just punched me in the balls!” and Smith replied “I punched you in the thigh, not the balls.” So, in the interest of fair and balanced coverage, he allegedly punched a guy in the balls. He’s also been banned from a rec-soccer league for shoving people.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

 3. Vietnam Minorities Convert to Christianity Because Jesus Is Cheaper

At upwards of US$500, the cost of slaughtering a buffalo to revive a relative condemned to ill-health by the spirits has pushed the Jarai indigenous minority residents of Somkul village in Ratanakkiri to a more affordable religious option: Christianity. In the village in O’Yadav district’s Som Thom commune, about 80 per cent of the community have given up on spirits and ghosts in favour of Sunday sermons and modern medicine.

 Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

 4. The poor villagers used huge plastic bags to inflate it with the natural gas, and carried it home. It is so damn dangerous like carrying a “bombs” home. 

People in Binzhou, a small village located at Shandong Province East China region, were stealing natural gas from an oil well. An oil well is designed to acquire petroleum oil through the earth’s surface. Usually some natural gas is produced along with the oil. The poor villagers used huge plastic bags to inflate it with the natural gas, and carried it home. It is so damn dangerous like carrying a “bombs” home. If someone light up a cigarette during half way on the road … Boom ! We are wondering how the villagers going to keep those gas while they get back to home. Two more pictures after the break.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012



5. All of a sudden I don’t feel so bad for the way my garage looks

UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families continues its fascinating study of contemporary suburban America with a book titled Life at Home in the 21st Century. Thirty-two Los Angeles families opened their doors to CELF’s researchers. What they found: a staggering number of possessions and an array of spaces and furnishings that serve as the stage for multiple family activities—and tell us a lot about where we’re at and who we are as a society.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

 6. Detroit police: Woman hugs off-duty officer during dance; his service weapon fires, kills her

A woman celebrating the weekend before her 25th birthday was fatally shot Sunday when she hugged an off-duty police officer while dancing at a party, causing the officer’s service weapon to fire, according to police and her mother. Adaisha Miller would have turned 25 on Monday, according to her mother, Yolanda McNair.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

7. A girl had to be rescued when she climbed a 40 foot electricity pylon after hallucinating that it was a bridge.Horrified locals spotted the 21-year-old girl – from Zlin, Czech Republic – apparently trying to cross a river and dialed emergency services.

A GIRL had to be rescued when she climbed a 40ft electricity pylon after hallucinating that it was a bridge.Horrified locals spotted the 21-year-old girl – from Zlin, Czech Republic – apparently trying to cross a river and dialed emergency services.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

8. City’s police will now earn the wage of McDonald’s cashiers

Police and firefighters in Scranton, Pa., will now earn the same wage as McDonald’s employees. In accordance with a contentious move by Mayor Chris Doherty to slash the city budget, the salaries of almost 400 workers have been unilaterally reduced to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour for an “indefinite” period, down from their previous pay between $19 and $36 an hour.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

 9. Scientology: Pinching, purification… first hand account of a former scientology prospect

I’d been pinched – hard – in some kind of strange lie-detector test and seen rooms where people went to be ‘purified’. I’d spent an hour subjected to a gruelling and invasive ‘personality’ test and revealed my deepest inner thoughts as if hypnotised.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012

10. Icebound: 10 Amazing Antarctica Abandonments

This huge, frozen continent is bitterly cold, inhospitable as Mars and as far from civilization as any place on the planet. Just getting there has been a struggle.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 9th, 2012