Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 10th, 2012

Homeless girl…, ‘You’re NOT special’…, 6 One-of-a-Kind…, Car Talk’ Guys Are Retiring…, Mite helps virus…, South Carolina Mom…, Ten-month…, Body Parts Made of Bread…, Fahrenheit 451…, money stolen by strippers…

1. Homeless girl who works as high school custodian now headed to Harvard

It’s high school graduation season, and one young woman who is getting her diploma this evening is our choice for “most likely to succeed” — because she already has, against some incredible odds. At 6 this morning, long before her classmates were even awake, 18-year-old Dawn Loggins was already pushing a mop through her high school in Lawndale, N.C. — where she also works as a custodian.

2. ‘You’re NOT special': Teacher rants in graduation speech

A straight-talking Boston teacher gave his students a reality check during their graduation, using his address to tell them they were ‘not special’. In a rant targeting modern American parenting, Wellesley High teacher David McCullough Jr reminded the ‘pampered, cosseted and doted upon’ seniors that they are just another person on a planet with a population of 6.8billion – and therefore utterly insignificant.

3. 6 One-of-a-Kind Things You Won’t Believe Had Duplicates

They say that there’s nothing new under the sun, and that applies to more things than you realize. Whether you’re talking about famous historical events or entire cities, the real world often winds up feeling a lot like Groundhog Day.

4. Car Talk’ Guys Are Retiring, But Their Best Stuff Will Be Rebroadcast

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, the comedian mechanics who host NPR’sCar Talk, will tell their listeners this afternoon that as of this fall, they’ll no longer record new programs. But their weekly call-in series will continue to be distributed by NPR drawing on material from their 25 years of show archives. “My brother has always been ‘work-averse,’ ” says Ray, 63. “Now, apparently, even the one hour a week is killing him!”

5. Mite helps virus to wipe out bees

A team studying honeybees in Hawaii found that the Varroa mite helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a disease called deformed wing virus. The mites act as tiny incubators of one deadly form of the disease, and inject it directly into the bees’ blood. This has led to “one of the most widely-distributed and contagious insect viruses on the planet”.

6. South Carolina Mom Arrested for Cheering at Daughter’s Graduation

A Myrtle Beach teen’s high school graduation on Saturday was ruined when her excited mom, Shannon Cooper, was arrested for cheering.

7. Ten-month coma patient sheds tears after hearing fiancee’s voice on phone

The injuries Mathew Taylor had suffered in a motorbike crash were so severe that his devastated family were warned he may never wake up. But then came the phone call that would change everything. From her home in Bali 11,000km away, Mr Taylor’s fiancee Handayani Nurul chatted to him – and at the sound of her voice, tears began trickling down his cheek.

8. Body Parts Made of Bread (pic)

Kittiwat Unarrom, 34, is the son of a baker and has a master’s degree in fine arts. He combined his two loves when he created the Body Bakery, a bakery in Thailand that sells bread in the shape of human body parts. He’s been creating his edible art since 2006. After the recent rush of cannibal stories in the news, he has been resurrected, so to speak, back into the public spotlight.

9. The Most Beautiful “Fahrenheit 451″ Covers, From 1953 to Today

Since 1953, Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 has sold more than 10 million copies. While the science-fiction story is set in a dystopic world without books, the author’s most famous work has never gone out of print. Herewith, a look at some of the most striking covers of Fahrenheit 451 over the years.

10. The boy from Small Wonder had his money stolen by strippers and is currently living under a bridge in Central California.

Former TV actor Jerry Supiran—the non-robot child on syndication mainstay Small Wonder—is currently living under a bridge in central California, the result of years of incipient financial ruin and vulnerably human decisions involving strippers. Supiran enjoyed a somewhat-prolific career in the 1980s, landing roles on shows like Little House On The PrairieMr. BelvedereFame, and St. Elsewhere before taking on the part of Jamie Lawson, the mischievous, cherubic-faced son of an inventor who creates a robot girl known as V.I.C.I. (or “Voice Input Child Identicant”).