Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

Memorized the first ten digits of pi…, Strip club…, Worst Teacher Ever…, grease thefts…, alien death rays for cattle death…, she allegedly stabbed her husband…, Criminal breaks out of holding cell…,  scary spider…,  New Statesman…, Massachusetts town puts $20 fine…

1. “Another just memorized the first ten digits of pi and randomly filled in the rest, assuming the instructors would be too lazy to check every digit. His assumption was correct.”

In 2008 I wrote about the security mindset and how difficult it is to teach. Two professors teaching a cyberwarfare class gave an exam where they expected their students to cheat:Our variation of the Kobayashi Maru utilized a deliberately unfair exam — write the first 100 digits of pi (3.14159…) from memory and took place in the pilot offering of a governmental cyber warfare course. The topic of the test itself was somewhat arbitrary; we only sought a scenario that would be too challenging to meet through traditional studying. By design, students were given little advance warning for the exam. Insurrection immediately followed. Why were we giving them such an unfair exam? What conceivable purpose would it serve? Now that we had their attention, we informed the class that we had no expectation that they would actually memorize the digits of pi, we expected them to cheat. How they chose to cheat was entirely up to the student. Collaborative cheating was also encouraged, but importantly, students would fail the exam if caught.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

2. Would you invest in a strip club? Check out these 13 Bizarre Real Estate Investing Opportunities

Despite the 2008 housing downturn and troubles that persist in the market, real estate remains one of the safest, surest investments there is. But if you’re still a little gun-shy about buying a house, we understand. Instead you may want to invest in these 13 Bizarre Real Estate Investment Opportunities. At best, you could end up with a lucrative outside-the-box endeavor that will grow your financial stake considerably. At worst, you’ll have an intriguing story to share at parties.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

3. We have a new candidate in the race for Worst Teacher Ever.

The 29-year-old supply teacher faced a school board labour-relations hearing on Wednesday afternoon. In a statement, the board said it will consider all possible sanctions, including sacking the teacher. The male teacher showed the video last week as part of a history and citizenship course at the Cavelier-De LaSalle High School in southwestern Montreal. Students interviewed outside the school on Wednesday said the teacher frequently discussed current affairs with his class, and several students asked about the notorious video that had been posted online.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

 4. U.S. being hit by crime wave of grease thefts.

The classic Simpsons episode ‘Lard of the Dance’ is about get rich quick scheme by Homer involving the sale used cooking grease for profit. (There’s a subplot about Lisa trying to fit in with the cool kids, but whatever). When his initial undertaking yields $0.63 from cooking $27.00 worth of bacon, Homer and Bart decide to try another product supply method: Stealing grease from the fryers at their local fast food restaurant, Krusty Burger. When the pair are thwarted by the Springfield grease mafia, they move onto the mother of all grease gold mines: The school cafeteria.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

5. Farmer blames alien death rays for cattle death, faces charges in Canada.

A Canadian farmer has lost at least 250 cows in the past 10 years. While the government has charged him and says he failed to feed them, the farmer claims the alien defense. Werner Bock has posted plenty of YouTube videos in recent years detailing his cattle’s malnourished appearance, sunken features and hair loss. He declares that his cows were the victims of “death rays,” some form of alien weapon that’s been covered up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

6. Mesa police arrested a woman after she allegedly stabbed her husband during an argument over a quiz in Cosmopolitan magazine.

Mesa police arrested a woman after she allegedly stabbed her husband during an argument over a quiz in Cosmopolitan magazine. Noelle Clough, 22, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

7. Criminal breaks out of holding cell, only to run into a court room that is currently in session

Surveillance video has captured  the moment an escaping jail inmate picked the wrong door and burst into a Kentucky courtroom that was in-session on Monday morning. He man, who was not identified, wrestled one sheriff’s deputy then ran about 20 feet before a crowd of court bailiffs tackled him to the ground. The scuffle sent the shocked lawyers and defendants in the ongoing case running for cover.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

8. That must have been one scary spider.

A southern Illinois man awakened to find a spider in his bed, and it’s through a glass door naked he fled. Albion police say the 20-year-old man was sleeping in the buff when he spotted the arachnid Tuesday morning and bolted from his home in the 2,000-resident town in Edwards County.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

9. New Statesman – Dear The Internet, This Is Why You Can’t Have Anything Nice

Something wonderful happened on the internet this week. And something horrible happened at the same time. A Californian blogger, Anita Sarkeesian, launched a Kickstarter project to make a web video series about “tropes vs women in videogames”. Following on from her similar series on films, it aimed to look at women as background decoration, Damsels in Distress, the S*xy Sidekick and so on. Her pitch is here:

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012

 10. Massachusetts town puts $20 fine on profanity

The residents of Middleborough, Massachusetts, have had enough of this *#%@&! And on Monday night they voted to make those who curse put their money where their potty mouths are – to the sum of $20, that is. Police in the town of 22,000 will be writing tickets bearing fines in that amount to those who foul its public places with profanity after residents voted 183-50 Monday night that they were mad as *#%@& and weren’t going to take it anymore.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 14th, 2012