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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 16th, 2012

1. Vid: An L.A. Preschool Graduation Turns Into A Brawl

As the father of an almost 3-year-old, I know the preschool years can get pretty rowdy. But what happened during a Los Angeles preschool graduation ceremony is almost unbelievable:

2. Wildlife camera catches Austrian politician having s*x in forest

An Austrian politician is in line to get up to £16,000 in compensation after a hidden camera used for snapping wildlife photographed him having sexual intercourse in a forest.

3. Who Made That Soy-Sauce Dispenser?

ust 16 and recently released from a naval academy, Kenji Ekuan witnessed Hiroshima’s devastation from the train taking him home. “Faced with that nothingness, I felt a great nostalgia for human culture,” he recalled from the offices of G. K. Design, the firm he co-founded in Tokyo in 1952. “I needed something to touch, to look at,” he added. “Right then I decided to be a maker of things.”

4. How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs

Last week we talked about the many survival uses of the tampon. But unless he specifically packed one in a bag or car, a man’s unlikely to have one on him in a pinch. So today we’re going to explore the survival uses of an everyday item you’re much more likely to have with you in an emergency: your cell phone. Ever leave home without your cell phone? For most of us, the answer these days is no. I think I’d be more comfortable leaving home without my pants on.  I feel more naked with no cell phone.  The cell phone has become our portal to the world and we pretty much have one with us at all times.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

5. These portraits show children immediately before and after a surgical procedure to have teeth removed.

Taken during an Arts Council funded documentation of the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, these portraits show children immediately before and after a surgical procedure to have teeth removed. They were asked to pose for the second picture even though they were recovering from general anaesthetic. More information about the project here.

6. This is just a little odd, for the Wall Street Journal..

How do you remove a person’s watch without his noticing? It’s easier than you might think. The simplest watches to steal are the ones fitted with buckles—the kind with a tongue and a prong that work like a belt.

7. Excerpts from a Nazi Biology Textbook (1942) aimed at 5th grade girls. Complete with quotes from Mein Kampf!

Background: This is a chapter from a 5th grade biology textbook for girls, published in the midst of the war. The first part of the book discusses genetics, spring, summer, fall, and winter in the forest, and the human body. The book then goes on to apply these principles to human beings. Given what we know was going on in 1942, when this book was printed, it is clear that textbooks, too, were a part of propaganda. The source: Marie Harm and Hermann Wiehle, Lebenskunde für Mittelschulen. Fünfter Teil. Klasse 5 für Mädchen (Halle: Hermann Schroedel Verlag, 1942), pp. 168-173.

8. There are no shortage of examples of how the L.A. riots brought out the worst in people. But Bobby Green’s actions on the first day of the unrest, showed that they could also bring out the best.

There are no shortage of examples of how the L.A. riots brought out the worst in people. But Bobby Green’s actions on the first day of the unrest, showed that they could also bring out the best. Green, then a 29-year-old part-time trucker, watched the events slowly unfold on his living room television set in South Central L.A. About a half mile from his home, trucker Reginald Denny was set upon by an enraged mob, dragged out of his truck, beaten, kicked and finally bashed in the head with a cinderblock.

 9. The Karl Marx MasterCard Is Here : Planet Money : NPR

The German bank Sparkasse Chemnitz recently launched a Karl Marx credit card. The bank let people vote online for 10 different images, and Marx was the “very clear winner,” beating out a palace, a castle and a racetrack, among others. Reuters has moreon the story.

 10. It seemed a light-hearted gesture at the time…

Azarov bet Swedish fan Ola Sjostedt a beer that Ukraine would beat Sweden in their opening Group D match in the tournament last Monday. When the home team beat the Swedes 2-1, Azarov duly invited Sjostedt to sup a beer with him at government offices in Kiev. A widely-distributed photograph showed the usually-dour white-haired prime minister smiling broadly, a Ukrainian football scarf round his neck, as he raised a pint of beer with his Swedish guest.

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