Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

Woman who patted down TSA…, Grand Jury will not indict Texas…, Scammers write poorly worded…, Hiker breaks foot…, Rio roulette wheel reportedly…, Kentucky woman superglued…, Bipolar Disorder…, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison buys Lanai…, Dwarf actor…, Man with 100-Pound Scrotum…

1. Woman who patted down TSA agent arrested, accused of battery 

A 59-year-old Florida woman stands accused of groping a female TSA agent while going through airport security — though she says she was just sticking up for herself. A video of the incident shows passenger Carol Jean Price putting down her bags dramatically and grabbing a TSA supervisor in what appears to be the crotch area.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

2. Grand Jury will not indict Texas father who beat Jesus Mora Flores to death after catching him molesting his 5 year old daughter.

Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: A man molesting her. The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities say, and started pummeling him to death with his fists. With his daughter finally safe, the father frantically called 911, begging a dispatcher to find his rural ranch and send an ambulance.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

3. Scammers write poorly worded e-mails intentionally.. to weed out smart people

How often have you gotten an email from a troubled prince, a long-lost relative or a distressed damsel, and instantly sent it to the trash? You know the type of message I’m talking about — a typo-filled pile of run-on sentences which offers you riches in exchange for your help. You probably immediately recognize such notes to be some sort of scam … and as do most people.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

4. Hiker breaks foot, starts signal fire that rescues him, oh, and burns down remote island

A Canadian man who was stranded with a broken foot while camping on a remote Norwegian island built a signal fire that engulfed the island on Thursday. The 25-year-old unidentified tourist broke his foot in a fall hiking alone on Hillesoy, a rugged island of just 800 people with no cell service.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012



5. Rio roulette wheel reportedly hits seven straight 19s; the odds of that happening are 114 billion to 1.

Before we specify what this statistic is based on, the odds of it happening are 3 billion to 1. Those are the odds against a roulette wheel hitting the same number on seven consecutive spins. But that did happen, or certainly appears to have happened, at the Rio at 8:32 p.m. Monday as pro poker player Jeff Romano took a photo of a roulette wheel display screen showing the No. 19 hitting on seven straight spins. The string was broken when the wheel landed on 15, then hit 19 once more for a run of eight 19s in nine spins.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

6. Kentucky woman superglued to Walmart toilet seat

A woman who used a restroom at a Kentucky Walmart found herself in a sticky situation. The woman was stuck to a toilet seat covered in Super Glue. It took paramedics nearly an hour to get her unstuck.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

7. The very traits that make someone creative, passionate, and likely to achieve a high degree of success in their domain, are the same traits that define psychological disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD.

If we could identify a gene for creativity, let’s call it the “creativity gene”, you would be hard pressed to find very many people who would consider it a “negative gene” or a hazard to possess or carry.  But what if, purely hypothetically, we could identify a gene for Schizophrenia?  Or Bipolar Disorder?  Or Depressive Disorder?  Or ADHD?  Would you select for those traits if you could genetically engineer your offspring at will?  If you wanted to give birth to a creative child, the answer should be yes.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

8. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison buys Lanai (6th largest Hawai’ian island)

In the game of bragging rights, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison now has one over his fellow billionaire Richard Branson: his private island is bigger. Ellison has bought about 98% of Lana’I, the sixth-largest island in Hawaii — and one that’s more than 1,000 times larger than the private island that Branson owns in the British Virgin Islands. The governor of Hawaii confirmed the sale of the 140-square mile island Wednesday, but didn’t say how much it went for.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

9. Dwarf actor who played an ewok caught exposing himself on a train, again

Nicholas Read, a dwarf actor who played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and a goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, recently admitted flashing his wiener at a college girl on a train, then snapping a picture of her reaction. He could receive jail time for his latest offense, as this was the second time he’s been caught doing something naughty on a train. Back in 2010, he received a 20-week suspended sentence for… wait for it… fondling himself underneath a juggler’s hat while sitting next to a 17-year-old girl.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012

 10. Man with 100-Pound Scrotum that Made Him Feel like a “Freak” Says ‘No’ to Free Surgery Offer

A Las Vegas man who has a 100 pound scrotum because of a rare condition that made him feel like a “freak” has turned down an offer for free $1 million corrective surgery to treat his scrotal lymphedema. Wesley Warren Jr. reportedly declined an opportunity to have the “Dr. Oz Show” pay for the medical expenses for the surgery because he would have had to give up the rights to his story, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 21th, 2012