Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 20th, 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 20th, 2012

‘shackle’ shoes…, Fatal Chicago Shootings Outnumber…, McDonalds ad…, Too Steamy to Watch…, Stem cells kick ass…, Dog finds its hairdo hampers…,  29 College Degrees…, Giant mushroom cloud…, Oh, 1950s…, Clergy abuse victim on trial…

1. Adidas cancels ‘shackle’ shoes after outcry. “Obviously there was no one of color in the room”

German sports apparel maker Adidas has withdrawn its plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism when advertising the shoe on its Facebook page. The high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to be released in August, according to the Adidas Originals Facebook page. “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” a caption below a photo of the sneakers read.

2. Fatal Chicago Shootings Outnumber U.S. Troop Killings In War Zone

As Chicago residents face a murder rate that, thus far this year, is worse than U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Chicago Police Department has assigned at least 100 officers to secure the wedding of White House advisor Valerie Jarrett’s daughter. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Chicago Friday evening ahead of the Saturday wedding of Laura Jarrett, which will be held in a backyard in the city’s Kenwood neighborhood. And that wedding is, expectedly, set to be a high-security affair.

3. A really creative McDonalds ad

4. Music Videos Too Steamy to Watch with Your Mom

We’ve all had the bad luck of getting caught watching dirty music videos; maybe it was a mom or grandma who caught you watching Candy Shop, and assumed it was p*rn.

 5. Stem cells kick a*s. Airline security, not so much.

No, said airline security, you can’t take this bottle onboard. It exceeds the 100 milliliter limit; it’s forbidden. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. But wait, said professor Martin Birchall of Bristol University. This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a very sick woman in Barcelona. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. We pre-arranged this.

6. There’s a Frisbee around here somewhere: Dog finds its hairdo hampers its chances at Frisbee…

More than 60 pets and their owners put their agility and dexterity to the test last weekend at the Extreme Distance Frisbee European Championships for dogs. The competitive canines, and (equally competitive no doubt) owners from around the world, were all taking part at the Flydogs event in Budapest, Hungary. As if the tasks weren’t difficult enough, one particularly shaggy dog had to battle through a seemingly-endless mane to catch the flying disc mid-air during several rounds of the competition.

7. Michigan Man Has 29 College Degrees and Counting

Every June, students all over the country don their caps and gowns for graduation. Whether it’s from high school, college or graduate school, most people could easily count their own graduations on one hand. But not 71-year-old Michael Nicholson of Kalamazoo, Mich.Nicholson has earned 29 degrees and is now pursuing his 30th. “I just stayed in school and took menial jobs to pay for the education and just made a point of getting more degrees and eventually I retired so that I could go full-time to school,” Nicholson told

 8. Giant mushroom cloud forms over Beijing (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

An enormous mushroom cloud formed in the sky over Beijing late last week, sparking fears that a cataclysmic, Armageddon-like event was underway. Alas, it was not the end of the world—or worse, the beginning of a real-life movie starring Will Smith: It was just nature. The giant cumulonimbus—which spanned several miles—was accompanied by lightning, swallowing up the capital’s skyline for an hour,according to the Daily Mail.

9. Oh, 1950s…

 10. Clergy abuse victim on trial for beating the priest. Beating the bishop still OK.

More than 35 years after William Lynch says he and his little brother were molested by a priest during a camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains, he will get his longtime wish to face the aging Jesuit in court for the first time. But it is Lynch who is going on trial. Lynch, now 44, faces felony charges of assault and elder abuse after prosecutors say he beat the Rev. Jerold Lindner in front of startled witnesses at a retirement home for priests. In the months since his arrest, Lynch has refused to discuss a plea deal and has grown intent on using his own legal trouble to try Lindner in the court of public opinion in a potentially explosive proceeding likely to include testimony from Lynch, the priest and several more of his alleged victims.

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