Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

Little League game…, Attackers targeted female jogger…, Man in Bristol…, who died laughing…, Baby raccoon…, n*ked and eating ice cream…, Mad Men…, Robot restaurant…, night parrot…, Robots Achieve Self-Awareness…

1. Sit next to a bullpen at a Little League game and get hit by a poorly-thrown ball? Sue the 11-year-old! 

A New Jersey woman who was struck in the face with a baseball at a Little League game is suing the young catcher who threw it. Elizabeth Lloyd is seeking more than $150,000 in damages to cover medical costs stemming from the incident at a Manchester Little League game two years ago. She’s also seeking an undefined amount for pain and suffering.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

2. Attackers targeted female jogger with Kung Fu background: “I think they knew they messed with the wrong girl”.

A Vancouver woman said she used her martial art skills to defend herself after she says she was groped by one stranger and verbally harassed by another last week. Priscilla Dang was out for a run in her own neighborhood when she says the incident happened on Padden Parkway between 94th and Andresen Road last Friday. Two teens came up to her on their bikes.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

3. Man in Bristol, Tennessee has had the hiccups for the last 27 years.

One Bristol, Tennessee man is holding his breath for a miracle. But after years of wishing, he’s starting to lose hope. Bob Taylor drinks a glass of water every day in hopes to get rid of a little problem. “I have hiccups,” Taylor said, “but they never did go away.” He told us Wednesday that he’s had them for 27 years. “I lay in bed at least an hour or more before I doze off. I wake up in the morning, still there,” he said.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

4. The case of a man who died laughing in 1975 possibly solved

Alex Mitchell, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, suffered heart failure after viewing the Ecky-Thump episode in 1975. His granddaughter Lisa Corke, 23, had a near fatal cardiac arrest at home on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, in May.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012



5. Baby raccoon from sewer grate PIC

In many residential areas, raccoons are considered pests. But when a baby raccoon got caught in a Dearborn Heights sewer grate, city workers sprang into action to save the animal. Department of Public Works Director Bill Zimmer was in his front yard late Wednesday morning when he noticed the critter. It was stuck head-first in the center of a large iron sewer grate, Zimmer told colleagues.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

 6. There may be appropriate circumstances for getting n*ked and eating ice cream. Right after a car wreck involving your children is not one of them.

On Friday, June 15 of 2012, Stephanie Dillard was driving around Houston with her 3 children (ages 5, 12, and 16).  At some point during her trip, she collided with a city bus.  No one was seriously hurt in the accident, but the three children suffered minor injuries, including the 5-year-old getting a huge gash over one of his eyes.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

7. “Mad Men” Clothes Line Inspires New McDonald’s Uniforms Change in Britain for London Olympics (Video) 

McDonald’s stores throughout Great Britain will feature a differently-attired staff – come this fall, the employees standing behind the counter asking for orders will be dressed up in 1960’s fashioned clothes, something akin to hit AMC television series “Mad Men.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

8. Robot restaurant opens in China’s Harbin

Shortly after midnight on March 6, 2010, Dakotah Eliason sat in a chair in his bedroom with a .38-calibre pistol in his hands, thinking about what the world would be like if he didn’t exist. One of his friends had recently killed himself, and his girlfriend had dumped him. Earlier that night, Dakotah, who was fourteen, had taken his grandfather’s loaded gun off the coatrack.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 20129. N. Zealand’s ‘night parrot’ brought back from the brink

Flightless, slow-moving and at times more sexually attracted to humans than their own species, it’s small wonder New Zealand’s kakapo parrot is on the verge of extinction. But a mammoth conservation effort stretching back decades is offering hope for one of the world’s rarest birds, lifting its numbers from about 50 in 1990 to 126 this year. The plump, green kakapo — the name means “night parrot” in Maori — was once one of the most common birds in New Zealand, which had few land predators before European settlement in the early Nineteenth Century.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012

10. Robots Achieve Self-Awareness, May Also Develop ‘Mental Problems’ | Planetsave

Although a man who was 32 wasn’t breaking the law by having s*x with a 17-year-old girl in 2008, he was by photographing the act, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Marshall Hollins was convicted in Stephenson County of making child p*rnography and sentenced to 8 years in prison. He admitted he had s*x with the girl when she was 17, which is the age of s*xual consent in Illinois.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 23th, 2012