Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 28th, 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 28th, 2012

Oreo Surprises 26 Million Facebook Fans…,  Man Riding at 250Km/h Finds a Snake…., Causeway Cannibal Not High…, Victorian mugshots…, UFO…,  Infant Chimpanzee…, Spice Girls reunite…, Suspected Thief Spends Night…,  Audio of an exorcism…, Coincidence…

1. Oreo Surprises 26 Million Facebook Fans With Gay Pride Post

Oreo is widely known to be one of the most successful brands on Facebook, but tonight the brand proved it could be one of the boldest, too. Around 8 p.m. Eastern, Oreo posted a gay-pride-themed picture featuring a six-layer cookie colored like a rainbow, with “June 25” and the word “Pride.” The caption said “Proudly support love!” (The significance of the date is unclear, at least to me. San Francisco’s famous Gay Pride Parade was the 24th, as was the one-year anniversary of New York’s Marriage Equality Act.)


2. Man Riding at 250Km/h Finds a Snake in His Bike 

Snake comes out of nowhere. Apparently this snake tried to find a warm spot near the bike’s engine.

3. Medical Examiner: Causeway Cannibal Not High On Bath Salts

Rudy Eugene, the Causeway Cannibal who ate the face off a homeless man he attacked along the MacArthur Causeway, was apparently  not high on bath salts or any other exotic street drug at the time of the attack, according to a report released Wednesday by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner.

4. Victorian mugshots

The faces of nineteenth century criminals can be seen in some of the earliest surviving police mugshots in Britain. Examples from what is thought to be the last surviving album of Victorian criminal photographs from the Newcastle area have been published online by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

5. ‘UFO’ at the bottom of the Baltic Sea

The divers exploring a ‘UFO-shaped’ object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say their equipment stops working when they approach within 200m. Professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, part of the Ocean X team which is exploring the anomaly, said some of the team’s cameras and the team’s satellite phone would refuse to work when directly above the object, and would only work once they had sailed away. He is quoted as saying: ‘Anything electric out there – and the satellite phone as well – stopped working when we were above the object.

6. Infant Chimpanzee Killed at LA Zoo by Adult Chimp.

The first chimpanzee baby born at the LA Zoo in 13 years was mauled to death Tuesday by an adult chimp in front of a crowd of visitors, including children, zoo officials said. The unnamed infant was born March 6 to Gracie, who is being allowed to keep the infant overnight to grieve, zoo officials said. Baby Chimp Mauling: Updated story, video.

7. Spice Girls reunite for a new musical. No, I’m not trolling. Awwwwyeeahhhhh!

The Spice Girls gave fans what they want – what they really, really want – reuniting onstage to announce the details of a musical based on their songs. Producers stress that the stage show Viva Forever isn’t a biography of the band, but there are plenty of real-life resonances for the 1990s Girl Power group in its tale of female empowerment and friendship tested by fame. The show opens in London in December.

8. Suspected Thief Spends Night With His Head Jammed Under Garage Door At Brockton Rent-A-Center « CBS Boston

A would-be burglar spent the night trapped under a door at a Rent-A-Center in Brockton. John Rodriguez arrived at work Tuesday and found 53-year-old Manuel Fernandes stuck under the loading bay door at around 8:45 a.m. Fernandes told Rodriguez that he had been there since around midnight, according to police.

9. Audio of an exorcism performed in 1976

“The first person to recognize that Anneliese Michel was possessed by demons was an older woman accompanying the girl on a pilgrimage. She noticed that Anneliese would not walk past a certain image of Jesus, refused to drink water from a holy spring and smelled bad — hellishly bad. An exorcist in a nearby town examined Michel and returned a diagnosis of demonic possession. The bishop issued permission to perform the rite of exorcism according to the Roman ritual of 1614.”

10. Coincidence? I think not.

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