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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 10th 2012

Whether you win or lose…, After 25 years of marriage…, World’s Worst Online Dating…, furniture-selling hobby…, George Takei’s happy dance…, €1.6 million scam…, good excuse to drop some acid…, QWERTY Effect…, wearing this today…

1. ”It’s not whether you win or lose, but whether you win!”

 2. After 25 years of marriage, Les decides she can no longer hide her desire to be a man. Her husband accepts and love prevails.

This spring, Les and Scott GrantSmith will mark their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple raised two daughters along the way. But 15 years ago, they hit a crisis that nearly shattered their family. Les was keeping a secret, and that became a problem. But they solved it as a family, in a way that kept them together and happy. In the weeks leading up to that day back in 1997, Les was certain of two things: She was a mother who loved her daughters — and she was also transgender, the term for someone born in a body of the wrong s*x.

 3. A Treasury of the World’s Worst Online Dating Stories 

Since we gathered a truly huge pile of data from our online dating survey, we’ve published advice about how to improve online dating for everyone, for folks who date men and folks who date women. Now, in our final installment of this very special dating survey roundup, we bring you: The Most Horrific Things Encountered While Online Dating. A word of warning here? Most of these are really funny.

 4. 14-y-o Florida girl buys foreclosed house with money from Craigslist furniture-selling hobby

NPR’s Planet Money profiles Willow Tufano, a 14-year-old Florida girl who saved thousands of dollars by harvesting furniture from foreclosed houses and selling it on eBay. She’s just bought half interest in a house that went for $100,000 at the peak of the bubble. Her mom owns the other half, and the house went for $12,000. They rent it out for $700 a month now. Chana Joffe-Walt writes.

 5. George Takei’s happy dance.

6. I would never be able to take this department seriously.

The Mission of the Sandwich Police Department is to enforce the law and promote a feeling of safety and security for all members of the community.  The Sandwich Police Department will work in cooperation with the community to preserve and improve the quality of life, making the Town a safer, more pleasant place to live, work and visit.

 7. The head of Ireland’s largest fruit and vegetable producers has been jailed for six years for a €1.6 million scam involving the importation of garlic. 

Paul Begley (46) of Begley Brothers Ltd, based in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, avoided paying customs duty on over a thousand tonnes of garlic from China by having them labelled as apples. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the import duty on garlic is “inexplicably” high and can be up to 232 per cent. In contrast, onions have an import duty of 9 per cent.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the import duty on garlic can be as much as 232 per cent.

 8. Now you have a good excuse to drop some acid! 

Those given a single dose of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) were almost twice as likely as controls to report less alcohol use at first follow-up (P=0.0003), Teri S. Krebs, PhD, and Pal-Orjan Johansen, PhD, of Harvard and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, reported online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

9. The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words

A keyboard’s arrangement could have a small but significant impact on how we perceive the meaning of words we type. Specifically, the QWERTY keyboard may gradually attach more positive meanings to words with more letters located on the right side of the layout (everything to the right of T, G and B).

 10. A guy from my office was wearing this today. Seems legit.

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One Response to Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 10th 2012

  1. The longer the night lasts, the more our dreams will be.

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