Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012

Dr. House and Mr. Weasley…, graffiti artists…, Woman Suffocates in…, China’s ratings hit – murderers…, Utah man recognizes suspect…, weird Usb pen drives …, US girl suing school over…, heart attacks rises…,  Manlashes…,  girl buys a house…

1. Dr. House and Mr. Weasley. Criminal Masterminds from 101 Dalmations 

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012

2. A New Jersey studio dedicated solely to the development of promising graffiti artists is opening up to the public

Graffiti isn’t an uncommon sight where the downtowns of Plainfield and North Plainfield essentially merge into one bustling, noisy, diverse and vibrant expanse of urban landscape. Hence the irony that the front and sides of the Somerset Plumbing Supply Company building on Somerset Street are markedly free of the stuff.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012

3. Woman Suffocates In Clothing Drop Box 

A New York woman who had climbed into a clothing drop-off box died after the container’s door fell on her neck. Authorities say Melissa Mazzeo climbed into the container on Saturday to get some garments. Neighbors in the New York borough of Staten Island say the 51-year-old woman would walk around the neighborhood with a shopping cart, scavenging for clothing and other items.

Staten Island

4. China’s ratings hit – murderers’ last interviews before execution 

Every Monday morning, Ding Yu and her team scour the court reports to find cases to cover on their programme. They have to move quickly, as prisoners can be executed seven days after they are sentenced. To Western eyes the show may seem exploitative, but Ding disagrees. “Some viewers may consider it cruel to ask a criminal to do an interview when they are about to be executed.

Ding Yu interviews prisoner

 5. Utah man recognizes suspect in video: his son 

A Utah man persuaded his son to surrender to authorities after recognizing him as a suspect in a computer store burglary while watching a TV news program, officers said. The two were eating breakfast Friday morning when the father recognized his son in surveillance tapes that police released on the burglary, said Woods Cross police Detective Adam Osoro.



Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012

 6. 12 totally weird Usb pen drives 

USB pen drives aren’t limited to the one’s you commonly see in general stores. Some creative people have come up with some astonishing looking Pen Drives which look both super cool and useful at the same time.

Spaceman Drive USB pen drive

 7. 12-year-old US girl suing school over Facebook comments row

In the Minnesota case, the 12-year-old girl, known only as RS, is said to have been punished by teachers at Minnewaska Area Middle School for things she wrote on Facebook while at home, and using her own computer.

 Google beaten by Facebook

 8. Why heart attacks rise following daylight savings time.

Daylight-saving time this year begins March 11, and while we all might look forward to another hour of sunshine a University of Alabama at Birmingham expert says the time change is not necessarily good for your health.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012

 9. Manlashes, Manscara and Mantyhose

Not to mention the new romantic comedy, “Friends With Kids,” starring Jennifer Westfeldt (who also wrote and directed), along with her boyfriend, Jon Hamm, and other “Bridesmaids” stars. The movie, as the Times reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis noted, depicts a New York world “where men now knowledgeably discuss Kegel exercises and uterine droop.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012

 10. 14 year old girl buys a house in Florida

In 2005, when Willow was 7, the housing market was booming. Home prices in some Florida neighborhoods nearly doubled from one month to the next. Her family moved into a big house; her mom became a real estate agent. But as Willow moved from childhood to adolescence, the market turned, and the neighborhood emptied out. “Everyone is getting foreclosed on here,” she says.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 12th 2012