Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

TSA threatens bloggers…, Wedding Cake…, rock balancing…, Teen falls down garbage…, What happened to the girls…, Grime Wave…, homeless into 4G hotspots…, McDonald’s Scuffle…, biggest killer of men…, Harold Camping…

1. First Amendment Be Damned: Out of control TSA threatens bloggers

According to TSA Out of Our Pants, $1B of TSA n*de body scanners were made worthless by the blogger’s video showing how to “get anything through” the TSA body scanners. This was immediately followed by the TSA threatening mainstream media not to cover the viral YouTube video. In response to an emailed interview request, TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz”strongly cautioned” aSmarterTravel journalist from covering Jon Corbett’s video story. The email said Corbett “clearly has an agenda” which “should not be aided by the mainstream media.” To whichCorbett wrote on TSA Out of Our Pants,..

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

2. Wedding Cake and Finger

This scene was extremely hard to process. The dramatic shifting in colors and light made for one of the most difficult HDR panoramas I have ever attempted.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

3. I did some rock balancing on the shore of Lake Superior.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

4. Teen falls down garbage chute trying to retrieve cellphone

Rescue crews pulled a teen from a garbage chute after she fell into it head-first on Sunday. Dunwoody police said the teen dropped her cellphone down the chute at the Gables Metropolitan apartments, and fell in while trying to recover it. She was lodged between the second and first floors for more than an hour.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

5. What happened to the girls in Le Roy

Before the media vans took over Main Street, before the environmental testers came to dig at the soil, before the doctor came to take blood, before strangers started knocking on doors and asking question after question, Katie Krautwurst, a high-school cheerleader from Le Roy, N.Y., woke up from a nap. Instantly, she knew something was wrong.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

6. Grime Wave: “Law enforcement officials across the country [United States of America] are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent.”

Law enforcement officials across the country are puzzled over a crime wave targeting an unlikely item: Tide laundry detergent. Theft of Tide detergent has become so rampant that authorities from New York to Oregon are keeping tabs on the soap spree, and some cities are setting up special task forces to stop it. And retailers like CVS are taking special security precautions to lock down the liquid.

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7. Turning the homeless into 4G hotspots

Hughes is carrying a Verizon MiFi 4G hotspot. Texting his code sends back his network password, which the recipient can use to suck down a few minutes of fast broadband access — a scarce commodity at SXSW, a tech/film/music gathering that has drawn more than 20,000 visitors to Austin, Texas.

Homeless Austin resident Mark West is working as a 4G mobile hotspot outside SXSW.

8. McDonald’s Scuffle Between BSO Deputy And Man Caught On Camera

A violent fight between a Broward Sheriff’s deputy and a man inside a Pompano Beach fast food restaurant was all caught on camera. While the deputy fought to restrain the suspect, two homeless men stepped in to help.The surveillance video at a Pompano Beach McDonald’s captured it all.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 13th 2012

9. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK

A national suicide prevention charity is demanding that the government launches a major campaign to raise awareness of suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK. Shoulders hunched and legs pressed together, Danni Mather, 23, told Newsbeat about his experiences of feeling suicidal.

Danni Mather

10. Harold Camping: “Oops, sorry!”

Many months after his doomsday prediction failed to materialize, a humbled California preacher has admitted his mistake and said he is out of the forecasting game. The Day of Rapture, as predicted by apocalyptic Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, passed without calamity on May 21. Camping’s second date, October 21, also came and went without so much as a whimper.

Harold Camping's followers march through New York on May 13.