Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 14th 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 14th 2012

Officer Used Stun Gun on…, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses…, The Slovak Batman…, Editor died after s*x with…, Protesting Radiohead Shows…, 16 Afghans died at the hands…, Homeless hotspots plan…, amazing beach artist Andres Amador…,  Secret Cookie Delivery Service…, weird urge to jump off a bridge…

1. Officer Used Stun Gun on 9-Year-Old Boy

A 9-year-old boy was reportedly shocked twice with a stun gun for refusing to leave his home with an Ohio police officer. The boy’s mother said she never expected Mount Sterling police officer Scott O’Neil would use his Taser on her child during a truancy arrest last week, her lawyer said.

Officer Used Stun Gun on 9-Year-Old Boy: Report

2. After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses

After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print. Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.

A set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the shelves of the New York Public Library.

3. The Slovak Batman: Dressed in his home-made, all-leather Batman costume, Zoltan Kohari, cleans the streets, helps old people out and calls the police when he sees something suspicious.

Dressed in his home-made, all-leather Batman costume with the bat symbol proudly displayed on his chest and pointy ears on his cowl, Kohari, 26, cleans the streets, helps old people out and calls the police when he sees something suspicious.

4. Oregonian: Editor died after s*x with young woman

The Oregonian newspaper reported Monday that Bob Caldwell, the long-time editor of the editorial pages, died in the apartment of a 23-year-old woman after going into cardiac arrest following a s*x act. The paper had previously reported that Caldwell was found in his parked car.

Oregonian: Editor died after s*x with young woman

 5. Westboro Baptist Fu*kheads Are Now Protesting Radiohead Shows 

Radiohead were the latest targets of the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest squad during their show in Kansas City, MO. Members of the controversial group picketed outside the Sprint Center where the U.K. rockers were scheduled to play last night (March 11). 

 6. Afghan farmer tells of finding family dead at hands of rogue soldier

Abdul Samad and his son survived because they were visiting a nearby town. His wife, their four daughters and four sons were all shot dead. A total of 16 Afghans died at the hands of the 38 year-old staff sergeant on Sunday morning when the soldier left his base and broke into three houses, methodically murdering the inhabitants.

 7. Homeless hotspots plan causes controversy for BBH ad agency

An “experiment” which involved using homeless people as mobile wi-fi hotspots has attracted criticism, forcing the advertising agency behind it to defend itself.

Homeless Hotspots map

 8. The amazing beach artist Andres Amador who starts every day with a new canvas (pics)

Artist Andres Amador has been at it again, carving intricate artworks in the sand – only for them to be washed away by the sea just hours later. The American artist has been creating a series of new designs, spending hours painstakingly carving giant doodles on the beach, some spanning a massive 300 by 500 foot.

Disappearing again: Andres Amador's creation is gradually washed away - but the artist does not mind his work vanishing at the end of each day

 9. College Dropout Starts Secret Cookie Delivery Service

A UCSD grad student has traded in his lab coat for an apron and sunglasses. The young man now known as “Agent Snickerdoodle” started a “secret cookie service” in which hungry UCSD students simply text or call him requesting his famous cookies. He gives them a CETA (Cookie Estimated Time of Arrival, of course) and then then delivers them in disguise.

10. The weird urge to jump off a bridge…it’s real.

Believe or not, this feeling now has a name. In a research study published last month in the Journal of Affective Disorders, a team from Florida State University’s psychology department explored this freaky feeling and dubbed it high-place phenomenon.

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