Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 15th 2012

Customer Alive And Well…, mysterious hog farm explosions…, Gettysburg National Battlefield Gift Shop…, Donald Trump’s sons in line of fire.., Actor slits his own throat…, Volkswagen Beetle…, dirty mind…, World’s tallest man finally stops…, Lottery Win…

1. BofA ‘Deceased’ Customer Alive And Well, But With Thousands in Costs

Bank of America has been reporting him as deceased to the three major credit agencies since May 2009, he said. His credit report states “file not scored because subject is deceased.” The mistaken code was finally removed on Feb. 22, four and a half months after Livingston, 39, learned about the error and complained to Bank of America.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 15th 2012

2. Midwest plagued by mysterious hog farm explosions.

A strange new growth has emerged from the manure pits of midwestern hog farms. The results are literally explosive. Since 2009, six farms have blown up after methane trapped in an unidentified, pit-topping foam caught a spark. In the afflicted region, the foam is found in roughly 1 in 4 hog farms. There’s nothing farmers can do except be very careful. Researchers aren’t even sure what the foam is.

Mysterious hog farm explosions stump scientists

3. Gettysburg National Battlefield Gift Shop decides it’s probably a little distasteful to sell John Wilkes Booth bobblehead dolls 

Bobblehead dolls of the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln have been pulled from sale at the Gettysburg National Military Park visitors’ center bookstore.
The dolls of John Wilkes Booth with a handgun were removed from shelves on Saturday, a day after a reporter for Hanover’s The Evening Sun newspaper asked about them, officials said.

John Wilkes Booth Bobblehead

4. Donald Trump’s sons in line of fire over African hunting trip (pictured holding elephant’s tail)

With their bouffant hairstyles and pin- striped suits, the millionaire sons of Donald Trump are a chip off the old block when they appear among New York’s glitterati. But one area where Donald Jnr and Eric Trump don’t see eye-to-eye with their father is in killing animals for fun.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 15th 2012

5. Actor slits his own throat as knife switch turns fiction into reality

An actor slit his throat on stage when the prop knife for his suicide scene turned out to be a real one. Daniel Hoevels, 30, slumped over with blood pouring from his neck while the audience broke into applause at the “special effect”. Police are investigating whether the knife was a mistake or a murder plot. They are questioning the rest of the cast, and backstage hands with access to props; they will also carry out DNA tests.

Daniel Hoevels acting out the role of a suicide. In a later show, the knife was switched

 6. Volkswagen Beetle-funny and weird

I’m almost positive that there are many of you who have a soft spot for Beetle. Who wouldn’t have? If we’re to take into account the fact that it’s practical, small (so everybody can park it without any problems) and cute, then we know why Beetle has so many fans and owners. This car has made history and is now known as the world’s most-manufactured car of a single design platform.

 VW Beetle 1956

 7. Do you have a dirty mind ?

 Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 15th 2012

 8. World’s tallest man finally stops growing at 8 feet, 3 inches.

The world’s tallest man may have finally stopped growing at a towering 8ft 3ins thanks to a pioneering new treatment. Turkish farm labourer Sultan Kosen, 29, suffers from the rare disorder acromegaly which causes his body to continually produce the growth hormone.

Tall order: Doctors at the University of Virginia have developed a treatment for the world's tallest man Sultan Kosen which they say has finally stopped him growing at 8ft 3ins

9. Worker Who Hid Lottery Win From Friends Must Share $38.5 Million Prize

There were some dark twists in the plot line, inevitable, perhaps, when friends fight over $38.5 million in lottery winnings. The friends, construction workers from New Jersey, said they had pooled their money for lottery tickets for years. Five of them relied on a member of their little group, Americo Lopes, to buy the tickets. In November 2009, he collected their money and bought a Mega Millions ticket that won, but he told no one except lottery officials. He cashed in the ticket as if it were his alone.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 15th 2012

10. Chess just got less s*xy – Cleavage banned by the European Chess Union 

This isn’t the beer pong world championships – distractions during a championship chess game are surely unwarranted. An opponent across the table sporting a low-cut top could cause even the most expert chessman to focus on checking her out rather than delivering checkmate. So the European Chess Union has decided to lay out a dress code to keep the classiness in the game.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 15th 2012