Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012

Rare Corpse Flower will bloom …, Extreme dine-and-dash…,  Italian mayor bans dying…, S*x-starved fruit flies turn…, Largest Cоuntries…, Kills Celebrity Bunny …, shoot off his foot…, Man jumps from 13.5 miles in the air…, Pour it up…, My Strange Addiction…

1. A rare Corpse Flower will bloom in the next few days at Cornell University, and you can watch it happen on this live stream 

This titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum, is preparing to flower in the Kenneth Post Lab Greenhouses at Cornell University. On March 13, the unopened inflorescence measured 57 inches long. In recent days it’s been growing about 2 inches daily.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012

2. Extreme dine-and-dash: four guys skip out on the bill by BASE jumping out of 55th floor bar! 

The group of thrill-seekers reportedly made the leap from the 243-metre skyscraper about 7.30pm, freefalling before opening their parachutes for a soft landing.

BASE jump from Rialto Towers

3. Italian mayor bans dying to save burial space

The mayor of a town in southern Italy has banned dying. Giulio Cesare Fava passed the law earlier this month because Falciano del Massico, near Naples, has run out of burial space.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012

4. S*x-starved fruit flies turn to alcoholism after female rejection.

Male fruit flies that have been rejected by females drink significantly more alcohol than those that have mated freely, scientists say.

Drosophila SEM

5. What If the Largest Cоuntries Had the Biggest Populatiоns ?

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6. TV Crew Accidentally Kills Celebrity Bunny 

Til, a two-week old earless bunny, seemed destined to become Germany’s newest animal celebrity until a TV cameraman accidentally stepped on the bunny, instantly crushing him to death. The unidentified cameraman was filming a story on the small zoo in Saxony as it prepared to present the 17-day-old bunny to the world at a press conference.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012

 7. It was hard to make a jury believe a man would [intentionally] shoot off his foot.”

According to the FBI, insurance companies collect over $1 trillion in premiums each year. And, also according to the FBI, insurance fraud costs the industry $40 billion annually, causing premiums to increase between $400 and $700 per household. But don’t tell that to the people of Vernon, Florida.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012

 

 8. Man jumps from 13.5 miles in the air. Plans to do 23 miles.

Skydiving superstar Felix Baumgartner rode a pressurized capsule to the dizzying altitude of 71,580 feet this morning, paused to admire the curvature of the Earth and then … jumped. That’s when things got really wild.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012

 9. Pour it up

10. Woman drinks and bathes in her own urine on ‘My Strange Addiction’

After weeks of showcasing stranger and stranger addictions on TLC’s aptly-named “My Strange Addiction,” the upcoming season finale promises to top them all with a woman who not only drinks her own urine but also bathes in it, washes her eyes in it and even brushes her teeth with it.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 16th 2012