Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 19th 2012

Russian photographer works with ants…, New York beekeepers quadruple…, Corpse Flower blooming now…, Australia was trying to kill us…, 6 Acts of Real-Life Heroism…, “amicably resolve” the dispute over a pint…,  Na*ed family prays outside…,  Former Mr. Universe turns 100 in India…, Where Fashion Is the F-Word, Geocaching is fun…

1. Russian photographer works with ants, poses them for incredible pictures. 

Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov takes insane macro pictures of LIVE ants by spending hours and hours playing with them and posing them to get the perfect shot. I…can’t even believe half of them are real. Of course I have zero experience posing ants and have only burnt them with a magnifying glass, so maybe it’s actually easier than I thought.


2. New York beekeepers quadruple: Apiarist numbers in New York city have surged since the ban on keeping bees was lifted two years ago

NYCBeekeeping, the city’s largest beekeeping group, reports that membership has grown from around 325 to more than 1,300 people and there are now hives on skyscraper rooftops, in community gardens, and school backyards across the five boroughs.

Beekeeping in New York

3. Remember the Corpse Flower from a couple days ago? It’s blooming now!

This titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum, is preparing to flower in the Kenneth Post Lab Greenhouses at Cornell University. As of the morning of March 18, the unopened inflorescence measured 66.5 inches tall.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 19th 2012

4. And you thought Australia was trying to kill us…

We know that whirlpools are a thing. But we tend to think that, in the real world, they’re either relatively small-scale phenomena or, at worst, a temporary hazard — something caused by a shift in tides, or a sinking mass — that’ll eventually just go away on its own.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 19th 2012

5. 6 Acts of Real-Life Heroism Made Possible by Video Games 

As Cracked has pointed out before, mankind is just now coming around to the idea that video gamesmight actually be good for something after all. We need these stories to counterbalance two decades of claims that games brainwash kids into going on shooting sprees, and after having watched many friends abandon their social lives in favor of grinding for XP.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 19th 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 19th 2012

6. A Hollywood producer who filed an injunction demanding a Southampton pub stop calling itself  The Hobbit has offered to “amicably resolve” the dispute over a pint.

Paul Zaentz’s claim for copyright infringement against the colourful free house, which has held its name for more than 20 years, was criticised by Hobbit stars Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen. Zaentz, whose California-based Saul Zaentz company also owns rights to The Lord of the Rings, defended his actions but said he would consider offering the pub an official licence under the right circumstances.

Pub in name battle

7. Na*ed family prays outside Philadelphia-area school

Police arrested Sara Butler, 43, and her children Joanne, 23, Bessie, 22, and a 14-year-old boy after all four stripped in front of Upper Darby High School. Authorities say the bizarre incident began when Butler showed up at the school about 10 a.m. demanding to see a student.

Na*ed family arrested at Upper Darby High school

8. Former Mr. Universe turns 100 in India

A former Mr. Universe who has just turned 100 said Sunday that happiness and a life without tensions are the key to his longevity. Manohar Aich, who is 4 foot 11 inches (150 centimeters) tall, overcame many hurdles, including grinding poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve body building glory.

AP Photo

9. Where Fashion Is the F-Word

For nearly 40 years, Patagonia has prided itself on selling high-quality, high-performance outdoor apparel to dirt bags. Dirt bag is a term used affectionately around the company offices. It describes the kind of person who might organize an impromptu game of hacky sack in the middle of an El Capitan ascent, casually enjoy a bottle of beer while free soloing a sheer face on Mount Arapiles, or hitchhike outside Tahoe holding a cardboard sign reading Will belay for food!!! These are all scenes captured over the years in the Patagonia catalog, which, in addition to displaying the company’s wares, documents the dirt-bag lifestyle in vibrant action photography. Sometimes the dirt bags are clad in Patagonia gear, sometimes they’re playing the bongos topless by a bonfire on the banks of the Colorado River.

Yvon Chouinard

10. Geocaching is fun hidden in plain sight

If on a recent weekday afternoon you saw an otherwise sane-seeming thirtysomething woman running her hands along a chain-link fence in the parking lot of Philippe the Original or thrashing around in the woods of Griffith Park above the Greek Theatre, that was me. Contrary to appearances, I was neither on drugs nor hiding a dead body; I was just geocaching.


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