Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 21th 2012

Woman texting…., booming noises in Wisconsin…, Firefighters dressed in drag…, Criminals Stealing Tide Detergent…, One Response to a Reddit Query…, Girl survives…, tattoo will vibrate…,  101-year-old woman paraglides…, Job seekers…, Electro-Shock Therapy…

1. Woman texting and walking falls off pier into Lake Michigan

Bonnie Miller of Benton Harbor told 24 Hour News 8 she was with her husband and 15-year-old son when she lost her balance on the South Pier in St. Joseph. She was fully clothed and had trouble treading water due to the heavy current.

2. Strange vibration and unexplained booming noises in Wisconsin. 

Mysterious underground booms resumed early Wednesday in the eastern Wisconsin community of Clintonville after a quiet night. The noise awakened some residents Sunday and Monday night. After checking numerous theories about what may have caused the noise, authorities are still at a loss to explain the origin.

3. Firefighters dressed in drag for parade float grab a firehose and put out a sudden fire.

Two male firefighters adorned in bright dresses rushed to battle an engine fire Saturday during the Padua Parade in central Minnesota. John Egan, the Sauk Centre Fire Chief, said the firefighters in drag were members of the Sedan Fire Department. They were participating in the parade when a truck engine caught fire nearby.

4. Why Are Criminals Stealing Tide Detergent and Using It for Money?

M.L. Nestel wrote that Tide liquid laundry soap appears to have become a favorite target of shoplifters around the nation, who are jacking the product from store shelves in bulk, then selling it on the black market. Thieves simply load up shopping carts full of the bright orange bottles, then bolt out the door.

5.  How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big Budget Movie

James Erwin, 37, works for a financial services firm in Des Moines, Iowa, writing software manuals. He’s been doing that for a couple of years, and he enjoys it. It’s a pretty low-stress job for a person with a methodical turn of mind—good pay, short commute. He’s home by 5:30 every night to spend time with his wife and 1-year-old son.

Photo: Sam Comen

6. Girl survives getting run over by 33 trains; now helps people cope with depression

Kristen Anderson thought she had no reason to live. But when she survived getting run over by 33 freight trains, she started to reconsider her purpose in this world.

7. Nokia has filed a patent for a haptic communication system where your tattoo will vibrate when your phone rings.

Nokia proposes that the material worn on the body or painted on the skin can detect a magnetic field and emit a vibration with options for different kind of haptic feedbacks, among which the user may choose to personalize the device. The magnetic field, when detected by the apparatus, would cause a different effect based on characteristics. For example, the magnetic field may cause vibration of one short pulse, multiple short pulses, a few long pulses, combined short and long pulses, strong pulses and weak pulses.

8. 101-year-old woman paraglides into record books

9. Job seekers getting asked for facebook passwords!!

When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

10. Scientists Reveal How Electro-Shock Therapy May Treat Depression after More than 70yrs

Scientists say that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) also called shock therapy, which involves placing electrodes on the temples to shock the brain and to electrically induce seizure, may treat patients with severe depression by “turning down” an overactive connection between areas, according to researchers from the University of Aberdeen.