Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

A health clinic’s landlord…, I am very real…, Disturbingarticles about Tetris…, greatest tragedy…, The ultimate man-cave…, Rest Stop Confidential…, Political commentator Keith Olbermann…, Go Cowboys…, School bus…, Dartmouth Frat Boys…

1. A health clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters (scroll down for story; alternative link to avoid paywall)

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

2. I am very real

In October of 1973, Bruce Severy — a 26-year-old English teacher at Drake High School, North Dakota — decided to use Kurt Vonnegut’s novel,Slaughterhouse-Five, as a teaching aid in his classroom. The next month, on November 7th, the head of the school board, Charles McCarthy, demanded that all 32 copies be burned in the school’s furnace as a result of its “obscene language.” Other books soon met with the same fate.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

3. One of the most insightful and disturbingarticles about Tetris

Apart from being a fine game, Tetris is also a perfect mirror of the human condition. For a while the game is entertaining, and we seem to have mastered it and are having fun. Then, something goes wrong. A rash mistake, or an unfulfilled wish, and we’re fighting to repair the damage, but we’ve been thrown off-balance, and the cancer is spreading. Blocks that were once orderly and harmonious are jumbled and filled with holes, and our cup is on the verge of running over. There’s always a point at which we stop planning for the future, and realise that we don’t have one – all we can do is cling to the present and concentrate, focus our minds on what it’s like to be alive, to play the game, before it’s all over. You were waiting for a four-by-one block that never came.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

4. The single greatest tragedy of human history.

Horse was fed up walking this fat bitch.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

 5. The Only Guy Out There: the ultimate man-cave, in remote Utah

WHEN a man escapes from an Iron Curtain country in an aircraft he built himself, perhaps it should not be surprising, nearly three decades later, to find him making his home in an airplane hangar.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

 6. Rest Stop Confidential: How I Ended up Having S*x With Men in Bathrooms: Across America, countless men are meeting up for s*x in highway bathrooms. I’m one of them. Here’s why.

I was 15 the first time I found out that men have s*x in public. On the way to Maine with my mom and stepfather, we pulled off the highway and into a rest area. At the urinal, there was a man next to me. He was tall and homely, and holding himself. He stared at me. I was electrified, but held to that spot; he shook himself at me and I couldn’t move.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

 7. Political commentator Keith Olbermann makes a dramatic ragequit: “I’d like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV. … joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one.”

Countdown had never been better. But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally, while I’ve been not publicizing my complaints, and keeping the show alive for the sake of its loyal viewers and even more loyal staff. Nevertheless, Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt, instead of abiding by their promises and obligations and investing in a quality news program, finally thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

 8. Death row inmate in Texas yells out “Go Cowboys” as his last words

A convicted child s*x offender was executed Wednesday for the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was baby-sitting at a home in Dallas. Jesse Joe Hernandez smiled and laughed at times before receiving a lethal injection for the slaying of Karlos Borja 11 years ago.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

9. School bus with children on board outran tornado as sirens wailed

A school bus driver in Henryville, Indiana had to outrun this month’s devastating EF4 tornado with nearly a dozen children on board. She got them to safety just minutes before the bus is tossed around by the twister.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012

10. Dartmouth Frat Boys Hazed by Eating “Vomlets”

he week after his arrest, Lohse withdrew from Dartmouth on “medical leave,” an indeterminate timeout often taken by students with eating disorders or drug or alcohol problems. “The day I left, I said goodbye to a guy I thought was one of my best friends, and told him I had a problem,” Lohse recalls. “He told me with the way everyone drinks, he had no way to tell who had an alcohol problem.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 31st 2012