Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 5th 2012

UFO-shaped building…, indoctrination…, Former College Student Sues School…, Killer Collected Unemployment checks…, 11 Incredible Weapons…, heart of Dublin’s patron saint…, everyday photo shoot…, Little Trees air fresheners…, 5 Reasons People Are Busier Than Ever…, Only 11 days left…

1. Surrounded by the snowy mountains of Bulgaria, there is a huge, crazy UFO-shaped building, made of concrete. In its glory days, it used to be covered with 30 metric tons of copper.

Over the years I’ve visited my fair share of abandoned buildings.  They’ve always held a very strong attraction for me.  Somehow, their silent decaying facades offer the perfect blank canvas for an introverted imagination like mine… literally allowing me to conjure up vivid images of the past in my present.  Unfortunately, I fear that this may be the best opportunity I have to experience the reality of time travel in my life time, something that I’ve fantasised about incessantly since I was a small child.

Photo: Copyright Timothy Allen .

2. Fox News runs a story about “indoctrination” when a student says Fox News lies

Imagine watching Fox News one night and your high school child walks into the room and proceeds to tell you that “Fox News lies!”. That happened to Nick Benson, a Californian who had two students enrolled at Barstow High School in San Bernardino County.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 5th 2012

3. Former College Student Sues School Because Her Roommate Was Having Too Much S*x

Lindsay Blankmeyer is seeking up to $150,000 in damages and fees claiming that Stonehill College in Massachusetts did not assist her in dealing with her overly s*xual roommate.

do not disturb sign door

4. Killer Collected Unemployment checks while in jail (or, the guy with the murder scene tattoo can’t catch a break)

A convicted killer who got caught because he’d tattooed a graphic mural of the murder scene on his chest allegedly raked in more than $30,000 in unemployment benefits while he sat in the Los Angeles County jail system, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 5th 2012

5. 11 Incredible Weapons That Only America Has

The Soviets exploded their first nuclear weapon in 1949. China revealed plans for its own stealth bomber last year. But there are still some weapons the rest of the world doesn’t have.Weapons like the MQ9 Reaper Drone, the Laser Avenger and the ADAPTIV cloaking give U.S. troops the advantage on any battlefield around the world.Some of these weapons have been around for several years but were recently modified, and some are still in production.

MQ9 Reaper Drone

 6. The preserved heart of Dublin’s patron saint has been stolen from the city’s Christ Church Cathedral, officials say.

The thief would have needed metal cutters to prise open the iron bars protecting the wooden heart-shaped box holding St Laurence O’Toole’s heart. Police believe it happened some time between Friday night and about 12.30 GMT on Saturday.

The iron container holding the preserved heart in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

7. Just your everyday photo shoot

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 5th 2012

8. What chance encounter caused the idea for Little Trees air fresheners?

Little Trees air fresheners the world over owe their rearview-mirror-dangling existence to a chance encounter some 60 years ago in Watertown, N.Y. On that particular day, Julius Samann listened to a milkman complain about one of his occupational hazards, the stench of spoiled milk. It turned out he was talking to just the right guy. Samann, a German-Jewish chemist who fled the Nazis, had studied Alpine tree aromas in the forests of Canada. He was interested in the technology used to transport and disseminate them.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 5th 2012

 9.   5 Reasons People Are Busier Than Ever 

Maybe you missed it, but there’s been a slew of new productivity apps lately:Orchestra, Clear, Asana, and so many others. We haven’t had this much productivity since David Allen coined GTD. So why the obsession with productivity apps?

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 5th 2012

10. Only 11 days left till SpaceBat Day. Let’s never forget this inspirational little guy.

Global sales of arms and military services by the 100 largest defense contractors increased in 2010 to $411.1 billion, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The increase reflects a decade-long trend of growing military spending. Since 2002, total arms sales among the 100 largest arms manufacturers have increased 60%.

USS Gerald Ford

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