Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 6th 2012

Bright idea…, promiscuous primates…, 5 Saddest Attempts…, weird stuff …, fantastic anymore…, San Francisco Bay Area awakened by 4.0 quake…, Amateur footballer sues church…, Ultra-conservative Egyptian lawmaker resigns …, Andrew Breitbart…, state’s hospitals want fewer patients…

1. Someone once had a bright idea

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 6th 2012

2. Why female bonobos are such ‘promiscuous primates’

Bonobos, a close cousin of the more widely known chimpanzee, are willing to do just about anything in the s*xual realm if it helps them climb the social ladder. “And, boy, do they like s*x,” says Jennifer Welsh atLiveScience. Here, a guide to these “promiscuous primates”…

Young bonobos embrace: The female primates are social climbers, according to new research, who will use s*x with high-ranking alpha females to gain status for themselves.

3. The 5 Saddest Attempts to Take Over a Country

The thing about being an evil dictator is that you need evil henchmen to help out. And the thing about having evil henchmen is that eventually they say, “Wait a second, why aren’t I the one in charge?” The only good thing about that scenario is that sometimes, hilarity ensues

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 6th 2012

4. Remember the bridge in Scotland where dogs keep inexplicably leaping to their death? Turns out more weird stuff happens there, as well.

If you are in Scotland and a dog owner, there is one place that you should completely avoid if you and your four legged friend decide to go for a walk:  The Overtoun Bridge.  Located on near the Overtoun House, a beautiful house and estate in West Darbontshire, the bridge runs approximately 50 feet (or 15 meters for you snooty folks) over the River Clyde.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 6th 2012

5. Not so fantastic anymore, eh?

A fox believed to be the biggest killed in Britain was shot after attacking lambs on an Aberdeenshire farm. It weighed 38lbs 1oz (17.2kg) and was 4ft 9in (1.4m) from nose to the tip of its tail. On average the animals tend to weigh up to about 15lbs (6.8kg). Alan Hepworth, 69, from Rothiemay, shot the fox on a friend’s farm and said its size was “incredible”.

Alan Hepworth with fox [Pic: Central Scotland News Agency]

 6. San Francisco Bay Area awakened by 4.0 quake

Two small, back-to-back earthquakes shook San Francisco Bay area residents awake Monday morning but appeared to leave no serious damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude-2.9 quake struck at 5:33 a.m. about eight miles northeast of San Francisco in the city of El Cerrito. It was followed eight seconds later by a magnitude-4.0 temblor, said geophysicist Paul Caruso.

A pair of Oracle Racing AC45s sail past the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Feb. 21, 2012.

 7. Amateur footballer sues church for stopping him becoming a successful professional player.

According to the London Evening Standard, 46-year-old Arquimedes Nganga, who currently lives in Forest Hill, London, but used to play for a third division side in his native Portugal, quit the sport at the age of 25, two years after he converted to the Baptist faith. He believes he could have earned £20,000 a week, despite never making more than £200 a month playing semi-professionally.

Old Trafford

8. Ultra-conservative Egyptian lawmaker resigns after being caught in a lie about getting plastic surgery on his nose.

The first political scandal of Egypt’s fledgling electoral democracy erupted Monday after an Islamist lawmaker was expelled from his ultraconservative party, accused of fabricating a story that he was viciously beaten by masked gunmen.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 6th 2012

 9. What Killed Andrew Breitbart?

The sudden death of a youngish media celebrity in the early hours of the morning can usually be counted on to provoke a torrent of salacious speculation from LA’s ravenous media gossip mill. The passing of Andrew Breitbart last Thursday was no exception

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 6th 2012

10. To stay fiscally healthy, state’s hospitals want fewer patients 

To survive the unprecedented challenges coming with federal healthcare reform, California hospitals are upending their bedrock financial model: They are trying to keep some patients out of their beds. Hospital executives must adapt rapidly to a new way of doing business that will link finances to maintaining patients’ health and impose penalties for less efficient and lower-quality care…

Hospitals strive to stay fiscally healthy

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