Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider…, Ted Koppel Says Stephen Colbert…, Researcher believed to have been killed…, This assassin bug carries the sucked out exoskeletons…, Boy made honorary Marine before death…, A letter from “Scumbag Steve”…, Shut Down Your Abandoned MySpace Account …, Tallest man in America…, Blazing mouse sets fire to house…, IKEA accused of using Cuban convict labor…

1. Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider are asked what would happen if you were to put your hand in its proton beam.

2. Ted Koppel Says Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart are “doing a better job than the real journalists”

Comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart earned a tip of the hat from legendary newsman Ted Koppel, who said their Comedy Central spoofs of traditional network and cable news shows offer solid coverage of important issues and events. “They don’t pretend to be journalists,” said Koppel, who created ABC’s long-running Nightline news program. But, he added: “They are doing a better job than the real journalists.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

3. Researcher believed to have been killed by his own lab bacteria

A young research associate killed by a highly virulent strain of meningococcal disease is believed to have contracted the bacteria from the San Francisco lab where he was working on a vaccine against it, public health officials said on Thursday.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

4. This assassin bug carries the sucked out exoskeletons of around 20 of its prey on its back..

It is less than a centimeter in length and that is something for which, quite possibly, we can be truly grateful! This assassin bug, found in Malaysia, has a trick up its sleeve once it has finished its dinner. It attaches the empty carcases of its victims on its back – a ploy thought to be an attempt to avoid becoming a victim itself.



Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

5. Boy made honorary Marine before death

2-year-old Cody Green has always admired the strength and courage of the marines. At 12:35 Saturday afternoon, it was the Marines admiring the strength and courage of Cody. Cody had leukemia since he was 22 months old, but beat the disease three times. Although he was cancer-free, the chemotherapy lowered his immune system and Saturday afternoon, he died from a fungus that attacked his brain. Members of the Marines decided to step in and do something.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

6. A letter from “Scumbag Steve” to “Annoying Facebook Girl”

Blake Boston, the young man who appears in the “Scumbag Steve” photo-meme (a picture of a teenager in a sort of “urban” outfit, captioned with various wry sayings that imply that “Steve” is kind of a jerk) sent a moving and sensible letter to “Annoying Facebook Girl” (another meme-unfortunate, featuring a photo of a girl pulling a face, captioned with expressions of enthusiasm over irrelevancies). Boston/Steve has clearly experienced a serious impact on his life as a result of his meme-status, and has given the matter a lot of thought.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

7. Shut Down Your Abandoned MySpace Account Using This Humiliating Trick

I was wrong. You may actually be able to delete your old embarrassing MySpace profile even if you’re completely locked out of the account. But you must pose for a picture with your MySpace URL like it’s 2003 and you’re trying to prove to your webcam girlfriend that you’re not a total scammer.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

8. Tallest man in America receives a new pair of shoes (valued at $15K) for first time in over a decade.

Igor Vovkivinskiy is a big man with a big heart. A very big heart. It’s literally twice as big as the average person’s. From the perspective of most people, Vovkivinskiy is a giant. At 7-foot-8.33 inches tall, he’s the tallest man in the United States, and he’s been dealing with a colossal problem: He can’t find shoes that fit.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

9. Blazing mouse sets fire to house : A US man who threw a mouse onto a pile of burning leaves could only watch in horror as it ran into his house and set the building ablaze.

A US man who threw a mouse onto a pile of burning leaves could only watch in horror as it ran into his house and set the building ablaze. Luciano Mares, 81, of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, found the mouse in his home and wanted to get rid of it. “I had some leaves burning outside, so I threw it in the fire, and the mouse was on fire and ran back at the house,” he was quoted as saying by AP.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012

10. IKEA accused of using Cuban convict labor in the 1980s to make tables and chairs

The claims follow allegations this week that East German political prisoners were forced to make furniture for the Swedish retailer from the 1970s. According to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a deal to make Ikea furniture in Cuban prisons was hatched using East German trading connections.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 05th, 2012