Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

Dolphins die of heroin overdose at zoo…, 92-year-old selling helium suicide kits…, World’s most expensive animals…, ‘Falling Bear’ Internet Star Dies…, multiple debates with confessed atheists…, Wife watches Army Captain Husband Die…, Eastern Michigan University accidentally…,  coffee can lead to love…, cramming for exams in China…, NYC Subway gets Rick Roll’d…

1. Dolphins die of heroin overdose at zoo, “This would seem to confirm initial suspicions that whacked-out ravers fed the dolphins drugs while possibly on some kind of weird acid trip.”

A toxicology report has surfaced that says two dolphins who died last year after a zoo rave in Switzerland that says heroin was found in the mammals’ urine.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

2. 92-year-old selling helium suicide kits faces sentencing for failing to file federal tax returns.

A 92-year-old retired school teacher who sold $40 helium kits to people who could use it to kill themselves faces sentencing in San Diego for failing to file federal tax returns. Sharlotte Hydorn faces a maximum term of one year in prison when she is sentenced Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Skomal.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

3. World’s most expensive animals – Like a 1 Million Dollar Goat…

Its pure white coat and long silky ears suggest this sheep is no domestic dolly, but it’s hard to believe the animal is so rare a Chinese farmer has turned down 12 million Yuan (£1.1m) for the livestock. Land owner Paerhati bought the Wagir sheep from Afghanistan last March when it was just a lamb and shunned the huge cash offer in favour of breeding the animal, which will soon be suitable for mating.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

4. ‘Falling Bear’ Internet Star Dies After Being Hit By Car

The 280-pound bear was struck by two cars on interstate 36 in Colorado on Thursday, resulting in its death and minor injuries to the two drivers. The bear captured the internet’s attention late last month when it was photographed falling from a tree after being tranquilized. The bear had wandered up a tree near dorms on the University of Colorado campus.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012



5. “I have been trying, for the better part of ten years, to buy a soul. […] Despite multiple debates with confessed atheists, no one has signed the contract. I have been able to buy several people’s Sense of Humor and one guy’s Dignity, but no souls.”

Our latest Freakonomics Radio podcast is called “Soul Possession.” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, listen via the media player above, or read the transcript below.) This kicks off a new season of original podcasts, marking the end of the hour-long “mashupdates”we’ve recently released.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

6. Wife watches Army Captain Husband Die While on Skype

The wife of a U.S. Army captain in Afghanistan watched a live link for two hours of her husband slumped over a computer keyboard with a bullet hole in a closet behind him as she tried to summon help for him, she said. The account by Susan Orellana-Clark offers new details about what she saw happen some 7,500 miles away, while raising fresh questions as to how he died and why, according to her, it took two hours for anyone to come to his aid.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

7. Eastern Michigan University accidentally sends email to entire student body telling them they’ve been dismissed.

Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin issued an apology to students after a mass email was mistakenly sent Friday informing students they were dismissed from the university. The message says that due to academic performance in the winter 2012 semester, the student has been dismissed from the university and all further enrollment will be canceled.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

8. Study finds that coffee can lead to love.

Planning a first date? A coffee shop isn’t a bad idea. Just make sure you forego the iced coffee and get something warm. A study from psychologists at the University of Colorado and Yale showed that people are more likely to think affectionately of someone else if that person is holding something warm—like a cup of joe.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

9. An entire class of high school students receive IV drips while cramming for exams in China

Photos of high school graduating senior students given intravenous drips in class has become viral on Sina Weibo. Within hours since it was uploaded yesterday morning, it had been shared by tens of thousands of Weibo users. The original uploader, “CHImushroom”, is a senior student at a high school in Xiaogan, central China’s Hubei province. In the photo, the classroom is brightly lit up late in the evening. On each desk, piles of books take up much space. Wires are installed above desks for hanging IV-drip dispensing bottles. Another animated gif picture offers a panoramic view of the classroom with a teacher standing in the front giving a lecture. “CHImushroom” joked in her microblogging post on Weibo, “This teacher, faced with such an intimidating scene, how did you manage to stand firm and hold it?”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 08th, 2012

10. NYC Subway gets Rick Roll’d