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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 15th, 2012

George Lucas abandons plan…, Delightful Dolls’ Houses …, Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony…, Fisherman sues cruise line…, buried city of Xultun…,  Fruit truck bursts…, Hormones cause women…, Awkwardness Of Puberty…, famous Guy with blue skin …, Is this your homework…

1. George Lucas abandons plan to build movie studio in hoity-toity Marin County; decides instead to build low-income housing 

George Lucas’ rich neighbors don’t want him building a movie studio in their backyard. His response is the best thing he’s done in years. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, for four decades Lucas has owned a large swath of land in Marin County in the North San Francisco Bay and has spent the past few years trying to transform the ranch on it into a massive, nearly 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art movie studio complete with day care center, restaurant, gym and a 200-car garage. His neighbors, however, have rejected it every step of the way.

2. Delightful Dolls’ Houses That Look Like Miniature Mansions

Barbie, eat your heart out. There’s not a glimpse of pink plastic among the small but perfectly formed exhibits on display at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, May 11 – May 13.

3. Author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony (The elephant whisperer) died March 7. His family tells of a solemn procession on March 10 that defies human explanation.

For 12 hours, two herds of wild South African elephants slowly made their way through the Zululand bush until they reached the house of late author Lawrence Anthony, the conservationist who saved their lives.The formerly violent, rogue elephants, destined to be shot a few years ago as pests, were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony, who had grown up in the bush and was known as the “Elephant Whisperer.”

4. Fisherman sues cruise line after 28 days stranded at sea, saying they should have stopped and saved him

An 18-year-old Panamanian fisherman who survived 28 days adrift at sea is suing Princess Cruise Lines, arguing that one of its cruise ships should have stopped and saved him. A negligence lawsuit filed in Florida last week says the behavior of officers or crew members of the Star Princess was “outrageous and, under the circumstances, so beyond all bounds of decency as to be regarded as shocking, atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”

5. Archaeologists have stumbled upon an astronomer’s workshop in the buried city of Xultun

Archaeologists working in one of the most impenetrable rain forests in Guatemala have stumbled on a remarkable discovery: a room full of wall paintings and numerical calculations. The buried room apparently was a workshop used by scribes or astronomers working for a Mayan king. The paintings depict the king and members of his court. The numbers mark important periods in the Maya calendar.

6. Fruit truck bursts into flames on I-95 – It’s A Flavor Explosion!

If you were heading west from eastern or central Connecticut Sunday on Interstate 95, you may have been stuck in some of the gridlock that ensued after this truck, featured in a host of Report-It photos sent to WTNH, burst into flames. The trailer was gutted after becoming engulfed in flames on the exit 52 on-ramp, WTNH reported.

7. Hormones cause women to choose a George Clooney or James Bond type over average-looking guys who might make better fathers, says a researcher from the University of Texas at No Fucking Shit.

Women choose bad boys because their hormones make them, new research suggests. When ovulating a woman’s hormones influence who she sees as good potential fathers, and they specifically pick sexier men over obviously more dependable men.

8. The Awkwardness Of Puberty In 7 Seconds

This guys friends must really not like him to have posted this on youtube for all to see. Boy I am glad that I’m done with that awkward stage.

9. Remember the famous Guy with blue skin (because he ate colloidal silver)… well he is homeless now :( 

Paul Karason shocked the world four years ago as a man who turned his skin the color blue. Karason appeared on INSIDE EDITION, Oprah and the Today show.
But what ever happened to Karason, the guy who will forever be known as Blue Man?Sadly, he’s fallen on hard times. Karason even lost his home and had no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. Karason told INSIDE EDITION, “I really had no other place to go.”

10. Is this your homework, Larry? Is this your homework? You’re entering a world of pain, son. You’re killing your father, Larry. You might want to look out that window

An Orem teen is likely kicking himself for doing his homework and then allegedly leaving it at the scene of a crime. Orem police said they were called early Saturday morning to a home near 900 South and 50 East by a homeowner who woke to find a prowler in his home. When the 75-year-old resident went to investigate, he stumbled upon the 18-year-old rifling through his desk. The teen then punched the resident in the face and fled, police said.

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