Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

Dead bodies while flying a kite…,  You are what you read…, experiments…, Illegal harness horse race…, Meet Galactaron…, Kodak had a secret weapons…, Uh r*pe…, kidding me…, vengeful jilted dentist…, American Boys Bill of Rights…

1. Weird: Finding two dead bodies while you’re flying a kite. Really Weird: They are wearing raincoats, lead masks, and carrying a note about taking pills waiting for something to happen.

On August 20 of 1966, a young man named Jorge De Costa Alves was flying a kite on Vintém Hill.  What most likely started out as a peaceful afternoon became very bizarre and a bit gruesome when Jorge stumbled across the bodies of two dead men.  As if that weren’t shocking enough (for most people at least), the men were both dressed in matching suits, water-proof rain coats, and were wearing lead masks.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

2. You are what you read, study suggests.

Novels may have a lot more power than we think. When you identify with a literary character, like Katniss Everdeen of the “Hunger Games” books, there’s a good chance you’ll become more like her, new study shows.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

3. Jurors conducting their own experiments and research is becoming a growing concern

Juror Dennis DeMartin has gotten more than his 15 minutes of fame for revealing in a self-­published book that he drank three vodkas one night during the trial to determine whether Wellington polo mogul John Goodman was unfit to drive in a 2010 crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson. But he is hardly the first – or likely to be the last – juror to head home to experiment.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

4. Illegal harness horse race on a busy highway in Ireland… wtf?!

Irish police are investigating a possible illegal horse race near Blarney, County Cork. Around 60 to 70 spectators in a number of cars and vans were seen following harness racers on the main Cork to Mallow road on 5 May. A video of the race, which is associated with the traveller community, has been uploaded to social network sites.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

5. 6 months of my friend’s life went into this, and it came out fantastic. Meet Galactaron.

6. Kodak had a secret weapons-grade nuclear reactor… in the basement at their corporate office

Kodak may be going under, but apparently they could have started their own nuclear war if they wanted, just six years ago. Down in a basement in Rochester, NY, they had a nuclear reactor loaded with 3.5 pounds of enriched uranium—the same kind they use in atomic warheads.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

7. Uh r*pe? Sfw

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

8. Are you f*cking kidding me?

Avid texters beware: Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking. “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware,” said Thomas Ripoli, chief of the Fort Lee Police Department.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

9. Story of vengeful jilted dentist WAS too good to be true 

A hugely popular news story about a jilted dentist accused of pulling out all her ex-boyfriend’s teeth has unraveled as a hoax. News websites around the world ran the story last week about a woman in Poland named Anna Maćkowiak who took revenge on a man named Marek Olszewski when he turned up at her clinic complaining of toothache, days after dumping her for another woman.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

10. American Boys Bill of Rights

We… The Boys of America believe in these OURRIGHTS: the right to LIBERTY, hard-won by our forefathers ~ the right to HAPPINESS that comes with the growth of a healthy body and mind ~ the right to TRAINING, thoughtfully planned by parents, school and church ~ the right to OPPORTUNITY, to live, learn, play and grow up in the time-honored traditions of a free people ~ and the right to learn to SHOOT SAFELY.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 14th, 2012

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