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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 16th, 2012

 If the Earth was 10ft closer to the sun…, amusement park…, Man Killed…, Facebook ‘Likes’…, soaring cost of college…, Fiat Photo Bombs Volkswagen…, dead in bathtub…, pilot who shot down…,  acronyms…, AMAZING transformation…

1. If the Earth was 10ft closer to the sun…

2. The most dangerous amusement park in American history

Action Park was an amusement park, open from 1978 to 1996 in Vernon Township, New Jerseyat the former Vernon Valley / Great Gorge ski area, now known as Mountain Creek. It featured three separate attraction areas: an alpine slide, Motorworld, and Waterworld. The latter was one of the first American waterparks.[1] Many of Action Park’s attractions were unique, attracting thrill-seekers from across the New York City metro area.

3. Man Killed After Giving Flowers from Wal-Mart for Mother’s Day 

Evetta Wright said she was puzzled when she got a call early Monday from her son. Not long before,  around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, she’d dropped Clifton “JR” Barkin off at his house after taking him to Wal-Mart to buy flowers and a Mother’s Day card for Paige Parkerson, the mother of Barkin’s two small children.

4. Fashion Like clothing hangers, tally up online Facebook ‘Likes’ with clothes available to buy on the shop floor.

We’re impressed with C&A Brazil’s new FashionLike clothing hangers, which tally up online Facebook ‘Likes’ with clothes available to buy on the shop floor.

5. A generation hobbled by the soaring cost of college

Kelsey Griffith graduates on Sunday from Ohio Northern University. To start paying off her $120,000 in student debt, she is already working two restaurant jobs and will soon give up her apartment here to live with her parents. Her mother, who co-signed on the loans, is taking out a life insurance policy on her daughter.

6. Fiat Photo Bombs Volkswagen With Elaborate Street View Prank

Well played, Fiat. By paying attention to when Google’s fleet of camera cars were snooping around Södertälje, where Volkswagen’s Swedish operations are headquartered, Fiat zinged their rival good. How? By parking a Fiat 500 right in front of the front door when Google’s Street View cars were out.

7. Newlywed, still in wedding dress, found dead in bathtub 2 days after wedding

The last time her family saw Estrella Carrera, she had just gotten married to the father of her youngest child. They started getting worried the next day when the 26-year-old Carrera failed to pick up the child, a 2-year-old boy, and her 9-year-old daughter. On Sunday, a sister called police.

8. The pilot who shot down his own plane.

An 18-year-old Utah man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after police say he left his homework at the crime scene. Police in Orem say they tracked a USB drive found at the burglarized home to Dallas Naljahih. They say the computer hard drive contained his homework and was in a backpack abandoned in the backyard.

9. Elementary school tells students they can’t use acronyms in each other’s yearbooks

Many of their friends have cell phones and Facebook accounts, and in August, they’ll be in middle school. They’re tweens, but sound mature beyond their years. Still, fifth graders at one north Fulton County elementary school were surprised they were told they couldn’t write just anything in each other’s yearbooks. If they wanted the yearbooks, they’d have to first sign a pledge that they wouldn’t use acronyms or draw pictures while signing the books.

10. Paratrooper blew out his knees and back with too many jumps. Could hardly walk, so he “gave up” and put on a lot of weight. Then a yoga instructor took him under his wing, and with sheer effort, this ex-paratrooper underwent an AMAZING transformation. Truly inspirational non-bullshit story.

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