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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 26th, 2012

DON’T PANIC!…, World’s smallest artificial…, DEA Illegally GPS…, disgruntled Higley…, Mexican boy’s ‘eyes…,  5 Famous Child Stars…, baby boomers…, Woman fined for blowing whistle…,  Male birth control pill…, 18month old Chinese Girl…

1. DON’T PANIC! It’s just Towel Day!

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth.

2. World’s smallest artificial heart saves a baby!

The smallest artificial heart in the world, weighing only 11 grams, was enough to save life of an infant boy suffering a deadly disease. Italian doctors who completed the surgery say it kept the baby alive till a donor was found. This is the first time that such a small heart has been implanted to human. The boy suffered from dilated myocardiopathy, a disease which eventually would atrophy the heart muscle and stop its ability to pump blood.

3. DEA Illegally GPS-Tracked a Drug Runner…

The one thing you can’t fault the US Drug Enforcement Agency for is not trying hard enough. These dedicated civil servants won’t let trivialities like “laws” and “warrants” hinder their efforts to enforce other laws and warrants.

4. A disgruntled Higley parent who wanted to get back at his son’s assistant principal has been convicted of two felonies after starting a fake profile on a p*rnographic website under the assistant principal’s name.

A disgruntled Higley parent who wanted to get back at his son’s assistant principal has been convicted of two felonies after starting a fake profile on a p*rnographic website under the assistant principal’s name. Robert Dale Esparza Jr., 34, was upset that his then 13-year-old son had his iPod confiscated at Gateway Pointe Elementary School last year, and blamed Assistant Principal Frank Hendricsen.

5. Mexican boy’s ‘eyes gouged out in satanic ritual’ – video

A five-year old child is flown to a Mexico City hospital by paramedics after his eyes are allegedly removed with a spoon during a satanic ritual attended by his parents. Seven people were arrested, including the boy’s parents. Police said they were called to the house in the Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl area early on Thursday

6.   5 Famous Child Stars Who Lost a Fortune

Most people think managing money is hard for the average American who earns a middle-income wage. But the same can be true for celebrities and child actors. In fact, many young stars earned extraordinary amounts of money during their prime and then saw it all fall away. This article looks at five child stars who lost it all and the bad decisions that caused the financial mismanagement.

 7. Great article about baby boomers, entitlement, and youth

“Entitlement.” We hear that word associated again and again with student protesters in Quebec. Usually, it’s preceded by the words, “sense of.” “They think someone owes them a living,” disgruntled critics harrumph. “Wait until they get into the real world.”

8. Woman fined for blowing whistle into phone

A 61-year-old German woman has been fined €800 for blowing a whistle down the telephone at a call-centre worker and damaging her hearing – after she got fed up with constant cold-calls to her house.

9. Male birth control pill soon a reality

Forty-year-old Scott Hardin says he’s glad that men may soon have a new choice when it comes to birth control. But, he adds, he would not even consider taking a male hormonal contraceptive. Hardin is like many men who are pleased to hear they may have a new option but are wary of taking any type of hormones.

10. 18month old Chinese Girl weigh in 41 lbs

They say that Asians have a naturally slim physique. Unfortunately, this is not the case for Dan Dan, an 18-month-old girl who has difficulty walking because of her weight. Dan Dan weighs around 19 kg, (about 41 lbs).

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