Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 29th, 2012

Ethics, and lives…, Expensive Food…, Daily Show writer partners …, Tyrannosaurus…, Discreet Murder Weapon…, pretty cool…,  Afghanistan’s supergran…, Inconspicuous Brooklyn Block…, B. F. Skinner’s notorious theory…, Pink Floyd guitarist…

1. Ethics, and lives saved by committing murder 

2. The World’s Most Expensive Food

Bank holiday is fast approaching and with it, the promise of long, lazy brunches in the sunshine. And if you thought Eggs Benedict and champagne was extravagant, you should cast an eye across the pond. Over in New York – the spiritual heartland of the brunch – city slickers can eat out in truly decadent style with the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata. Made with toppings of lobster and Sevurga caviar, this £650 dish goes way beyond your average eggs-with-ketchup fare, and seriously ups the stakes of what constitutes a lavish brunch.

3. Daily Show writer partners with Slate to crowdsource ideas for amending and rewriting the Constitution. Provide your ideas to the right

The U.S. Constitution is no spring chicken. Our founding document turns 225 this year, and after more than two centuries of wear and tear, it’s begging for a few nips and tucks. Maybe even some full-on body work. Luckily, Daily Show writer Kevin Bleyer spent the last few years pledging his life, fortune, and sacred honor—not to mention his nights and weekends—to rewriting a new foundation for our floundering nation. His new book,Me the People, is out this week—just in time to save America.

4. A Tyrannosaurus Rex made of Balloons

5. The History of Sux, the World’s Most Discreet Murder Weapon

You might notice the sting of the injection. Within seconds you’d realize you’re having trouble moving your eyes and fingers, followed by your arms and legs. If you were standing, you’d collapse.

6. Addison Logan went garage-sale shopping last week…He picked up a “pretty cool” Polaroid camera for $1, brought it home, and pulled out the cartridge. Inside was a photo that he showed to grandma: of her then-teenaged son, Scott, with his girlfriend—about 10 years before he died in a car accident.

A boy’s visit to a local garage sale has nearly brought back a lost family member from the dead, theWichita Eagle reports. Addison Logan went garage-sale shopping last week because he’d broken his arm and couldn’t ride his dirt bike as usual. He picked up a “pretty cool” Polaroid camera for $1, brought it home, and pulled out the cartridge. Inside was a photo that he showed to grandma: of her then-teenaged son, Scott, with his girlfriend—about 10 years before he died in a car accident.

7. Afghanistan’s supergran crimebuster on wheels

It’s unusual for a woman to be a leader in Afghanistan but Zarifa Qazizadah has become the country’s only female village chief through force of personality and determination to get things done – even if that means cross-dressing, wearing a false moustache and driving around on a motorbike at night.

 8. On an Inconspicuous Brooklyn Block, a Curious Nickname and Hobbit Doors

Outsiders call it the street with little doors. That is, if they know it at all, because Dennet Place, a tiny lane near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, is something of a secret. It can evade GPS, and even some people who have lived nearby for years have never heard of it.

9. B. F. Skinner’s notorious theory of behavior modification was denounced by critics 50 years ago as a fascist, manipulative vehicle for government control. But it’s making an unlikely comeback today

MY YOUNGER BROTHER DAN gradually put on weight over a decade, reaching 230 pounds two years ago, at the age of 50. Given his 5-foot-6 frame, that put him 45 pounds above the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s threshold of obesity. Accompanying this dubious milestone were a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and multiple indicators of creeping heart disease, all of which left him on a regimen of drugs aimed at lowering his newly significant risks of becoming seriously ill and of dying at an unnecessarily early age.

10. Pink Floyd guitarist, wife evacuated after WWII-era bomb found near mansion

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and his wife were briefly forced to “Run Like Hell” – after a bomb scare involving a World War II era German device was found under their mansion. The drama unfolded when the device was unearthed during renovations of the couple’s six-story East Sussex mansion in southern England Thursday, forcing a brief evacuation of the premises, Classic Rock magazine reported.

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