Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

Safecracker…, McDonald’s In America…, Boy buys Polaroid…, Out of the 10 Weirdest Hotels…, Chinese A-list actress Zhang Ziyi…, Couple gives $5000 tip…, LeVar Burton…, earthquakes…, Man stuck looking green…

1. Safecracker (the legal kind) talks about his job and explains how he could have saved a bank a ton of money when an employee accidentally locked her son in the vault.

Q: How did you learn to be a safecracker?
A: In 1978 I took a correspondence course to learn the basics of locksmithing. The ad in the Popular Mechanics classifieds said, “Be your own boss.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

 2. The Most Beautiful McDonald’s In America

Last week, I was out in Long Island scouting around Jericho Turnpike, which, if you’ve never had the pleasure of driving, is one of those hellish, strip mall-lined highways with traffic lights that are perfectly synchronized to make your travel time as long as possible.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

3. Boy buys Polaroid from yard sale, finds photo of his dead uncle inside

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and for the Logan family, the treasure was hiding inside an old camera. Addison Logan was browsing yard sales with his grandmother in Wichita, Kan., last week when an old Polaroid camera caught his eye. He bought it for $1 because he thought it was cool.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

4. Out of the 10 Weirdest Hotels, The Sewage Pipe Hotel Gets My Vote

Trips out of the country provide a change in scenery, time away from work e-mails, and a chance to recharge your batteries. But the biggest motivation behind an overseas excursion is to have an experience you’ll never forget. From the foods you’ll eat to the trails you’ll hike to the red light districts you’ll visit, everything that finds its way onto your itinerary adds a chapter to the story.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012



5. Chinese A-list actress Zhang Ziyi netted USD $100 million by secretly prostituting herself to top Communist Party officials, including Bo Xilai

Actress Zhang Ziyi is allegedly under investigation by the Chinese government for being paid to have sex with disgraced former top government official, Bo Xilai. She is reportedly barred from leaving the country. Hong Kong’s Apple daily and other Chinese media reported that the pair was first introduced by Bo’s associate, Xu Ming, 41, who is the founder and chairman of Dalian Shide Group.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

6. Couple gives $5000 tip to waiter after recent thunderstorms destroyed his car…

Three days later and Greg Rubar still can’t believe his good fortune. But there it is, staring at him plain as day: 50 crisp $100 bills. The tidy wad of cash was given to Rubar Saturday as he began his shift at D’Amico’s Italian Market Café in Rice Village, where he’s been a waiter for 16 years. It was a gift from a couple Rubar has waited on for about eight years.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

 7. LeVar Burton had a bad day

LeVar Burton had a double whammy of a day with the cops today … literally — not only did he get pulled over for a moving violation, he got rear-ended by a cop car as he was pulling over! Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the legendary “Reading Rainbow” host was spotted by cops failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Van Nuys, CA … so they signaled him to pull over.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

8. Miami ‘zombie’ attacker may have been using ‘bath salts’

A n*ked man who chewed off the face of another man in what is being called a zombie-like attack may have been under the influence of “bath salts,” a drug referred to as the new LSD, according to reports from CNN affiliates in Miami. The horrific attack occurred Saturday and was only stopped after a police officer shot the attacker several times, killing him.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

 9. The earthquakes in Italy may have disastrous effects on the world’s Parmesan supply

Why? Because Parmesan supplies might begin running thin in the next few months after the earthquake that hit the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy this week damaged an estimated 400,000 wheels of ageing Parmesan. In Italy the cheese is officially known as Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012

10. Man stuck looking green after painting himself to look like the Hulk

Brazilian man Enrique dos Santos,35, a swimming pool attendant, was trying to look like superhero The Hulk but used a paint reserved for ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 30th, 2012