Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

Climbing Mt. Everest was a lonely thing…, Snake-handling Pentecostal minister dies…, Yahoo Answers…, Ithaca mayor…, Romney iPhone app…, conclusive DNA test…, Trololo man…, 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries…, Man attacks police officers…, new propulsion device…

1. You’d think climbing Mt. Everest was a lonely thing, but it’s a lot busier than you might think

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

2. Snake-handling Pentecostal minister dies from rattlesnake bite

Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a “homecoming like the old days,” full of folks speaking in tongues, handling snakes and having a “great time.” But it was not the sort of homecoming he foresaw.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

3. Yahoo Answers

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

4. Ithaca mayor, 25 years old, turns his personal parking space into a mini-park

After Svante Myrick, 25, became the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., he gave up his car to join the estimated 15 percent of his city’s residents who walk to work. As mayor, however, Myrick has a prime downtown parking spot reserved for his exclusive use. So instead of letting it stand empty, last week he began to, as he put it, “turn the Mayor’s parking space into a park space.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

5. Romney iPhone app misspells ‘America’ to Web’s delight

It’s probably not the kind of thing voters will use to choose the leader of the free world. But the Web was taking no shortage of presidential potshots Wednesday over Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s new mobile app, which embarrassingly misspelled “America.”

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012



6. There has never been a conclusive DNA test proving that Mitt Romney is not a unicorn. We have never seen him without his hair — hair that could be covering up a horn.

The Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett has announced that he may keep Barack Obama off the ballot because of “questions” whether the president was born in America.  What provoked him to do so?  Sternly worded emails:

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

7. Trololo man in critical health condition

Russian singer Eduard Khil who became an internet sensation two years ago is in a coma after a stroke. The 77-year-old stage star is in intensive care as he has suffered irreversible brain damage. The Soviet stage legend who rose to international fame in 2010 when his I Am So Happy to Finally Be Back Home scooped the attention of millions around the world, is in St. Petersburg Polenov Scientific Research Institute of Neurosurgery. Medics fighting for Khil’s life say several important functions of the singer’s brain are irreversibly damaged.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

8. The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries – one of their best

No professional position, aside from perhaps police officer and horny pizza delivery boy, is more frequently misrepresented in film than archaeologist. In movies, archaeologists are all dashing figures, risking life and limb in the pursuit of knowledge while arcane artifacts and ancient traps besiege their efforts. Or else they’re perpetually opening sealed, cursed tombs and stumbling into the haunted caves of unspeakable evils in the name of science. But in reality, we all know archaeology is nothing like that. Obviously

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

9. Man attacks police officers by cutting out his own intestines and throwing it at them.

On Sunday May 27 of 2012, Bergen County Police received a call alerting them to the potentially harmful actions of 43-year-old Wayne Carter.  He had barricaded himself in a room inside of his house with a 12 inch knife and was threatening to hurt himself.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012

10. An Egyptian physics student has successfully created a new propulsion device that could accelerate space probes and artificial satellites using quantum physics. She has been issued a patent for her invention.

An Egyptian physics student has successfully created a new propulsion device that could accelerate space probes and artificial satellites through quantum physics and chemical reactions instead of the current radioactive-based jets and ordinary rocket engines.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 31th, 2012