Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

Check out the weekly top 10 offbeat stories from around the world…………

1. ‘Legitimate rape’ rarely leads to pregnancy, claims US Senate candidate

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Missouri, causes furore with explanation of his no-exceptions policy on abortion

2. On Chinese Beaches, The Face-Kini Is In Fashion

Chinese beachgoers wear face-kinis in Qingdao, northeast China’s Shandong province. The face masks allow people to enjoy the water and sand — but not the effects of the sun.

3. Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old ‘third-gender’ caveman

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

Caveman was buried like a woman, leading scientists to question his sexual orientation.



 4. Fort Lauderdale pays arrested man $30,000 when video contradicts cop’s report

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

In the police report, it looked like an open-and-shut case: A Fort Lauderdale police officer responded to a complaint of a man blasting loud music in his back yard, the homeowner refused to turn it off and walked away when the officer tried to arrest him.

5.  Bo Xilai’s former mistress on display in Body Worlds: Boxun

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

One of the displays in Body Worlds, a world famous exhibit showcasing the parts of the human body through plastinated, preserved corpses, may look too familiar to Chinese audiences……

6. US woman Diana Nyad attempts Cuba to Florida swim

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

A 62-year-old American woman is making good progress on her latest attempt to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without the protection of a shark cage, her support team says.

7. Lennon’s killer denied parole for 7th time in NY

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

A mug-shot of Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed John Lennon, is displayed on the 25th anniversary of Lennon's death at the NYPD in New York December 8, 2005. REUTERS/NYCPD/Handout

A mug-shot of Mark David Chapman, who shot and killed John Lennon, is displayed on the 25th anniversary of Lennon’s death at the NYPD in New York December 8, 2005.

8.  Football coach accused of sexting players’ mom

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Week – Aug 18th to 25th Aug, 2012

A popular DeKalb County high school football coach was suspended after a parent accused him of sexting her.

9. ‘Reese’s Cup bandit’ bagged

 

Lorain police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection to a string of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup thefts from January to June at the Sunoco gas station on Oberlin Avenue near his home.

10. Turtle taped to balloons floats over Calif. city

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Humane Society officials in a Southern California city are trying to determine who duct-taped a turtle to a bunch of balloons and sent it soaring