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What’s Old Is Weird Again

Perplexing people, kooky crimes and odd headlines from around the globe.

Mother of the Year

A weekly roundup of international news oddities.


The latest on quirky criminals, strange trends and odd events.


Sewer scares, sweet revenge, strange hobbies and more.
Forget Pennywise. Your newest nightmare is the giant "fatberg" in the sewer system beneath the streets of London.

Seniors Gone Wild

Perplexing people, unusual crimes and odd headlines from around the globe.
Guests at a Scotland hotel were terrorized when Robert Fergus, 72, and his wife, Ruth, 69, rampaged through the lobby with scissors and threatened to shoot other guests.

Our Ugly Reality

Trump-shaped drugs, funeral conventions and more.
The People's Liberation Army Daily, a Chinese state-run military newspaper, has declared on its WeChat account that fewer Chinese youth are passing fitness tests to join the army because they are too fat and masturbate too much, resulting in abnormally large testicular veins.

Eclipsing Weird

News You Can Use.
A California man with European heritage "strong and pure" placed an ad on Craigslist in advance of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, seeking a "worthy female" to have sex with him in Oregon and "conceive a child that will be on the next level of human evolution."

Unclear on the Concept

News You Can Use.
In early August, Volusia (Florida) County Beach Safety officers banished 73-year-old Richard G. Basaraba

The Naked Truth

News of the Weird: Falling meats, birthday suits, a criminal bucket list and more.
The Adair family of Deerfield Beach, Fla., were startled awake on July 15 by the sound of something meaty crashing onto their roof...


News You Can Use.
Odessa, Texas, resident Ernesto Baeza Acosta, 34, has legally changed his name to Ernesto Trump and declared himself the son of President Trump.

The Threatened American Worker

Your source for weird news.
The Threatened American Worker A local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Battle Creek, Mich., is butting heads with Western Michigan University this summer after the school brought in a goat crew to clean up an overgrown woodlot on campus, leaving union workers without jobs. The AFSCME's grievance cites a collective bargaining agreement with WMU, but university officials counter that "the area is rife with poison ivy and other invasive species," which are difficult for humans to remove.

Criminal Farm

Bright Ideas, monkey business and quirky crimes.
Good fortune quickly turned to horror for a man in Allyn, Wash.

Curious Crimes

Stolen toes, lactose-intolerance woes and quirky characters from around the globe.
If you visit Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory, you can't skip one of its famous traditions.

Oh, Canada

Your source for weird news.
Canadian company Bad Axe Throwing announced in June it is bringing its unusual entertainment concept to Denver.

Hog Hunt

Your source for weird news.
>Tourists and father-son duos looking for out-of-this-world bonding experiences are paying up to $50,000 for the opportunity to hunt feral hogs from helicopters in Texas, sometimes using machine guns.

Playing the Hits

Your source for weird news.
Weird news is forever, but this is my last "News of the Weird" column, as I am now exhausted after almost 30 years in the racket.

Friends for Rent

Animals with affordable health care, an indecent epidemic, strange smugglers and more.
Updates, recurring themes and other quirky news bits from around the globe.

Too Far?

Targeted ads, belligerent husbands, ghosting frogs and other weird news.
the technology Google and Facebook use to identify potential customers of advertisements is "capable of targeting ads ... so narrow that they can pinpoint, say, Idaho residents in long-distance relationships who are contemplating buying a minivan."


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