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News of the Weird: A rich janitor, free booze and a snake trapped in an unusual hole

News of the Weird: A rich janitor, free booze and a snake trapped in an unusual hole

The man with the golden mop San Francisco’s best-paid janitor earned more than a quarter-million dollars cleaning stations for Bay Area Rapid Transit in 2015, according to a recent investigation by Oakland’s KTVU. Liang Zhao Zhang cleared almost $58,000 in base pay and $162,000 in overtime, and other benefits ran his total income to $271,243. […]

News of the Weird: ‘Pregnant people,’ a cockroach up a nose and living rent free for 6 years

News of the Weird: ‘Pregnant people,’ a cockroach up a nose and living rent free for 6 years

Ewwww! On Jan. 31, doctors at Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, India, removed a live, full-grown cockroach from the nasal cavity of a 42-year-old woman whose nose had been “itchy” earlier in the day. Two hospitals were unable to help her, but at Stanley, Dr. M N Shankar, chief of ear-nose-throat, used an […]

News of the Weird: Jersey Shore PA makes the news and a man fired for not smiling

News of the Weird: Jersey Shore PA makes the news and a man fired for not smiling

Work of a Researcher “Field work is always challenging,” said Courtney Marneweck of South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal in a recent journal article, but studying the sociology of a white rhino’s dung meant developing a “pattern-recognition algorithm” to figure out “smell profiles” of 150 animals’ feces — after tracking them individually to observe them in […]

News of the Weird: Don’t tip like the guy arrested at the Sands Casino

News of the Weird: Don’t tip like the guy arrested at the Sands Casino

Suspicions Confirmed Schools’ standardized tests are often criticized as harmfully rigid, and in the latest version of the Texas Education Agency’s STAAR test, poet Sara Holbrook said she flubbed the “correct” answer for “author motivation” — in two of her own poems that were on the test. Writing in Huffington Post in January, a disheartened […]

News of the Weird: These social workers didn’t know it was wrong to lie under oath

News of the Weird: These social workers didn’t know it was wrong to lie under oath

Post-Truth Society In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals finally pulled the plug on Orange County, California, social workers who had been arguing in court for 16 years that they were not guilty of lying under oath because, after all, they did not understand that lying under oath in court is wrong. The social workers […]

News of the Weird: How much would you pay for one of Stephen Curry’s used mouthguards?

News of the Weird: How much would you pay for one of Stephen Curry’s used mouthguards?

Leading Economic Indicator The salary the Golden State Warriors pay to basketball whiz Stephen Curry may be a bargain at $12 million a year, but the economics is weirder about the prices Curry’s fans pay on the street for one of his used mouthguards retrieved from the arena floor after a game. One used, sticky, […]

News of the Weird: A Siberian winter reality TV show, licensed camels and important classes for men top this week’s list

News of the Weird: A Siberian winter reality TV show, licensed camels and important classes for men top this week’s list

Too-Much-Reality TV Russian producers are planning the so-far-ultimate survivors’ show — in the Siberian wilderness for nine months (temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), with 30 contestants selected after signing liability waivers that protect the show even if someone is raped or murdered. (Police may come arrest the perpetrators, but the producers are […]

News of the Weird: How monkeys recognize each other, 30 trillion tons of stuff and a big-screen TV theft gone wrong

News of the Weird: How monkeys recognize each other, 30 trillion tons of stuff and a big-screen TV theft gone wrong

Oh-So-Sweet Dreams The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-to-order $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs, “slow-growing” pine, multiple layers of flax, horsehair lining (braided by hand, then unwound to ensure extra spring), and […]

News of the Weird: A fight club for kids, a make-shift police car and recalling discarded liquor

News of the Weird: A fight club for kids, a make-shift police car and recalling discarded liquor

Interesting collaborations Radical dentistry was on display in November in London’s Science Gallery, where installations offered “art-science collaborations” — including Taiwan artist Kuang-Yi Ku’s “Fellatio Modification Project.” Former dentist Ku, complaining that textbooks on mouths tragically under-regard their value in sex, created (the ordinary way) a custom retainer for the client’s mouth but then added […]

News of the weird: Pig Latin not the best crime code, unusual storage for glass pipes and a not-so-bullet proof vest

News of the weird: Pig Latin not the best crime code, unusual storage for glass pipes and a not-so-bullet proof vest

Ecret-Say Ode-Kay American gangsters traditionally use euphemisms and nicknames (“Chin,” “The Nose”) to disguise criminal activities, but among details revealed at a November murder trial in Sydney, Australia, was that members of the “Brothers 4 Life” gang might have used “pig latin.” In a phone-tapped conversation played in court, one of the men on trial […]