Archive for the ‘Human Oddities’ Category

Freak of the week, with photos!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Chinese boy has 31 fingers, toes:

A Chinese boy with 31 fingers and toes is set to undergo an operation to remove the extra digits.

The six-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, has 16 toes and 15 fingers.

One of the fingers is incomplete and appears on X-ray photographs as a “fork” sticking out from the right thumb.

Three fingers on each of the boy’s hands are also fused together by skin.

The boy, from Shenyang in China’s north-eastern Liaoning province, beats the current world record held Indian boys Pranamya Menaria and Devendra Harne, who have 12 fingers and 13 toes.

Strongest Fingers in the World

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Kung-fu master has world’s strongest fingers:

You don’t want Fu Bingli giving you the finger.

The 39-year-old kung-fu master from China has proven he has the strongest fingers in the world.

Bingli, who has studied martial arts for 32 years, is able to stand upside down using just his index finger to support himself, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

He was given a Guinness world record on Monday after doing 12 push-ups using just one finger on his right hand.

“I’ve been training since I was seven years old and my index finger has as much strength in it as most people’s entire body,” Fu was quoted as saying.

Man bites dog in Saskatchewan

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Man bites dog biting dog:

It’s a true-to-life case of man bites dog.

A Saskatoon man says he unleashed his inner canine in order to stop a wandering pit bull terrier from attacking his neighbour’s dog about two weeks ago.

In a Sept. 24 interview, Jonathon Schacher said he heard a scream outside his home and looked outside to see the pit bull and the other dog entangled.

He said he ran outside and tried to pull the aggressive dog off the other, but the pit bull had its jaw locked around his neighbour dog’s muzzle. He tried yanking the pit bull off, but Schacher said that didn’t work. Trying to pry its jaw open didn’t work either.

“I could just feel I needed to so something, and so I bit the dog right on the nose,” he said.

Then they came for the hermaphrodites, but I was not a hermaphrodite, so I did nothing…

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Caster Semenya, woman who rocked athletics world, ‘is hermaphrodite’

Sex tests carried out on Caster Semenya, the world 800 metres champion, show that she is a hermaphrodite, a source close to the case claimed last night.

If the allegation is backed up by the official results, the South African may find herself stripped of her gold medal and banned from racing.

The IAAF, the world governing body, refused to comment on the claim last night, but earlier in the day its general secretary, Pierre Weiss, said: “It is clear that she is a woman but maybe not 100 per cent.”

Semenya was believed to have gone into hiding last night and it is understood she is unlikely to appear in her first race since winning the gold last month. Her coach, Michael Seme, said he was now uncertain whether Semenya would compete at the 4,000 metres women’s event at the South African national cross-country championships in Pretoria tomorrow.

Leonard Chuene, the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA), which has been vocal in its criticism of the IAAF, said: “We cannot get involved in gossip of this sort. Our people will speak to Caster and ensure that she puts these rumours from her mind.”

Man downs 68 wieners in 10 minutes

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

US man sets hot dog-eating record:

The world record for competitive hot dog eating has been broken in the US.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the annual 4 July contest at Coney Island in New York, shattering his old record of 66.

His main rival, Japan’s six-time winner Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi, ate 64 and a half.

It is thought the two men ate around 19,000 calories between them.

The first such hot dog eating contest was held in 1916, when the winner put away only 13 franks.

‘Twas Greed That Killed the King

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

‘I’m better off dead. I’m done’: How Michael Jackson predicted his death six months ago

Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson. Had he not been driven – by a cabal of bankers, agents, doctors and advisers – to commit to the gruelling 50 concerts in London’s O2 Arena, I believe he would still be alive today.

During the last weeks and months of his life, Jackson made desperate attempts to prepare for the concert series scheduled for next month – a series that would have earned millions for the singer and his entourage, but which he could never have completed, not mentally, and not physically.

Michael knew it and his advisers knew it. Anyone who caught even a fleeting glimpse of the frail old man hiding beneath the costumes and cosmetics would have understood that the London tour was madness. For Michael Jackson, it was fatal.

16 years as an infant

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Girl Who Does Not Age, Brooke Greenberg Baffles Doctors

Brooke weighs 16 pounds and is 30 inches tall. She doesn’t speak, but she laughs when she is happy, and she clearly recognizes the people around her.  She has three sisters: Emily, 22; Caitlin, 19; and Carly, 13. All three are bright, active and of normal size and development. They say that Brooke has ways of expressing herself like the teenager she is. “She looks like a 6-month-old, but she kind of has a personality of a 16-year-old,” Caitlin said. “Sometimes we joke about how she rebels.”

Brooke will resist and refuse activities that don’t appeal to her by vocalizing her displeasure, not with words, but with sounds typical of an infant. “She makes it known what she likes and what she doesn’t like,” sister Emily said. Carly said it no longer seems strange to have an older sister who is still essentially an infant. “As I got older, she was just like another little sister to me,” she said.

Freak of the week

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Jyoti, the world’s smallest girl set to make it big on British TV at barely two feet tal

Her tiny form is disarming. But Jyoti Amge’s dreams are as big as those of her friends. At 15 she stands just 1ft 11½in tall and weighs less than a stone, giving her one very big claim to fame – as the smallest girl in the world.

 Doctors believe Jyoti is a pituitary dwarf but have never been able to pinpoint her condition. Such dwarfism is caused when the body fails to produce enough growth hormone.

Specialists have told her she will remain the same size for the rest of her life.

‘When I was three I realised that I was different to the rest of the kids,’ she said. ‘I thought that everyone was bigger and I should get bigger too.’

Jyoti has her own mini grey uniform and school bag and even a tiny desk. But she looks like a doll next to her teenage classmates.

She said: ‘I am proud of being the smallest girl. I love all the attention I get. I’m not scared of being small, and I don’t regret being small.

Freak of the week: the Jigsaw Girl

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Miracle of back-to-front Beth, the jigsaw kid

A GIRL dubbed the Jigsaw Kid due to her jumbled-up organs has amazed medics by defying the odds against her survival.

Brave Bethany Jordan was born with five spleens, a hole in her heart, a diseased and back-to-front liver, two left lungs and her stomach on the wrong side.

Doctors who saw pregnancy scans warned parents Lisa, 37, and Robert, 44, there was little chance she would survive birth.

Now six, Bethany looks a picture of health — despite having a body like no other child in the world

Short people got reason to live in Sierra Leone

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Tiny bride wows Sierra Leone:

Thousands of people have thronged the streets of the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, to see one of the country’s shortest people get married. Masire Kamara is well known in the city where she sells tea in a market. When word spread that she was getting wed, many people did not believe it was true and went to see for themselves. Street parties were held in the happy couple’s honour. The event was covered live on state television and was on the front page of many newspapers. Thousands packed the church and hundreds more climbed onto rooftops to see Sierra Leone’s celebrity wedding – the local equivalent of David and Victoria Beckham.

Shot in the head? Time for tea!

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Woman makes cup of tea after being shot in head

Police and doctors hailed the survival of Tammy Sexton, 47, as miraculous after a bullet from a .38-calibre handgun struck her squarely in the forehead, passed through her skull and exited through the back of her head.

She is expected to make a full recovery, while her husband shot himself dead after the attack on his wife. But law enforcement officers in Jackson County, Mississippi, were also astonished that Mrs Sexton offered them tea when they arrived at her home after the shooting.

Sheriff Mike Byrd said: “When the officer got there she said, ‘What’s going on?’ She was holding a rag on her head and talking. She was conscious, but she was confused about what had happened.

“She had made herself some tea and offered the officer something to drink.

“There’s no way she should be alive other than a miracle from God. You just don’t hear of something like this. Somebody gets shot in the head and they’re dead.”

“All that healthy food, like fruit and veg, is too expensive. We’re fat because it’s in our genes.”

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Family who are ‘too fat to work’ say £22,000 worth of benefits is not enough

Philip Chawner, 53, and his 57-year-old wife Audrey weigh 24st. Their daughter Emma, 19, weighs 17st, while her older sister Samantha, 21, weighs 18st. The family from Blackburn claim £22,508 a year in benefits, equivalent to the take-home pay from a £30,000 salary.

The Chawners, haven’t worked in 11 years, claim their weight is a hereditary condition and the money they receive is insufficient to live on.

Mr Chawner said: “What we get barely covers the bills and puts food on the table. It’s not our fault we can’t work. We deserve more.”

The family claim to spend £50 a week on food and consume 3,000 calories each a day. The recommended maximum intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.

“We have cereal for breakfast, bacon butties for lunch and microwave pies with mashed potato or chips for dinner,” Mrs Chawner told Closer magazine

All her agent will say is “she’s not an alien”

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Who doesn’t have a belly button?:

Underwear model Karolina Kurkova has no belly button. Is a barely-there navel for cosmetic or medical reasons?

The newspapers call it the “riddle of the 2.5m beauty”. The beauty in question is Czech supermodel Karolina Kurkova. The riddle is her non-existent belly button.

Its absence was noticed this week when the 24-year-old graced a US catwalk for lingerie giant Victoria Secret. While most of us have an “outie” or an “innie”, Ms Kurkova has a smooth indentation (although sometimes a tummy button is airbrushed onto her photos in post-production).

Otherwise known as a navel, the belly button is the rounded, knotty depression in the centre of the abdomen caused by the detachment of the umbilical cord that fed you while in the womb. We all have umbilical cords, so why don’t we all have a belly button?

Too Fat For Trial

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Texas murder defendant may be too obese for court

The trial of a nearly half-ton woman facing a murder charge in the death of her 2-year-old nephew will have to be held in a building separate from the courthouse because of the defendant’s weight, her lawyer said.

The defense attorney’s claim Monday is the latest challenge facing South Texas authorities in pursuing charges against Mayra Rosales, who suffers from a thyroid disease.

 Rosales, whose weight has been estimated between 800 pounds and 1,000 pounds, was arrested and charged at home because the Hidalgo County sheriff’s department did not have a large enough cell or a way to transport her to jail. After she was indicted for capital murder, a state district judge allowed her to skip arraignment and another court appearance because of the difficulty of getting her to the courthouse.

‘I’m going to crush objects with my breasts. Don’t try this at home.’

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

America’s Got No Shame: TV talent show’s new low as woman crushes beer cans with her breasts

Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff were left agog during the latest round of America’s Got Talent auditions after a hopeful smashed beer cans with her 40lb breasts.

Busty Heart, as she is know, crushed nine beer cans simultaneously with her right breast in a rather peculiar attempt to impress the judges.

The former exotic dancer stuck pictures of Morgan and Hasselhoff’s faces to the cans, which ended up flattened on the table.

Busty, whose real name is Susan Sykes, left the studio audience stunned when she appeared on US reality show America’s Got Talent.

A gasp echoed out around the Los Angeles studio as the nightclub owner took to the stage with her 88-inch chest.

Dwarf pimp in New York

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Young Teen Runaway’s Alleged Pimp To Face Judge

A dwarf charged with prostituting an underage runaway will appear in Kings County Supreme Court on Monday.

Jacqueline Green, a.k.a. ‘Shorty,’ due to her 3 foot 9 inch height, is charged with promoting prostitution and child endangerment for allegedly pimping a 15-year-old that ran away from a troubled home.

According to published reports, Green is accused of using her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment as a sex pad for clients who paid $250 per half-hour for intercourse, and $100 per half-hour of oral sex.

Clients were found using Craigslist.

It’s hard being obese and in jail

Monday, April 28th, 2008

300-pound inmate complains Ark. jail doesn’t feed him well

An inmate awaiting trial on a murder charge is suing the county, complaining he has lost more than 100 pounds because of the jailhouse menu.

Broderick Lloyd Laswell says he isn’t happy that he’s down to 308 pounds after eight months in the Benton County jail. He has filed a federal lawsuit complaining the jail doesn’t provide inmates with enough food.

According to the suit, Laswell weighed 413 pounds when he was jailed in September. Police say he and a co-defendant fatally beat and stabbed a man, then set his home on fire.

“On several occasions I have started to do some exercising and my vision went blurry and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Laswell wrote in his complaint. “About an hour after each meal my stomach starts to hurt and growl. I feel hungry again.”

But Laswell then goes on to complain that he undertakes little vigorous activity.

‘Naked nomad’ millionaire

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

‘Naked nomad’ who rejected civilization to wander the outback alone leaves a multi-million pound estate to his sister

He walked naked through the Australian outback and died without clothes in a canoe in the jungle – but it was learned yesterday that the so-called ‘Naked Nomad’ had left behind a £2 million fortune.

Eccentric Victor Flanagan wandered the sun-scorched roads of Australia without a stitch of clothing, slipping on a simple sarong when he entered towns, a curious figure with shoulder-length greying hair who had rejected civilisation.

Everyone believed he was penniless, but it has now been revealed that Mr Flanagan had left behind land worth £2 million near Busselton, in Western Australia.

Tree man slowly reverting to human form

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Tree man ‘who grew roots’ hopes to marry after 4lb of warts removed

The ‘Tree Man of Java’ is hoping to get married after doctors performed four major operations to hack away the bark-like tissue sprouting from his hands and feet.

For 20 years Dede Koswara lived covered in warts with huge tree-like growths encasing his limbs.
Tree man Dede recovers in hospital after five operations to remove his root-like warts

Today Dede, whose plight was highlighted on the Telegraph website, can once more use his hands and walk without pain.

He can see the outline of his toes for the first time in over a decade after medics cut more than 4lbs of warty horns from his legs and feet.

He has also become a sudoko addict now medics have cut growths from his hands allowing him to hold a pen.

Hole-in-One for Blind Golfer

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Arizona Blind Golfer Gets Hole-in-One

An 85-year-old legally blind golfer from southern Arizona made a hole-in-one this week on a par-3 course. Robert Dunham accomplished the feat on the third hole at Tortuga in Green Valley.

Playing with a group of fellow blind veterans enrolled in a Veterans Affairs health care system program, Dunham’s volunteer assistant lined him up with the ball, handed him a 9-iron and stepped back.

Dunham swung through the ball, hit it squarely and it landed softly on the green, taking one hop before nestling into the bottom of the cup.

She thought it was cancer, but it was worse

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Woman, 57, thought she had cancer – until doctors told her she was 30 weeks pregnant. Now she’ll give birth in days

A woman of 57 with suspected ovarian cancer was in fact expecting her first baby.

Susan Tollefsen feared the worst when she was sent to hospital for a scan on her growing bump.

But the sonographer told her: “Congratulations, you’re almost 30 weeks pregnant.”

She will become one of Britain’s oldest mothers when she has a caesarean section next week.

The remarkable story, which she describes as an Easter miracle, follows-several years of attempts to have a baby by IVF treatment at foreign clinics.

Naked run-amok in Pennsylvania

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Naked Man Creates Havoc in Vandalism Spree in Pennsylvania

A hotel and store in Lancaster County are assessing the damage after a naked man ran amok and allegedly did thousands of dollars worth of damage to two businesses.

West Lampeter Township police said they were dispatched to the Willow Valley Resort, and later Darrenkamp’s Market, on Friday amid reports of a naked man on a rampage.
Some office space at the resort was trashed and a forklift was driven into an interior wall, also damaging an overhead sewer pipe, authorities said.

Police said the man, whom they identified as Nicholas Hadzick, 28, of Freeland, then crossed the street and entered Darrenkamp’s in the Willow Valley Shopping Center, causing more destruction.

Woman takes 2 year long dump

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Woman sits on boyfriend’s toilet for 2 years

Deputies said a woman in western Kansas sat on her boyfriend’s toilet for two years, and they’re investigating whether she was mistreated.

Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said a man called his office last month to report that something was wrong with his girlfriend.

Whipple said it appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman’s skin had grown around the seat. She initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.

Hat tip to Kara!

The Lizard Man is back

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

“Lizard Man” returns?

After a nasty surprise Thursday morning for one Bishopville resident, she’s wondering if the “Lizard Man” is back.

Dixie Rawson of Bishopville sent WIS News 10 an e-mail about a big surprise she got at her home Thursday morning. “The whole front half of our van is chewed up. There are bite marks right through the front grill. Both sides of the van above the wheel wells were bitten and the metal is bent like a piece of paper.”

It reminded Dixie of the local legend of the “Lizard Man” that stretches back for decades. Now some are wondering if the Lizard Man is back.

Never underestimate the Dwarven threat

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Dwarves hidden in sports bags target Swedish coaches

Swedish police are quizzing “people of limited stature” with criminal records following a spate of robberies from the cargo holds of coaches – possibly carried out by dwarves smuggled onboard in sports bags.

According to the Sun, the gang responsible pack their vertically-challenged accomplices into bags and stick them in with other passengers’ luggage. The undercover operatives then rifle the hold for valuables before resealing themselves in their hiding place, to be extracted later by another gang member at the coach’s final destination.

National coach operator Swebus confirmed it’d been hit by the audacious crims, who have over the last few months has lifted “thousands of pounds” in cash, jewellery and other valuables.

Freak of the Week: The World’s Fastest Author

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Speed writing

Philip M Parker is the world’s fastest book author, and given that he has been at it only for about five years and already has more than 85,000 books to his name, he is also probably the most prolific.

Parker is also the most wide-ranging of authors – the phrase “shoes and ships and sealing wax, cabbages and kings” is not the half a per cent of it. Nor are the classic subjects foreign to him.

He has authored 188 books related to shoes, 10 about ships, 219 about wax, six about sour red cabbage pickles, and six about royal jelly supplements.

Liver transplant changes recipient’s blood type

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Transplant ‘miracle’ for teen

A YOUNG transplant patient has defied medical science by spontaneously switching blood types and taking on her donor’s immune system

NSW teenager Demi Brennan is believed to be the first person in the world to completely accept a donated organ to the extent where her immune system entirely changed.

Demi, now 15, suffered liver failure and had a liver transplant at the age of nine in 2001.

Several months on from the transplant, her doctors at Westmead Children’s Hospital say theywere shocked to discover her blood type had changed to match the blood type of her deceased male donor.

On closer inspection, specialists found that stem cells from the donor liver had penetrated her bone marrow, effectively resulting in a naturally occurring bone marrow transplant.

300-lbs + 40-Foot Fall = OK

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

300-lb Man OK After 40-Foot Shaft Fall

A construction worker who fell about 40 feet down an elevator shaft is nearly unhurt, with no serious injuries. District of Columbia Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said the man, who’s about 25 years old, was working on a house under construction in Southeast Washington Friday morning.

The worker, who Etter says weighs more than 300 pounds, was standing on a plywood platform in the elevator shaft at the top level of the house.

The board couldn’t support his weight and the man fell 40 feet down the shaft before he crashed into the basement. He broke two more platforms on his way down.

“I’m like everyone else – except of course that I put my shoes on backwards.”

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

‘I’m not disabled’ insists waitress born with feet facing backwards

A waitress has refused to be classified as disabled even though she was born with feet that face backwards.

Wang Fang, 27, of Chongqing city in China, was born with her feet facing the wrong way, but has learned to live with her condition without problems and recently refused a disability pension.

She said: “I can run faster than most of my friends and have a regular job as a waitress in the family restaurant. There is no reason to class me as disabled.”

Yet another reason to stop eating your hair

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Surgeons Remove Ten-Pound Hairball From Teen Girl’s Stomach

Surgeons removed a massive 10-pound hairball from the stomach of an 18-year-old girl suffering from a psychological condition in which she ate her own hair, according to a report in this week’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The teen went to her doctor after complaining of stomach pains and vomiting. She had also lost 40 pounds over a five-month period, according to a UPI report.

Doctors at Rush Medical Center in Chicago carried out a scan and were amazed to find the huge mass of hair blocking her entire stomach, according to NEJM.

Freak of the Week

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Is the answer 2,397,207,667,966,701?

French “mathlete” Alexis Lemaire showed off his rare mental agility Thursday, claiming a new world record after working out in his head the 13th root of a random 200-digit number in just 72.4 seconds.

Lemaire, a 27-year-old doctoral student in artificial intelligence from Reims, near Paris, sat at a laptop computer that randomly selected the figure and displayed it on the screen. The number was so long it ran over 17 lines.

Lemaire, who says he doesn’t consider himself a nerd or a geek, then took just over a minute to identify two quadrillion, 397 trillion, 207 billion, 667 million, 966 thousand, 701 as the 13th root. In other words, the number multiplied by itself 13 times produces the 200 digit number originally generated by the computer.

Snakes in a Tub

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

‘Texas Snake Man’ sets record in tub with 87 rattlers

Another day, another bizarre world record for Jackie Bibby, the “Texas Snake Man.”

Bibby spent about 45 minutes in a see-through bathtub with 87 rattlesnakes Monday, fully clothed, shattering his own record by 12 snakes just in time for Guinness World Records Day, which is Thursday. A Guinness official certified the record.

The snakes crawled under his arms, between his legs and anywhere else they could slither, Bibby said. None bit him.

Unarmed assaults can kill

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Armless and dangerous: Artist head-butts man who later dies

A man died of a heart attack after being head-butted by an armless man during a fight over a woman, and no felony charges will be filed, authorities said today.

Investigators said they made the determination after learning that Charles Keith Teer, 49, had heart problems long before the confrontation with William Russell Redfern, an artist who has won recognition for drawings he does with his feet.

“The autopsy revealed he had serious heart disease and blockages and they’d been there for quite awhile,” Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said.

He added, however, that misdemeanor charges such as criminal trespass or simple battery against the 44-year-old Redfern were still a possibility.

Humans still evolving

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Time changes modern human’s face

Researchers have found that the shape of the human skull has changed significantly over the past 650 years.

Modern people possess less prominent features but higher foreheads than our medieval ancestors.

Writing in the British Dental Journal, the team took careful measurements of groups of skulls spanning across 30 generations.

The scientists said the differences between past and present skull shapes were “striking”.

6 years in a hole

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Shanghaiist: Woman rescued from underground hole after 6 years

Zhejiang Satellite TV’s Citizens Take Action 《绿原公民行动》has uncovered the most extraordinary story of a woman, Wang Xiaocui (王晓翠) who has been rescued from an underground hole in Lin County, Lu Liang District, Shanxi Province. Barely 2 square meters in area, the hole was home for Wang, and this was where she would eat, drink, sleep and take care of ALL her bodily functions everyday for six long years.

As it turned out, Xiaocui was bought by her husband, Guo Runxiao (郭润小) from someone else for RMB6,700.

Redheads are Doomed!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Gingers extinct in 100 years, say scientists

REDHEADS are becoming rarer and could be extinct in 100 years, according to genetic scientists.

The current National Geographic magazine reports that less than two per cent of the world’s population has natural red hair, created by a mutation in northern Europe thousands of years ago.

Global intermingling, which broadens the availability of possible partners, has reduced the chances of redheads meeting and producing little redheads of their own.

It takes only one red-haired parent to produce ginger-headed babies, but two redheads obviously create a much stronger possibility.

If the gingers really want to save themselves they should move to Scotland.

Yet another reason not to superglue your penis to a vacuum cleaner

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Dwarf superglues todger to hoover

Staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh battled for an hour to disconnect the penis of Captain Dan The Demon Dwarf from a hoover after the diminutive Fringe performer inadvertantly superglued it to the vacuum cleaner’s “attachment”.

According to the Evening Standard, the hoover forms part of Captain Dan’s Circus Of Horrors act, in which he inexplicably pulls the device across the stage with his todger. On this occasion, however, “the attachment came loose before a performance so he tried to glue it back on”.

The 42-year-old misread the superglue instructions and, having allowed the adhesive a mere 20 seconds to dry rather than the required 20 minutes, duly found himself semi-permanently docked after attempting a premature test.

Leg, what leg?

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Motorcyclist rides 2 km unaware of losing right leg

54-year-old man continued to drive a large motorcycle about 2 kilometers Monday after hitting the center divider on a national highway and losing his right leg below the knee in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, police said Tuesday.

Kazuo Osada, a salaried worker, was unaware of the loss of his leg until he drove the distance apparently because his attention was focused on the strong pain he felt from the crash, the police said.

Sleepless in Quang Nam Province

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Vietnam man handles three decades without sleep

As songbirds awaken the early risers at dawn on the farm, one resident is already up; in fact, he never slept – not once in the past 33 years.

You’d think going without sleep for that long may have its drawbacks, but not for the man in central Quang Nam province who has never been ill after decades of insomnia.

His inability to sleep has not only made him famous, but also represents a “miraculous” phenomenon worthy of scientific study.

Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights.

“I don’t know whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still healthy and can farm normally like others,” Ngoc said.

Proving his health, the elderly resident of Que Trung commune, Que Son district said he can carry two 50kg bags of fertilizer down 4km of road to return home every day.

His wife said, “My husband used to sleep well, but these days, even liquor cannot put him down.”

Tree criminal in New Hampshire

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Man Disguised as Tree Robs New Hampshire Bank

Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed a New Hampshire bank on Saturday disguised as a tree, according to

The suspect walked into the Citizen’s Bank in Manchester with tree branches duct taped to his body and demanded money from the teller.

Kobayashi faces the Kobayashi Maru scenario

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Sore Jaw Could Undo Icon’s Hot Dog Reign

In the world of competitive eating, you can’t make it anywhere if you can’t open wide.

But the state of perhaps the most important tool in competitive eating legend Takeru Kobayashi’s toolbox is in question after he posted a blog entry Sunday loosely translated as “Vocational Disease.”

In it, Kobayashi paints a dire picture of his oral health, claiming that he has been diagnosed with a form of temporomandibular joint disorder — pain in the joint that connects the lower jaw to his skull.

Kobayashi writes that he can only open his famous hatch as wide as a fingertip without suffering extreme pain and draws a comparison to a baseball pitcher with torn elbow ligaments.

Deep Sleeper

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Man Sleeps Through Gunshot to the Head

Michael Lusher apparently is a sound sleeper. A small-caliber bullet struck the 37-year-old Altizer man in the head as he slept Sunday morning, but he didn’t realize it until he awoke nearly four hours later and noticed blood coming from his head, said Cpl. R.H. McQuaid of the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department.

The bullet that struck him was one of five that someone sprayed across his mobile home and truck at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday, McQuaid said. The one the struck Lusher apparently lost velocity as it traveled through two walls.

2 Sperm + 1 Egg = Semi-Identical Twins

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Semi-identical twins discovered:

Scientists have revealed details of the world’s only known case of “semi-identical” twins. The journal Nature says the twins are identical on their mother’s side, but share only half their genes on their father’s side. They are the result of two sperm cells fertilising a single egg, which then divided to form two embryos – and each sperm contributed genes to each child. Each stage is unlikely, and scientists believe the twins are probably unique.

Guilt always gets you in the end

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

$1 parking ticket from 1980 finally paid:

A $1 parking ticket from 1980 has been paid off, after the offender sent the payment along with a $3 late fee to police — without giving a name. “It’s kind of cool that someone took the time to take care of their obligation after 26 years,” police Capt. Mike Babe told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a story posted online Monday. “Maybe their conscience got to them.”

He was a wandering sheep, he would not be controlled…

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

N.C. town seizes 80 sheep living as pets

About 30 sheep being kept at a suburban home were euthanized Tuesday after some of the flock were found grazing on floral arrangements in a cemetery, authorities said. Animal cruelty charges were pending against the owner. David Watts kept about 80 of the animals in his crumbling house in this Raleigh suburb, police said.

Schizos can’t hear pitch!

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Top News- Schizophrenia May Block the Music in Speech – AOL News:

“We show they are not experiencing the world normally. They don’t read social cues. They can’t read facial expressions. They can’t tell by tone of voice what emotion a person is showing.”

Their tests on 19 adults with schizophrenia and 19 similar people without the condition showed clear differences, both when assessed using quizzes and looking inside the brain using magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI.

“They can’t use pitch — they just don’t hear those pitch changes. Not only do they not get emotion, they don’t get whether it is a question or a statement. And what we show in the paper is that these sensory abnormalities are driven by structures in the brain, in the connections between the brain stem and the auditory cortex,” Javitt said.


Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Boy found in Uzbekistan after eight years of animal existence:

A teenager has been found in Uzbekistan’s mountainous region eight years after he was reported missing in 1998, local prosecutors said Thursday. “The boy acts like a wild animal. He is afraid of everything, cannot speak and only makes snarling sounds,” prosecutors said, adding that he was found by road construction workers. Experts identified the boy after studying photographs dating back to 1998. His parents recognized the boy, singling him out from among several other teenagers in a lineup.

Hat tip to Kara!

Yet another reason not to be a perfectionist

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

‘Perfectionism’ bowel pain link:

Perfectionists are more prone to developing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after an infection, a study has suggested.

University of Southampton researchers asked 620 people with gastroenteritis about stress and their illness.

Those who pushed themselves or were particularly anxious about symptoms were more likely to develop IBS.

Baby shoots out into sweat pants

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Newborn Ends Up in Mother’s Pant Leg

A woman gave birth to a boy outside a western Pennsylvania hospital – a delivery that happened so quickly that the newborn wound up in his mother’s sweatpants.

“It happened so fast,” Rebecca Johnson, 24, told the Daily Courier in Connellsville. “I didn’t know what happened until he was in my pant leg.”

Your charitable contributions at work

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Zoo Pays Feng Shui Expert to Aid Monkeys

The Los Angeles Zoo paid $4,500 to an expert in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui to ensure three endangered golden monkeys on loan from China can have a strong life force.

Consulting the feng shui expert was part of the cost for a $7.4 million enclosure for the golden monkeys debuting at the zoo later his year. Feng shui focuses on balance in design to promote health and happiness.

They may have captured Jungle Woman, but Jungle Man is still on the loose!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Search on for ‘feral man’ as mystery deepens over woman lost in jungle for 19 years

Yesterday, however, as further intriguing reports emerged of a mysterious naked man who had been spotted with the woman but ran off when challenged, the family began to close ranks. They have withdrawn permission to take DNA samples to confirm the woman’s identity, and police have thrown a cordon around their isolated home, in an effort to keep at bay curious neighbours and the world’s media.

Jungle Girl wants to go back to jungle

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Let me go back to the jungle, says girl missing for 18 years

She speaks in grunts, crawls instead of walking —and now she wants to go back to live in the jungle. This is the first picture of the Cambodian jungle girlwho was found last week 18 years after she went missing as a little girl. Filthy and naked when she was discovered, with long matted hair and a furtive, hunted expression, she was caught stealing food left under a tree by a villager.

19 years in the jungle

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

‘Half-Animal’ Woman Is Discovered After Spending 19 Years Alone in Cambodian Jungle

A woman who disappeared in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia as a child has apparently been found after living in the wild for 19 years, police said Thursday. The woman — believed to be Rochom P’ngieng, now 27 years old — cannot speak any intelligible language, so details of her saga have been difficult to confirm. “She is like half-human and half-animal,” said Mao San, police chief of Oyadao district in Rattanakiri province. “She’s weird. She sleeps during the day and stays up at night.”

Modern Day Grizzly Adams

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Man tells police he has lived in woods for past 20 years

A tarp-covered lean-to loaded with clothing, sleeping bags and provisions — items believed to have been stolen from seasonal homes around the Brant Lake region — was his residence, at least for the last several months. The man police believe endured the elements of the Adirondacks in a pine-branch shelter was Alan G. Como, 56, whose last known address was in Massachusetts, police said. He told police he’d lived in the woods for the past 20 years.

The Real Bird Man!

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Flying like a bird at 5,000ft, the winged wonder

Because being truly at one with the air, able to swoop and soar like a falcon or an albatross, remained an impossibility. And in legends where the dream became real, as in the myth of the Ancient Greek birdman Icarus, the price was a heavy one; an ignominious crashing to Earth. But for one brave Swiss pioneer, a former military pilot called Yves Rossy, the dream has become reality.

That’s one way to get a patio foundation…

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Kung Fu brickies

Most gardeners would buy bricks for their new patio from a building supplier. But Eileen Sullivan took the more unusual route – and got hers delivered and broken in her driveway by a group of Kung-Fu experts.

The Hibernating Man

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Japanese man in mystery survival:

A Japanese man has survived for 24 days in cold weather and without food and water by falling into a state of “hibernation”, his doctor has said. Mitsutaka Uchikoshi, 35, went missing on 7 October after going with friends to climb Mount Rokko in western Japan. He had almost no pulse, his organs had shut down and his body temperature dropped to 22C (71F) when he was found. Medics say they are still puzzled how he survived because his metabolism was apparently almost at a standstill.

Drive one million miles, get a free car

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Saab gives man new car after he drive his old one a million miles:

The traveling salesman from Glendale who put a million miles on his Saab 900 is getting a free replacement from the automaker after being deluged with publicity for his unusual feat.

“I am on cloud nine right now. This is exactly the car I wanted,” Peter Gilbert said Monday. Gilbert recently donated his 17-year-old Saab to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum after the car had survived more than 1 million miles and eight deer collisions, including one that punched a hole in the radiator.

Saab, the Swedish car-maker that’s a division of General Motors, verified the high mileage on Gilbert’s car last summer. Almost everything on the vehicle was original equipment, except for the hoods and other parts that were replaced after the car-deer collisions.

“Apparently, horses in America provide better health care than people do in Britain.”

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Head-butt by horse restores man’s sight:

A Second World War veteran who was blinded in his right eye when he was hit by shrapnel can see again after being head-butted by a pedigree racehorse. Doctors tried in vain for 64 years to restore Don Karkos’s sight, until My Buddy Chimo stepped in. Hours after the horse smacked the 82-year-old paddock security guard in exactly the same spot as the shrapnel gashed his forehead in combat in 1942, he realised his vision was returning.

Yet another use for the world’s tallest man

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Big man, little dolphin

Bao Xishun, the world’s tallest man, saved the lives of two dolphins in north eastern China, by reaching down their throats to take plastic out of their stomach.