Australian Man Wins $600k AUD on the Oscars after Cracking the Code
Perth, Australia – February 29, 2016 – 9:20 am – A Perth native, Robert Screeder has hit the jackpot on this years Oscars. Winning just over $600,000 AUD (approximately $430,000 USD) with online betting. After collecting his winnings this morning he told a local news anchor from local 91News how he was able to pull-this-off!
Now here is the catch: his little brother (Victor Screeder, age 21), a huge war memorabilia collector had noticed that the apparently random code on an image of the Oscar envelopes corresponded to Morse code, giving away partial letters in what they both surmised was the name of the winner of each category.
When interviewed Robert said, “Yes, Victor and I were always role playing various battles and we both learned Morse code to we could make them as realistic as possible.” “I guess this has finally paid off, who would have expected that!”
Apparently Victor was watching an Oscar’s preview video on YouTube and he noticed that when they panned across the envelopes there was a number code and some other marks on each envelope, he took a screenshot and realized that something caught his eye but could not quite place it. Once he enlarged the image, he noted right away that there was Morse code in each envelope. He immediately called his brother and they met at a local bar to plan how to use this knowledge to make some cash.
Robert spread the bets across two well-know online betting houses and collected his winnings via cash transfers just a few hours ago. Both brothers work at a local factory and they plan on keeping their jobs. Each spoke about “springing for a fancy vacation for the family and then saving the rest to possibly buy some property together.”
For those that need a little refresher on what Morse code is:
Morse code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer..as standardized sequences of short and long signals called “dots” and “dashes”…Each Morse code symbol represents either a text character (letter or numeral) or a prosign and is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes. The duration of a dash is three times the duration of a dot. Each dot or dash is followed by a short silence or space. (sic).
Update February 29, 2016 – 4:45 pm – It seems these envelopes were from a short video taken during a dress-rehearsal on the morning of February 28, 2016.
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Awesome Soccer Field
September 17th, 2013 · No Comments
On a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, this one is rated as OMFG!
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The Death Coaster!
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Fat Cat Finds Exercise Offensive
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Always Weird! Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
September 12th, 2012 · No Comments
Just got the newest copy delivered the other day and it does not disappoint! My 12 year old son and I skimmed through it and had a blast!!
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2012) – Ripley Publishing will again WOW! readers with the September launch of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird, and all-new collection of unbelievable stories from around the world.
But there’s a new twist to Download the Weird – readers can actually download the weird. The brand new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app allows hidden content in the book to COME ALIVE!
State-of-the-art image recognition technology allows readers to instantly pull up bonus content in the book. All readers need to do is download the app to a smart phone or advanced iPod, screen grab the pages in the book marked with the special oddSCAN™ logo and watch that story come to life through exclusive videos and images. It’s a one-stop portal that will transport readers deep into the hidden world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! like never before.
The new Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app is FREE and available through iTunes and Google Play.
Ripley’s fans will be thrilled to see that the newest title in the best-selling series has all the qualities that Ripley’s is known for. Download the Weird is jam-packed with an incredible array of crazy facts, stories, lists and interviews.
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Crazy License Plate
hahaha, love this weird vanity plate!
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Here are a couple of my fav weird cars!
That reminds me, time to look for a new car insurance company, the customer service at my current one is horrible! I guess I will start my search on the web at one of those quote sites. I am in the USA but my friend in the UK always uses CarInsurance.org.uk to compare insurance quotes, he swears by it!
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Weird Poker Stories
I have been playing poker since I was 9 years old, my dad taught me how to play with Monopoly money! It was love at first sight deal and over the last 35 years I have been a poker player at heart. It has been really great to see the game get such a monumental revival over the past 8 years, it is on TV, at the local casino and it seems everyone is doing it! As you can tell by my blog I also have a love of weird news, so why not mix the two together and see what comes out. Here are a couple of my favorite all-time poker stories:
If you follow the poker world closely, you should know that Ted Forrest is known for his outlandish prop bets. Well, on Sunday, Forrest and Matusow entered into a prop bet of their own, and it will be interesting to see whether or not Matusow can win the bet. According to Matusow, it will be a piece of cake and a slam dunk.
Forrest bet Matusow $100,000 that Matusow can not drop enough weight to weigh in at 181 pounds by this time next year. Matusow currently weighs in at 231 pounds. So if Matusow drops 50 pounds over the next year, then he wins the bet and $100,000.
According to Matusow, he has an “amazing” metabolism, and could lose 50 pounds in a month if we wanted to. Matusow claims that he spends “24 hours a day in bed playing online poker” and eats “a whole pizza and two hamburgers per day.” All of this food, and Matusow claims that he has only gained 30 pounds over the last year.
When there is money involved, Matusow goes on to say, I’ll drop the weight with no problem and Forrest will be paying up. If Matusow truly does eat a pizza and two hamburgers per day, then we hope for his sake that he does win this bet, or else he’ll be dropping dead of a heart attack. This is just too funny! Living the good life is not good if you die at 45 of a heart attack!
Second story goes as follows;
Rumors have been swirling over the past few days as to the financial status of online poker guru David Benyamine. Many in the poker community are speculating (though this is purely rumor and shouldn’t be taken as fact at this point) that Benyamine has busted his own bankroll and is currently on the borrow from several players, most notably of which is Patrik Antonius. Some in the poker community are speculating that Benyamine currently owes over a million dollars to various players, with Antonius being owed the biggest chunk of money.
Anyone who has followed the high stakes results on Full Tilt as of yet have seen that Benyamine has not been very successful as of late. I believe that he is down close to 2 and a half million dollars on Fill Tilt in the past month or so. The question is, how big is his bankroll? Can he absorb that type of a drawdown? And according to reports, he dropped a good sum of money in the PLO / No Limit Hold’em mixed game in Vegas over the past week.
Are the reports wrong? Does Benyamine still have a healthy bankroll? Or is he in fact in debt? Is this the reason why he is often times playing short-stacked now in the biggest games on Full Tilt?
Again, just rumors, but the poker world is buzzing about this, if this guy falls I will be in absolute shock. But you know what they say, easy come, easy go!
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Gotta love this text!
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This Actually Makes Sense to Me
I think it is more like 92%
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