Top Weird News and Happy Endings

– Toddler survives 30 foot fall and is doing fine, just a cut and bruise to show for it!  Gotta love a happy ending, especially considering he fell onto concrete and rocks.

– Bear goes into grocery store, shoppers in a Wisconsin grocery store got an unexpected surprise when a 125-pound (58-kilogram) black bear wandered inside and headed straight for the beer cooler. He was tranquilized and taken back to the wild for another happy ending.

– German brothels offer discounts for ‘going green’, take public transit or ride you bike next time you are in the mood for some paid-nookie and you will get the ‘green’ discount.  To qualify, customers must show the receptionist either a bicycle padlock key or proof they used public transit to get to the neighborhood. That knocks the price for 45 minutes in a room, for example, to C65 from C70.

Weird Science Awards

The annual IG Nobel Prize awards are almost here again and I thought I would list some of the funnier science related ones:

MEDICINE PRIZE: Donald L. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty (60) years.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander.

VETERINARY MEDICINE PRIZE: Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson of Newcastle University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK, for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless.