Weird has a weird history

Keep etymology wyrd! Er, weird. (The Endless Knot)

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“FOUND: Lost Photos in Zimbabwe.” A real life viral mystery video by Joe Sabia.

“i found an SD card in the middle of zimbabwe. now I am trying to find the card's owner.”

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The only man to never have seen a woman

In 1938, Mihailo Tolotos died at age 82. He's considered to have been the only man to have lived such a long life "without ever seeing a woman." Tolotos, whose mother died at childbirth, lived all his years as a monk in one of Greece's Mt. Ethos monasteries where only men are permitted. Of course, Tolotos's claim to fame doesn't account for people who are blind since birth, but it's still a rather curious story anyway.

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Carrot sharpeners, a mere $3.77

Why would you sharpen a carrot, I hear you asking? At $3.77, why wouldn't you? Read the rest

The saga of Ian Bogost's pressure-washer

Beginning in July 2014 and continuing to April 2015, someone (possibly Ian Bogost) maintained an obsessive Tumblr site about whether Ian Bogost, an eminent and brilliant video games critic and editor of a spectacular series on everyday objects, would buy a pressure washer, and if so, which one. Read the rest

North Korea channels the voice of Abraham Lincoln in “Hey, Obama” letter to U.S.

“Hey, Obama,” a weird letter from North Korea to the President of the United States opens, according to a translation offered by the Associated Press. “I know you have a lot on your mind these days … I’ve decided to give you a little advice.”

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Vaping while faceswapping is highly recommended

What happens when you blow smoke while a not-entirely wise machine is superimposing someone else's face on your face? Dorrit Shank found out. Read the rest

Melania Trump has a creepy message just for you

Weirdo remix artist Vic Berger slap-chopped together this creepy and hilarious edit of Melania Trump’s recent campaign speech for her creepy and no longer hilarious husband, presidential candidate and noted total shitbag Donald Trump.

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Watch the incredibly weird Ted Cruz Penis Pinocchio ad

The marginal quality of the CGI nose really makes it. They should have hired Cyriak. Read the rest

Something just struck Jupiter, and two amateur astronomers captured it on video

Two amateur astronomers in different countries captured space images that astronomers say depicts an amazing cosmic event: something basically crashing into the planet Jupiter.

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Mirrored headboard becomes 'big magnifying glass' and burns down home carport

In what the Los Angeles Times reports was a 'freak event' at a Fresno home last Sunday, sunlight bouncing off of a mirrored headboard discarded in the back of a home magnified the sun's rays and started a fire that burned down the family carport.

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Play this video at your next party. Don't ask questions.

I want the playlist for this weird video.

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Meet the White Witch of Los Angeles

Vice profiled Boing Boing pal and contributor Maja D'Aoust, co-author of The Secret Source: The Law of Attraction and Its Hermetic Influence Throughout the Ages.

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Alice Isn't Dead: a new podcast from the Welcome to Night Vale creators

Alice Isn't Dead, a new podcast from the Welcome to Night Vale crew, debuts tomorrow -- get a sneak peak with this teaser (MP3), then subscribe. Read the rest

God's trade show

Religious paraphernalia -- from gilded goblets to huge Jesus statues to "high-tech" electronic rosaries -- is a $5 billion business. The International Exhibition of Church Furnishings, Liturgical Items and Religious Building Components, held in the north east of Italy, is like the CES of religion. Photographer Louis de Belle captured the high weirdness in a beautifully strange series "detaching for a moment all of (religion's) paraphernalia from the notion of faith."

"This trade fair's functional infrastructure, stocked with clergy apparel, liturgical items and cult objects, becomes the backdrop of a "counter–reality" made of bored salesmen, busy nuns and misplaced items," de Belle writes. "A last supper is hanging before a modest refreshment, agonising crucifixes are being quickly deposited, while industrious sisters do their business."

See more of the series: Besides Faith

Buy the "Besides Faith" book.

Read an interview with de Belle in Wired.

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Police arrest man carrying gnome on highway

Yesterday, drivers on the M60 motorway in Great Manchester, England called police when they spotted a man carrying a small child on the highway. Turns out, the fellow was actually carrying a garden gnome.

According to BBC News the fellow was "arrested on suspicion of a public order offence." The gnome, seen above, is now under police care. Read the rest

Hacker suspected in Anon raid on Boston hospital rescued at sea by Disney cruise ship, then arrested

Martin Gottesfeld and his family were rescued at sea, near Cuba, by a Disney cruise ship, then Gottesfeld was arrested by FBI agents dispatched from a Bahamian field office. Read the rest

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