February 17th, 2009

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Internet Scrapings, Offbeat News and Other Oddities

Adorable ultra-rare albino turtle born at preserve.

Devout Muslim who ran TV station to portray Muslims in a more positive light accused of beheading his wife.
Possibly a repost, if so, sorry.

Cracked: Nine real-life mad scientists.
These guys make Walter Bishop look like Patch Adams.

Introducing Till Death Do Us Part dot com, a dating service for terminally ill (dying) people.

IBM files for Matrix-style bullet dodging patent.

The patent proposes a system where an external device monitors the area for incoming projectiles. If it detects a projectile headed near a person hooked into the system it can either shock their muscles in order to move their body a particular way to dodge the bullet, Neo style, or it could simply make the intended target.

Cracked: The 17 most violent political brawls.

UAE denies visa to Israeli tennis player.

The United Arab Emirates has refused to grant a visa to a female Israeli tennis player, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, the WTA said in a statement Sunday... The UAE has no diplomatic ties with Israel.
The UAE, and almost all other Arab countries, does not give visas to Israeli passports. Even if you're not Israeli and you visit Israel, you then have to change your passport for a new one before getting the visa of an Arab country on it, because most Arab countries won't acknowledge Israel's existence.

Saudi Arabia appoints its first female minister in government, calls it "progress." Meanwhile, they still haven't figured out the difference between adultery and gangrape.

The son of a prominent pastor has been arrested for public indecency at a park.
The son of T.D. Jakes — the Dallas megachurch pastor who’s called homosexuality a “brokenness” and declared that he would never hire a sexually active gay person — was arrested in a gay sex sting in Kiest Park in January, according to Dallas police reports. [He] lists the church as his place of employment.
T.D. Jakes is a Dallas megachurch pastor who gave a sermon at the prayer service for Barack Obama on the morning he was sworn in as president.

For the second time in four weeks, British customs officers have arrested another crew of a South African Airways (SAA) plane after cocaine was found in baggage at London's Heathrow airport, officials said on Monday.

Proving no cyclist on earth is immune to bike theft, Lance Armstrong's one of a kind custom bicycle was stolen moments after he rode it in a race.
"There is only one like it in the world therefore hard to pawn it off. Reward being offered," he wrote [on his Twitter].

Bees are continuing to die off in record numbers, and no one has any idea why.

Burglary victim steals thieves' getaway van.
The 32-year-old, laid-off Washington Mutual manager was in the basement of his Bellevue home Tuesday afternoon when he heard the thieves upstairs. He called 911 as he snuck out of the house and, against the advice of the dispatcher, hopped into the getaway car — a white Ford van that was parked in front of his house, still running — and drove away. The burglars took off on foot, leaving a pile of televisions, a laptop and a jewelry box by the door. A witness who was visiting a home across the street saw them. According to the detectives' report, "the males looked back ... and appeared startled."
"I wish I could have seen the look on their faces," Rosario told The Seattle Times. He said he recognizes it probably wasn't the wisest thing to do, but it nevertheless earned him some high-fives from responding officers. "Two pulled up, and they looked over at me and go, 'You stole their car — way to go, dude. That's awesome,'" Rosario said. "Another told me that I just made her month." The suspects remained at large.

Finally, this just in: Magenta is not a real color.
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