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Internet scrapings, offbeat news, and other oddities

Trashy Italian supermodel (pictured) is selling her virginity for a million euros.

12 year old kid invents ultra-efficient, three dimensional solar cell.

Vintage Marlboro ads that targeted mothers.

From Seattle to Athens, Ga., homeless advocacy groups and city agencies are reporting the most visible rise in homeless encampments in a generation.

The world's shortest man meets the world's longest-legged woman.

Cracked.com: Five people you've never heard of who saved the world.

20 beautiful desert oases in pictures.

Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo email. According to the awesome rynthetyn, her password reset question was something you could have figured out from scanning the Wikipedia article on her.

Sex club run by six year olds busted. "Three boys aged six ran a sex club at a Brisbane state school demanding and receiving sexual favours from Year 2 classmates, a father has claimed... Meanwhile, on the Sunshine Coast, a gang of nine-year-old boys has been accused of "grooming" children as young as five to engage in sex acts. Investigators were told victims were rewarded with lollies."

Man arrested Monday night after he gave his suicidal roommate a loaded shotgun while they were drinking and talking about suicide. He promptly shot himself in the head and died.

Islamic Sharia courts are open and operating in the UK.

And here I get yet more motivation to become a vegetarian. Too bad pork is so delicious.

A little boy was left heartbroken after someone trespassed into his family's yard, killed his dog and left handwritten notes with mocking messages throughout the scene.

A person's strong political opinions reveal a lot about his/her psychological build-up, according to recent research. "Their research, published in the journal Science, indicates that people who are sensitive to fear or threat are likely to support a right wing agenda. Those who perceived less danger in a series of images and sounds were more inclined to support liberal policies. The authors believe their findings may help to explain why voters' minds are so hard to change." So WTF are Right Wingers so damn scared of?

India decides to battle terrorism by cracking down on open / unsecure Wi-Fi networks. WTF.

Verizon refuses to help find missing woman for four days. "Verizon, which has no problem helping the government spy on its customers, suddenly turned stupid in June when a police department asked them for help finding the body of a woman who had been abducted on camera. Despite pleas from the woman's parents, the police, and the FBI, it was four days before a technician was sent out to the appropriate cell tower. When that technician gave the police the location info, they found Kelsey Smith's body within 45 minutes. Verizon won't respond to requests for an explanation of why they couldn't help sooner."

Man gets sick of being bombarded with spam faxes, so he call-forwards them back to the rude receptionist of the company that they come from.
Epic win.

Save money at your wedding by renting the wedding cake. LULWUT

How Wall Street lied to its computers. "The people who ran the financial firms chose to program their risk-management systems with over-optimistic assumptions and to feed them oversimplified data. “There was a willful designing of the systems to measure the risks in a certain way that would not necessarily pick up all the right risks."

House MD's quotes on atheism. On one hand it's interesting they picked the lead character of a prime time TV show to be an atheist; on the other hand, he's incredibly bitter and unhappy, which is a common atheist stereotype. So is House being an outspoken atheist a good or a bad thing for atheism?

Woman flattened by own van while fleeing cops.

And now, Beer on a Stick (tm).

Audio engineer finds that Metallica's latest album sounds better on Guitar Hero III.

A house in Florida has been struck by vehicles 11 times in 7 years.

Prostitutes in Italy who have been ordered to stop wearing skimpy clothing while they tout for business in broad daylight plan to dress as nuns instead.

TSA "workers" apparently have immunity from the same screening they give passengers. "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rolled out the new uniforms and new screening policy at airports nationwide on Sept. 11. The new policy says screeners can arrive for work and walk behind security lines without any of their belongings examined or X-rayed. "Lunch or a bomb, you can walk right through with it," said Mike Boyd, an aviation consultant in Evergreen. (...) However, two TSA workers in Atlanta were arrested this year for smuggling drugs and cash past screening checkpoints onto airplanes. Other screeners nationwide have been caught stealing from passengers. At DIA this year, a screener got caught bringing a gun through the checkpoint. Under the TSA's current policy, that gun would have gone undetected inside the airport. While screeners won't be subjected to searches, airline pilots will still have to go through security screening checkpoints.

You know those news stories about houses so filthy they're unfit for humans? This roach-infested filthpit was declared unfit for animals. A cop freaked out when roaches "rained down" on him on entry, and he found a baby in a crib covered with roaches crawling all over him. Amazingly the family had only been living there for four months. It must actually take effort to get it that filthy that fast.

France may soon ban Scientology altogether.

As hard as it may be to believe, Motorola may finally start working on a phone that isn't actually another RAZR clone.

StopForwarding.Us is a site that emails that loved one in your life who won't stop littering your inbox with forwarded bullshit, and politely and anonymously requests them to please cut it out.

A blog post generator for seriously lazy bloggers.

Electronic Frontier Foundation to sue U.S. government over NSA surveillance program.

BME: Is it possible to be too tattooed / pierced / modified to work in a tattoo shop?
Tags: humor, offbeat news, wtf
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