31 July 2008

Man decapitates passenger aboard Greyhound bus in Canada

“While we were watching the door, he calmly walks up to the front with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us”

[via:Fark]

26 July 2008

Meat commercial from Soviet-era Estonia

The words being chanted are “chicken” and “meat“, kanahakkliha=chicken minced meat. Edit: Harry Egipt, the man behind this and many other.. powerful Estonian tv ads has been discussed in-depth elsewhere.

[via:Kottke]

62-year-old Catholic monk and heavy metal rocker

“62-year-old Friar Cesare Bonizzi is a Roman Catholic monk by day and heavy metal crooner by night. Known by the stage name, “Fratello Metallo,” he and his band just released their second album.”

The above news story has a video attached to it. A terrible sounding handheld bootleg live recording can be found on Youtube.

[via:About Altreligion]

25 July 2008

Russian government to regulate Emo and Goth culture?

“Last month the State Duma held a hearing on “Government Strategy in the Sphere of Spiritual and Ethical Education”, a piece of legislation aimed at curbing “dangerous teen trends”. There, without a clue in the world, social conservatives lumped “emos” together with skinheads, pushing for heavy regulation of emo websites and the banning of emo and goth fashion from schools and government buildings.”

23 July 2008

Sweden: Drunken elk meets sorry end after toddler attack

“Three-year-old Nova was playing in her backyard sandbox when a young elk calf attacked and bit her.”

Hee hee.

11 July 2008

The island where “Jaws” was filmed had a real-life shark scare

10 July 2008

Fake cage fighting event ends with men ripping each others’ clothes off and kissing

“Crowds in Arkansas came for the lure of cage fighting and $1 beer, but police say what they got instead was men ripping each others’ clothes off and kissing — a stunt suspected of being orchestrated by Sacha Baron Cohen of “Borat” fame.”

[via:Dvorak]

9 July 2008

Rabbit decapitations shock Germany

5 July 2008

Man tattooing himself to become “zombie”

“Rick is turning himself into a zombie. So far, more than 24 hours of tattoos – costing over £4,075 Canadian – have got him halfway there and made him a minor celebrity on the internet, where people can’t decide if he’s a body modification visionary or mentally ill”

[via:Metafilter]

26 June 2008

School locked down after ‘ninja’ sighted in woods

“Public schools in Barnegat [, N.J.] were locked down briefly after someone reported seeing a ninja running through the woods behind an elementary school.”

25 June 2008

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Behavioral scientist Ellen Langer and her colleagues decided to put the persuasive power of this word to the test. In one study, Langer arranged for a stranger to approach someone waiting in line to use a photocopier and simply ask, “Excuse me, I have five pages. May I use the Xerox machine?” Faced with the direct request to cut ahead in this line, 60 percent of the people were willing to agree to allow the stranger to go ahead of them. However, when the stranger made the request with a reason (“May I use the Xerox machine, because I’m in a rush?”), almost everyone (94 percent) complied…

Here’s where the study gets really interesting…This time, the stranger also used the word because but followed it with a completely meaningless reason. Specifically, the stranger said “May I use the Xerox machine, because I have to make copies?”

The rate of compliance was 93 percent.

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