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After 27-year-old New York jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg had his cell phone stolen, he used his head, a little technology, and a hammer to get it back. Nadav had accidentally left his cell phone in the back of a cab. The next morning he learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone. So Nadav logged on to the service and offered the cellphone thief a date — posing as a woman — complete with a hot picture. The “hot girl” invited the thief over to her apartment and he promptly accepted. When he showed up at Nadav’s apartment in Brooklyn with a bottle of wine, Nadav greeted him holding a hammer. The thief quickly handed over the iPhone and left without a word. (myway.com)
Nothing Shakes Up the Day Like a Rabid Bobcat!
In Brookfield, Massachusetts, Roger Mundell Jr. went into his garage only to be greeted by a rabid bobcat! No kidding! The wild animal leaped about eight feet and pounced on him, repeatedly biting him on the face and scratching his shoulders. Mundell was eventually able to free himself by removing his jacket. He then ran out of the garage, shutting a door behind him, but the cat escaped through another partially opened door and confronted his wife and 15-year-old nephew, who were outside. The bobcat then bit the nephew on the forearm until Mundell pulled the animal off him and they pinned it to the ground, beating it with a metal crutch. Mundell’s wife then got a pistol from the house and shot the animal. Mundell said, “It wanted us bad. It obviously was rabid.” He said he was bitten and scratched at least 30 times, and that he and his nephew had begun treatment for rabies. His wife was also treated because she came into contact with the animal’s blood, though she was not bitten. (Reuters)
New Predictions From World’s Worst Psychic!
Antonio Vazquez is a loveable 72-year-old psychic who has a wonderful knack for predicting things that don’t actually happen. For more than three decades, Mexico’s self-proclaimed “Grand Warlock” has been doing tarot card and horoscope readings to reveal what’s in store for the coming year. He is consistently and often spectacularly wrong. Among some of his famous past predictions: Fidel Castro would die in 2008. Germany would win the 2006 World Cup and Barack Obama would lose to Mitt Romney. Yet, despite his incredibly incorrect record, dozens of journalists swarmed Mexico City’s press club for the Grand Warlock’s latest round of predictions in what has become one of this country’s inexplicably popular New Year’s traditions. In case you care, the Grand Warlock is predicting a new war in the Middle East in 2013, chaos in Venezuela and a tough year for Obama. Well, he may just get that last one. But then that’s almost like predicting Lindsey Lohan will get into trouble in 2013. (Huffington Post)
Beating Addiction: Siberian Edition
Psychologists in Siberia apparently have a strange new philosophy on drug addiction. They say if you can’t beat drugs and alcohol, then beat drugs and alcohol! Siberian psychologist Dr. German Pilipenko practices a unique form of addiction therapy termed the “method of limited exposure or pain.” Used since 2004, the technique involves beating drug addicts with a cane on their backsides. Pilipenko said he’s treated more than a thousand patients and says, “We cane the patients on the buttocks with a clear and definite medical purpose – it is not some warped sadomasochistic activity.” So does it work? A former patient, identified only as Natasha, told the Moscow Times,”I am the proof that this controversial treatment works. I recommend it to anyone suffering from an addiction or depression. It hurts like crazy — but it’s given me back my life.” Pilipenko says the secret is that the beatings release endorphins into the blood stream, which are often depleted in addicts. But critics of the method insist that other, pain-free activities like eating chocolate release more endorphins. (Moscow Times)
I See London, I See France…
A bizarre calendar of men posing in their underpants with classic 1970s cars is proving an unlikely success in Germany. The pictures– featuring male models of all shapes, sizes and ages — clearly demonstrate that some classic bodywork has aged better than others. Creator Janet Schurmeyer says she and a photographer pal dreamed up the calendar as a send up of the traditional poses of semi-clothed women draped over curvy sports cars. She explains, “We only use men– most of them are our friends– and they are often not wearing the most attractive underwear. The calendar runs $30 bucks and seems to be selling equally to both men and women. (Ananova)
Care For a Baby Head?
It may just be the world’s most bizarre candy. British artist Annabel de Vetten is creating and selling realistic life-sized babies’ heads made out of white chocolate. The bizarre creations weigh nearly one kilogram and contain 5,000 calories. They are eerily realistic and Vetten says she’s been swamped with orders. She admits some find the idea disgusting and in very bad taste but counters, “If everybody liked them they wouldn’t be as fun to make.” They were originally commissioned for a pilot episode for a UK TV show which wanted something with a serious shock factor. Vetten says, “From that point of view, I’ve accomplished the mission.” (Ananova)
Well That Was Lucky!
When a 22-year-old man staggered into Maxwell’s American Pub in Minneapolis around 1 a.m., the bartender thought he was asking for a shot. What he was actually saying was that he HAD BEEN SHOT! Luckily for him, the bar just happened to be filled with nurses that night — six all together– who quickly rushed to his aid. Nurse Tim Carew said that the man, who was suffering from six gunshot wounds, was “leaking blood” and that “he needed to lay down or risk going into shock.” Carew said the nurses applied pressure using bar towels and used the victim’s belt to make a tourniquet. They were able to successfully slow the bleeding until paramedics arrived to transport the man to a hospital. Nurses who had gotten blood on them were later tested to make sure they had not contracted any diseases. Maxwell’s nicely picked up the tab for all the nurses present. The shooting had apparently occurred about a block away and police are investigating. Police have not released the identity of the shooting victim but he is expected to survive. (Huffington Post)
Royal Dishwasher Wanted!
Need a job? Well the Queen is looking for a dishwasher. It only pays a little over $19,000 a year but you’ll be based at Buckingham Palace. The help wanted ad posted on the royal website says the household is looking for a general catering wash up assistant. The new recruit will mainly work in the staff restaurant but also be required to wash other royal dishes. The successful candidate needs to be punctual, reliable, able to work well in a team and have a flexible and willing attitude, according to the ad. He or she will be based at Buckingham Palace, but must “be happy to travel and work at other royal residences in the UK and at weekends”. This would mean trips to Windsor, Sandringham, Balmoral and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh as and when the household moves around. Tally Ho! (Ananova)
This article was written by CARL LAMAR