Weird Stories from 2010 - A Look Back PDF Print Email

SOME weird, wild and wonderful stories from 2010:

A Look Back

by Alienbeing
  • A Copenhagen bus company put "love seats" on 103 of its vehicles for people looking for a partner. "Even love at first sight is possible on the bus," said a spokesman for the British owned Arriva company to explain the two seats on each bus that are covered in red cloth and a "love seat" sign.
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  • Shoppers at an international luxury fair in Verona, Italy, found a cell-phone-equipped golden coffin among the items on display. The phones will help "the deceased" contact relatives if they have been buried alive by mistake.
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  • Inmates at an infamous Moscow prison where a lawyer died last year in a case that sparked global anger will get a full suite of new creature comforts including sunbeds. "Is Butyrka turning into a sanatorium?" a sceptical mass-circulated Komsomolskaya Pravda daily asked in a headline.
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  • Paul the octopus, who shot to fame during this year's football World Cup for his flawless record in cha_news_lookback2010bpredicting game results, died peacefully in his sleep in an aquarium.
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  • Delhi authorities deployed a contingent of langurs - a large type of monkey - at Commonwealth Games venues to help chase away smaller simians from the sporting extravaganza.
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  • A Mozambican prisoner who had been released on parole broke back into jail after discovering he didn't like life on the outside.
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  • A British church held an unusual ceremony when a vicar blessed the mobile phones of 80 workers in the City of London financial district. The idea came from a historic tradition where workers would bring the tools of their trade, like ploughs, to be blessed on the first Monday after people return to work after Christmas.
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  • A robber in New York came up with a disarming way to pull off his latest bank heist, approaching the teller's window with a large bouquet of flowers and handing over a hold-up note.
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  • A Kuwaiti MP proposed state-aid for male citizens to take second wives, in a bid to reduce the large number of unmarried women in the oil-rich emirate.
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  • Shanghai officials hope to curb the growing popularity of man's best friend in the city with a one-dog policy.
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  • A Frenchman who lost all his limbs in an electrical accident successfully swam across the Channel, a challenge he had been preparing for two years.
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  • A set of dentures made for Britain's war-time prime minister Winston Churchill known as "the teeth that saved the world'' sold for nearly £18,000 ($28,000) at auction.
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  • The strongest and most expensive beer ever created sold out within hours, a Scottish brewery said, as they courted controversy by packaging the bottles inside the bodies of stuffed squirrels and stoats.
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  • A British woman sparked an internet hate campaign after she was caught on camera dumping a cat in a rubbish bin. She was fined £250 ($400) after pleading guilty.
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  • Two Australian men needed surgery after shooting each other in the buttocks during a drinking session to see if it would hurt.
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  • Even Hong Kong's dead cannot escape the internet. In Chinese culture, relatives are expected to visit the cemetery at least once a year to pay their respects. But now, mourners can simply visit memorial.gov.hk set up by the government and set up a page free-of-charge.
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  • The BBC apologised "unreservedly" after a radio presenter jokingly announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died.
 
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