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Murdering Moose

Posted 11/30/2009 10:00 am by

When 63-year-old Agneta Westlund was found dead in the woods, the immediate suspect was her husband, Ingemar.  In fact, he was even brought into jail on suspicion and held for ten days until charges were dropped in January.   Stockholm police do have a new suspect, after a year of searching:  a moose.  Police say […]

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Michigan’s Marijuana University

Posted 11/30/2009 9:00 am by

Nick Tennant is nothing if not an excellent businessman.  Not only has he already started one business, a car valet company that went under as the economy tanked, he’s also a 24-year-old college dean.  The college he started is the Med Grow Cannabis College, where students pay $485 dollars to learn how to cultivate and […]

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Facts About The Poinsettia

Posted 11/30/2009 8:30 am by

It’s everywhere around Christmas, which is confusing because everyone claims this plant is poisonous.  As it turns out, the humble red poinsettia (or Euphorbia pulcherrima), isn’t poisonous.  In fact, the only people who should fear the poinsettia are people who have latex allergies or people who love to rub random things into their eyes.  The […]

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Don’t Feed The Caveman

Posted 11/30/2009 8:00 am by

There’s an unusual new exhibit in a Warsaw, Poland zoo.  However, it’s only going to be on display until Sunday, so if you want your kids to see this rare creature, you’d better hurry.  The prehistoric beast on display?  Why, it’s the humble Homo sapiens, or human being.  That’s right, there’s a zoo with a […]

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When Crocodiles Ruled The Water

Posted 11/30/2009 7:30 am by

Once upon a time, they rules the water.  In fact, they were the only creatures that struck fear in the heart of dinosaurs.  They’re also still swimming around the earth today.  They’re crocodiles, and there was a period of history that was When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs.  It’s all part of National Geographic Channel’s Expedition Week! […]

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How To Eat Fried Worms (No, Really!)

Posted 11/30/2009 7:00 am by

You know, even though most Americans just finished a three-day food orgy, not everyone out there has enough to eat.  It’s not just a question of bad food or odd food, it’s a question of no food.  If you’re ever starving, and in need of something to fill your belly, then Mental Floss has a […]

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What’s A Zhu Zhu Pet And Why Do Kids Want Them?

Posted 11/30/2009 6:30 am by

I went out this weekend with some friends.  I bummed around, saw Ninja Assassin, and then we all went out for Mexican food at a local eatery.  On the drive in, I saw that one of the other food places (a Mr. Gatti’s) in the shopping center was advertising some kind of give-away.  The object […]

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Cyber Monday Deals

Posted 11/30/2009 6:00 am by

Three days after the biggest shopping day of the year is the biggest shopping day of the year in the cyber world.  That’s right, boys and girls, it’s Cyber Monday and all around the world, people are frantically clicking refresh on their web browsers in an attempt to scoop up those bargains before they’re all […]

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The World’s Strongest Beer Will Blow Your Mind

Posted 11/27/2009 10:30 am by

Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer is in extremely short supply.  Brewery BrewDog, based in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, have only made 500 bottles of the £30, which is apparently more complex to make than other drinks.  Why is this particular beer so special?  Well, at a staggering 32% ABV, it’s the world’s strongest beer, and they have […]

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Man Digs Up Wife’s Corpse, Needed A Hug

Posted 11/27/2009 10:00 am by

In the words of 55-year-old Vietnamese man Le Van, “I’m a person that does things differently. I’m not like normal people.”  When you consider that Le Van missed his wife so much he dug her up from the grave and slept beside her corpse for five years because he wanted to hug her, not being […]

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Crashing A Presidential Party

Posted 11/27/2009 9:30 am by

Tareq and Michaele Salahi are either brave or very crazy.  Given that they’re trying out to be on a reality TV program, it’s probably a lot of both.  Michaele is in the running to join Bravo’s hit program as one of the featured women on “The Real Housewives of D.C.,” the latest incarnation of the […]

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Cody The Register Dog

Posted 11/27/2009 9:00 am by

He’s always there to greet the customers with a smile.  Also, if allowed, he’ll hop up on his back legs and lick their faces, sniff at their behind, and bark at the mailman.  No, it’s not some kind of publicity stunt gone wrong, it’s just Cody, the dog who works at a convenient store. Cody’s […]

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Twilight-Inspired Vampire Attack

Posted 11/27/2009 8:30 am by

Given the way Twilight, New Moon, and vampires in general have taken over the public consciousness, it was only a matter of time before it happened.  I remember after the last outbreak of pop-culture vampirism, there were crazy people all over the world who did weird stuff in the name of pretending to be an […]

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Growing Criminal Trend: Church Robbery

Posted 11/27/2009 8:00 am by

For the fourth time in two years, a building in Ellenwood, Georgia has been broken into by desperate criminals.  However, this is the first time the robber has left behind a written plea for forgiveness after his crime.  You see, the building that keeps getting robbed is Berean Baptist Church, headed by the Rev. Roger […]

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Starfish Beach

Posted 11/27/2009 7:30 am by

Animals do some really strange things, but the strangest thing that they do is intentionally kill themselves.  Whales repeatedly beach themselves, dolphins turn violent, and in Russia, starfish have been beaching themselves by the hundreds along the Pacific coast.  The resulting images are spectacular, but also kind of heartbreaking. The English Russia article doesn’t offer […]

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Store Goes Topless For Black Friday

Posted 11/27/2009 7:00 am by

It’s hard to run a business in this economic climate.  When even big companies are having trouble making ends meet, you know it has to be significantly more difficult for a small business.  Fortunately for Caroline Estes, owner of Austin, Texas-based Amazonia Aquariums, she has an idea.  Well, actually, she has two ideas, and they’re […]

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Weirdest Holiday Movies

Posted 11/27/2009 6:30 am by

  The holiday weekend is usually a big time for movies to be released.  Every Christmas, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and just about every other long weekend is greeted with a release slate full of big-budget movie blockbusters, save one.  Thanksgiving is generally a movie wasteland, given that it’s usually a weekend […]

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The Myth Of Holiday Weight Gain

Posted 11/27/2009 6:00 am by

Everyone always thinks they pack on a lot of weight during the holiday season.  In fact, yesterday after Thanksgiving dinner, my dad was complaining about the five extra pounds he swears he’ll put on thanks in no small part to the incredibly delicious meal put together by my aunt and uncle.  He’s not the only […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from PopFi

Posted 11/26/2009 6:00 am by

It’s Thanksgiving today, the quintessential American holiday that involves eating too much, watching too much football (both college and pro), and napping on the couch thanks to an overdose of tryptophan.  No celebration of Thanksgiving would be completely without actually giving thanks, and since this is my first Thanksgiving as owner and operator of PopFi, […]

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The Muppets Go Viral

Posted 11/25/2009 11:48 am by

This video has been everywhere lately, and for good reason.  Multiple friends of mine linked it on Google Reader the other day, and I watched it with a grin.  Not only are The Muppets back, they’re stretching the boundaries of how streaming video can look with this incredible cover version/music video for the 1975 Queen […]

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The History Of Black Friday

Posted 11/25/2009 10:00 am by

It’s one of the more unusual holiday events.  Black Friday, that orgy of predawn openings, door-buster sales, big deals, and consumerism, is the official launch of the holiday shopping season and is routinely one of the biggest sales days a store will see all year.  Have you ever wondered how this unique holiday tradition got […]

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Brain Scan Used In Murder Trial

Posted 11/25/2009 9:15 am by

In what is believed to be a legal precedent, the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan, or FMRI, of a convicted rapist and murderer will be used against him during his sentencing phase.  Brian Dugan, who was convicted in Chicago of the rape and murder of a 10-year-old, received the FMRI and entered it into evidence […]

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Five Odd Holiday Meals

Posted 11/25/2009 7:30 am by

The best thing about holidays is that you get to eat a lot of food you don’t normally get to eat.  I mean, really; how often do you get to chow down on turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and, of course, several kinds of pie?  That’s definitely pretty rare, right?  Especially on […]

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Guerilla Christmas Decorators Strike!

Posted 11/25/2009 7:00 am by

Remember in the classic cartoon How The Grinch Stole Christmas, when the Grinch broke into the houses in Whoville and stole all their Christmas presents and decorations and whatnot?  Well, in Herscher, Illinois, a woman and her children returned home from a weekend trip to find out she’d been reverse-Grinched.   That’s right, someone broke […]

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10 Best Tracking Shots In Movies

Posted 11/25/2009 6:30 am by

I’m something of a movie nerd.  Some people love analyzing literature.  I love dissecting films, studying them scene by scene for influences, homages, or just general technical abilities.  One of my favorite shots in film is the tracking shot, in which the camera moves during a scene while shooting, usually on rails, following an actor […]

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Drug Dealer Beaten Over Boogers

Posted 11/25/2009 6:00 am by

It’s a bit of perverse vigilante justice chased with a bit more of perverse vigilante justice.  Roy Morris James Batemand and Richard Robert Charles Wilde took matters into their own hands when the two traveled to Torrensville, Australia, to beat up a notorious drug dealer.  However, they didn’t beat him up because he was dealing […]

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Frozen Turkey Violence

Posted 11/24/2009 10:00 am by

During the course of a heated argument with his girlfriend over how much time she was spending on the phone with her mother, Mark Woodward flipped out.  He is accused of going to the freezer, removing a frozen turkey the couple had received from her church, and tossing the frozen bird at her.  Now, she’s […]

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A Personalized Adult Swim

Posted 11/24/2009 9:30 am by

I am a huge evangelist for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim line of programming.  Even when they let me down by bringing in more life action crap, I’m usually the first in line to watch their new cartoons and, thankfully, they’ve launched a service that will make it even easier for me to pluck the gems […]

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100-Proof Turkey Is Really Wild

Posted 11/24/2009 9:00 am by

Sometimes you just need a little help getting through the holiday season, and for most people, that help comes in a bottle.  However, if publican Paul Hurley of Midtown Manhattan’s O’Casey’s Tavern has his way, you won’t need to get your booze from a bottle this Thanksgiving; you’ll be able to get a buzz off […]

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Santa’s $100,000 Facelift

Posted 11/24/2009 8:35 am by

It’s getting closer and closer to the holiday season, and everyone is starting to get ready.  For some people, that means shopping.  For others, that means cooking and getting out those once-a-year recipes.  However, if you’re a store in Auckland, New Zealand, you get Santa Claus a facelift.  A 66-foot-tall Santa Claus statue has gotten […]

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