Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Week in Bizarre

(Above: "Pick out a good one for dinner, son." Photo by Cheryl Gerber for The New York Times.)

A new "Insectarium" recently opened in New Orleans. How many museums let you spend quality time with cockroaches, eat cajun-fried crickets, handle some millipede goop, and watch termites devour a wooden version of the New York skyline? (Why is is ALWAYS New York that gets eaten, stomped, or destroyed?)

Got a spare $100,000? Then next year, you just might be able to purchase your very own jet pack. See a video here.

A twelve-year-old girl (and drummer in a rock band) survived a fifteen-story fall down an old Manhattan chimney. The Irregulars would like to state for the record that we had NOTHING to do with this.

Queen Victoria's enormous, 100-year-old bloomers sold for $9000 to a Canadian woman. I bet they don't even fit. (Thanks, Macy!)

(Above: Who looked at these and thought, "refreshing?")

A beverage called Unagi Nobori (Surging Eel) went on sale in Japan. According to reports, "The fizzy, yellow-colored drink contains extracts from the head and bones of eel and five vitamins." Yum! (Thanks again, Macy!)

CNN reported that girls are just as good at math as boys. What? This is news? Should we be just a teensy bit offended that reporters seem so surprised?

A rare (and extremely cute) pod of snubfin dolphins was filmed off the coast of Australia. The species was completely unknown to science until three years ago! Is it just me or does Australia have more than its fair share of cool animals? (Be sure to check out the video of the guys surfing with whales, too.)

(Below: Awwww!)


Anonymous eternal espionage said...

oh lordy! Those dolphins are so cute, speaking of which... I thought you didn't post cute! *looks around suspiciously*

On the topic of girls being better at math...girls,(at my school at least) make fools of ALL of the boys at EVERY subject. I was not surprised one bit at this information when I heard it on the news. I think that males need to get over the huge obstacles of them and their egos, and get a wakeup call that they are not the all-powerful... completely dominant gender that they think they are!

P.S. If you didn't notice get very angry with gender discrimination and stuff like that because there is a whole boat load of it at my school. (Literally... if you look at the fire escape plan it shows that the boys locker rooms are [not even exaggerating here] 3 times the size of the girls'. What is their lame excuse?.. Football, pshhh!

9:23 PM  
Anonymous eternal espionage said...

what do you think about this?,23599,24070088-13762,00.html

9:47 PM  
Anonymous KieL said...

*first comment?*

wow, really random post!! That jet pack could come in handy for the Irregulars. Seriously, what would be cooler than 7 (including Iris)butt kicking gals flying around the skies of NYC?

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

From the jetpak paragraph:

"In June 1997, seven weeks after the birth of his second child, Mr. Martin figured his prototype was now powerful enough to lift its first flier, so long as that person weighed less than 130 pounds. So he turned to his wife. 'I said, "Hey, Vanessa, what are you doing tonight?"'"

That made me laugh so hard when I read it.

9:59 PM  
Blogger liltomboyblue11;) said...

Kiel: I agree! Completely random. That's kinda how I live my life... :P

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Cupcakedoll said...

They'd just better not make those cute garden eels endangered. *eyes the Japanese and Chinese suspiciously* That "traditional medicine" that uses bits of rhinos and tigers, that's not good.

(o course, there are loads of good ideas from Asia too! No dissage meant.)

1:34 AM  
Blogger Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City said...

Eternal Espionage: OMG, I knew it!!!! This will be today's post. Thanks so much.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Rhapsody said...

There is so much interesting information on this post that I dont know what to say! But for the one that said how they just found out that girls are smarter then boys I think the guys knew all along but were just to full of them selves to admitt untill Kiki Strike paid them a little visit!

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're welcome, Ananka!
I check that page every once in a while for stuff you might like.

5:54 PM  
Blogger falcon said...

*sputter* what kind of NEWS is that!!? GIRLS RULE

12:48 PM  

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