British artist Richie Sowa has built two artificial floating islands

June 19, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

What would you do if you really wanted your own private island, but couldn’t afford one? Richie Sowa from Britain really wanted an island and decided to take matters in his own hands, so to speak.

Spiral Island Richie Sowa

(Photo: RandyMac McCallum)

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Culture on the web: cousincouples.com in support of cousin couples

April 24, 2013 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, North America, Serious stuff, South America

 

Our series of weird, alternative or just different websites, we’ve turned our attention to cousincouples.com. As the title indicates, this is a website for cousin couples to meet and interact with other couples of the same kind. As they explain on their front page, it is a site for those romantically involved with their cousin. It is a site dedicated to providing support and facts about cousin marriages as well as fostering friendships around the world. It may be used for getting advice or exchanging information.

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Chess Boxing – a hybrid sport combining chess and boxing

April 22, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, North America

 

Ever heard of Chess Boxing? As the name indicates, it’s a hybrid sport combining chess with boxing in alternating rounds. It originates from the French artist and filmmaker Enki Bilal who pictured it in his comic book Froid Equator in 1992. The idea of Chess Boxing was picked up by the Dutch artist Lepe Rubingh in 2003, where he organized the first real event.

Chess boxing hybrid sport in Berlin

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The annual Montana testicle festival, Testy Fest

March 31, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

For more than 30 years, cow’s testicles have been the center of celebrations in Montana. During the testicle festival known as Testy Fest, more than 15,000 people join the festivities to eat and appreciate breaded, deep fried and beer marinated cow balls. The cow testicles also goes by the name of Rocky Mountain Oysters. If you plan to join in, you must be 21 years of age! For more info, go to: www.testyfesty.com. Picture: Rob Evans, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Testy Fest Montana, testicle festival

 

HIV positive man fakes HIV test to get in bed with his girlfriend

March 9, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

Duane Lang from Queens, NY, was in a relationship with a girl. Duanes issue with his girlfriend was that she wouldn’t have unprotected sex with him, until he could provide evidence of not being infected with HIV. Duanes problem was that he was in fact HIV positive. Duane, appararently really keen on having unprotected sex with his girlfriend, decided to fake an HIV test, displaying him as being HIV negative.

HIV test

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The Pilobolus dance group makes a human alphabet

March 7, 2013 in Amazing, North America, Pictures

 

6 members of the Pilobolus Dance Theater have created what can only be described as a human alphabet. They twisted their bodies into possible and almost impossible positions, creating the 26 letters of their alpabet. The happening took place over 4 days in photographer John Kane’s studio. According to the dance group, the hardest letters were “R” and “C”. See for yourself. (Pictures via: dailymail.co.uk)

Pilobolus human alphabet a, b, c

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World Dwarf Games 2013 in Michigan

March 4, 2013 in Amazing, North America, Serious stuff

 

You’ve probably heard of the Olympics and the Paralympics. But did you know that dwarfs also compete against other dwarfs in the World Dwarf Games? Just like the Olympics, the dwarf games are held every four years at shifting locations around the world. The last games, in 2009 were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while the coming games in 2013 will be held in August at Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.

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The World Dwarf Games were first held in 1993 in Chicago and has since been held every 4 years. In order to qualify for participation, you need to be a dwarf (of course) and proven yourself in a national dwarf game. In 2013, it is expected that more than 500 athletes from over 25 nations around the world will take part in the games. There are 13 different sports to compete in, ranging from archery over soccer to swimming and volleyball. For more info, go to: www.2013worlddwarfgames.org. Pictures from: www.facebook.com/WorldDwarfGames2013.

The motto of the 2013 Games? “It’s really BIG!” They sure have a sense of humor.

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Night clubs for overweight people gets popular in the US

March 4, 2013 in Amazing, North America

 

A new kind of night club has emerged in the United States. Overweight people, tired of being discriminated, laughed at or having to wait in line because of their extra pounds, have decided to open night clubs targeting people like themselves. Clubs where overweights can enjoy a good time without being harassed by people of normal weight.

Overweight clubs in the US

 

These establishments are of course not discriminating against normal sized people, but they’ve become overweight clubs by being preferred by overweight people. According to the owners, the normal weight visitors tend to go to the clubs because they like the overweight people. One such club is Club Bounce in Long Beach, California. For more info, go to: Club Bounce website.

 

The Dachshund United Nations art installation in Sydney

March 2, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

Australian artist Bennett Miller has re-created the U.N. using live Dachshunds. The Dachshund UN is a miniature version of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The difference is that humans are replaced by dogs and the assembly has no power in the UN.

Dachshund UN art installation Bennett Miller 1

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The world map of rude place names by Gary Gale

March 2, 2013 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Funny, North America, South America

 

Gary Gale of Britain has created the world’s first map of place names that have wrong, rude or funny associations in the English language. How about a trip to Bitsch in Switzerland, Shit in Iran or maybe Big Dick Lake in the U.S.?

Map of rude place names of the world

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Meet Mexican real-life superhero Superbarrio Gomez

February 27, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

Marco Rascón Córdova, a high school dropout, has been a real-life superhero for many years in Mexico. Marco has taken the name of Superbarrio Gomez, wearing red tights and a red and yellow wrestler’s mask. The name of Superbarrio means super-neighborhood, which describes his actions as a real-life hero. He is not the usual crime fighting hero, but rather deals with helping the ones in need by organizing labor rallies, protests, filing petitions and helping those being evicted from their home. 

Superbarrio also declared himself a candidate for the 1996 Presidential elections in in the U.S. Of course, he didn’t run for the office officially, but he merely ran a campaign to increase awareness and improve lives of Mexican workers in the U.S.  (Via: wikipedia.org)

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Rick from Canada has been tattooed into a living zombie

February 27, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America, Pictures

 

Meet Rick from Montreal, Canada. A living zombie. Having spent more than 24 hours being tattooed and costing more than $ 4,000 Canadian dollars, Rick is now looking more like zombie than a living person. His tattoos resemble the inside of the body, showing bones, teeth and intestines. According to Rick, the tattoos are about the human body as a decomposing corpse. As the art of a rotten cadaver. On top of that, Rick also loves horror movies, which the tattoos are a tribute to.

The first major step in the transformation was when he had his hands tattooed. It can become much more difficult to get a decent job, when your hands are covered in tattoos. But he has it done and sincem then the body painting only escalated. (Via: bizarremag.com).

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10 interesting facts about the Oscars

February 23, 2013 in Amazing, North America

 

1. Oscar is only a nickname for the statuette

The statuettes official name is “Academy Award of Merit”. It is unclear how the nickname Oscar began, but on popular story centers around a librarian, Margaret Herrick, working at the Academy. When she first saw the statue, she bursted out that it looked like her Uncle Oscar and apparently the name should have sticked to the statue since then.

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In Las Vegas, you can have a shotgun wedding

February 15, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, North America

 

You’ve probably heard about a lot of crazy stuff going on in Las Vegas. Beside the gambling, extreme hotels and drive-through weddings it is now possible to have a so-called shotgun wedding.

Las vegas shotgun wedding

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7-year-old Remi Urbano got a cat after more than 100.000 Facebook likes

January 23, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

7-year-old Remi Urbano and his younger sister really really wanted a cat. But their dad wouldn’t allow it. Following a lot of begging, their dad Dan Urbano suggested a bet. Only if the two kids could get 1.000 Facebook likes, would they get a cat. As it turned out, Dan seriously underestimated the power of the internet. And the Facebooks users love of cats and a feel-good story.

Remi Urbano 100000 facebook likes get cat

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