Category: Bizzare

I’m always in the market for a good coincidence post and the people at came up with a nice one which is deserving of a repost. Even if all six of these can be written in such a way as to find a coincidence where there is none it will keep you entertained for the next 8 minutes or so and give you six more things to talk about when you’re out on that awkward work night and don’t have jack to talk about to people you don’t even want to talk to.
#6 A Terrifyingly Accurate Prediction by Edgar Allan Poe

In 1838, future horror-god Edgar Allan Poe released a book called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, his only full novel. The book was such a bomb that Poe eventually agreed with his critics that it was “a very silly book” (yet still good enough to inspire heavyweights like Jules Verne and Herman Melville to write Moby Dick and An Antarctic Mystery–yes, Poe was a badass).


Where it Gets Weird:

Poe did a Blair Witch thing with his novel, which claimed to be based on true events. This turned out to be a half-truth: The real life events simply had not happened yet.

One scene in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket visits a whaling ship lost at sea, taking with it all but four crewmen. Out of food, the men drew lots to see who would be eaten, the unfortunate decision landing on a young cabin boy named Richard Parker.

Before fathering Spider-Man and being double-crossed by the Red Skull!
Editor’s note: Change that. You’re an idiot.

Forty-six years later, there was an actual disaster at sea involving the Mignonette. It became famous due to the legal consequences of some gruesome events on board, specifically the way the men drew lots and decided to eat their cabin boy…

Where it Gets Even Weirder:

…who was named Richard Parker.

Richard Parker: aged 17 years.

The bizarre story was discovered decades later by Nigel Parker, a distant cousin of the Richard Parker who got eaten. You can only imagine what the fuck went through his mind when he stumbled upon the connection.

Hell, this was us!

And that would go down as the freakiest unintentional prediction of future events in a work of fiction, if it were not completely blown away by…

#5 Morgan Robertson Writes About the Titanic… 14 Years Early

A hundred years before James Cameron turned douchebaggery into an art form at the Oscars, American author Morgan Robertson wrote a shitty book called Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan, about the sinking of an “unsinkable” ocean liner. When you see the cover, you figure you’re pretty clearly looking at a fictionalized version of the Titanic story.

No surprise there; it’s a story that’s been told over and over (there were 13 Titanic movies before Cameron’s, including one by the Nazis) but Robertson’s book was first.

Where it Gets Weird:

He was so eager to be first, apparently, that he didn’t bother to wait for the Titanic to actually sink before writing about it. The Wreck of the Titan was published in 1898, 14 years before RMS Titanic was even finished being [cheaply] built.

The similarities between Robertson’s work and the Titanic disaster are so astounding that one has to imagine if White Star Line built Titanic to Robertson’s specs as a dare. The Titan was described as “the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men,” “equal to that of a first class hotel,” and, of course, “unsinkable”.

Both ships were British-owned steel vessels, both around 800 feet long and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, in April, “around midnight.” Sound like enough to keep you up at night? Maybe that’s why Robertson republished the book in 1912 just in case enough people didn’t know that he wrote it.

And you thought this guy was an ass.

Where it Gets Even Weirder:

While the novel does bear some curious coincidences with the Titanic disaster, there are quite a few things that Robertson got flat wrong. For one, the Titanic did not crash into an iceberg “400 miles from Newfoundland” at 25 knots. It crashed into an iceberg 400 miles from Newfoundland at 22.5 knots.

Wait, what the fuck? That’s one hell of a lucky guess!

What 41.1 million square miles looks like.

But maybe the weirdest thing about Titan were points that had nothing to do with the story, but check out after numerous inquires and expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.

For one, both the Titan and the Titanic had too few lifeboats to accommodate every passenger on board; the Titan carrying “as few as the law allowed.” While Robertson decided to be generous and include four lifeboats more on his ship than Titanic, it’s an odd point to bring up when you consider that lifeboats had nothing to do with the fucking story. When Titan hit the iceberg (starboard bow, naturally), the ship sank immediately, making the point made about lifeboats inconsequential. Why the fuck mention this?!

It’d be like HAL 9000 addressing the danger posed by O-rings at low temperature decades before the Challenger disaster.

#4 The Civil War Keeps Finding Wilmer McLean

When the American Civil War erupted in 1861, Wilmer McLean of Virginia was too old and “whatever” for warfighting. Unfortunately, he also happened to live smack dab on the road between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA, the respective capitals of the Union and Confederacy.

The first battle of the Civil War pretty much happened at this guy’s place. The Battle of Bull Run, broke out on July 21, 1861 near Manassas, Virginia–McLean’s hometown. Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard needed a building to serve as headquarters for his staff and many initials, and when he saw Wilmer McLean’s cozy house, he figured “what the fuck…” and camped there.

Major war foul.

This immediately subjected the building to artillery fire, and one cannonball somehow found its way down the poor bastard’s chimney. The entire building should have gone up like the Death Star, yet miraculously no one was hurt.

Where it Gets Weird:

But, hey, an insane amount of fighting occurred along that road. A lot of people between Richmond and DC could say a battle happened on their front lawn. And, after this narrow escape with the Reaper in his very own home, McLean figured that moving his family out of No Man’s Land would be a smart bet.

However, the man took so long to skip town that when 1862 rolled around, a battle nearly twice as large and four times as bloody exploded just outside his front door again–the Second Battle of Bull Run. After dodging this second bullet the size of Civil War battlefield, McLean finally sold and moved his family as far away as he could afford.

Where it Gets Even Weirder:

When Wilmer settled on a cottage in Clover Hill, Virginia, the town that later changed its name to Appomattox Court House. By 1865, Robert E. Lee’s “invincible” Army of North Virginia was too busy having the ever-loving shit kicked out of it by General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union Army to defend Richmond. So after abandoning their capital, Lee’s sorry-excuse-for-an-army was chased by Grant all across Virginia to… fucking Appomattox Court House.

The armies of the Civil War, taking the battle to wherever Wilmer happened to be that day.

On April 9, 1865, General Lee officially surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. The site for his surrender: the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s new home.

Once the two armies left (and helped themselves to some furniture as souvenirs), the now-bankrupt McLean remarked: “The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor,” which is probably the classiest way a man can handle the single most shit-luck in American history.

Should’ve just moved to Gettysburg.

One man has a date with destiny and possibly an undertaker today as Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner makes his final preparations for a record-breaking skydive from 23 miles above the planet. Baumgartner will take off in an adapted weather balloon and fly to the edge of space before jumping from his capsule.

Flying faster than the speed of sound, he aims to break the 52-year-old height record set by Joe Kittinger.

The venture is being sponsored by the energy-drink maker Red Bull. Organizers say that 30 video and still cameras will record the jump, including five attached to Baumgartner’s pressure suit.

Red Bull has been promoting a live internet stream of the event, which will come from all cameras except those on Baumgartner’s body. Organizers said there would be a 20-second delay in their broadcast, in case of accident.

Baumgartner, who has made more than 2,500 jumps from planes, helicopters, landmarks and skyscrapers over the past 25 years, says that this jump will be his last. He says he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the US and Austria.

I’m not sure Hollywood classic The Deerhunter would have received such critical acclaim had the bullets in the guns at the Russian Roulette table been replaced with eggs.

The general public does not have a death-wish so the egg variety was always going to be more popular. How long this game type is in existence I don’t know, but it’s only coming to my attention now.

In the video you will see one of the organisers, I imagine, pleading a case for their being skill involved in this game. I’m at a loss to figure out where the skill in randomly picking an egg out of a box is.

The eventual winner of the World Championship in Lincolnshire was England’s Jerry Cullen who’ll show his ”skill” if he can defend the crown again next year.

Either way, it’s good fun and it beats seeing blood splattered all over a table. It also gives an opportunity for some pun fun.

The guys who take part can shell out some punishment, leave someone with egg on their face, crack under pressure………. you get the idea.

Try it with your friends then next time they’re over. It can get messy so its best played every now and hen.

The original video is posted as an epic fail which is pretty much way off the mark. Usually an epic fail has a degree of humor to it because of the nature of the ridiculous attempt of one person trying to do something.

In this case there’s nothing epic about it as the video footage shows a babysitter( and you thought Louise Woodward was dangerous) placing a child into s washing machine. While it may have been done in jest, the machine then begins its cycle with the child trapped inside.

Apparently the machine requires a laundry card and someone to manually lock the door to start, then the machine auto-locks when the washer starts so customers don’t flood the laundromat.

This would explain the frantic running around of the guilty party to get the child released.


I can’t say it’s been at the top of my ”to see” list, in fact I don’t think it’s ever really entered my thoughts but I’m certainly not adverse to some skipping in slow motion.

The video features a girl from the Pure Storm modelling agency in London and a fitting tune by Irish singer Van Morrison.

In the test the guys from photography-factory are using a Vision Research Phantom HD slow motion camera shooting to a 120 gig ram stack at 1000frames per second, the lens was a 35mm Carl Zeiss Planar T* wide open.

At the end of the video it reminded me of the South Park episode where they test the boys’ class to see their level of sex addiction and they are asked ”what colour was the handkerchief in the nice ladies hand?” to which they some respond ”what handkerchief?”

If you ask ”what skipping rope” you’ve been paying attention a little too intently.

Young, squeamish kids look away. Adults who love the look of a man who’s tattooed to look like a lizard and is putting a massive corkscrew in his nose pay attention.

The Lizardman made an appearance on the Ryan Tubridy hosted Irish programme ”The Late Late Show”. Fear not however, if you ever feel like watching the show yourself don’t let the name fool you. It starts at 21:30pm.

Erik Sprague, better known as The Lizardman, is a freak show and sideshow performer, best known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, subdermal implants and green-inked lips.

To the horror of the Irish audience, Sprague runs a large corkscrew through his nose, back down his throat, out his mouth and into the beautiful gauge in his ear.

After a small conversation with host Tubridy, he’s then prompted to take it back which he does slowly and with an exaggeratedly pained look on his face.

The crowning glory is when the corkscrew has been removed he licks the top of it. Ever the showman!

Ever wanted to perform magic with three iPods and sync them simultaneously? I haven’t ever had the desire myself but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good trick when I see one.

The protagonist in question is Swiss magician Marco Tempest. He’s best known as a magician/performance artist who combines video, computer graphics and other technology of the moment with the ideas and technology of magic.

A native of Zurich, Switzerland, Tempest won numerous awards as a youngster for his use of illusion with contemporary choreography. While still in his teens, he became one of Europe’s top professional magicians as part of the duo United Artists. Collaborating with Martin Cottet, Tempest presented an unusual four-hands “flash act” in showrooms and on television throughout Europe and Asia.

The trick combines the syncing of iPods with some slight of hand, a bit of 3-card monte, a dash of a butterfly appearing from no-where and a sprinkle of a smiley face popping off the screen.

I couldn’t dream it up if I tried but if you want to get the application that was used to sync the iPods, it’s available for free at the App store. Here are the instructions on how to use it:

It’s a shame that Sky News reader Kay Burley is featured at the start of this video as her intolerably dull tone ruins what should be a pretty exciting introduction.

However, don’t let this dissuade you from enjoying an astonishing plane jump from 2400 feet, using only a wing-suit.

Connery became the first person in history to jump out of a helicopter without a parachute from half a mile up in the air and land on a huge pile of cardboard boxes.

Wearing a winged “bird suit” to slow his descent, Connery still reached speeds of 80 mph and was seen being buffeted by turbulence during the minute long flight.

We’ve opened a beer with a lot of things in our time. As a group of mates we would regularly try to pop the lid with the strangest things we could find.

At the time of print we’ve used beer bottles, the spokes of a bicycle, a hair-dryer, teeth, a dumb-bell and a comb.

While all of the above took a certain amount of innovation and beer inspired invention I don’t think we’ll ever reach the zenith of beer bottle opening in the way that this elderly gentleman has.

The Kaiser Chiefs sang about predicting a riot. If I got my hands on a chainsaw and a glass bottle I predict my Halloween costume for the rest of my life would be the most accurate version of a white Stevie Wonder you’ll ever see(no pun intended)