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Weekly Weird News

Published on August 17th, 2008


“Tree Man” Dede from Indonesia might be cured after fighting warty “roots” growing from his arms and legs for years. Dr Anthony Gaspari of the University of Maryland declared that it was caused by Human Papilloma Virus and it was found that his peculiar condition worsened due to a suppressed immune system. Doses of synthetic Vitamin A will be administered to him and are likely to help the warts diminish so that he will be able to use his hands.
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If you ever wanted a faster computer, Magnetoresistive random access memory (RAM) is your answer!
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Research has shown that Democratic politicians who appear on the Colbert Report gain a 40% increase in donations within the following 30 days after their on-show appearance. The research is published in the July issue of Political Science and Politics, which you can read here
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Starting September 10th, experiments using the Large Hadron Collider- a particle accelerator built along the French-Swiss border- will take place to attempt to produce the “Higgs boson” particle. There is a possibility that other particles may be observed as well. News.cnet.com says it’s “considered one of the world’s largest physics experiments to date.”
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New research has shown that books can affect the mind just as powerfully as television. They write, “[This experiment] provides insights into the neural basis of the captivating experience of reading a book: While previous studies on social perception used movies of other people’s experiences or arbitrarily colored symbolic cues, our combination of movies and written material in the present experiment demonstrates that reading (mental imagery) as well as watching other people experience what is imagined recruits brain regions involved in experiencing an emotion.”
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The “Unabomber,” Theodore Kaczynski wrote a letter expressing his discontent that his Montana cabin is now part of an exhibit in a museum.
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Scientists at the University of Reading have created a robot with a biological brain!
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Who wants to play the War On Terror Boardgame? The game was seized by police officers because the ski-mask included in the game could be used “in a criminal act.” Yes, but so could a paper bag you got from the grocery store?

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The Science of Star Wars: The Clone Wars explored, with author Jeanne Cavelos.
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New software PC Pandora helps you spy on your employees, significant other, child, friend- whatever!- recording every keystroke made.

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Joyce McKinney is an interesting woman. Known for spending £25,000 to clone her deceased dog, and admitting to a sexual abduction case in the 70s, she is now being charged with peculiar case of burglary in which she supposedly instructed a fifteen year old boy to break into a home to steal money for her beloved three-legged horse. Which, I come to wonder, she will orchestrate more theivery for to fund its cloning in the near future.

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A new species of water lily was discovered in Manitoba, Canada, which museum curator of botany at Manitoba, Diana Robson, says is exciting because “the flora in Canada is quite well-known. [And] most scientists don’t really expect to find a new species of plant anymore.” The water lily is a hybrid which evolved over the last 2000 years to better adapt to its environment.

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In another (less plausible?) instance of new species discovery, two men from Georgia had claimed to have discovered Bigfoot or Sasquatch. At a press conference yesterday in Palo Alto, California, enthusiasts Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, and Bigfoot researcher Tom Biscardi showed their DNA evidence of Bigfoot. As always, much skepticism surrounded the case, and experts said that the DNA test would not prove anything, as there wouldn’t be any other Bigfoot DNA to compare it to. As it turned out, the samples of DNA came from probably an opossum or a human. Click here for more from the Scientific American.

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L. Ron Hubbard explains the history of Xenu in a secret voice recording.

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And finally, a couple of people people seem to think this goat is saying, “Bob!”

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