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Category Archives: 5 Random Thursday

Is this dinosaur-sized alligator fake or real?

This is the video that has the internet, and the mainstream media, losing their minds. It’s like The Dress, except whether a bit of fashionable fabric is blue or gold … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ducks with jobs

Yes, I kid you not: this isn’t a pet duck with a uniform grandma knitted as a joke. These are real ducks with real jobs. And they take it seriously. … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

Just picked my first lock

Had an old bike with a Wordlock wrapped around the seat pole. Forgot the word. And there’s no keyhole. But there is a way to pick these without tools, and … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

CHARACTER ISSUES – A new column in Criminal Element

I love advice columns, especially when the questions are incredibly minor, quirky or insane. Across the pond, they call these advice columnists Agony Aunts, which is perfect. Dear Abby has … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mother goose calls the cops to save her baby

A crazy and touching story: mother goose calls the cops for help. Technically, she pecked at the patrol car door to get help and didn’t dial 911, but that’s only … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Man leads police on 112 mph chase, crashes, then flees with his pet monkey

Photo courtesy of the Burien Police Department. This sounds like an Onion story. But it’s not. As a reformed journalist and unrepentant fan of weird news, this story is classic. Let’s … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · 7 Comments

An ode to Joy (the Cat)

Joy the Cat inspecting alien technology. Joy will never read this, because she skipped school all of her 18 years and the authorities never caught her for truancy. SHE WAS … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 10 Comments