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Big stuff out of little

Popular Science dubbed researcher Gaby Maimon of Rockefeller University as one of its "Brilliant 10" for 2011 for his monitoring of neurons in the brains of fruit flies.

February 14, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Golly, we all belong to that

In the course of a story on an ill-fated Continental Airlines flight during which all restrooms in coach were broken, the reporter for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis sought reactions from experts.

February 12, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Pics don’t have grass to mow

Even in a flagging economy, Christie's auction house in New York City was able to attract a record sales price for a photograph.

February 10, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Lots of jerks are left

Was Moammar Gadhafi the last of the "buffoon dictators?" asked BBC News.

February 09, 2012 | | News of the Weird


OK, he’s clean to go

The tactic of "patience" is usually employed when police believe that a suspect has ingested drugs for smuggling.

February 08, 2012 | | News of the Weird


He was super duper guilty

Tommy Joe Kelly, unsuccessfully acting as his own lawyer, was convicted of slashing a stranger's tire by an Austin, Texas, jury, despite his explanation.

February 07, 2012 | | News of the Weird


It’s not my fault

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he and a partner had "settled" the lawsuit brought by the Bartow County Bank for failing to repay a $2.2 million loan they had taken out in 2007.

February 05, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Cat on a hot, tin law

A recent vicious, unprovoked attack in Toronto by Sammy the cat on Molly the black Labrador (bloodying Molly's ear, paws and eye) left Molly's owner without recourse to Ontario's or Toronto's "dangerous pet" laws.

February 03, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Like that’s gonna happen

Jonathan Rothstein of Encino, Calif., filed a lawsuit against Procter & Gamble for selling its Crest toothpaste in "Neat Squeeze" packages, which Rothstein said make it impossible to access the last 20 percent of the contents, thus forcing consumers to buy more toothpaste prematurely.

February 02, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Stop the presses, please!

Enterprising reporters get stories by earning the trust of their sources, which Simon Eroro of the Post-Courier (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) obviously did.

February 01, 2012 | | News of the Weird


TV movies made it all worth it

Wanda Webb Holloway, 36, was arrested in January, 1991 for putting out a murder contract on a Channelview, Texas, woman.

January 31, 2012 | | News of the Weird


OK, so he panicked a little

Brent Morgan, 20, was arrested in Prince George, British Columbia, on three counts related to the attempted theft of a Corvette.

January 29, 2012 | | News of the Weird


They’re what Freud called ‘spooky’

Veteran New York City performance artist Marni Kotak, 36, gave birth to her first child, Ajax, on Oct. 25 - and that was her "art," as the birth took place at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., after Kotak had moved into the space two weeks earlier to interact with visitors.

January 27, 2012 | | News of the Weird


Yee-haw, let’s break the law

Police in Corpus Christi, Texas, looked to the public for help to find the man who, according to surveillance video of a city agency building, stole three surveillance cameras - not the recording units, just the cameras - by lassoing them from their perches near the ceiling.

January 26, 2012 | | News of the Weird


It seems like a good investment

A British manufacturer, BCB International, is flourishing, buoyed by sales of its Kevlar underwear, at $65 a pair, to U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.

January 25, 2012 | | News of the Weird


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