Weird Christmas Facts

The Weird Things site has an article listing various weird facts about Christmas, including:

Kris Kringel, a man in his 40s, lives in North Pole, Alaska, and delivers pizzas for a living.

Read more at the link above, or visit the Weird Things homepage for more weird and random information, including Penguin Gets Wet in Water So Needs a Wetsuit.

FYI, this site contains photos and material which may be offensive to some.  The 2 articles I’ve listed are fine, but just be aware before you go clicking around the rest of the site.

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World’s Smallest Library Fits Into a Phone Booth…Literally

Phone booth libraries are the next big…okay, the next little, tiny thing.  After the bookmobile program shut down in a small English town, the residents set up a community-run, 24/7, book-swapping library in a defunct phone booth.

Read more and see photos at inhabitat.com.

Roving Animated Interactive Map of Blogged Emotions (What?)

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

You absolutely have to experience this.  So freakin cool.

Who Put the Dead Bird in My Mailbox?

So this is weird.

Frogs Give Guacamole that Minty Green Tint

Have you ever wondered if frogs are an ingredient in guacamole?  No, probably not, because you’re not an idiot.  Now if you’re making frogamole, that’s a totally different thing.

Anyway, Dan the Librarian is pretty up-in-arms about the whole (nonexistent) frog/guacamole debate, and he wants you to know that there are definitely, without question, no frogs in guacamole (as previously stated), nor is there any evidence of frogs in guacamole historically, and he is willing to do the research to prove it if you don’t believe him.

Weirdness in Wales

Something weird for you today:  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.com is the longest registered domain name.  It’s also the actual name of a town in Wales (sans the dot com, of course).  Not to be confused with the Welsh train station, Gorsafawddachaidraigodanheddogleddollonpenrhynareurdraethceredigion.

World’s Tallest Man Saves Dolphins with Long Arms

I was searching around for weird marriage stories (to go along with my previous features of man marries dog, man marries goat, and 102-year-old man gets married) when I found one about the world’s tallest man (7’9″) marrying a woman who is more than 2 feet shorter than him.  But that’s not the most interesting part of the story;  this is:

“He was in the news in December after he used his long arms to save two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs.  The dolphins got sick after nibbling on plastic from the edge of their pool at an aquarium in Liaoning province. Attempts to use surgical instruments to remove the plastic failed because the dolphins’ stomachs contracted in response to the instruments, Chinese media reported.”

The story can be found at msnbc.com.