Category Archives: strange events

Can You Find This Video?

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So your boat is hitched to your car, and you want to launch it via the boat ramp. If you’ve never done it before, do you A) simply use common sense, turn, and back your boat down the ramp because it’s the obvious thing to do, B) watch how everybody else does it, and do it that way, or C) just drive right into the water, car first, and drown your engine?

In one of the first videos we ever saw on our computer, years ago, some poor jidrool chose option C. There are, today, countless videos on youtube of boat launch fails. But this was the only one I ever saw of somebody driving right down the ramp and into the water, car first. It is unique.

And I’ve always wanted to post it here, for your edification, but I just can’t find it!

Perhaps someone out there can provide us with this classic video.

‘When TV Personalities Spout Gibberish’ (2015)

Once upon a time, in 2011, a number of TV nooze reporters, live and on the air, uncontrollably spouted gibberish. It also happened to Judge Judy while she was taping a show. They rushed her to the hospital for extensive testing, but could find no cause for why, for a brief interval, nothing would come out of her mouth but nonsense.

This happened to different people in different locations. The only thing they had in common was that they were all on television at the moment. But then that was what made it so visible. If it happened to somebody at home, who would ever know?

To this day, the mystery has not been solved.

The Colossal Gigantic ‘Bloop’

I just don’t have it to write up any nooze today. By tomorrow morning there will be a whole new crop of awfulness.

Instead, let’s go back to 1997 (good grief, was that 21 years ago?): scientists are listening for underwater noises in the Pacific Ocean; and somewhere off the coast of South America, something makes a noise that sort of freaks them out ( They call the noise “the Bloop.”

After ruling out assorted non-living natural causes, like underwater landslides, glaciers breaking up, whatever, they conclude that the noise may have been made by a living creature “many times larger than a blue whale.” Something around the size of the Eiffel Tower, but alive. The noise it made was heard some 3,000 miles from its origin. The best a blue whale can do is 1,000.

Then they’ve got this guy in a cowboy hat who looks like he wants to hide under the bed in case this critter decides it wants to come ashore.

As far as we know, the blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on earth.

But how far is that?

Bag the Mermaid, Win a Million Bucks (2015)

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This seaside resort town in Israel offered a million-dollar prize to anyone who could capture the local mermaid ( To this day, no one’s been able to claim it.

What do you do with a story like this? A whole bunch of people say they’ve seen the mermaid. But we also know that a mermaid would be a biological impossibility, don’t we?

Then again, a lot of people believe in Man-Maid Climbit Change…

Court Tells Man, ‘Sorry–You’re Still Dead’

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(Thanks and a hat tip to Martin Selbrede)

There are a few pieces missing from this story, but what we have is, well, too strange to pass up.

A man showed up in a Rumanian court last week to try to prove he was still alive, but the court wasn’t having any. You’re too late, buddy: you were declared dead years ago, and that decision is final (

Assorted tests have verified that the man is who he says he is. He laments, “I am officially dead, although I’m alive.” He thinks being dead may impede his attempts to find a job.

It seems the guy took off for Turkey some 20 years ago, his wife got tired of waiting for him to come back, had him declared dead, and moved to Italy. When his papers expired, he was deported from Turkey–coming home to Rumania only to learn that he was legally dead. And last week he found himself in the extraordinary position of trying to prove, in person, that he’s actually alive–with the judge not buying it!

“Honest, your honor, I’m not dead! I don’t even feel dead!”

“Sorry, Charlie. The papers say you’re dead, and that’s that.”

Laments the man, “I’m a ghost. I can’t do anything.”

What do you want to bet he has to keep paying taxes?


Why Does Amazon Do This?

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Gee, I wonder why my Glass Bridge sales are so anemic. Could it have anything to do with the prices which lists for the paperback? Here they are, as posted:

*$1,993.62 (62 cents? eh?)

*2 used from $1,497.71 (what?)

*1 new from $1,993.62

Why is amazon doing this to my book, which never did them any harm? What kind of loon is going to pay those prices? What disturbed mind did those prices come from?

It may be that one of you out there knows why this happens. It can’t be doing my book any good! If you know, please let me in on it. Meanwhile, I’ll see if there’s any way I can get an answer from amazon.


Is ‘Alexa’ Creeping You Out?

My wife’s car couldn’t pass inspection because the computer in it has lost its memory. I don’t know why a car needs a computer. Its sole function seems to be to make repairs cost much more than they used to.

Gratuitous, superfluous technology. Which brings us to “Alexa,”’s cute little home gizmo that responds to voice commands of all kinds. Sometimes.

Lately, though, people have been reporting that their “Alexa” randomly laughs at them: you hear “a disembodied woman’s voice let out a short, mocking laugh” ( for no apparent reason. One user reported that Alexa “suddenly began listing names of local funeral homes and cemeteries, also unprompted.” Hmm…

Amazon says it’s just a wee malfunction that they’re working to fix.

Do we really need a computer to tell us what time it is, instead of us just looking at a clock or wristwatch? How much technology do we really need in our lives?

Maybe Alexa has good reason to laugh at us.

California’s Bigfoot Threat?

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No, I’m not making this up. A woman has sued the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the Natural Resources Agency for refusing to recognize the existence of the Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, and thereby leaving the state’s residents open to… “the threat of Bigfoot” ( The lawsuit has been filed in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The state is falling apart at the seams, and they’ve got time to hear a Bigfoot suit?

“People are totally vulnerable to these things,” the woman says. She is described as “well-known in the Bigfoot community.” Great Scott.

I wonder what the state of California would consider a frivolous lawsuit.

Chimp/Human Hybrid Born–Then Killed

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This whopper comes to us from The Sun, via the Drudge Report: once upon a time, about a hundred years ago, says a primatologist named Gallup, a Florida research center artificially inseminated a woman with chimpanzee sperm, resulting in the birth of a “humanzee” ( The baby was soon put to death out of “moral and ethical considerations.”

Uh, I find this, like, totally impossible to believe. No wonder people don’t trust the nooze media anymore. I am not able to say it’s physically impossible to somehow come up with an ape&human hybrid. But I am saying it’s impossible for something like this to happen and not be followed by a nice, juicy lawsuit.

Prof Gallup says humans can be hybridized with any and all the great apes–gorilla, orang-utan, chimpanzee, and gibbon. He has left it to our imaginations, what use there might be for a human-gibbon hybrid. Or why anyone who was not hopping-up-and-down loco would want to do this in the first place.

This story comes to us via Gallup’s recollections of some old guy’s reminiscences of an “experiment” done around 1920 for no apparent or even imaginable reason. It has been given prominent play on Drudge, and I cringe to think how many readers may have believed it.

Which is not to say there are not some nutty “scientists” out there who are actually trying to create human/animal hybrids. I’d be astonished if there weren’t. Although why they’d go to the trouble, when all anybody has to do anymore is “self-identify” as whatever, is another matter that eludes speculation.

Just In: Nutella ‘Riots’ Sweep France

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I find this story somewhat disturbing, although I’m not quite sure why.

“Nutella” is a hazelnut and chocolate spread, very popular in Europe, although I’ve never seen it here. When the manufacturer decreed a 70 percent discount, mobs descended on supermarkets all over France. Violence broke out, and the police had to come in to keep it from getting out of hand (

Uh, just how good is this stuff? Is it worth a cracked head? I mean, I love Marshmallow Peeps, but I would never riot for them–not even with a 70 percent discount.

What’s up with France? Their countries being taken over by Muslims, and this is what excites them? France went crazy once, in 1789, the French Revolution. Could it happen again–or did all that business with the guillotines and Napoleon get it out of their system for good? As you can see by my name, I have roots in France: but that doesn’t mean I understand it. Half the time I don’t understand America.

And lest we feel tempted to sneer–well, how many times have you seen American shoppers do exactly the same thing?

The motivation for shopping riots totally eludes me.

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