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  • 22 minutes
    What a Weird Week June 21st edition: Weird Summer Begins!

    Hi friends, I'm Scott and this is What a Weird Week, a show about the weird stuff from this week's news. To subscribe to the podcast or for social media and more links, you can get everything at www.shownotes.page. This is season five, episode 25, first published Friday, June 21st, 2024. Here are this week's stories...

    ❿ McDonald's AI Gets Fired https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c722gne7qngo

    ❾ Another Mysterious Monolith Found in Nevada Desert https://people.com/new-mysterious-monolith-found-nevada-desert-8665454?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=newsletter

    ❽ Manchester engineers design record-breaking jumping robot https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/manchester-engineers-unlock-design-for-record-breaking-robot-that-could-jump-twice-the-height-of-big-ben/?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=newsletter

    ❼ Kevin the Tall Dog https://news.sky.com/story/great-dane-named-worlds-tallest-dog-but-is-terrified-of-familys-vacuum-13152314

    ❻ Should we throw the liars in jail? Followup: who would run our governments? https://studyfinds.org/wales-first-country-to-criminalize-politicians-who-lie/

    ❺ Amazing Record-Breaking Luck Clover https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2024/06/20/japan-Guinness-World-Records-63-leaf-clover/6371718899172/

    ❹ David Record Breaker Rush may have a prob you guys, he's re-breaking his records now?? https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2024/06/19/Guinness-World-Records-David-Rush-fist-bumping/8151718809394/ and https://youtu.be/zkiM3-ITV6c?feature=shared

    ❸ Four dollar vase turns out to be priceless #thriftingWin https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/maryland-thrift-store-mayan-vase-b2565567.html

    ❷ Pope to priests: "Don't put people to sleep with long sermons!" (paraphrase) https://news.yahoo.com/news/pope-urges-priests-not-bore-153434476.html

    🍅 Honorable Mention: Engulfed in the Netflix Zone https://www.netflix.com/tudum/articles/netflix-house

    ❶ Stonehenge, more like Orangehenge, amiright?! https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/crgg0683e7po


    And that is it for this week. To subscribe to the podcast or for social media and more links, you can get everything at https://www.shownotes.page or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts.

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    21 June 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 14 minutes 52 seconds
    What a Weird Week: Ten Weird Things that were in the news this week. Fri June 14, 2024 #Weirdnews #oddstories #SkateboardingCat #Hoodwinkers?

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    skateboarding cats and speeding wheelbarrows. What a weird week!


    Hi friends, I'm Scott and this is What a Weird Week, a show about the weird stuff from this week's news. If you want a transcript or stuff to subscribe to our podcast, all the links that we talk about, you can get everything at shownotes.page. Shownotes.page. This is season five, episode 24, first published Friday, June 14th, 2024.

    ❿ I'm calling this one Fast Times in Barrowville. When they make the movie.

    Dylan Phillips, a British mechanic, broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest wheelbarrow. Record speed was over 52 miles per hour. He built the wheelbarrow just for fun at first and then found out there was actually a world record. If he could make his wheelbarrow go really fast, he set the record in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Apparently, one of the worst forms of transportation is a fast wheelbarrow because according to Dylan, no suspension. It's a rough ride. and also a little bit terrifying. But imagine how fast you could get all your yard work done if your wheelbarrow went 50 miles per hour. So far not available commercially.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/ce9961lg6l1o

    ❾ elephant names are in the news. Researchers think that elephants in the wild have names and call each other by their names. Not a lot of animals do that. How do they know elephants are actually doing it? Short answer is they're experts.

    That would be me paraphrasing the short answer on that one. Longer answer is they studied hundreds of sounds made by mom elephants and their elephant children over the decades. And it seems as though mom was using a certain sound to talk to each elephant kid. That's me paraphrasing a scientific article. It also seems like those elephant children recognize their unique sound or name because they could record some of these sounds and the kid would be like, what?

    Who said my name when they played the sound back? Again, that's me paraphrasing. That wasn't an actual... In case you thought I was playing the actual audio from the field. No, that was it was me saying who's calling my name. It was me portraying the elephant, you guys. All right, we're off to a hot start.

    https://www.euronews.com/green/2024/06/12/call-me-by-my-name-elephants-low-rumbles-could-be-unique-to-one-another-research-reveals


    Up next is a dinosaur discovery. A big old hailstone, maybe a record breaking hailstone. It's a biggie.


    This is What a Weird Week, a show about the weird stuff from the news.

    ❽ A driver... No, he wasn't driving. He was diving. Sorry. We'll keep that in. Let's just- We're on a deadline here, you guys. A diver discovered a rare mastodon tusk off the coast of Florida. The diver's name is Alex. First, he thought it was wood, just a big old chunk of wood. But upon closer inspection, a much rarer find than a chunk of wood.

    A mastodon tusk measuring four feet long, 70 pounds. Now Alex is a fossil hunter. He goes diving and looking for fossils. He's found some before, but this is rare and big and becomes now this tusk becomes the property of the state of Florida. I believe we'll go to the Florida Museum of Natural History is where this tusk will end up. Well done, Alex, rare find and so much better than a chunk of wood.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mastodon-tusk-fossil-hunting-diver-florida-b2561733.html

    ❼ A giant hailstone is in the news. This is in Texas. A couple of storm chasers, Val and Amy, were chasing a storm and they found a hailstone nearly 18 cm in diameter. That's about 7 inches. That's well, they describe it as the size of a pineapple. Hailstone the size of a pineapple. Imagine if you're caught in a storm and it is hailing pineapples down on you. A couple of things. The article doesn't mention if it tasted like pineapple, which... (CHARACTER LIMIT) for full shownotes to this episode see https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/06/what-weird-week-ten-weird-things-that.html


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    14 June 2024, 5:00 pm
  • 18 minutes 32 seconds
    What a Weird Week: Catching you up on this week's weird news storties. Fri June 7th: The Goldfish Mystery

    Electric spoons and mysterious goldfish. What a weird week Hi friends, I'm Scott and this is what a weird week It's a weekly catch up on all the weird stuff that happened in the news. I think that's it that summed it up. Let's go This is season five episode, can't remember, first released on June 7th, 2024.

    ❿ Our number 10 story this week was on a lot of newscasts about the fisher, the magnet fisher, the person who you go to a bridge, right? Magnet fishing, you have this powerful magnet on a rope or some sort of leash, maybe, and you throw that magnet in the water. And what comes up a lot of times is junk. In this case, it was a safe with waterlogged $100 bills, totaling an estimated $100,000. So this fellow, this James fellow, reports it to the authorities. There is some sort of finders keepers situation. So James gets to keep the approximately $100,000. The plan now is take it to Washington, see how much is salvageable and leave Washington with a whole bunch of money that you found with a magnet. This all happened in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, New York. Do you think there'd be more money in that body of water, that particular body of water? Is it teeming with mysterious money? Is it gonna be a tourist destination now for magnet fishers? These are questions that remain to be answered.

    ❾ Nine. Electric spoon enhances saltiness on sale in Japan. So it's a battery operated spoon that somehow makes food taste saltier. The theory behind it, like why we should all have one is we will consume less salt. It is only simulated saltiness. So we'll eat less salt, but we'll still have that salty flavor that many of us crave. And for some of us, it's too much salt and it's not good for us. So electric salt spoons is the way to go. It's gonna save us all, you guys. I'll put a link if you wanna learn how it works, how it interacts with sodium ions on our tongue. So you can kind of do a deep dive on that if you want to.

    Or maybe, like me, you're just like, don't care about the science, take my money, please. Up next, we have a story of an alleged Pringles thief who may end up with a lifetime supply of Pringles and a mysterious goldfish discovered. Those stories are next.

    This is What a Weird Week where we catch you up on the weird news of the week.

    ❽ Friends, I am Scott and this show is What a Weird Week. We catch you up on the weird news of the week. Thank you for listening.

    8. Pringles in the news this past week. A fellow stole a lot of containers of Pringles. This is Nottinghamshire in the United Kingdom. Stole some Pringles, admitted guilt, got sentenced, and then Sky News, we got the headline, the thief told police, once you pop you can't stop. That wasn't an official defense, I don't think. Perhaps it was presented in court, your honor. Once you pop, you can't stop. But that did not convince the authorities. And so this fellow, Adam, now sentenced. I don't want to make light of any of this. I hope Adam gets on the straight and narrow, pays his debt to society. But then also I hope after upon release, I hope Pringles comes a-knockin' with some, you know, an idea for an ad campaign. If you go to our podcast page and you get the podcast through Spotify, there's the survey. If you were going to go to jail for a snack food, what would your snack food be? You can find all our podcast stuff if you go show notes that page show notes dot page.


    ❼ Seven mysterious goldfish. This one is a bit of a doozy, you guys. A doctor has gone viral on social media after discovering a goldfish on their lawn. I would say lawn. This is Newcastle, United Kingdom. So I think you would say garden, perhaps in the United Kingdom. Let me know if I got that wrong. So Dr. Ben Beska has no idea where this goldfish came from, found on the grass, (CHARACTER LIMIT) For Full Episode Shownotes see https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/06/what-weird-week-catching-you-up-on-this.html

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    7 June 2024, 5:30 pm
  • 14 minutes 57 seconds
    Four Thumbs Up for What a Weird Week! Friday, May 31st, 2024

    See www.shownotes.page for all the podcast stuff. These are the shownotes for Season 5, Ep 22 first published on Friday May 31st, 2024.

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    We've got a follow up to a story we had earlier on this show where the town in Japan installed a giant black screen to stop people from taking pictures of Mount Fuji. It just got to be too much. And these pictures, some of them got famous on social media. So everybody wanted to get this certain angle of a picture of Mount Fuji where it looks like Mount Fuji is on top of a gas station or something like that. So they installed this giant black screen, eight feet tall, 66 feet long. The next day holes were in the black screen, holes the size of camera lenses. People were, you know, poking holes and still getting the special shot. But the town is still pleased. It's cut down and over tourism quite a bit. The giant black screen with the holes in it. That's your update.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-29/holes-found-in-screen-used-to-stop-people-taking-mt-fuji-photos/103906396 ❾

    This one got picked up by a lot of national news orgs. I mean, you got a built in soundbite, you got video role that you can play. The Michigan man who went to Zoom court. So he had a Zoom call court and he was driving while appearing in Zoom court. And it was about his suspended license case. The fellow named Corey, the judge, Judge Simpson, was astonished. According to headlines. Let's put in a soundbite right here. "Mr. Harris, are you driving? Just give me one second. I'm parking right now. OK. So maybe I don't understand something. This is a driver license suspended. That is correct, your honor. And he was just driving. I don't even know why he would do that. So defendant's bond is revoked in this matter."

    So, of course, you're not supposed to be on Zoom while driving. That's dangerous. But I could understand in a way, in a sense, I mean, if you want to prove to the judge that you shouldn't have a suspended license and you can Zoom call while driving, the defense rests, your honor. Anyway, the judge didn't think of it that way and ordered the fellow quarry to return to jail, revoked his bond and he was ordered to return to jail. ❽

    Just about every headline took advantage of the fact this truck was in the news, the truck carrying strawberries overturned and caused a traffic jam. Strawberry jam. A strawberry traffic jam. Most every headline had some kind of variation on that. This is about the big rig carrying 40,000 pounds of strawberries which overturned on a freeway in San Jose. And traffic was backed up for some hours as the strawberry spill was cleaned up. A couple of other notes about this, no major injuries reported and strawberry jam is delicious.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/truck-carrying-40k-pounds-strawberries-overturns-creating-sticky-traffic-jam ❼

    A fellow in India has made headlines for breaking his own Guinness World Record by typing the alphabet very quickly with his nose. He's owned this record before and he keeps besting his own record. The current record, if you would like to beat this, 25 seconds and change To type out the alphabet, you have to do a letter, a space, and the next letter and move on down the line in 25.66 seconds. It would appear as though we posted a link, some photos and stuff. I don't think, I think you just need tenacity, practice. I don't think you need any sort of special nose training or a particular type of nose structure. I think you mostly just need practice and tenacity and this record could be yours. But 25.66 seconds is going to be hard to beat. Standard QWERTY keyboard, by the way. Next, we have some wild chickens causing chaos. They made headlines and also the dog airline.

    via @GWR Thank you for listening to this show. It's what a weird week where we count down the weird news of the week.

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    31 May 2024, 5:53 pm
  • 15 minutes 35 seconds
    What a Weird Week May 24th 2024: Killer Bee Beer and Delicious Chocolate Lawsuit
    What a Weird Week gets you caught up on the weird news of the week.  https://www.  shownotes.page or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts. Show Notes by Scotty What a Weird Week May 24th 2024: Killer Bee Beer and Delicious Chocolate Lawsuit posted by Scotty on May 24, 2024 to PODCAST What a Weird Week gets you caught up on the weird news of the week.  https://www.  shownotes.page or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts.  See www.shownotes.page for all the podcast stuff. These are the shownotes for Season 5, Ep 20 first published on Friday May 24th, 2024. (BEGIN  EPISODE TRANSCRIPT)     ❿ The fire breathing street performer who had a brawl with a mariachi band in Mexico City, a turf war and breathed fire on them. There's security camera footage of this. It happened on a busy street. It's believed they were fighting over turf location. You know, who gets to perform on the hot corner to do the street performances and get all the best tips. So the fire breather breathes fire on some of the mariachi band. Some of them have their clothes catch fire. This is all in the security cam footage. Some reports have it that the mariachi started it and the fire breather is the only one, according to the report, the only one who sought medical treatment. He said he was attacked first and that's when he started breathing fire on his foes. Nobody got arrested in this one, kind of amazing. We'll link to the security camera footage in today's show notes. Viewer discretion.  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexico-street-fire-breather-mariachis-video-b2549364.html Video is age-restricted so you have to watch on YouTube, so go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be60gx8naL0 Show Notes by Scotty What a Weird Week May 24th 2024: Killer Bee Beer and Delicious Chocolate Lawsuit posted by Scotty on May 24, 2024 to PODCAST What a Weird Week gets you caught up on the weird news of the week.  https://www.  shownotes.page or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts.  See www.shownotes.page for all the podcast stuff. These are the shownotes for Season 5, Ep 20 first published on Friday May 24th, 2024. (BEGIN  EPISODE TRANSCRIPT)     ❿ The fire breathing street performer who had a brawl with a mariachi band in Mexico City, a turf war and breathed fire on them. There's security camera footage of this. It happened on a busy street. It's believed they were fighting over turf location. You know, who gets to perform on the hot corner to do the street performances and get all the best tips. So the fire breather breathes fire on some of the mariachi band. Some of them have their clothes catch fire. This is all in the security cam footage. Some reports have it that the mariachi started it and the fire breather is the only one, according to the report, the only one who sought medical treatment. He said he was attacked first and that's when he started breathing fire on his foes. Nobody got arrested in this one, kind of amazing. We'll link to the security camera footage in today's show notes. Viewer discretion.  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexico-street-fire-breather-mariachis-video-b2549364.html Video is age-restricted so you have to watch on YouTube, so go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be60gx8naL0  ❾ Cards on the table, you guys. I don't know too much about too much. I don't know art. I don't know politics. I don't know Australia. And I'm sorry, Australia. I do know Santa's sleigh is pulled by six white boomers. That must count for something. Anyway, the National Gallery in Australia has this exhibit. That's a bit controversial. It's portraits of people. It's meant to be a little bit different, I think. It's a bit unusual. A different take on portraits. These paintings. The portrait, they have a billionaire, Gina Rinehart. (Character limit) for more see https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/05/what-weird-week-may-24th-2024-killer.html?m=1 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/weirdweek/message
    24 May 2024, 10:45 pm
  • 16 minutes 33 seconds
    Ten More Weird Things that Happened this Week: What a Weird Week Fri May 17, 2024

    What a Weird Week gets you caught up on the weird news of the week.  https://www. shownotes.page or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts. These are the shownotes for Season 5, Ep 20 first published on Friday May 17th, 2024.(BEGIN  EPISODE TRANSCRIPT) ❿ Older Family Film continues to terrify grownups... https://studyfinds.org/adults-scared-of-et/
    Study: "1 in 8 adults still find the movie 'E.T. ' scary."
    Another interesting stat from the study... "Men are twice as likely to find E.T. scary compared to women."
    Also, "37% of people believe aliens are living among us, 41% say nope. ❾ AI is lying to us https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/05/240510111440.htm
    An article in Science Daily gets into the details... even some AI systems that were trained to be helpful and honest are telling lies in order to get a certain outcome... like a simple AI that plays poker and was programmed to to be honest... it bluffed in order to win at poker... the article gets into more examples... I'm not a fan of these panicky AI articles but if we can't trust AI because sometimes it lies to us... who's gonna want to use AI for anything important? Like, "Hey, AI, do I look fat in these pants? What's that? I look like a catalog model? Well thanks." #PackOfLies! ❽ Kids Eating Sugar: New Research is Great News for some Kids https://studyfinds.org/where-kids-get-their-sugar/
    A study about kids eating sugar and obesity seems to indicate that it's not so important how much sugar you eat, it's more important where the sugar comes from/ what food...
    Kids who eat sugar from sweetened snack foods are more likely to become obese... but sugar from fruit seems to cause less of a weight gain problem...
    Also less likely to lead to obesity: dairy products (unsweetened).
    Parents are advised to give their children fruit and milk instead of sweetened milk and other products with added sugar.
    It's been a long time since my kids were little, but didn't we always kinda know -  try to get your kids to have fruit instead of cookies? Now we have some recent research to justify it. ❼ Giant Hummingbirds make headlines https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/05/240513150528.htm
    The giant hummingbird world has been rocked by this discovery... The Giant Hummingbird of western South America is actually two species... they look identical and science thought they were one kind of giant hummingbird but, nope. Really... this scientific discovery makes our weird news recap show because... did you know we had giant hummingbirds?
    I did not. I was picturing hummingbirds the size of penguins! In fact, the giant hummingbird is just, bird-sized... weighing in at a whopping 24 grams... and measuring about 9 inches long... big for a hummingbird, but about the same length as a robin... ❻ Boozing it up gets revolutionized! https://studyfinds.org/alcohol-blocking-gel-intoxication/
    Researchers have made this gel that you swallow and it coats your stomach, then it prevents you from absorbing booze... it has the capabilities to make you un-drunk.
    They're still testing it so hang in there, but it helped mice avoid liver damage and other alcohol- related bad things.
    Imagine the potential for this drug if it can sober you up!? To be continued. ❺ Thumbtacks World Record: I don't get the point. Hahahahahaha HiiiiYoooooooo!!!!!
    David Record-Breaker Rush sets a world record by sticking 243 thumbtacks into a bulletin board in one minute
    icymi, Dave wants to break every world record in the history of the universe and currently has 168.
    He uses these record attempts to shine a light on STEM education.  See https://youtu.be/kskebMYX5Ss?feature=shared ❹ Boat Owner fights City Hall with passive aggression, art. (Character Limit!)

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    17 May 2024, 4:34 pm
  • 19 minutes 49 seconds
    What a Weird Week 10 May 2024: Spiders and Hula Hoops!

    What a Weird Week gets you caught up on the weird news of the week.  https://www. shownotes.page or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts. (BEGIN  EPISODE TRANSCRIPT) Cuddling cows and backwards tornadoes. What a weird week. Hi friends, I'm Scott. This is What a Weird Week where we catch you up on all the weird things that happened in the news the past week. You can get show notes and a transcript and all that jazz... go to show notes dot page. Here we go. Season five episode can't remember for Friday, May the 10th. Mother's Day weekend, you guys. 
    *see www.shownotes.page! This is actually Season 5, Episode 19 first published on Friday May 10th, 2024 ... ❿ Look, we've all been through some sort of pandemic situation, right? And then you hear about this bird flu in the news. It's not fun. It's not funny, but it is weird. As a matter of fact, it's stressful and all you want to do is cuddle a cow when you hear about the bird flu outbreak. And in a sad irony.
    Our lead story this week from Sky News is how bird flu, as it infects cows, is cutting into the lucrative cow cuddling market. People pay money and cuddle cows. I didn't know that, but they call it, Sky News calls it a US craze. Our friends in the United States of America, is it a craze? A cow cuddling craze? And now, you know, instead of getting therapeutic comfort from cows, officials are urging farmers to limit outside visitors.
    So you're stressed about the headline and then you can't even cuddle the cow and you get more stressed and it is a vicious circle. I'm sorry you guys, this one is not a light story. I try to keep it light but let's keep it down to one bird flu story per week. How about that?
    https://news.sky.com/story/bird-flu-outbreak-could-threaten-us-cow-cuddling-craze-13128725
    ❾ Headline from Smithsonian Mag. Rare tornado spinning the wrong direction forms over Oklahoma. Another serious story. But weird. First of all, I didn't know see where I live.
    We get one tornado every 10 years, maybe. I don't know, estimating. So I don't know from tornadoes. Maybe The Wizard of Oz. There, that's... That is the only primer I've had on tornadoes. The Wizard of Oz. And apparently, that movie isn't factual. I never even thought about tornadoes spinning one direction all the time. Of course they spin one direction all the time. Well, no. They recorded in Oklahoma this anti-cyclonic tornado spinning the wrong way.
    unusual tornado action in Oklahoma. The National Weather Service describes it in the article, for a while was nearly stationary. That also would be freaky. I feel like even if you lived in tornado alley and you saw a tornado spinning the wrong way, standing still, that's pretty freaky. Side note, should we change the name of this show to, what a freaky week? Or just freaky week, it has a ring to it. Let me just double check, freakyweek.org. Oh wait, no, don't, don't click that.
    God bless you folks in Oklahoma. They say this particular tornado episode did property damage, but no injuries were reported. I'll put a link in the show notes, ways you can help folks impacted by tornadoes. Hang on, next, not as serious a story. Well, it involves a serious amount of money, I guess. $14,000, that's a serious amount.
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-tornado-spinning-the-wrong-direction-forms-over-oklahoma-180984298/To offer support in the aftermath of tornadoes see https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/tornado-relief/midwest-tornadoes.html ❽ So this one is not quite as serious as the first two stories we had this week, but it involves a serious amount of money. And I'm curious to know if you like this one or maybe this story disturbs you. The headline from ABC7, Man snags $14,000 Cartier earrings for $14 after website price glitch.
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    10 May 2024, 6:09 pm
  • 17 minutes 6 seconds
    What a Weird Week! Ten Weird Things that Happened this Week. Fri, May 3, 2024 #GoldenVolcanoLove

    (Begin episode transcript) Hi Friends, I'm Scott. This is What a Weird Week where we catch you up on the weird news of the week. For transcript/ shownotes/ podcast stuff see www.shownotes.page! Here's Season 5, Episode 18 first published on Friday May 3rd 2024 ... ❿ From Sky News. Headline is, 13 year old boy finds holy grail of Legos... that was lost at sea.

    The story is about a shipping container filled with Legos, which was lost at sea in 1997. And this young fellow in Cornwall, UK has been going to the beach to find Legos. And the holy grail of the Legos is the octopus. And after two years of searching... The 13 year old has found an octopus. Quite rare, quite a find. There's a whole project, someone named Tracy Williams has started up the Lego Lost at Sea Project. And for years now they've been finding Lego pieces that were lost at sea.

    The last plastic octopus was found 18 years ago. They're excited. Some more pieces are turning up because of the winter, the type of winter they had at the seashore in Cornwall. Interesting hobby. I really feel like this is a wholesome pastime, finding those rare Lego pieces. Well done. LEGO Archaeologists!

    https://news.sky.com/story/boy-13-finds-holy-grail-lego-octopus-piece-from-sea-spillage-in-1997-13123805 ... ❾ Milan, Italy To ban ice cream. That was the headline from Sky News earlier this week. Milan, Italy has had enough and ice cream is outlawed. You will go to ice cream jail and you will, which I imagine is very hot, and you will sit there and think about what you've donen, Ice cream lovers. In fact, if you read the article, it's first of all, they're talking about gelato, not ice cream, which I believe they're different things, aren't they? I'm not all that cultured. And it's not exactly a ban. It's places that sell ice cream or gelato and other fast food like pizza and late night foods. They have to shut her down after midnight because tourists and revelers. Tourists and people who eat food are too darn loud for the good folks of Milan, Italy. So that's why they're looking at a partial band of delicious gelato and pizza.

    https://news.sky.com/story/milan-poised-to-ban-ice-cream-pizza-and-more-after-midnight-after-new-proposed-law-13121064 ... ❽ From the Associated Press, the headline... To fend off tourists, a town in Japan is building a big screen to block the view of Mount Fuji. Headline says it all. The town has had enough of tourists taking photos and being a nuisance. And so to stop people from pausing in a certain place in town and taking an iconic photo of Mount Fuji. They're putting a giant wall screen. They're blocking the view for folks. And it all started, you guessed it, you guys, with social media. There was a trend, somebody got a photo of Mount Fuji in the background. And it looked like Mount Fuji was sitting on top of a convenience store. And that's hilarious. I can't blame you, social media. That is hilarious. But it became too much. So now the screens are growing up. There will be no viewing Mount Fuji from this place. Move along tourists. That's me paraphrasing.

    https://apnews.com/article/japan-fuji-tourists-screen-9ac5d8f02062ff3c1e573870a6787f16 ... ❼ Chicago's rat hole back in the news. This one has a happy ending. I'll tell you right now.

    If you missed it, we talked about the rat hole and was all over the news (character limit!)

    for whole list see https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/05/what-weird-week-ten-weird-things-that.html

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    3 May 2024, 5:58 pm
  • 15 minutes 53 seconds
    What a Weird Week Special Episode: " Nine Nines!" Updates on Nine Stories from Past Episodes.

    (Begin episode transcript) Hi Friends, I'm Scott. This is What a Weird Week: Ten Weird Things from this Week's News. For transcript/ shownotes/ podcast stuff see www.shownotes.page! Here's Season 5, Episode 17 first published on Friday April 26th 2024... Nine Nines Revisited!! In this episode we check in on 9 former stories to see how they're holding up... ❿ Dog story (From Jan 12th)

    A couple of scary dogs caused $350,000 damage at a car dealership in Houston.

    And there's video.

    The dogs have been arrested and are being detained at an animal shelter.

    They scratched the paint and tore bumpers off cars. They went HAM on these automobiles. But why?

    They think cats were hiding under the cars and the dogs got all fired up and took it out on the poor vehicles.

    https://abc13.com/dogs-tear-apart-cars-g-motors-cypress-tx-barc-houston-stray-canines/14262071/

    *UPDATE: Those dogs have yet to sign any deals for Influencer Boxing or as Junkyard Spokescanines, or any number of possibilities... Snickers Bar for Dogs? "We're not ourselves when we're hungry."

    *Does it hold up? This story holds as a weird one. Also, it keeps happening! It happened again last month in Florida. https://nypost.com/2024/03/30/us-news/dogs-cause-3000-in-damage-to-car-trying-to-get-to-cat/

    ❾ A New Approach to stop floods... get bent! (From Jan 19th)

    This is an article out of the UK from Sky News about how some rivers have gotten "canalised" over the years ("canalised" = "straightened out like a canal").

    Now they're gonna try to bend those rivers again and if the researchers are right, when we bend it like Beckham our rivers might be less likely to flood. Or... you're able to control where it happens, maybe is more accurate... It's about slowing the water flow just like a bendy road slows down traffic. (Looking at you, Lombard St. San Francisco.)

    https://news.sky.com/story/could-making-rivers-bendy-again-help-prevent-flooding-13047000

    *UPDATE: Other than a report on how costly flood prep is, there has been little followup on this.

    *Does it hold up? Yes. Yes it does. Flooding remains a problem to be solved. Or we can all live in an ark.

    ❽ Chinese marathoner disqualified for chain smoking through the entire race... (From Jan 26th)

    - the fellow's name is Uncle Chen... he is 52... he finished the race in 3hrs and 33mins! (winner's time was 2:06:46).

    - this was at the Xiamen Marathon... tens of thousands of runners take part in this...

    - official ruling was disqualification smoking on the track.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12979881/chinese-marathon-runner-uncle-chen-smoking-brother-disqualified.html

    *UPDATE: Weeks after that report, Uncle Chen was banned from competing at the same marathon for two years.

    *Does it hold up? 10/10 it holds up! In a world where people run marathons dressed like bananas, etc., Uncle Chen continues to get be talked about in running circles. This article from Run Society goes deep into the sport psychology of Uncle Chen... https://www.runsociety.com/races/chain-smoking-marathoner/

    ❼ Super Swiftie breaks world record... (From Feb 2nd) This is a fellow in Pakistan... 20 year old fellow... who was able to break the record for the most Taylor Swift songs identified from their lyrics in one minute. The world record is now 34 Taylor Swift songs. Maybe you want to try to break that record this weekend. So it's quite straightforward. You have to listen to the lyrics, identify the songs. No peeking... wear a blindfold. It looks like it takes intense concentration.

    https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2024/1/worlds-number-one-swiftie-breaks-record-for-naming-taylor-swift-songs-763982

    *UPDATE: A month ago Bilal posted a video on YouTube unboxing his plaque/certificate.

    *Does it hold up? 10/10 it holds up. That record will be tough to beat!

    ❻ (CHARACTER LIMIT!)

    for full show notes see https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/04/what-weird-week-special-episode-nine.html

    or just remember WWW.Shownotes.Page


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    26 April 2024, 4:33 pm
  • 18 minutes 30 seconds
    What a Weird Week: Ten Weird things that happened this week. April 19, 2024

    What a Weird Week gets you caught up on the weird news of the week. See https://www.shownotes.page for links/ transcript/ podcast stuff or search "What a Weird Week" where you get podcasts.

    (Begin episode transcript) Hi Friends, I'm Scott. This is What a Weird Week where we catch you up on the weird news of the week. For transcript/ shownotes/ podcast stuff see www.shownotes.page! Here's Season 5, Episode 16 first published on Friday April 19th 2024

    ❿ Please check your cookies for a diamond...

    The lady who lost her diamond in cookie dough. And now they're asking that you check your cookie dough and be careful eating your cookie dough. This happened in Kansas. This poor lady lost a diamond off her wedding ring. It's worth about four grand. Figures it is either in the chocolate chip cookies that went out last Friday, or in the sugar cookies, or peanut butter cookies. So be careful eating those cookies. We link to the story and also to the Facebook post from SIS's Sweets Cookies and Cafe. It was on their Facebook where they made the announcement (be careful eating cookies may contain diamonds.) ❾ Beard World Records and Facial Hair World Records were acknowledged this past week by the Guinness World Records folks. These were all set during the National Beard and Mustache Championships late last year. Just being acknowledged now and officially written up by the Guinness World Records folks over on their website. One of the records was Longest Beard Chain. This is where you stand side by side with some other beardos. And you divide your beard into two. Left side gets attached to the person on your left/ The right side of your beard gets attached to the person on your right. And you twist those beards together or maybe there's some sort of beard scrunchie involved sometimes? Anyway, you just form a chain out of those magnificent beards. And the new world record is... 195 feet and something of beards. They did a similar thing with mustaches. The longest mustache chain. 20 feet and something. To participate, your mustache or beard has to be qualifying / has to be a certain length and then of course it has to be robust in order to withstand all of the fastening to other people's beards... and I would say another skill is you have to be able to stand still because you gotta wait while everybody's beard gets attached.If somebody starts to wiggle & a jiggle, well, you're gonna come undone. And that's the end of that world record. ❽ David Record Breaker Rush/ The fellow who wants to break all the world records. I believe that's official now that he just wants to break all of the world records and every week he's trying to break world records and he's going to get there you guys because he is determined and he seems like a good fellow. He uses the world record attempts to shine a light on education and especially STEM education. This one, you know, a lot of times it's a world record where I'll say, hey, try it this weekend. But This one, don't try it this weekend. The longest time for a lawnmower, which is running, to be balanced on your chin. That was the world record he set.

    Nine minutes and 17 seconds of balancing this electric mower on his chin... nine minutes and change! What an insanely dangerous world record attempt. Congratulations once again to Record Breaker Rush. I like this headline a lot. Bloke's baffling act in New South Wales River. A world first.

    They believe this fellow has a world record, the fellow who got into a pumpkin and started paddling that pumpkin.

    First of all, it's the biggest pumpkin grown in Australia. 407 kilograms, so what's that, 800 and something pounds.

    He hollowed it out, got inside and paddled it. Now this is something we've seen in the United States. And it, when I saw the story, I was like, of course, it is now autumn in Australia. It's pumpkin season in Australia now, (Word Limit! See https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/04/what-weird-week-ten-weird-things-that.html for this week's blog)

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    19 April 2024, 6:39 pm
  • 18 minutes 38 seconds
    What a Weird Week April 12, 2024: Ten Weird things that happened this week

    Ten Weird things that happened this week - the What a Weird Week Show. For full shownotes and podcast stuff see https://www.shownotes.page/podcast

    (Begin episode transcript)

    ❿ The Grammy who made the news after receiving a speeding ticket. (actually 2 tickets!) The only thing was she wasn't driving her van. It was one of these deals where the camera catches you speeding and it snaps your picture and you receive a ticket... "Hey here's the evidence. Look at this photo. We caught you speeding." Well this Grammy in East Cleveland Ohio, Joanne Gibson, was having her van towed to the shop at the time of the ticket. So the tow truck was speeding.

    ❾ The Squat World Record... Think about how many squats you can do. Think about maybe working really hard. How many more squats could you do? And then, you know, multiply that by 10. Are you anywhere close to 26,000 squats? Me, neither. The world record for most squats in 24 hours is more than 26,000 squats!

    ❽ From Hoops Hooper, who is the Weird News Guru at United Press International... (Every week we like to feature a story by Ben "Hoops"  Hooper.) This week Ben filed a story about the chicken who enjoyed the solar eclipse while wearing tiny solar eclipse glasses. This chicken in Arkansas. I mean, if you love your chicken and you want your chicken to enjoy a solar eclipse, of course you're gonna fashion some sort of safety equipment for that chicken to look at the solar eclipse. So a person named Tad made the news. Tad the human and Gertrude. That's the name of the chicken. Tad also was wearing eclipse glasses. It's just a fun photo, like so many people were taking photos of themselves enjoying the eclipse this past week, and someone snapped a picture of Tad and Gertrude, and it started to gain momentum online, and... next thing you know it's on... KTHV-TV!? And we learn that Gertrude laid an egg during the eclipse. I don't know what you get when you lay an egg during an eclipse, but it seems like some sort of superhero folklore, doesn't it? The origin story of something great.

    ❼ Man getting vasectomy when earthquake hit thought the doctor was joking around. The doctor said, "is that an earthquake?" And the patient was like, "good one, doc. I'm already nervous enough. Quit kidding around." But it was an earthquake, you guys. It was that earthquake that made the news on the east coast of the United States. This is one of those stories that gained momentum online as a funny social media post and then the news media reached out to talk to the fellow. I got this one from HuffPost. Justin Allen. 33 years old from Pennsylvania was getting the procedure, you know... getting the old vasectomy and posted about it online how an earthquake hit during the vasectomy... and that his doctor said "I think that we're having an earthquake." And of course, you're nervous and about to undergo a delicate procedure and... It ain't no joke. It's suddenly quite surreal. He's looking back at it now and laughing and... Seems fine. Two thumbs up in the photo outside of the Urology Health Surgery Center. So... Glad you're doing well, Justin.

    ❻ The garbage bag porch pirate. This one is just a fascinating video. Somebody is taking their porch piracy to the next level?! Can we all agree that Porch Piracy is a terrible, terrible thing that is going on where people will just take advantage of package being delivered and left unattended for a bit... And people will just steal those things?! Every neighborhood in the world now where you take deliveries, there are stories of people stealing our stuff. A fellow named Omar (Sacramento, California) had the security camera set up. I mean, you can see that camera. Any porch pirate is going to know, "oh, I'm under surveillance here." But this porch pirate dressed up like a garbage bag.

    (character limit!!)

    full shownotes at https://www.scottyandtony.com/2024/04/what-weird-week-april-12-2024-ten-weird.html



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    12 April 2024, 5:00 pm
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