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The $2 Evilstick

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The horrifying Evilstick.

Have you heard of the “Evilstick” yet? If not, let me give you a quick recap (or you can just watch the videos below). A mom in Dayton, OH bought her child an “Evilstick” (yes, that is what this toy is called) from the local dollar store. To the mom’s horror, behind the foil covering, there was a photoshopped picture of a girl cutting herself. Well, as all weird stories do, this one took off in the social media world. I’m a little late on reporting about it, but on the plus side, I have more sources to work with.

Here’s the initial video:

One lovely chap from Ohio went to the dollar store and found that most of the Evilsticks did not include the famed wristcutting photo. Instead many of them had “crappy Resident Evil concept art,” “weird Zombie monsters,” or Anime characters.

The Evilstick is made in China.… Read the rest

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Deceptive behavior may (deceivingly) promote cooperation

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JD Hancock (CC BY 2.0)

via Phys.org:

Tricking someone into trusting you in order to gain something from them is common behavior in both the animal and human worlds. From cuckoo birds that trick other bird species into raising their young, to cunning salespeople who pretend to sell you a product that will improve your life, deviant behavior takes many forms. But no matter the situation, the result is that a single individual gains something while the community at large loses.

For researchers who study the evolution of cooperation, deceitful behavior seems to throw a wrench in mechanisms that promote cooperative behavior. Questions arise such as, under what conditions does deception evolve? How effective are strategies to identify deceitful behavior? And how can deceitful behavior coexist with cooperative behavior?

In a recent paper published in The New Journal of Physics, Attila Szolnoki at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and Matjaž Perc at the University of Maribor in Slovenia and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have addressed these questions using a variant of perhaps the most popular tool for studying cooperation—the prisoner’s dilemma game.… Read the rest

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The Last Thing They Ever Saw

You’ve probably heard the old wives’ tale of ‘The Image In A Dead Man’s Eye’ – the idea that the eye retains the last thing it sees before death.

…Isn’t it odd how obvious superstitions sometimes turn out to be completely true?

 

‘Optography’, or the art of recovering the last image seen by an eye, is a very real thing with a long and strange history:

(Video contains a number of actual images recovered from dead eyes)

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La Isla de las Muñecas (The Island of the Dolls)

Esparta Palma (CC by 2.0)

Esparta Palma (CC by 2.0)

La Isla de las Muñecas is an island located south of Mexico City. It has become a rather unique tourist attraction as the island is adorned with various dolls and doll parts. It is said that these dolls, hung by a man named Don Julian Santana Barrera, are haunted by the spirit of a girl who mysteriously drowned in the canals surrounding the island. Julian discovered the girl’s body, but was unable to save her. Haunted by the situation, he hung a doll (presumably the girl’s) on a tree to honor her spirit.

Julian believed that this doll was possessed by the girl’s spirit and began to hang more dolls throughout the island.

In 2001, Julian drowned in the same spot where he claimed to have found the girl’s body.

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Hairstylist Covers Car in Human Hair, Breaks World Record

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via Oddity Central:

We’ve seen people cover their cars with the weirdest stuff – right from dentures to swarovski crystals. But this one is a first – an Italian hairstylist chose to pay tribute to her profession by covering her car in human hair. There’s hair everywhere – on the exterior, the seats, the dashboard, and even the steering wheel.

The car in question belongs to 44-year-old Maria Lucia Mugno. She decided to cover it in hair in 2010, after a friend bet her that she couldn’t do it. So with the help of her assistant Valentino Stassano, she spent 150 hours sewing thickly braided strands of hair imported from India on her small Fiat 500. The effort won her the Guinness World Record title for the world’s hairiest car.

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As if that wasn’t enough, she’s now added another 20 kg of hair to the car, setting a new record this year.

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US Coast Guard Rescues a Man in Inflatable Bubble from the Bermuda Triangle

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via The Washington Post:

To passing boaters, he likely looked like a hamster in a ball, bobbing up and down in a blow-up bubble in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Bermuda — across the Devil’s Sea.

Reza Baluchi was on a mission to trace the Bermuda Triangle — 1,000 miles to Bermuda, 1,000 miles to Puerto Rico and 1,000 miles back to his starting point in Florida — to raise money for needy children through his charity, Plant Unity, he said. But on Saturday, three days and 70 nautical miles into the voyage, the U.S. Coast Guard had to airlift the exhausted athlete from his floating sphere off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla.

The Coast Guard has not said what the rescue cost. But it used an HC-130 airplane, which costs about $20,000 per hour, and an MH-60 helicopter, which is $14,000 per hour.

Baluchi, 42, climbed inside the vessel on Wednesday with few belongings — protein bars, bottled water, a satellite phone as well as his green card and passport.

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Cockroach as a pet? Try tens of thousands

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Hmm…

via Oddity Central:

Kyle Kandilian, a 20-year-old student from Dearborn, Michigan, has a very unusual hobby – he enjoys raising cockroaches as pets. His bedroom walls are decked with boxes and crates which hold around 200,000 roaches he breeds for fun and profit.

Kyle’s passion is probably going to bug a lot of people, seeing as most people tend to freak out if they so much as hear the word “cockroach”. But Kyle is not most people. Ever since he got to see and hold some Madagascar hissing roaches during a tech day exhibit at the University of Detroit Mercy, he has been fascinated with them. He came home that day and asked his mother if he could have one as a pet, but his mother looked him in the eye and said ”Kyle? You are never bringing cockroaches into this house.” Today his bedroom is home to around 200,000 cockroaches from 130 varieties, and his parents are very supportive of his passion.

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Lonely? Buy a Hugging Chair!

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Not quite as creepy as the flesh inspired furniture I wrote about a while ago, but still weird.

via Oddity Central:

Nothing compares to the warm hug of a real person, but when there’s no one else around, this nifty little Japanese invention can do the job quite well. It’s called the ‘tranquility chair’ – its back is shaped like a giant human doll with a friendly face and long arms that can wrap around you in an affectionate embrace.

The chair is the brainchild of Japanese company UniCare – they’re selling the product for 46,000 yen ($ 419) at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo. “It makes you feel safe,” said a UniCare spokesperson. “Anyone can use it, but it is designed for older people.”

Given that a quarter of Japan’s population is currently over the age of 65, and the number is expected to rise to 40 percent in coming decades, the tranquility chair is really quite apt for the Japanese market.

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