Strange, Odd, Weird or Wacky

Falcon's Faux-Flight Of Fancy, the Reality Show?

It started with a helium aircraft  hovering over Fort Collins, Colorado and the belief that a  6-year-old boy climbed in and floated away Thursday, October 15, forcing officials to come up with a rescue plan to save him. Update at 3:35 p.m. ET:The balloon slowly spun to a crash-landing, surrounded by rescuers. Mystery widens, no one was inside balloon? It was at this time we learned that the father was a stormchaser, thus the balloon, and the family was involved in ABC's "Wife Swap," thus the reason for part of the craziness that unfolded. But the story didn't end there. The rest is only something that could make up a real-time Reality Show! Was it Truth or Hot Air? Or Balloonacy?

The Mono-copter: Unconventional, Ungainly, and the Future of Flight Design?

Flight has always been an obsession with some inventors.  Around 1914 two gentlemen, Alphonse Papin and Didier Rouilly, came up with this crazy flying device with a single blade of 130 square feet in area that rotated around the device's center of gravity.  During initial testing it became unstable and was abandoned in the water.

Yet inventors keep striving for this odd, single bladed flying machine...

Ugly Purse Design: Rick Owens Mink Fur Toad Purse

Every woman likes to have a fabulous accessory on her arm that gets people talking and holds her stuff. Sometimes it's a man, sometimes it's a purse, and sometimes, when it's a new horrifying design, she's better off leaving it at home.

Rent Out Your Body As a Living Advertisment

Want to make a little money while doing basically nothing?  If so - and you have no problem tattooing a logo on your noggin - you should read this article.

Cassette Tapes Are Back To Haunt Us All: Amazing Trash To Treasure Skulls

About a week ago, while spring cleaning (yes, I know a little late), I came across my favorite cassette tapes, sighed and told my husband I was ready to give these up and consign with the other stuff. He grabbed the box and argued, "Who would want them?" I snapped him an angry look, "People find ways to recycle them!" and shut him up.

You Say Potato, I Say AHHHH! Creepy Potato Portraits

Lebanese artist Ginou Choueiri takes plain old potatoes and gives them a face only a mother could love.

Twitter's FIGS Speaks In Tongues

Hablo Espanol? Parlez-vous Francais? Spriten Ze Deutsche?  "Gazouiller" and "Cinguettare" translates to "Twitter" in French and Italian. But how do you translate English into other languages on the microblogging site?

Confection Commercials Convey Candy Coated Comedy

Notice those giant bags of candy in the aisles of your local market? That means Halloween is almost upon us!  But candy manufacturers don't need a holiday to roll out the marketing machine, wisely integrating some top-notch humor in to sweeten the deal.

Antiviral Business Suits Fight H1N1 Swine Flu With Science & Style

Exposure to the H1N1 Swine Flu virus is an extra hazard Japan's frazzled "salarymen" simply do not need. Fear not, honorable office warriors, Haruyama Trading Co. is riding to the rescue with a new line of snazzy looking, flu-fighting business suits!

Tea Cup Pigs Are The Hottest Pet Trend In Britain! Here's The Low Down On Them

Tea cup pigs have become the hottest household pet in Britain. They certainly are adorable, affectionate, and clean. They don't bark, are easy to house train, they're non-allergenic, and love people and other pets. New Harry Potter star Rupert Grint reportedly has one; other Brits are having trouble finding them. But not to worry... Pig breeding is about to become the hottest profession in Britain....

Learn the Alphabet the Painful Way Through Art

Artist Thijs Verbeek has created a unique way of spelling out the alphabet; with clothespins and skin. Can you spell 'Ouch'?

2009 Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded To 10 Distinguished Researchers And Innovators

The 19th first annual Ig® Nobel Prizes were awarded on October 1, 2009 at Harvard University's Sanders Room in front of a standing room only audience! Check out these awards. You will learn about things you've always wondered like why don't pregnant women tip over, how can your girlfriend help you during a chemical war, and whether beer bottles make better candle holders than head busters. Ten awards you'll want to vie for next year: Ig Nobel Prizes in Peace, Literature, Physics, Medicine, Economics...

The Perfect Natural/Unnatural Teddy Bear Gift Leads to More Sustainable Toys

In a recent skim through of environmentally friendly e-newsletters in my inbox I came across one headline that I could not skim past. What in the world is a Placenta Teddy Bear? I had to click through.

Panda Dung Makes Short Work of Waste

Panda dung is green... who knew? Evidently researchers from Kitasato University in Tokyo did, and now the many hours they spent analyzing the leavings of leaf-eating giant pandas has them smelling like roses. 

Decorated Contact Lens Cases Offer a New Vision of Cuteness

Having covered every square inch of their cell phones with faux gems, roses, tiny cakes and Hello Kitty faces, Japan's legions of cute-obsessed girls are moving on to other daily use objects like contact lens cases.