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November 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

The sound of STATUS: Powerful people develop loud, high-pitched, monotonous voices, study claims: “You may have noticed that the voices of politicians seem to change as they rise up the ranks. Now scientists claim that being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak and other people can pick up on these vocal cues. They say that the cues – such as talking more loudly with less variation in pitch – tell people who is really in charge, regardless of what an individual is saying. ‘Our findings suggest that whether it’s parents attempting to assert authority over unruly children, haggling between a car salesman and customer, or negotiations between heads of states, the sound of the voices involved may profoundly determine the outcome of those interactions,’ psychological scientist Sei Jin Ko of San Diego State University said.”

Dumb black arrested after posing with stolen credit card: “THEY say crime doesn’t pay, and in this woman’s case neither does posing with a credit card you allegedly stole. Mashana Harris learned the hard way that sooner or later the law will catch up with you, especially when your face is easily identifiable. The 26-year-old was arrested last week for allegedly charging nearly $500 in July on a credit card stolen from an elderly woman. The Florida woman was asked by a check-out staff member to pose with the card after she became suspicious it may have been stolen. When she used the card at Looking Good Beauty Supply a check out staff member asked her for ID and since she didn’t have any asked her to pose with the card. In August police were investigating the fraudulent transactions and stopped in at the beauty store where her photo was passed on to them”

Old Egyptian spell book deciphered: “WANT to win a heart? Got a ghost to get rid of? What about a persistent infection? A recently deciphered ancient Egyptian codex has a spell for that. Written in Coptic, the mystically illustrated piece of papyri contains 27 spells for a series of specific purposes. Want to know more of arcane history? Read all about Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve, and the great and powerful “Baktiotha — lord over the forty and the nine kinds of serpents”. The book was purchased from a Vienna antiquities dealer by Sydney’s Macquarie University in 1981. Professors Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner have now published the results of their research in the book, A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power. They say the book of spells appears to have originated among of group of Christian heretics known as Sethians in the 7th Century. The papyrus is itself a source of mystery. Who owned it before the sale to Maquarie University is unknown. Otherwise, a few clues contained within the document — such as the style of writing — suggests it originated near the ancient city of Hermopolis in Upper Egypt.”

Another dumb crook: “A New Mexico man is facing charges after he posted Facebook photos of stolen guns from an unsolved burglary. Christopher Banegas was arrested and charged this month in connection with the September 2013 heist at an Albuquerque home,KOB-TV reports. Police say they lacked any leads until the victim recently saw pictures of his stolen guns on his Facebook friend Banegas’ page. The two had been friends and the victim told police he didn’t check Banegas’ Facebook page because he didn’t suspect him.Banegas, who is thought to be a father in his late 30s, is now facing charges of aggravated burglary, larceny of a firearm, and tampering with evidence.

Miniature car enthusiast builds his own pint-sized replicas: “The Dwarf Car Museum, in Maricopa, Arizona, showcases the life’s work of mechanic Ernie Adams. The 74-year-old, from Walthill, Nebraska, built his first road-legal dwarf car in 1965 – out of nine old refrigerators. Each car is hand-built from scratch and takes between 3,000 and 4,000 hours to complete – and Ernie has been offered as much as $450,000 for them. Ernie has made hundreds of dwarf vehicles over the years, from race cars to scaled down replicas of classics like a 1939 Chevy – all of which are fully road legal. He said: ‘People ask me how they ride, I always tell em they ride like a corvette. ‘On a good road they ride real smooth, on a rough road they’re a little choppy but they all get out and travel highway speeds all day long. I drive them wherever I wanna go just like the family car.’ The miniature car enthusiast is understandably proud of the fact that he builds the cars himself in his backyard – even if people don’t always believe him. Ernie is deeply attached to his creations and despite several generous offers, he insists the dwarf cars are not for sale.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.


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