The week that was

By Ian Kennedy

Highlighting the best of the rest. Quirky news stories from the week prior.

Highlighting the best of the rest. Quirky news stories from the week prior.

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The week that was

Shoji Morimoto was the kind of guy who stood back and let others take the initiative. Now he’s leaning into it and renting himself out as the “Do Nothing Rent-a-Man” – @レンタルなんもしない人 (verified!) on Twitter.A 71-year-old man in Sweden suffered a cardiac arrest w…

 
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Amazon engineers scrambled to update Alexa’s library of “challenges” when a concerned parent reported the AI assistant suggested sticking a penny in an electrical socket.A meteor exploded in Pennsylvania with the energy equivalent to 30 tons of TNT.A three-to…

 
#34・

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Here are the most popular stories that you collectively tapped or clicked on during 2021.Mayhem ensues after thousands show up for fake Daft Punk concert in Belgium - New York PostMystery tree beast turns out to be croissant - BBCChild tweeted from US nuke co…

 
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3,837 people accused of witchcraft may be pardoned posthumously centuries after the fact under a new bill put forward in the Scottish parliament.A global study of the plastic-degrading potential of bacteria found that one in four organisms analyzed carried an…

 
#32・

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The US is imposing new sanctions on Chinese biotech and surveillance companies involved in the biometric surveillance and tracking of Uyghur Muslims.The Iranian government vowed to impose sanctions against American entities and individuals involved in police …

 
#31・

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A Beijing University shared that Chinese authorities successfully controlled the weather with extensive cloud-seeding operations prior ceremonies commemorating the founding of the Communist Party to “ensure clear skies and low air pollution.”A Brooklyn neighb…

 
#30・

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Officers in Beaverton, Oregon corralled a hamster and took the animal into “protective custody” after pulling over a driver, the hamster’s owner, and arresting her for driving under the influence.Scotty Thomas, a dump truck driver in Fayetteville, NC, bought …

 
#29・

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Army cadets, eager to one-up their rival Navy before the big game, kidnapped Navy’s billy goat mascot but FUBAR’d the mission and made off with the wrong goat.It was so cold at a Canadian football match (18 F, -8 C) that the sideline Gatorade froze solid.As g…

 
#28・

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A Japan Railways train driver sued JR West for ¥56 which was deducted from his paycheck over a one-minute delay which he is contesting. New York City’s subway on-time performance (defined as “within 5 minutes”) improved to 83.2% last month.A Michigan woman pl…

 
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A working Apple-1 computer in a rare wooden case was sold at an auction for half a million dollars. The 44-year old computer was purchased for $650.Angelo Fregolent parked his Lancia Fulvia 1962 in 1974 and left the car there for 47 years. It has since become…

 
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“Those celebrating Pakistan’s victory will face sedition,” warned the chief minister of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh after Pakistan defeated India at the Twenty20 World Cup.A group of crypto investors are buying 40 acres of land in Wyoming to estab…

 
#25・

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Astronomers have detected mysterious radio waves from the center of the galaxy that vary dramatically and “seem to shut off at random.” Let’s hope it’s not another microwave.Tesla stock had a good week and is now more valuable than all other car manufacturers…

 
#24・

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A small town in Tennessee put itself up for sale for $725,000.The NYC Board of Health declared racism a public health crisis.Propagandists in China are blaming Covid on imported lobsters from Maine.Apple unveiled a $19 polishing cloth.Nokia launched a new pho…

 
#23・

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The Santa Barbara fire department rushed out to rescue what turned out to be a mannequin dangling from a cliff.Like the eddy of a stream clogged with leaves, one dead end street in San Francisco became a gathering spot for lost self-driving Waymo taxis.On Nat…

 
#22・

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Spectators of a flying drone light show in China ran in panic as the drones “went awry” hitting buildings and bystanders on the ground.The Trump 2024 presidential campaign rebranded itself with a refreshed, albeit uncreative name, Make America Great Again, Ag…

 
#21・

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Inflation became reality as the Dollar Store started testing out items priced at over $1.00.The markets were down sharply this week but a hamster trading crypto is outperforming the S&P 500.I don’t know why you would but you could if you wanted to, buy an…

 
#20・

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The population of Alabama is shrinking. Due to the deadly combination of the pandemic and vaccination hesitancy, the state recorded more deaths than births.Not to be outdone by AT&T’s Flying COWS announced a couple of weeks ago, the Verizon PR team trotte…

 
#19・

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As cooler temps set in and songbirds started their migration south, the annual crashing of birds into the Manhattan skyscrapers season began.In-person schooling started but the bus driver shortage was so severe in Massachusetts that they had to call in the na…

 
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Snow came early to Mt. Fuji. 21 days earlier than last year.AT&T restored cellular service to the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ida using flying drone antennas, also known as Cell-on-Wings (COWS).College football started up again to packed stadiums of ho…

 
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Toyota took its self-driving buses out of service after one of them struck a Paralympic, taking the judo athlete out of service. Toyota apologized for the “overconfidence” of its vehicles.In Ida-flooded Louisiana, a man was eaten by an alligator. The Humane S…