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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Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, surprising many with its ferocity as the name “Ian” does not normally bring to mind violence & mayhem. Some stats for the storm include 52-foot waves offshore and a record-breaking 15-foot storm surge. Foreshadowed in t…

 
#72・

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The US Navy successfully shot down a drone using a laser beam.Intercom systems on several American Airline flights started emitting strange bleeting sounds that left passengers either puzzled, bemused, or just annoyed. It’s still happening and no one knows ho…

 
#71・

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The Blue Ribbon art prize at this year’s Colorado State Fair was created by an A.I. software program taking instructions from a text prompt, re-opening the age-old debate of what is art. We’re going to see more AI-generated art as it even took over the celebr…

 
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Just a few highlights this week as my schedule in Japan had me focused elsewhere.The Alcaraz v. Sinner US Open quarterfinal match that went over five hours ending 2:30am was one thing but it was the backhand save that was seared into everyone’s memory. The Sp…

 
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Due to catastrophic flooding, one third of Pakistan was underwater.A volunteer with severe liver disease will have donor liver cells injected into his lymph nodes. If all goes according to plan, this person will be the first to grow their own new liver.Crypto…

 
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Scientists have figured out how to unlock an extra dimension of time. Researchers at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics determined that firing lasers in a rhythmic pattern inspired by the Fibonacci sequence will jiggle a strand …

 
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A Nevada woman filed paperwork to purchase one home and ended up the owner of 84 homes because of a copy/paste error at the local title company.Adolescents across America rejoiced as NASA officially announced they are sending a probe to Uranus.Conspiracy theo…

 
#66・

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Twitter, pushing back on Elon Musk’s way of calculating bots on the platform, demonstrated that his method would have identified his own Twitter account as a bot.Salt Lake City police estimate a man did over $40k in damages after stealing an excavator, drivin…

 
#65・

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Applebee’s has created four different lip gloss “flavors” including Get Me Hot Buffalo, Sweet Chile Kiss, Be My Honey Pepper, and Honey BBQ-T to help “spice up your date night.”Georgia’s Department of Revenue announced that its residents can claim embryos as …

 
#64・

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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann complained of abdominal discomfort after drinking a glass of water from a river on the 22nd anniversary of its cleaning. He was there to announce the launch of a campaign to clean rivers in the state.GOP Congressman Glenn T…

 
#63・

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Dubai unveiled the world’s largest indoor vertical farm that will produce 2 million pounds of leafy greens each year. This is huge for the desert city which currently imports 90% of its produce.Two Japanese companies came up with a solution for Japan’s overwo…

 
#62・

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Only one week in use and already, a rock has hit the Webb space telescope.Chevrolet got into the NFT game and put a limited edition token up for auction to drum up excitement for their latest model Corvette. Only problem? Zero bids.Curators at the Cincinnati …

 
#61・

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Boris is moving out of 10 Downing but the cat will stay.Shinzo Abe, ex-prime minister of Japan, was assassinated by a homemade shotgun. This was a shock to the nation because guns are very difficult to procure in Japan.Rhode Island State Senator Tiara Mack ki…

 
#60・

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Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman for Green Day, announced he’s giving up his US citizenship in response to the latest Supreme Court rulings. ‘F**k America. I’m f***ing renouncing my citizenship. I’m f**king coming here,’ he told a London stadium crowd.Costco re…

 
#59・

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In other news,Toyota issued a global recall for 2,700 of its first edition electric cars because of a tendency for the wheels to fall off.It got so hot in Oklahoma that the interstate highways are buckling under the heat.Brittney Griner, the WNBA star held in…

 
#58・

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A software engineer at Google raised concerns that one of their artificial intelligence algorithms had reached sentience. He was put on administrative leave by the company. The ensuing debate over whether the transcript of the AI proved sentience or not becam…

 
#57・

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Japanese engineers have figured out how to make the internet go faster, achieving the world’s first transmission speed of 1.02 petabits per second. How fast is that? Fast enough to support 10 million channels of 8K livestreaming.An 83-year old Japanese man co…

 
#56・

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IN OTHER, NON-SHOOTING, NEWSA French man smashed through the world record for most bungee jumps in a 24- hour period completing 765 jumps from a bridge in Scotland.A man disguised as an elderly woman lept up from his wheelchair and smeared cake on the bulletp…

 
#55・

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It feels strange to launch right into an irreverent rundown of this week’s “quirky stories from the week prior” without at least acknowledging the tragedy in Uvalde. I posted my bit on Friday and we’ve since learned more about the incompetence of the unrespon…

 
#54・

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Someone placed a perfect shot into the silhouette of Johnny Cash on a water tower in Arkansas so it looked like the Man in Black was taking a leak.A mayor of a town in Australia quickly back-pedaled on his idea of installing a prayer room next to the City Cou…