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Air Quebec

A bird's-eye view of my birthplace, Québec (the city, not the province.) We flew last Saturday for about an hour in the early morning. There was a bit of a haze at first but the weather was absolutely gorgeous. We might have caught the most colorful time of the season, it was incredibly beautiful.

The flamboyant death of nature.

I took a few pictures.



Added by Michel on October 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — 16 Comments

The Darnedest Things Do Happen

From the Darnedest things do happen department:


▲ Houston car mechanic Edgar Garfield Gibbons, 41, returned to the U.S. in March after nine months in jail in Georgetown, Guyana, to which country he had been mistakenly deported when he was confused with a New…


Added by Michel on September 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Completely Random Weird Stuff

Another installment of completely random newsbits with which I contend that improbable stuff constantly happen.



■ Scotland Yard detectives said they overestimated the number of dead in a fiery London commuter-train crash in October because some survivors had walked away quickly and left…


Added by Michel on August 27, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

The Advertising Age: Science

Thanks to advertising, science has become the new magic.

Hair, skin, the appearance of youth and the cleanliness of every little nook and cranny of your personal space are now under the watchful guard of scientific advances. If we were to believe modern advertisers, we're already in the twenty second century...

You don't actually need to understand how dirt and grime can be eliminated from your dishwasher, how you can regenerate old body parts with lotions, how "animated"…


Added by Michel on August 11, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

The Advertising Age

The Advertising Age: A Sexist Primer 


End of WW2, baby boom, the advertising age is in full swing, piggy-backing on the news media and shaping the public's burgeoning opinion of itself. A kind of quasi-magical what-would-be-best.



Added by Michel on August 8, 2011 at 11:00pm — 7 Comments

To Spell The Truth

To Spell The Truth


Sometimes only one word can make all the difference.

And then one letter can make or break a word.


● No lottering

● Diploma plus custom plagues

● Love you sweatheart

● The joy of pubic worship

● New Communist chief considered a shrew leader

● Islamic radials murder U.S. educator today

● How to make great chocolate…


Added by Michel on July 25, 2011 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Vintage Scans - Weird Signage

Down at the Polls & Food for Thought

Scans from National Lampoon's True Facts magazine.


  • John Titman for Commissionner
  • Posthumus…

Added by Michel on July 13, 2011 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Weird Archives: Religious Bits - The Good People

• Dr. George King, an English inventor and doctor of divinity, invented a prayer battery. The minister had some two hundred people direct prayers at the device, said to resemble a box camera on a tripod. Dr. King said a commitee would decide what to do with…


Added by Michel on July 4, 2011 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Strange News: Great Headlines

How to jumble everything up in as few words as possible?

You can count on media headlines to do that for you.

And local newspapers have always been a superb source of great headlines.

Here's a vintage compilation.

A scan from National Lampoon's True Facts, 1986 edition.…


Added by Michel on June 30, 2011 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

Improbable (Long on Short News)

However improbable, it happens:


■A woman was convicted of arranging for her lover to get a penile implant using her estranged husband's health insurance (New York City).


■Police said two arrested drug dealers had been…


Added by Michel on June 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Trolling the Law

I lifted those anecdotes from a Reddit thread:

Sometimes a small victory is all it takes to uplift or satisfy our need for "justice".

►I wouldn't really say this was trolling, but it's a funny related story involving mall cops. I was at the mall with a group of my friends one day, when a couple…


Added by Michel on June 7, 2011 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

Bizarre News Dept: The Religious Issue.

●A former nun in Canada has been ordered to do 30 days community service after hacking off 'the huge boobs' on her neighbour's snowwomen with an axe.


●Two salesmen in Nebraska were taken to hospital with broken bones after hitting each other with baseball bats in a fight over rival claims to the same area. Guess what were they selling? Bibles!!.…


Added by Michel on June 1, 2011 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Weird News Tidbits: Stupid Humans Edition

►1995 -- Bob Bornack's billboard marriage proposal to Teri Ungar in October in Wood Dale, Ill., was accepted. ("Teri, Please Marry Me! Love, Bob.") However, the billboard company reported that 10 other women named "Teri," who were dating men named Bob, inquired whether the message was for them including one Teri who was dating two men named Bob.…


Added by Michel on May 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Weird News Tidbits: Random is Gh4tc)Miekl$-1


RAND6/%fahn S+9 NEWS


• A garbage-bag-wearing convenience-store robber was easily identified later by a clerk because his bag was made of transparent plastic (St. Petersburg, Fla.).


• The Nebraska Bar Association rejected Paul Converse's application…


Added by Michel on May 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Weird News Tidbits: Blame

Richard L. Garcia, 17, filed a lawsuit in November against the city of Bradenton, Fla., because police let him go with no penalty after stopping him while he was driving drunk. (He crashed a few minutes later, suffering serious injuries.)

John Murphy, 64, was arrested in Toms River, N.J., after a May 10…


Added by Michel on April 26, 2011 at 2:22pm — 2 Comments





Added by Michel on April 18, 2011 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

More Weird News

Group Therapy

THE EVANSTON ENERGY COMPANY of Denver bought a house in Dickinson. North Dakota, to make wav for an industrial park, and when the six men who lived there received an eviction notice, they assumed the house would be razed.

The tenants decided to give a housewrecking… Continue

Added by Michel on April 15, 2011 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Weird News Tidbits - The Tuesday Edition

Is your Middle name Wayne?

Are you a victim of the Wayne Curse?


For years now researchers into the odd and extraordinary have been compiling news item concerning the Wayne…


Added by Michel on April 12, 2011 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

Random And Irrelevant Weird News Tidbits


In July, a 48-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against Gold Coast Hospital in Southport, Australia, for about $450,000 (U.S.) because the hospital apparently misplaced part of her brain after aneurysm surgery in 1996. According to the lawsuit, doctors were to temporarily remove her right frontal…


Added by Michel on April 7, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Odd you say? WNTB - Third Edition


In December, after a four-year legal battle, the Texas Supreme Court invalidated the VitaPro soybean meat substitute contract with the state prison system because of evidence that prisoners had become demoralized with their VitaPro diets, which had "led to adverse health effects, including…


Added by Michel on April 4, 2011 at 3:08pm — 3 Comments

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