- Richard Cazeau at Odd News2 days ago
Sampling commercial products comes in many forms, from tasting new foods and drinks or test-driving cars to trying out the latest video games. How about sampling your own funeral and getting a taste of your last goodbye before you're placed six feet under or cremated, depending on your preference. Whether you think it's cool or creepy, it's happening. And it's big in Japan.
in Tokyo is a popular annual festival dedicated to the preparation and personalization of funerals. Shukatsu in Japanese means "preparing for one's end." The event attracts more than 5,000 people every August, and with Japan's aging population, it has seen a spike in attendance. For a third year in a row, the country has held the title for having the world's oldest population. Residents age 65 and older make up one-quarter of the population.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News3 days ago
Typically, fine dining establishments earn their reputations by creating and serving delicious meals for discriminating customers, but have you ever heard of a café for the dogs? Whole Pet Kitchen in Manila, Philippines, is a one-stop dining experience that caters to patrons furrier than your average restaurant customer. The '"barkery'" serves all kinds of pets but focuses mostly on canine consumers. Owner Giannina Gonzalez says dog diets are just as important as those of their loving owners. If you can stand to eat at the same table as your pooch, this might be the hot spot for you, airfare not included. And pricing is reasonable, with baked goods, such as muffins, costing as little as $4. The Kitchen is run just like any restaurant for people, and the chefs use healthy fare in their dishes, like organic extra-virgin coconut oil, turmeric, and carefully selected meats. But just because the café caters to doggies, that doesn't mean that it's an "anything goes" venue. Health and safety standards are in play, and all ingredients are properly controlled. For example, the signature lasagna doesn't include tomato sauce, because nightshade fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, are hazardous to dogs. It's one thing to fall in love with a new dining experience, but if your pup starts loving the menu more than you had imagined, you may be in trouble. Your personal dining budget could eventually go to the dogs.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News5 days ago
While the United States has plenty of clever criminals, there's no shortage of stupid crooks with a big plan. Some of those offenders seem to ignore the finer details in creating their very own lottery win. Some will even employ all kinds of creative methods and tools to steal things. But making off with a piece of construction equipment valued at $135,000 — to break into an ATM — would be a new low.
Early Monday morning in Jacksonville, Florida, employees at a Synovus Bank branch arrived to discover a bizarre scene. A 10,000-pound variable reach forklift was lodged in the building's drive-through ATM. Apparently the ATM had sustained damage overnight from repeated attempts to crash it open.
The forklift in question had come from a nearby construction site. Jacksonville police dusted for prints on another vehicle in the lot. They are also reviewing the bank's surveillance footage.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News6 days ago
It's no secret that the city of Detroit has been suffering through financial tough times for decades with ongoing budget cuts and debt. It's the largest city in the United States to ever declare bankruptcy, with legal proceedings still continuing.
Those affected by those cuts include city service-workers such as the Detroit Fire Department firefighters, who have been using unusual, creative, to deal with the lack of resources and technology. In fact, things have gotten so bad that unlike most modern fire stations across America, which have computerized alert systems for emergencies, many Detroit stations use soda cans filled with metal screws, or sometimes pocket change, and fax machines. When an emergency call comes in, an antiquated fax expels a sheet of paper, knocking a cola can off the top of the machine — that's it, that's all. And it's strangely efficient.
Now this isn't how all the stations operate, but it's not far off. Some stations have rigged their fax machines to wiring connected to standard firehouse bells.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News9 days ago
Arachnids, aka spiders, may be a kind of insect that can keep other insects in check or may be the subject of classic children's literature, such as "Charlotte's Web," but to many people, spiders just downright make skin crawl. Eight legs and the potential to inject poison can have that effect. But in the case of comic book hero Peter Parker, popularly known as the amazing Spider-Man, a radioactive spider was the genesis of his superpowers — and Marvel Comics' golden goose.
Now what about a real-life prank involving these web spinners? Not just any small trick with plastic joke bugs but something completely planned — with props and captured by amateur videographers. And throw in a canine-sized faux arachnid with human-sized webbing for good measure. Just imagine . Or not.
YouTube prank group SA Wardega, fronted by Sylwester Wardega, created just such a prank. The group shot it in a horror-genre style that would make John Carpenter — slightly — proud. The group's concept was a mutant giant spider-dog, and the five-minute viral video shows just how fearsome that kind of creature can be, even if it is just a little doggy.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News10 days ago
If you're one of the millions of women looking for love or a quintessential Cinderella story on Tinder, you may want to watch out, or at least limit the amount of sexy snapshots you post to your alluring profile. Why? Because you could be the next victim of the self-professed Australian "artiste" who calls himself "Tindafella."
25-year-old Jarod Allen takes images of women from the popular dating app and reimagines them in his own very special way. On occasion, his renditions require a few props and sometimes a little help from a friend. Some of Tinderfella's recreations are a little risqué — you'll just have to go check them out for yourself and judge. Some of the parodies will definitely have you whispering to yourself, "What the heck?" Mind you, some of the original photos are just as absurd.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News11 days ago
Many people have asked for a hand in marriage, but what about a paw? This sounds like a whole new spin on the tradition of prearranged marriages in some countries.
In a remote part of India, young Mangli Munda is to fight off evil spirits that her family believes she has. The dog was found by the woman's father. The big wedding was taken care of by the 18-year-old's parents, to the dismay of the wife-to-be. Munda wasn't pleased with her parents' selection of a groom, saying, "I am not happy with this marriage."
If you think Munda's father was solely to blame for this unusual arrangement, he wasn't. Munda’s mother was adamant about the need for her daughter to get hitched to the hound named Sheru. The pooch even arrived stylin' and profilin' as most grooms often do — chauffeured in a car. Munda's mother mentioned, "We have to spend money on this wedding. That is the only way we can get rid of her bad luck and ensure the benevolence of the village."
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News12 days ago
Even if you're not a cat lover, you're probably familiar with Friskies spokes-kitty, Internet sensation, and all-around grouch Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce. Launching into fame in 2012 and making several media appearances, she was the highest-paid and most influential cat of that year, with an estimated net worth of almost $100 million.
Though other cats on the Web have meowed their way to stardom over the last few years, none have come close to duplicating the unfriendly glare and lovable negativity of Grumpy Cat, whose moody frown has earned nearly 500,000 Instagram followers.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News16 days ago
Potential crooks are figuratively caught red-handed all the time, from kids breaking into a box of cookies before dinner to the more serious grown-up crimes. But has anyone ever been caught with red-colored hands? Probably. But maybe not like this.
Early Thursday morning at 3:20, officers from the New York Police Department arrested 17-year-old Mike Kushnir and an unnamed 15-year-old female friend after they received a 911 call. The two teenagers have been accused of vandalizing the 114-year-old Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument on Riverside Drive and West 89th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The state landmark has been in existence since Memorial Day 1902. Kushnir and his friend allegedly defaced it with obscene language and lewd drawings, using red paint.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News17 days ago
We all know the saying "Everything is BIG in Texas." But for beer lovers everywhere, this is even cooler than big hats, belt buckles, and barbecue. Actually, this would be ideal with a lot of freshly charred barbecue.
Austin Beerworks has just unveiled a new over-the-top way to get its beer into your gut with a limited-edition 99-pack of brewski. The big box of brew will set you back $99 (or a buck a can), which is pretty good for a can of this Texas good stuff. But don't expect it to fit in your compact car with ease. The packaging is insanely exaggerated at seven feet long. The brewery released the gigantic box as part of a social media campaign for its Peacemaker Anytime Ale.
The 99-pack is only available in Austin, and only for a limited time and in limited quantities. By state law, the brewery is not allowed to ship out of state, so you might have to make the drive. Just drink responsibly, and it will probably last for a while. Maybe this will inspire people to have house parties called "99-ers."