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Aberrant News and Curiosities You know you want it... Great headlines, some really disturbing links, and even more disturbing photos.

The logo itself is worth a visit.

Alf's Balloons: Corkscrews, Balloons and Travel Or, The Corkscrew Balloon. Or, Travels with Alf. Skip the Flash intro, if you must, by entering the home page directly. Alf Erickson travels all over the world, collecting corkscrews, visiting strange museums, and attending ballooning events. He keeps journals of his voyages, weaving "today in history" entries through the accounts of his travels, and illustrating his site with photos taken by his daughter, Annie. Fascinating, intimate, and most of all, odd.
Anomalies Unlimited Death. Trivia. Death trivia. Britney's breasts. Michael's face. There's enough here to make even my head spin.
April Winchell April Winchell is a voiceover actress, co-founder of Radio Savant Productions, and collector of some of the strangest audio clips you've ever heard. Don't miss "Premature Ejaculation!" Or Pat Boone singing "Stairway to Heaven."
Asylum Eclectica Morbid facts, strange maladies, original photography, truly odd stories from old newspapers, and much, much more. Not for the weak of heart (or stomach), but definitely worth a visit.
Banana, Bag and Bodice Blending the poetry of nightmare with the weird sticky bits that cling to the bottom of the drain, the incomparable Jessica Jelliffe, the exquisite Jason Craig and the indispensible Others have created such masterpieces as The Bastard Chronicles, Number 2, Gulag Ha-Ha, and Sandwich. Shocking, thought-provoking, delightfully bizarre, and always, always mouth-watering. And, they've started a band!
BIOPAT New Bookmark  For a minimum donation of 2,600 Euros, you can buy a species. Or at least the right to name one after yourself. The funds raised will be used in "making taxonomical descriptions of biodiversity, systematically recording it, and ensuring its preservation."

If anyone would like to buy us a duck, we wouldn't say no.

(Link discovered via MetaFilter)

Bizarre! Free weekly newletters on topics ranging from weird news to dirty jokes and insults. My own favorite feature is the Bizarre Photo of the Week.
Bonehead of the Day Award Because stupid people are funny. In the spirit of the Darwin Awards, Jerry Lerman presents The Bonehead of the Day Award. Sign up for the daily mail!
Butt-Print Art Stan Murmur is famous. No, really. He's even been written up in the Weekly World News! And for nothing more than using his own natural assets to create floral and woodland scenes in acrylics. It's not just his butt that he uses — his "Cattails," particularly, had to involve some other body parts. Much of Stan's work is for sale: his unhealthy addiction to air-cooled Volkswagens has to be expensive.

(Thanks to Sarah for the link!)

Note: While updating my bookmarks, I came across an article at The Poop Report indicating that Stan Murmur has been fired — yes, fired — from his job as a high school art teacher for his butt-print art, all of which has been created under a pseudonym, and none of which ever made its way into the classroom. News of the Odd is outraged. The Poop Report is outraged. Stan Murmur is outraged. Because this, I must say, is outrageous.

Death Becomes You (Bluelips.com) Embalming Fluid Wing Sauce, Faces of Death, sculpted skulls, $13 bills... Death Becomes You is a brilliantly macabre online shop founded by a woman fighting advanced breast cancer. She's since passed on, but the shop survives.

This site has recommended to me by several people; I'm afraid I don't know their names. I apologize for the time it took me to create the link, but I'm pleased to recommend it now.

eXoNews "The truth is really out there, baby!" For those of you who didn't study any dead languages, "exo" is a prefix denoting something "outside," as in "exoskeleton." eXoNews, then, is "the news outside the news." eXoNews reports on everything from Star Trek to the Human Genome Project. If it's eXo, you'll find it here.
Fark "It's not news, it's Fark.com." Even more weird headlines than News of the Odd (many of them from Florida), plus comment boards, Photoshop contests, Wil Wheaton, and one very proud squirrel. Go Fark!
Fortean Times &#8212; The Journal of Strange Phenomena Forteantimes.com is the home page of Fortean Times Magazine. Founded in 1973, Fortean Times is a journal dedicated to skeptical enquiry. It does not confine itself to scientific explanation, nor does it uncritically accept the bizarre. Rather, it explores the shadowy hinterlands of reality, and reports accurately on what it finds there.
Fresh Salmon Pillow New Bookmark  Wow... Just... wow.
Googlism Nothing this stupid should be this much fun. Googlism will tell you exactly what Google thinks of you, your friends, your cat, your boss... Enter a search phrase, get an opinion. Oddly addictive, really.
I-Mockery New Bookmark  Where do I even begin? Well, there are forums here, and wild adventures, and zombies, and comic strips, and a guy called Protoclown, and some games, and editorials and... and... Really. Just go check it out.
Lawpsised "Legal News with an Attitude." Sean Carter, author of If It Does Not Fit, Must You Acquit?, brings you the latest in bizarre legal news, surveys, and commentary. He also offers contests, like the Fantasy Supreme Court League, and the Black Man's Law Dictionary. Fun for lawyers, and for human beings, too.
Mike the Headless Chicken In 1945, a young rooster by the name of Mike was beheaded in Fruita, Colorado. The stubborn chicken, however, refused to die. The axe had removed his head, but left so much of his brainstem intact that he continued to function as a normal, albeit headless, chicken. For a year and a half, Miracle Mike toured the country. He was written up in Time and Life magazine, and insured for $10,000. Unfortunately, he choked to death one night in Arizona. Death would not be cheated any longer. But the town of Fruita remembers Mike, and every year they celebrate him with a parade and a chicken dance.

(Thanks to Peter Parker for the link!)

Mikl Em A brilliant madman who is (at least partially) responsible for some of the best San Francisco has to offer. And that's saying something. First Frickin' Fridays, the Tentacle Sessions, DadaFest, humor, theatre, politics... He's got his greasy fingers into everything, and everything he touches touches him back. How many of you can say that?
nEO-sURREALIST sYSTEMS y own adorable, maniacal, occasionally comprehensible housemates. Performing annually at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and nightly in our own back yard, the nEO-sURREALISTS have incited creativity, madness and even lust from the cornfields of Illinois to the smoggy hinterlands of California.
News of the Weird The original. Chuck Shepherd writes a syndicated column that appears in hundreds of newspapers around the world. His news is updated regularly; other portions of the site are not. Most of his books have unfortunately gone out of print, but they're still available from Alibris icon.
Pushin' Daisies Need a dozen dead roses in a coffin-shaped box? How about a set of beautifully crafted, coffin-shaped cufflinks? A Jazz Funeral CD? Pushin' Daisies is a "Mortuary Novelty Shop" created by a New Jersey mortician. She sells everything from gruesome office supplies to morbid miniatures, and tops it all off with funereal chocolate candies. "Take a look at the lighter side of the dark side of life..." Secure ordering, quick shipping, and all major credit cards accepted.
San Francisco Fringe Festival I'll be there. We'll be there. They'll be there. And so will he. Wouldn't you like to be there with us too? We're all coming together for nearly two weeks of uncurated, uncensored, uninhibited theatrical insanity, in and around the very heart of San Francisco. If you can't be there, too, at least check out the list of other Fringes around the globe — there's bound to be one in your neighborhood. Or at least in a neighborhood you'd like to call your own
The Alternative Dictionaries Have you ever wondered how to say "I'm going to kill you" in Japanese? Call someone a fool in Scots? Have you ever wanted to say something so offensive, you couldn't do it in your native language? The Alternative Dictionaries have got you covered. And if you already know how to curse your computer in French, all the better.

Need we point out that this site contains adult language?

The Daily Bleed "A Calendar Better Than Boiled Coffee!" Produced by the anarchists, leftists and radicals at Recollection Books, the Bleed is an amazing catalogue of odd facts, disturbing news, important dates, and thought-provoking quotations. Highly recommended.
The Darwin Awards Another site dedicated to strange truth. The Darwin Awards are granted each year to the people who have done the most good for the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool. Some of the stories here are very nearly unbelievable, but they are carefully screened for truth. The awards are also published periodically: Collectionsare available from Amazon.
The Dullest Blog in the World The online journal of a British gentleman whose daily activities include washing the dishes, watching the television, and walking to his appointments. Dull? Not at all.
The Fall and Rise of the Rising Fallen A New York Punk band forever on the verge of making it big. These guys rocked my world (and at all my cornflakes) in Memphis. This next show might just be the one!
The Museum of Unnatural Mystery An online museum dedicated to scientific consideration of such fringe topics as fantastic beasts, alien archaeology, missing explorers, and the 10th planet in our solar system. The UnMuseum is a great reference site for all things Odd.
The Onion The mother of all satirical news sites. NB: Not all of The Onion's content is suitable for all viewers. Some of it is barely suitable for any viewer. And no one without a sense of humor should even bother.

The nice folks at The Onion have also been kind enough to publish their accumulated wisdom.

The Smoking Gun Chances are, you've never filed a Freedom of Information Act request, or gone through public court documents looking for information on a famous case. You probably never will. And thanks to William Bastone, you'll never have to. The Smoking Gun archives documents ranging from handwritten letters from Kenneth Lay to George Dubya Bush to FBI files regarding a pornographic film starring Marilyn Monroe. This is the truth behind the news. Many of these documents are also available in book form.
The Straight Dope Cecil Adams knows a bit about everything, and he'll gladly answer almost any question you care to ask. The archive is updated daily, and packed with odd bits of knowledge. Compendia (that's the plural of compendium) of his columns are available from Amazon.
Urban Legends Reference Pages The great-grandaddy of Urban Legends reference pages. What's real, what's ridulous, and occasionally, what's possible but unconfirmed. News of the Odd uses this site as a cross-check for its own news.
Weekly World News The supermarket tabloid is now online! Play Find the Batboy! Ogle the Page 5 Girl! Ask yourself, "Is any of this for real?" Or subscribe, and have the "stories other newspapers are afraid to touch" delivered to your door!
Wingmakers Not exactly news, but definitely odd. Wingmakers.com claims to be the repository of knowledge for the Wingmakers — an ancient alien race, who came to Earth millenia ago and formed the foundation for humanity's Creation myths. One of these beings is living among us now, translating the documents his people left behind to educate us, and psychically feeding high-level technology to our scientists.
 
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Alf's Balloons: Corkscrews, Balloons and Travel Or, The Corkscrew Balloon. Or, Travels with Alf. Skip the Flash intro, if you must, by entering the home page directly. Alf Erickson travels all over the world, collecting corkscrews, visiting strange museums, and attending ballooning events. He keeps journals of his voyages, weaving "today in history" entries through the accounts of his travels, and illustrating his site with photos taken by his daughter, Annie. Fascinating, intimate, and most of all, odd.
April Winchell April Winchell is a voiceover actress, co-founder of Radio Savant Productions, and collector of some of the strangest audio clips you've ever heard. Don't miss "Premature Ejaculation!" Or Pat Boone singing "Stairway to Heaven."
Banana, Bag and Bodice Blending the poetry of nightmare with the weird sticky bits that cling to the bottom of the drain, the incomparable Jessica Jelliffe, the exquisite Jason Craig and the indispensible Others have created such masterpieces as The Bastard Chronicles, Number 2, Gulag Ha-Ha, and Sandwich. Shocking, thought-provoking, delightfully bizarre, and always, always mouth-watering. And, they've started a band!
Butt-Print Art Stan Murmur is famous. No, really. He's even been written up in the Weekly World News! And for nothing more than using his own natural assets to create floral and woodland scenes in acrylics. It's not just his butt that he uses — his "Cattails," particularly, had to involve some other body parts. Much of Stan's work is for sale: his unhealthy addiction to air-cooled Volkswagens has to be expensive.

(Thanks to Sarah for the link!)

Note: While updating my bookmarks, I came across an article at The Poop Report indicating that Stan Murmur has been fired — yes, fired — from his job as a high school art teacher for his butt-print art, all of which has been created under a pseudonym, and none of which ever made its way into the classroom. News of the Odd is outraged. The Poop Report is outraged. Stan Murmur is outraged. Because this, I must say, is outrageous.

Mikl Em A brilliant madman who is (at least partially) responsible for some of the best San Francisco has to offer. And that's saying something. First Frickin' Fridays, the Tentacle Sessions, DadaFest, humor, theatre, politics... He's got his greasy fingers into everything, and everything he touches touches him back. How many of you can say that?
nEO-sURREALIST sYSTEMS y own adorable, maniacal, occasionally comprehensible housemates. Performing annually at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and nightly in our own back yard, the nEO-sURREALISTS have incited creativity, madness and even lust from the cornfields of Illinois to the smoggy hinterlands of California.
San Francisco Fringe Festival I'll be there. We'll be there. They'll be there. And so will he. Wouldn't you like to be there with us too? We're all coming together for nearly two weeks of uncurated, uncensored, uninhibited theatrical insanity, in and around the very heart of San Francisco. If you can't be there, too, at least check out the list of other Fringes around the globe — there's bound to be one in your neighborhood. Or at least in a neighborhood you'd like to call your own
The Fall and Rise of the Rising Fallen A New York Punk band forever on the verge of making it big. These guys rocked my world (and at all my cornflakes) in Memphis. This next show might just be the one!
 
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Alf's Balloons: Corkscrews, Balloons and Travel Or, The Corkscrew Balloon. Or, Travels with Alf. Skip the Flash intro, if you must, by entering the home page directly. Alf Erickson travels all over the world, collecting corkscrews, visiting strange museums, and attending ballooning events. He keeps journals of his voyages, weaving "today in history" entries through the accounts of his travels, and illustrating his site with photos taken by his daughter, Annie. Fascinating, intimate, and most of all, odd.
Anomalies Unlimited Death. Trivia. Death trivia. Britney's breasts. Michael's face. There's enough here to make even my head spin.
April Winchell April Winchell is a voiceover actress, co-founder of Radio Savant Productions, and collector of some of the strangest audio clips you've ever heard. Don't miss "Premature Ejaculation!" Or Pat Boone singing "Stairway to Heaven."
Asylum Eclectica Morbid facts, strange maladies, original photography, truly odd stories from old newspapers, and much, much more. Not for the weak of heart (or stomach), but definitely worth a visit.
Banana, Bag and Bodice Blending the poetry of nightmare with the weird sticky bits that cling to the bottom of the drain, the incomparable Jessica Jelliffe, the exquisite Jason Craig and the indispensible Others have created such masterpieces as The Bastard Chronicles, Number 2, Gulag Ha-Ha, and Sandwich. Shocking, thought-provoking, delightfully bizarre, and always, always mouth-watering. And, they've started a band!
Bizarre! Free weekly newletters on topics ranging from weird news to dirty jokes and insults. My own favorite feature is the Bizarre Photo of the Week.
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