This Is True is a weekly newsletter rounding up weird news from around the world, summarized with witty comments by Randy Cassingham. It’s usually funny, sometimes sad, sometimes infuriating — but it always makes you think.
I’ve been a subscriber for years, and highly recommend it. One of the things I like about it is that he makes more effort to verify the stories than the typical “odd news” wire service that simply repeats something printed in a distant newspaper without realizing that it’s the local equivalent of the National Enquirer or Weekly World News. (Did anyone ever actually verify that Wii Fit nymphomaniac story last month? As near as I could tell every single article used the same tabloid as a source.)
Check out today’s sample story for an idea of what to expect.
Cassingham also links to interesting news items on Twitter and on Facebook, though not the same articles
Here’s my theory on LOST’s weird commercials: They figure that anyone still watching the show after this long doesn’t need to be convinced to watch the next episode, just told when it’s on. So they might as well have fun with it.
Car-Parts Predator and Soldier, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Outside an automotive shop. As near as I can tell, the one on the left is supposed to be a Predator with a machine gun grafted to its arm, but the fish-like head gives it a faintly Lovecraftian look.
This Is Not A Door, originally uploaded by Kelson.
Let me guess: Magritte designed this building.
My iPod ran down its charge over the weekend, and I had to plug in the car charger this morning and start over at the beginning of a playlist. I usually leave it on shuffle on a reaaaaaally long list so I get lots of different songs.
It started up with “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Bohemian Polka,” which was a fun, off-kilter start to the week. When it followed up with “Jurassic Park,” I didn’t think much of it. Twofers by artist, and even by album, aren’t that uncommon.
When “Living in the Fridge” started up, I got a little suspicious.
Sure enough, when I stopped the car and checked, shuffle was set to “off.” I figure the playlist must have been sorted by album the last time I synced, with Alapalooza the first on the list.
I’m still not sure whether it switched off shuffle when the battery ran down, or I just had it off before and didn’t notice because the last playlist I was listening to was pre-shuffled. Still, it was — appropriately — weird.