Wednesday, January 31, 2007

More Long Forgotten Laws being Used.

Some of you might remember a few years ago in Michigan a long forgotten law, making it illegal to curse or swear in front of women and children, was actually used in a trial. And the judge ruled that it was still illegal to curse in front of children, but not illegal to do so in front of women. Now another old law is going threw the court system. And as it stands now any one having an affair can be charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is a felony with a sentence of up to life in prison. Now from what we can gather this law is being used not by an upset prosecutor with a cheating spouse, but to bust up a drug/sex ring. Although we can’t say for sure as we heard about it on the Colbert Report last night, and we went to their source the Detroit Free Press but they charge $2.95 just to read the full article, which is insane, (and just another reason to not buy their union crushing paper.) so we only have the first paragraph. (And we’re too lazy to try all the other papers for it.) But, we think this is a great idea for the average couple too. Why should to poor cheated on spouse have to go threw a long drawn out divorce, spending all their money on lawyers when they can send the jerk to jail where they will never have to see them again and keep everything. And then if later they want to divorce they can just sell off all their soon to be ex’s favorite things so that they can use it for child support later. Of course, this law will still most likely only be used in the most extreme cases, because think of what the strain it would be on an already overfull jail system, but imagine all the ways it can now be used to make jerks suffer. (“If you don’t leave her, I’m calling the cops.” or “If you don’t give me the house in the divorce I going to bring up the emails I have of your’s from Raul.”) Yahhh!!!! Blackmail!!! -T

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Question of the Day:

This year taxes are due on April 17th because the 15th is a Sunday and the 16th is this holiday celebrated in Washington DC.

Bonus Question: It’s time to here your thoughts on something. Which group got the worst placement of their histories month: African American’s whose month is February, the shortest month of the year by 2 days, or Hispanic’s whose month isn’t even a month its Sept 15th to Oct 15th?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: They are all currently recurring characters being played by Jean-Paul Manoux. (Curtis- Phil of the Future, Mr. Hackett- Phil of the Future, Dr. Dustin Crenshaw-ER, voice of Kuzco- The Emperor’s New School, And the green grapes- Fruit of the Loom ads.)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Question of the Day:

What do a caveman, a suspicious vice principal, an unlikable surgeon, a cartoon teenage emperor, and an underwear selling bunch of grapes have in common?

Bonus Question: It’s time to here your thoughts on something. Which group got the worst placement of their histories month: African American’s whose month is February, the shortest month of the year by 2 days, or Hispanic’s whose month isn’t even a month its Sept 15th to Oct 15th?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: coconut husks (2 ply for added scratchiness.)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Things for sale on E-bay right now.

~ set of 3 glass eyes made in Germany
~ a 1st edition book on Siam written in 1923
~ 8 foot diameter helium balloon with your company’s logo added for free
~Un-cut proof of Marilyn Monroe trading cards
~Brennan family Coat of Arms

Question of the Day:

Hawaiians once used this native plant part for toilet paper.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: 50% (by volume)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Question of the Day:

Up to how much of your store bought ice cream can be air?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Up to 6 tons

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Question of the Day:

How much meat can an adult tiger eat in one year?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: By the gender of the writer.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Question of the Day:

In the 1800’s in what unusual way did people divide their books?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Up to a gallon and a half.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Rise of Manatee’s Mating Rituals in Popular Culture

Over the last decade the manatee has gone from an endangered species that few people cared about to the new “it” creature to watch mate for “educational” purposes. As far as we can tell this started out innocently enough, but is one quick move switched form the National Geographic to Playboy channel.
The 1st instance of manatees in pop culture we found was the song “Endangered Love” from 2000. This song is most obviously a recording about the complexity of manatees mating rituals. The female appond finding a seemingly suitable mate asked him to go to a formal mating ritual occasion, “the ball”. The male in order to verify the female’s mateablity demands that she first showcase a complex skill, speaking French. After the female showcases this skill she reiterates the request to go to the ball. It is at this point that the male will either move forward or inform the female of his unsuitability as a mate. In this case the male was an unsuitable mate, due to the fact that he was unable to properly perform a mating dance, or dance at all. If this was the only case of manatees in the popular culture we would assume that this was just another case of a song being light years ahead of society on a whole, much like the song on the music preferences of the duck. Which, sadly many feel caused the death of ducks favorite musical style.
But, reasontly a manatee was performing a mating dance on a late night TV show. This lead to the creation of the web site which we have from a good source contains information on manatees and sex. And lots of manatee sex pictures. And the dancing manatee has become a recurring guest on the show. Also we had heard that the network Logo has started a podcast on manatees. Although given the network we assume that it is meant to be about gay manatee’s, given that manatees all look and sound almost exactly the same we think that the manatees are just nearsighted.-BS

Question of the Day:

How much water can an elephants hold in their trunks’?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: No, as a mythomaniac is some one who constantly lies, so if your not one you would answer no, and if you were one you would answer no.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Question of the Day:

What is the only logic answer to “are you a mythomaniac?”

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Bowling, we guess that is why we’ve never seen a pagan bowling league.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

More Weird Things Our Cat Does

Our cat is obsessed with opening doors. Especially at around 5 in the morning. I have no idea how an animal that randomly sleeps threw out the day and never goes outside can have a better since of time them most people, but all cats seam to have that ability. Any way every day at 5 a.m. he seams to think he must open every door he can. Especially the door to the room his food is usually in. Even if the food is not in there. (Say it’s like right next to his dish where if all he wanted was food he could just tip it over and eat.) Now some doors are easy to open because they aren’t latched and only need to be pushed or use a paw under the door to pull it. But, the food door is different. It is latched shut. So what does the cat do? He reaches up and tries to turn the handle. This would be incredible cute if he wasn’t doing it at 5 in the morning, but that is the one time in the day he has decided to work on this skill. We’ll let you know when he masters it. (And you know as a cat he’ll get it one day.)

Question of the Day:

This modern game is descended from the German game called heidenwerfen, which translated into English is “strike down the heathens”.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: No other English word rhymes with either word.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The most shoplifted thing in America

We are Weird News BNI have just read an article that we feel we must share. It is on the most shoplifted items in America. Guess what it is. . . It’s meat!! Who would have though of that. Its cold and messy. Anyway here is a link to the whole story.

Question of the Day:

What do the words orange and purple have in common besides both being colors and the letters R and E?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Leonardo da Vinci, one of Weird News B.N.I.’s Guys Who Invented Everything. (Along with Edison and Franklin.)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

More Weird Things Our Cat Does

In a pre-on line edition of Weird News BNI we shared the top weird places our cat likes to sleep. As cats are weird we thought we would comment on other weird things he does, as some of our readers feel that we do not spend enough time on the weird or newsness of our title even though we pointed out that the title in no way really related to the content. Anyway, our cat likes to jump up in the window of the bedroom and lick the mini blinds. One would think that he is trying to dust using only his tongue. And this is not a quiet thing. He likes to do this only while we are in the room resting. And he can not easily be persuaded to stop. It is as if the blinds are made of tuna.
Does your pet do weird things, if so please tell us about it. Because, it can’t just be this one cat that’s weird, can it?

Question of the Day:

This famed inventor invented scissors.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Chicago

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Question of the Day:

Which city’s average temp in winter is colder; Chicago, USA or Reykjavik, Iceland?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Michael Jackson

Friday, January 19, 2007

Valentine’s Day

Hey Guys!!! It’s only 27 days to Valentine’s Day. It’s time to think about what to get for it now. May we suggest candy and candles? They are romantic and useful gifts. Plus, unlike flowers their price doesn’t increase 500% in February and you can buy them early saving you the problem of forgetting about it.

An Actual Report of a Book – Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader

Uncle John’s Slightly Irregular Bathroom Reader By: the Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Humor, Refernce, History, & Trivia 522 pages, 6th grade reading level copyright 2004

OK, if you ever read a bathroom reader before you know its not one big long story. It’s a bunch of little bits of information ranging in size from 1 sentence to 5-6 pages. So, we cann’t really do a normal book report on it. But, we just wanted to let you know, this one has lots of fun facts in it. And like the last few days it contains the answer to today’s question of the day. It also will most likely contain the answer to more questions of the day too, as it is full of fun facts.

Question of the Day:

What famous pop star wrote the early Simpson’s hit “Do the Bartman”?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Early base ball stadiums were made so that the infield box seats would be shaded during games (to cool the fans that paid the most.) Because of this the pitcher’s left hand was on the south side of him.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

An Actual Report of a Book – Milton’s Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella

Milton’s Teeth and Ovid’s Umbrella BY: Michael Olmert
Non-Fiction, History 256 pages 9th grade reading level, copyright 1996

This book is worth reading for its chapter on how the Wild West mirrored Medieval England and Spain alone. It also has interesting information on many everyday things, and how they shaped history. That being said, there is one thing we dislike about the book. Reading it one would think that it was written decades ago. It references “common” childhood games that we have never heard of, and talks of local customs around the country still in practice, that may be done by a handful of people in remote areas, but most people again most likely have never heard of. But, reading the book will give you the answer to today’s question of the day.

Question of the Day:

Why are lefties called southpaws in baseball?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: The Magnus Force, which deals with how airflow affects air pressure on things like turning balls and curved wings.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

An Actual Report of a Book – How Do They Do That?

How Do They Do That? by: Michael Powell
Non-fiction, reference, 143 pages, 8th grade reading level, copyright 2005

This book explains how various famous people do, or did the things that made them famous. Some people in the book include: Einstein, Bruce Lee, Picasso, Dan Marino, Stephen King, Tony Hawk, Matt Groening, the Dalai Lama, & Julia Child. This book is not meant to make you a great sports star or genius in and field. But it does help to explain how they became ones, and some of the information can help you too. Also reading the book will give you the answer to today’s question.

Question of the Day:

This Force lets you fly an airplane, throw a curve ball or bend it like Beckham.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question:1956, and it was huge, about as big as a piano!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

An Actual Report of a Book – The Stupidest Angel

The Stupidest Angel BY: Christopher Moore
Fiction, humor 275 pages 10th grade reading level, copyright 2004

1st this book is currently $2 at our Barnes & Noble for a hardcover edition, so we couldn’t help but get it. Also as the book itself warns it has “cuss words as well as tasteful depictions of cannibalism and people in their forties having sex.” But, as it is tasteful we didn’t label it as adult content as you can get away with a lot normally gross or smutty junk if it’s tastefully done.
That being said the story is of a small California town around Christmas and a Christmas miracle being preformed by an angel who we can only describe as the Terminator, but mentally challenged. He is only one of the many characters that make this book so funny. Others include: Roberto, a Ray-Ban wearing fruit bat; Kendra, Warrior Babe of the Outland; a dead Santa Claus; a group of lab rats with electrodes on their testes; the Narrator, a voice in another character’s head; a pot smoking cop; and a cemetery full of Ikea lovers. We would explain more of the story, but from the list of some of its characters you can probably guess that it is just one of those books you have to read, because it needs more then a few paragraphs to explain it.

Question of the Day:

What year was the 1st VCR made in?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Bunbury, after Sir Charles Bunbury

Monday, January 15, 2007

An Actual Report of a Book – Sleeping with the Fishes

Sleeping with the Fishes by: Mary Janice Davidson
Fiction, paranormal romance, mystery 284 pages, Adult reading, copyright 2006
1st we have to say this is not our normal reading material. We usually do not like romance novels. We picked it out for a friend’s present only to find out that they had bought it themselves. To see their review of it click here. But, the story intrigued us enough that we wanted to read it. It is the story of a ½ mermaid person with green hair. Who suddenly finds herself with 2 love interests; one human, one merman (but, don’t call him that) and one mystery both men want to solve. It has lots of humor in it and a fast paced storyline. And after reading it we hope a sequel.

Question of the Day:

Horse races called Derbies are named after the co-founder of the 1st derby, Edward Smith Stanley the earl of Derby who won a coin toss for naming rights to the race, if he lost they would have been called this. . .

Answer to Yesterday’s Question:120 MPH

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Coming up

With the holidays we at Weird News B.N.I. have had many books that we red, and would like to share, but didn’t. So coming up in the next few days will be a number of different books, great for curling up with in the cold days of January. We hope you enjoy.

Question of the Day:

What on average is the terminal velocity of an adult human?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: the orchid.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Get Organized Tips

~Find a place for everything in your home.
~Make list of what you need to do each day/week/month.
~Create a schedule.

And yes we know we didn't post on the day we were going to talk about being organized, but we were organized. The post was written we just didn't feel great after being at the dentist for 2 1/2 hours.

Question of the Day:

This plant makes bees drunk.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: (OK Thursday’s one) 68 F


We are sorry that we didn't post yesterday. It was a very busy day.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Help Others Tips

~Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, food bank, animal shelter or other organization.
~Join a group like Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
~Give to your favorite charity.
~ Visit sick or elderly relatives bringing them food or helping run errands.

Question of the Day:

Your instructions say to keep at room temperature, what really is considered room temp?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Die, Also many people’s eyes lighten as they age, and some darken.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Learn Something New Tips

~Take a class at a nearby community college.
~Find a class at a community center, or through the local school system.
~Pick up a book at the library or book store.
~Watch an educational TV show.
~surf the internet.

Question of the Day:

Always wanted green eyes? Your eyes will most likely turn greenish-brown if you do this.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Around 5000 years, it was started in China.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Get Out of Debt Tips

~Pay off your credit cards, starting with the ones with the highest interest rates.
~Set a budget, and stick with it. Make sure it includes expenses that don’t happen every month like car registration and Christmas presents.
~Pay bills on time to prevent penalties.

Question of the Day:

Beauty may only be skin deep, but its ages old, how long have people been painting fingernails?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Billy the Kid

Monday, January 08, 2007

Quit Drinking Tips

~See #2 &3 under Quit Smoking Tips
~If you are quitting because you have a drinking problem join AA.
~Throw out all the alcohol in your house.

Question of the Day:

This legendary criminal started his career with stealing butter.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Non-dairy creamer, and no we have no idea how people learned this, and we didn’t test this.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Enjoy Life More Tips

~Make time for activities you like.
~Try new things (hobbies, foods, movies, music, whatever you enjoy.)

Question of the Day:

The votes are in and the winner is. . . . More questions of the day!!

Here's the 1st one: Be carefull where you drink your coffee because this item ofter used in coffee is flammable.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: Jan 6th.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Quit Smoking Tips

~Find out what way of quitting will be best for you, talk with your doctor and look up information on the web. (Due to legal battles all cigarette companies have quitting ideas on their web sites; however, we’re not sure it doesn’t contain hidden smoking messages, so be careful.)
~Start a hobby that uses both your hands to keep then busy.
~Change up your daily patterns to avoid things that make you want to smoke as much as possible.

Holiday Question of the Day:

What day is cerebrated as Christmas in Eastern Churches?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: a horse, camel and elephant.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Fun Links

With the New Year starting many groups are putting out there annual list or contest winners. There are a few from Michigan (Our home state) that we thought we would share.

For words that should be banished in 2007 click here

For the 10th Annual Wacky Warning Label Contest click here

Weight lost Tips

~Before you start if you have any health problems you should work with you doctor to set up a diet that’s good for you. Everyone else calls them and let us knows any funny answers, please.
~You will lose weight as long as you eat a couple hundred less calories then your body needs. (Eating way too few calories, make your body think you are starving to death, which is not a good thing.) If the average person ate 1700 calories only in chocolate donuts and beer each day they would lose weight. (They would need to take lots of vitamins too, so they don’t get deficiencies, but they would lose weight) So pick a diet you can stick to, no matter what foods are in it.
~Always put food on a plate or bowl. Eating even a healthy snack out of the container will result in you most likely eating more than you should.
~Allow a time or two of cheating on your diet in a week. Otherwise you are more likely to give up, or binge eats. Just make it a small amount. (A piece of cake, not the cake.)
~Add exercise to your day, to counterbalance your slowing metabolism.

Holiday Question of the Day:

What 3 animals are traditionally thought to have carried the 3 wise men?

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: King Cake, a cake eaten on the Epiphany and in some places threw out Carnival or Marti Gras.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Exercise Tips

~Find an activity you like, keep trying new ones until you find one you enjoy.
~Remember you don’t have to do all you’re working out in a day at one time. A 30 min. workout could be a 10 min. walk on your lunch break, 15 min. of aerobics, and 5 lifting weights.
~Many daily activities can be exercise.
~Start small and add time, number of workouts, or intensity as you go, to prevent hurting yourself.
~ If you have any health problems you should work with your doctor to make sure you have picked a good program for you. Everyone else should call their doctor like all the exercise commercials say, and please, report back on any funny answers you get. (Like you doctor is going to say “No, your healthy, don’t exercise.”?)

Holiday Question of the Day:

Biting into something in this food, will entitle you to be king/queen for a day.

Bonus Question: So far it's 1 for more questions, 0 against. Please, tell us what you think.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: 1607 in Jamestown

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Spending more time with friends and family tips

~Schedule time on your calendar for family and friends the same way you do with work.
~Take a hard look at your family’s schedules are you doing to many unnecessary activities, are there ways you can combine activities so you are spending more time together.
~Plan a set repeating event; for example once a month you will go to dinner with a friend, each month find one friend who can go.
~Remember time spent together doesn’t have to be a big, special event, involve your kids in grocery shopping, invite neighbors over for 15 mins. of talking and coffee.

Holiday Question of the Day:

In what year was the 1st eggnog made in the USA?

Bonus question: After that would you like to see more questions of the day on random topics? Please, send us a comment on it.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: 5, there are 12 days of Christmas, which ends on Jan 6th.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Top 10 resolutions

~Spend more time with friends and family
~ Weight lost
~Quit smoking
~enjoy life more
~quit drinking
~get out of debt
~learn something new
~Help others
~ get organized

We will be giving you a few tips on how to successes at all 10 resolutions in the following days. Today here are some general tips for what ever your’s is.
~Make sure your doing this at least in part for yourself. Sure you may try to quit smoking because it’s bad for you, but unless you care that it’s bad, you won’t stop.
~Break your goal up into small parts. It’s easier to think about losing 10 pounds in the next 3 months then 50 pounds this year.
~If you mess up one day that doesn’t mean you have to stop trying. Some days you won’t get around to your new activities; expect it to happen, especially at first. Remember if you do something for 30 days it has become a habit and you will have an easier time. So, stick out that 1st month.
~Telling others your goal increases you chances of following through on them.

Holiday Question of the Day:

Counting today, if we make a holiday question of the day every day until the end of Christmas how many would that be?

Bonus question: After that would you like to see more questions of the day on random topics? Please, send us a comment on it.

Answer to Yesterday’s Question: The first day of the New Moon after the Vernal Equinox, the start of spring. April Fool’s Day is thought to be started to make fun of the people who didn’t remember that the day had been changed to Jan 1st. (Which happened in 153 BC.)