Freak News for Friday 9/16


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Is that you gur­gling or are you just happy to see me? - We’ve all heard of fancy, com­put­er­ized ways to find a mate, but it turns out that some­times it really does come down to a gut feel­ing. The MyMi­crobes web­site matches peo­ple based on the bac­te­ria found in their bel­lies, oper­at­ing on the prin­ci­ple that a shared ten­dency toward intesti­nal woes can lead to long-term togeth­er­ness. After reg­is­ter­ing on the site, mem­bers are shipped a pack­age of infor­ma­tion and a stool-sample kit. They are then asked to ship the sam­ples back to a lab where the DNA is extracted. While not every­one is likely to think the idea is a gas, we’re sure the ser­vice will help some peo­ple make beau­ti­ful … er … music together.

Looks like urine pain - A motor­cy­clist in Illi­nois tried to swerve out of the way when a stain­less steel toi­let came hur­dling at him when it fell off a flatbed truck into his path. He plowed right into it, toss­ing him into mid-air and caus­ing a bro­ken ankle among other injuries.  The trucker was cited with fail­ure to secure his load and is sched­uled to appear in court next month.

Out with the good, in with the bad - An Aus­tralian man who we’ll call Geof­frey – thought he had a steal proof way to hide his fam­i­lies gold col­lec­tion after his GPS nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and keys were recently stolen.  “I had this great idea to split the gold into three rub­bish bags so if the thieves did come in they’re not going to find it,” Geof­frey said.  The valu­able trash bags, how­ever, ended up in the local land­fill last week when the man’s chil­dren cleaned house in antic­i­pa­tion of an upcom­ing move. The Sun­shine Coast Regional Coun­cil said that while it sym­pa­thizes with the family’s loss, search­ing the land­fill, which takes in about 1,400 tons of waste each week, would be next to impossible.

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