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The Weird Week in Review

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Police Want Beer Goggles Back

Police in Buffalo Grove, Illinois are missing their beer goggles. The special $150 glasses are designed to simulate the effects of intoxication by changing the wearer's visual perception. The department used them in school demonstrations on the dangers of drunk driving. The goggles went missing from a table at a public event, and the public has been asked to help find them. Police believe they were probably taken by accident.

Mystery Torch Guard Becomes Chinese Sex Symbol

China will not release the names of the squad of guards charged with escorting the Olympic torch on its worldwide journey, so they have been given nicknames in China. "Second Brother on the Right", named for his customary position, has become a sensation among Chinese women, who are charmed by his looks and demeanor, as well as his bravery in the face of trouble during the torch relay in various countries. The nameless young man has received tons of publicity as well as propositions and proposals via internet.

World's Oldest Bouncer Retires

Bob Dudley began working the door at the Irchester (England) Working Men's Club after he retired as a factory manager at age 65. Twenty-five years later, he finally retired from his second career -on his 90th birthday! Dudley was chosen as bouncer because of the mental toughness he showed as a prisoner of war in Germany. He excelled at the job, making sure that anyone entering the club was a member.

"I think it is important to keep working into old age. It keeps you lively and active and stops you from slouching about all over the place. It is really fulfilling."

Grape Auction Brings 100,000 Yen

150grapes.jpgYou think groceries are expensive where you are? In Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, a bunch of grapes sold for 100,000 yen Monday, or $920. The bunch has 35 grapes, so each grape cost around $26. The new variety Ruby Roman grapes are the size of ping pong balls and sell for an average of $248 a bunch.

Angler's Ashes Turned Into Fish Food

Peter Hodge of Puriton, Somerset, England was an avid fisherman for 40 years before learning he was dying of terminal motor neurone disease. He requested that after death that his body be turned into fish food! The 61-year old Hodge died last month, and his cremated remains were mixed with 30 pounds of his own recipe for groundbait. His widow and daughter were the first to pitch the fish food into the River Huntspill, at a ceremony to begin a fishing competition among Hodge's friends. Hodge's wife Caroline said,

"He wanted the fish to gobble him up so he could swim up and down the river after his death.

"Everything that he wished for was done right down to the last. It was only right for us to carry out his final wishes."

Truck Buyer Uses $8,000 in Coins

150coins.jpg70-year-old James F. Jones of New Miami, Ohio bought a new truck to replace his 1981 pickup. To pay for it, he brought in 16 coffee cans full of change! It took the staff of the car dealership an hour and a half to count the coins, which came to roughly $8,000, or half the cost of the new Chevy Silverado. Jones wrote a check for the rest of the purchase price. He said he didn't trust paper money because it can burn.

Birmingham, England, Alabama, What's the Difference?

Officials in Birmingham, England used a picture of Birmingham, Alabama by mistake when printing official leaflets on recycling. The headline says "Thank You Birmingham!" over a picture of the Alabama city. The City Council spent £15,000 to print and distribute 720,000 of the leaflets before the error was discovered by a resident who Googled the American city to be sure. There are no plans to reprint the leaflets.

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22 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Different Phones
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Emojis are a great addition to our communication toolbox. Without saying a word, we can talk about people, places, things, and emotions. But different platforms sometimes display the same emoji specification in different ways. An eye roll might come across as petulant or cheerful. A snake might look threatening or adorable. To help you navigate some potentially confusing cross-platform interactions, here are 22 emojis (referred to by their programming code names) that come out with important differences on Apple (iOS 11.1), Google (Android 8), and Samsung (Galaxy S8).


3 different face with rolling eyes emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Way to miss the point.
Google: Ugh. Oh boy. Nice one. NOT!
Samsung: Heh, heh. Neato.


3 different snake emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Beware!
Google: Beware?
Samsung: Aww. Snakey-poo.


Three different nerd face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Nerdy cuteness.
Google: Nerdy excitement!
Samsung: Nerdy astonishment!


Three different cookie emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Mmm. Delicious chocolate chips…
Google: Raisins? Nuts?
Samsung: Uh, thanks for the cookie?


Three different loudly crying face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: River of tears.
Google: Waterfall of tears.
Samsung: Cast adrift on a lake of tears.


Three different ghost emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for a goofy good scare?!
Google: Me scary! (*wink*)
Samsung: (*clears throat*) Um, boo.


Three different couch and lamp emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Midcentury modern pad.
Google: Office waiting room.
Samsung: Haunted Victorian hotel.


Three different chipmunk emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Cute? No. Please allow me my dignity.
Google: Tee hee. Cute!
Samsung: Where did I put those nuts…


Three different octopus emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Oh. You surprised me there.
Google: Boo! I surprise YOU!
Samsung: Hellooooooo, over there.


Three different cat emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Always identified more with the mice, actually.
Google: On the internet, everyone loves a cat!
Samsung: Your texts are tedious.


Three different pizza emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pepperoni.
Google: Pepperoni and olives.
Samsung: Pepperoni, olives, and extra cheese.


Three different man dancing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Disco in the '70s.
Google: Miami Vice in the '80s.
Samsung: Dabbing, whipping, and nae-naeing at the middle school.


Three different old man emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: More like middle-aged.
Google: Old and yet somehow babyish.
Samsung: Very prematurely grey kid.


Three different running shoe emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for the 5K.
Google: Ready for some stickball.
Samsung: Ready for the playground.


Three different detective emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Experienced and ready to assist.
Google: No experience yet, but can’t wait to start!
Samsung: Seen too much.


Three different person surfing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Awesome!
Google: Pretty fun.
Samsung: Whoa. Help.


Three different framed picture emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: For the nursery.
Google: For the den.
Samsung: For the great hall.


Three different drooling face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Sooo delicious…
Google: Sooo incomprehensible…
Samsung: Sooo disturbing…


Three different clapping emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pay attention!
Google: Polite applause.
Samsung: Hushed appreciation.


Three different t-shirt emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Casual Friday at the office.
Google: Saturday at the gym.
Samsung: Sunday on the couch.


Three different person frowning emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Hurt and disappointed.
Google: Crushed and disappointed.
Samsung: Not gonna stand for it anymore.


Three different fearful face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Yikes! Aaack! No way!
Google: Oh dear! Why! I feel sick!
Samsung: Bzzzt! Yoinks!

Check the platform differences for all the emojis at Emojipedia.

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NSW Transport
This Just In
Australians Vote to Name New Sydney Harbor Boat 'Ferry McFerryface'
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NSW Transport

Proving that some jokes never die (or at least take a little longer to reach the Land Down Under), Sydney has a new ferry named Ferry McFerryface, according to BBC News.

For the uninitiated, the name Ferry McFerryface pays homage to an English practical joke from 2016. It all started when the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) made global headlines after launching an online poll to name a nearly $300 million polar research ship. Leading the vote by a significant margin was the moniker “Boaty McBoatface.”

For a short period, it seemed as though jokesters would pull off their naming coup. But once the competition reached its end, government officials ultimately decided to override the poll. They named the research ship RSS Sir David Attenborough instead, although they did agree to give the name Boaty McBoatface to one of its submarines.

Sydney recently held a similar competition to name a fleet of six new harbor ferries, and the results were announced in mid-November. Locals submitted more than 15,000 names, and winning submissions included the names of esteemed Australian doctors, prominent Aboriginal Australians, and—yes—Ferry McFerryface, according to the Associated Press. Boaty McBoatface also came out on top, but it was struck down.

“Given ‘Boaty’ was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” said Andrew Constance, the New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure, in a statement. “Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

[h/t BBC News]


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