Category Archives: Humor

German Traffic Camera Catches Speeding Pigeon

It’s outrageous that certain birds get away with so much speeding in human cities, isn’t it? In this example, a pigeon is caught on camera at 45 km/h (kilometers per hour) which for those of us reading in the US, is 27.96 miles per hour.

A speed camera on a road in a German city captured a photo identifying an unusual speeder — a pigeon.

The town of Bocholt, located on the border with the Netherlands, shared a photo that quickly went viral on social media showing the pigeon flying nearly 10 mph over the speed limit on the road.

Read more: UPI

We assume the bird can’t read the posted speed limits, but note that it might be able to learn that skill. There was this strange article in 2016:

Pigeons Can Read — Sort of, Study Finds. The pigeons were trained to distinguish real words from gibberish. Pigeons may be sometimes likened to “flying rats,” but these birds are no dummies, according to a new study. Scientists recently taught pigeons to read — kind of. Sep 20, 2016

Read more LiveSci

For now, all speeding animals are given the German “Shpeedencritteryahfine” approval, which translates to “animal pass to surpass and go fast.”

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MIT Dome Now Captain America Shield + Avengers Endgame Movie Review

Tonight I saw the latest Avengers movie. There were a lot of tie-ins to things in my life that felt personal and a really great moment, the highlight for me, was hearing my uncle’s band, Steppenwolf doing one of their songs Hey Lawdy Mama, briefly in one scene.

Endgame recently broke its own box office record set by Infinity War by taking in $1.24 billion worldwide during the opening weekend.

As a tribute to the Marvel Studio success, students at MIT decorated their Great Dome in the style of the iconic shield of Captain America.

A group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology students paid tribute to the latest Avengers film by turning the school’s Great Dome into Captain America’s shield.

The evolution of Captain America over the last nine years is interesting. This is from Reddit:

He’s a great character.

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to do his part and join America’s armed forces, but the military rejects him because of his small stature. Finally, Steve gets his chance when he is accepted into an experimental program that turns him into a supersoldier called Captain America. 

Via IMDB

He first appeared in March 1941. The point of his existence then was to get Americans, who were not yet involved in World War II, to fight against the Nazis, to fight against fascism, to fight for freedom. Here he is in the very first comic, giving Hitler a good smack.

The strongest enemy of Captain America may be himself.

He fought an imposter of himself at one point, a great metaphor.

Avengers Endgame was a great movie, lots of action and story as well. It’s amazing and strange to me that the storyline flows so well with so many characters interwoven, so many heroes in the game at once.

I must have blinked at one point because I didn’t understand how an infinity stone taken by Loki was recovered from him. Was that scene missing?

Anyway, if you’ve enjoyed any of the Marvel films, go see this one.

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Realistic Car Made Entirely of Snow Gets Parking Ticket

You might enjoy this: A man in Canada made a snow Toyota Supra (some say a snow Delorean DMC-12) so realistic that it got a parking ticket. The snow car was built in a no-parking zone so after having a good laugh, local police gave him a fake ticket. The car was reportedly plowed away by sanitation workers the next day. Video:

A friend of mine once built a snow T-rex and using some green liquid managed to turn it green. As I recall he got in some trouble for that part. His wasn’t quite as big as this one below by Brian Brace, but close:

If you have snow, have some fun.

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Fog Turns Stadium into UFO (Photo)

Here is a great not-a-ufo photo from Reddit. It looks like something from the movie District 9 to me. True strange mothership stadiums of the planet earth.

Here is the likely source. Credit to the photographer, Alexander Lubyanchenko.

Per here:

The [Krestovsky] stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup. Initially, was planned to be completed by December 2008…As of May 2017, the stadium was 518% late and 548% over budget…At a cost of $1.1 billion at current exchange rates, it is considered one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.

Gazprom Arena

 (Russian: Газпром Арена) is a retractable roof stadium in the western portion of Krestovsky Islandin Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

Via Wikipedia

Here it is minus the fog:

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Barber Misunderstanding Results in “Pause” Haircut

A man in China supposedly showed a barber a paused video of a haircut he wanted. The barber asked if he really wanted the triangles and the man said yes. Both men misunderstanding lead to the “play” button in the paused video being cut into the man’s hair by the barber. Great stuff. I can’t confirm this strange story as true as I only speak and read English, but even so, the haircut idea funny enough that it gets a strange news award.

Recently, one Chinese guy saw a clip of a nice haircut on the internet. He paused the video and showed it to a barber who then proceeded to give a very accurate recreation.

So accurate, in fact, that it included the play button from the video being shaved into either side of the guy’s head. On Weibo, a friend explained that the barber had asked the guy if he really wanted the triangles. Not understanding the question, he had replied in the affirmative.

via Shanghiist

That play button is everywhere these days.

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Quick Laughs: November ‘18 Edition

Quick Laughs is a new feature on TrueStrange.com, our editor’s picks for quick cheesey humor. Do you know what kinds of things make you laugh? It is worth considering. This site’s favorite comedians are the Steven Wright variety, stuff that makes you see the world in a new way, jokes of perspective. Here are a few examples from the late Mitch Hedberg (more):

“I walked by a record store, the sign out front said they specialize in hard to find records and tapes… nothing was alphabetized!”-

One time a guy handed me a picture, he said “Here’s a picture of me when I was younger.” Every picture of you is when you were younger. –

“I would imagine if you could understand morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.”

Here are some visual new perspective laughs. Who gets confused about santa, satan and the band Santana, for example?

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If you enjoyed this post, bookmark TrueStrange.com and check back for the December 2018 Quick Laughs.

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Bus Costume Fails to Cross “No Pedestrians” Bridge in Russia

A surprised witness filmed and posted to YouTube a video (below) of four people trying to walk across the Zolotoy Bridge in Vladivostok while wearing a cardboard bus costume.

The video shows police stop the group and make them turn around.

“Why are they being chased away? It’s beautiful, it’s art! Why don’t they understand it?” a woman’s voice says in the video.

The Zolotoy Bridge, which is just over a mile long, opened in 2012, but pedestrians were banned from the span in 2015 when inspectors determined the walkways were too narrow to meet regulations.

Via UPI

https://youtu.be/dsR9sDyFNsA

In Russia, does Fred Flintstoning can get your vehicle impounded as it can in Florida?

This Pasco County “arrest” of Fred Flintstone turned out just to be just some goofing around and not actually a case of public unruliness and vehicle siezure for use in the police fleet.


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Japanese Politeness

What if this is a polite universe, a simulation designed to give you, with a random time delay, what you seek as much as possible? In other words, what if this is an iteration of heaven?

“Wouldn’t heaven be a much better place?” You may well ask.

Would it? Run with the idea that you are enjoying a super realistic entertainment vacation in a simulated reality. What would that mean in your life?

In mine, I could be unknowingy creating the strange world news and not just reporting it. Whoa. That’s impossible at first and second glance, of course, but so is my TV License Post / Doctor Who mention coincidence today.

“Keep perspective,” says the voice of reason.

Well, the idea is reasonable in a way. If “I” am a simulated being, then the simulator could also easily be the creator of all I experience.

In a lucid dream, if you get too caught up in the dream scene, you will forget you are dreaming.

You can influence the backdrop of the dream world, but not all that much. It’s not like you plan out a scene, write the script, design the props and characters and then push play, right? Not consciously. The details are just there already, a detailed virtual world, and you interact with it, or just observe.

Eliminate the obvious and whatever is left, no matter how unlikely, is the truth.

I’m awake. I know because I can look at something for more than six seconds and it does not morph into something else as happens in dreams.

Awake in what?

Now some built-in protection (in my brain or in the simulation) gets activated… I’m suddenly very tired. I can’t think about any of this anymore. I feel the whole thread slipping away. I doze off for a second. What was I talking about? Nothing important.

I should delete this post. No one needs it. I’ve aleady posted today. It isn’t interesting. Okay, I will … but if my finger slips and hits “Publish Now” instead, is it evidence that I have free will?

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Aptonyms: Names That Fit

You might like this. An aptonym, aptronym, or euonym is a personal name aptly or peculiarly suited to its owner. Below are some great apropos matings of a person’s name and occupation. First, dentists, perhaps the profession with the most aptonyms, or at least with the most interesting ones.

These are actual names of practicing dentists (or were when the list was compiled).

Dr. Dent, Dr. Pullman, Dr De Kay Dr. Filler, Dr. Fear, Dr. Rensch (pronounced wrench), Dr. Pick, Dr. Tusk, Dr. Drewel (pronounced “drool”), Dr. Tucek (2thChk), Dr. Chu, Dr. Shugar, Dr.P ic, Dr Les Plack, Dr. Fang, Dr. Butcher, Dr. Harm, Dr. Hurter, Dr. Toothaker, Dr. Lynch, Dr. Root, Dr. Nasti, Dr. Paine/Payne/Pain (15 entries but notably Dr.Daryl B Payne = “There Will Be Pain”), Dr. Smiley, Dr. Schotz, Dr. Hale (pronounced “hell” in southern), Dr. Bliss, Dr. Lancit, Dr. Gager, Dr. Eke, Dr. J.A.W, Dr. Spits, Dr. Mollar, Dr. Swallow, Dr. Yankum, Dr. Toothman, Dr. Screech, Dr. Phil Ing, Dr. Watamaniuk, Dr. McCavity.

Most via StudentDoctor

Here is an assortment from various sources:

  • Jules Angst, German professor of psychiatry, who has published works about anxiety
  • Michael Ball, football player
  • Joseph C. Babey is a pediatrician.
  • Colin Bass, British bassist in the rock band Camel
  • Dr. Batty and Dr. Nutter, both Psychiatrists.
  • Erica Berthalot is a Labor & Delivery nurse at Southwest Mississippi Regional Hospital in McComb, Mississippi.
  • David Bird is an Ornithologist.
  • Sara Blizzard, meteorologist (television weather presenter) for the BBC
  • Rosalind Brewer, executive at Starbucks and a former director at Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Peter Burns is former CEO of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
  • Dr. Charles Butts was the spokesman for Smoke-FreeNova Scotia, a clean air and anti-smoking lobby.
  • Mrs. Heather Carb, is a bakery manager near Philadelphia.
  • Trent Courage and his brother are co-organizers of the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim.
  • Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
  • Thomas Crapper, sanitary engineer
  • John Death was the official spokeperson for the Australian Civil Aviation Authority, the agency which investigates plane crashes.
  • Professor William F. Dolphin of Boston University is a researcher in animal bioacoustics, especially marine mammal sonar
  • Josh Earnest, the third press secretary for the Obama Administration (Stephen Colbert observed, “What a name for a press secretary. Josh Earnest. His name literally means, ‘Just kidding, but seriously.’)
  • Amy Freeze, American meteorologist
  • Severin Hacker, Swiss computer scientist, co-founder of Duolingo.
  • Nita House is a Real estate agent.
  • Igor Judge, English judge and Lord Chief Justice
  • Cara Joy: Organizer for OneTaste Burlington’s Orgasmic Meditation group.
  • Don Featherstone: Inventor of the plastic pink flamingo, who died in June at the age of 79.
  • David Mason, a master stone wall builder in Starksboro.
  • Chris Moneymaker, American poker player and 2003 World Series of Poker champion
  • Sol Price, Founder of the wholesale-price Costco chain
  • Frederick Page-Turner was a writer in 1890.
  • Francine Prose, American novelist
  • Don Popadick, the 62-year-old Canadian man arrested for repeatedly flashing visitors in Mooney’s Bay Park in Ottawa.
  • Douglas H. Ring, One of the Bell Labs engineers that invented the cell phone.
  • Marilyn vos Savant, American columnist who has been cited for having the world’s highest recorded IQ
  • Raymond Strike is a Union Leader.
  • Donald Trump, American businessman and politician whose name Slate called an aptronym because “When Trump resorts to name-calling, holds raucous rallies that draw audiences in the thousands, and employs media savvy that makes him the subject of every conversation, he is playing the trump card.”
  • Anthony Weiner, American politician involved in sexting scandals.
  • William Wordsworth, English poet and advocate for the extension of British copyright law
  • Rev. Jamyi Witch: Wiccan chaplain at the maximum-security Waupun Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisc.

If you enjoy these, there are scores more at the Aptonyms Wiki.

Do people follow their names into their professions? It seems quite possible. There is an old Roman expression: Name is destiny.

“Some scientific researchers contend that there are disproportionately large numbers of dentists named Dennis and lawyers named Lauren, that it’s not purely an accident that Dr. Douglas Hart of Scarsdale, N.Y., chose cardiology or that the Greathouse family of West Virginia runs a real-estate firm. To some degree, this has always been true: The Romans had the expression nomen est omen, or ‘name is destiny.’

Leave a comment if you’ve heard a great aptonym.

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