Crows in San Francisco Bring Gifts for Food

True Strange News. September 3, 2019. Some crows in San Francisco are bringing gifts for a woman who feeds them. “Melinda Green said she started feeding two families of crows that congregate outside her Marina District apartment about three years ago. Green told KGO-TV she and the crows have “rules established,” where they will watch for her blinds to be open and then come to collect treats from her fire escape landing and windowsill. … the crows started leaving her gifts in exchange for the food (including) portions of a champagne bottle, gummy bears, colorful rocks, bones, nuts and strange … Continue reading Crows in San Francisco Bring Gifts for Food

$5 Billion Fine for Facebook’s Privacy Violations, Wall $$?

Strange News Alert: Facebook is about to be hit with the largest fine ever imposed by the FTC against a tech company, 5 billion dollars, but the strange thing is, this is being called just a “slap on the wrist” for the super wealthy world social media giant. The FTC began probing Facebook in March 2018 following reports that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the data of 87 million Facebook users. … Republican Congressman David Cicilline called the settlement “a slap on the wrist.” “This fine is a fraction of Facebook’s annual revenue,” he said in a … Continue reading $5 Billion Fine for Facebook’s Privacy Violations, Wall $$?

Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

Here’s a strange ongoing problem in Canada. Since February 27, 2015 when Leonard Nimoy who played the character of Mister Spock on the TV show Star Trek passed away, people in Canada have been defacing (re-facing?) 5 dollar bills to make Sir Wilfrid Laurier look like Spock. Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been “Spocking” the hell out of the five dollar bill that features a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Sir Wilfrid now sports, on certain bills at … Continue reading Canada: Stop Spocking Fivers

The World’s Oldest Business is 1,441 Years Old

What currently running business is the oldest known? We were impressed to learn that a Japanese manufacturer of sake, Sudo-Honke, based in Obara was established in the year 1141 AD! Sudo Honke (Established in 1141) Sake is one of the best loved alcoholic beverages in Japan and, much like whisky in Scotland, its manufacture is rooted in a deep and precise tradition. Perhaps that’s why Sudo Honke, the oldest business on the planet, remains popular after almost 800 years. The team at Sudo Honke retain a simple, clean and effective method of brewing rice wine. So while they’ll never be … Continue reading The World’s Oldest Business is 1,441 Years Old

Man Wins $1 Million on Birthday

Happy Birthday to the South Carolina man who won a million dollars today on his birthday. He won the lottery in Hollywood. Did you know there is a Hollywood in South Carolina? Well there is. May 1 (UPI) — A South Carolina man’s $1 million lottery jackpot came at the just the right time for a special gift — his birthday. The South Carolina Education Lottery said the Hollywood man bought himself a Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket for his birthday at the Road Runner convenience store in Hollywood. “It’s my present,” the man told lottery officials. Birthday luck was on the … Continue reading Man Wins $1 Million on Birthday

A 1.4 Million Dollar Speedy Pigeon

The most unlikely news I saw today was this: Armando, a champion speedy pigeon, was purchased for a record 1.4 million dollars by a Chinese bird racing enthusiast. PIPA, the website that organized the auction for Belgian breeder Joel Verschoot, said a pigeon named Armando was purchased by a Chinese buyer for $1.4 million, the highest price ever paid for a racing pigeon. The website said it expected Armando, considered to be “the best long distance pigeon of all time,” to sell for a large amount, but officials were shocked by the size of the final bid. … The previous … Continue reading A 1.4 Million Dollar Speedy Pigeon

36-Year Old Coupon Honored

It seems unlikely, but a 36-year-old coupon for 20 cents off of Crisco vegetable oil was honored recently by Anatoly Shashkin, the store manager at a North Shore Farms store in Mineola, Long Island, New York. The coupon, issued by Proctor and Gamble in 1983, stated it had “no expiration date,” so Shashkin decided to accept it. The customer was able to save 20 cents off their purchase of Crisco oil. Via UPI In other strange news, 36 years ago they made coupons out of really long lasting paper. Good news for coupon savers from the year 1983, but that means … Continue reading 36-Year Old Coupon Honored

First $1.5 BILLION Lottery Winner. Really?

The strangest thing I saw in the news today is that someone in South Carolina won over a billion dollars in a lottery. Billion with a B. What the heck? Did people really put over 1.5 billion dollars of their own money into playing the lottery so one lucky  person can become instantly uber rich? Yes. I usually ignore lottery winning stories, but this one is surpising enough that it gets today’s True Strange News award. The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, said through a lawyer that they allowed another customer to cut them in line before buying their … Continue reading First $1.5 BILLION Lottery Winner. Really?

Sub-Zero Sun Dogs, Alaska Prep

I’ve seen sun dogs before and have probably blogged about them, but cold weather as a cause got my attention due to my quest to take my fiancé’s ashes up to Alaska. Here are the sun dogs: Sub-zero temperatures in West Michigan led to many residents spotting a “sun dog” phenomenon that made it look as though there were two extra suns in the sky. Photos snapped Thursday morning in various locations on the lower west side of the state show the sun being flanked by two illusion suns caused by the refraction of sunlight off ice crystals in the atmosphere. The … Continue reading Sub-Zero Sun Dogs, Alaska Prep