The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Siberian Selfie Spot is Man-Made Beautiful Toxic Lake

A toxic Siberian lake, due to its beautiful turquoise color, has become a favorite place for photos. One Russian man posting on Twitter ignored the warnings to stay out and said his legs turned red and itchy for several days. Residents of a city in Siberia don’t need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds — have been busy instagramming near a bright blue lake nicknamed the “Siberian Maldives.” The lake is blue, however, due to a chemical reaction between toxic … Continue reading Siberian Selfie Spot is Man-Made Beautiful Toxic Lake

Some Strange Behaviors on Airlines Explained

Science has explanations for some unusual behavior on airline flights. It turns out that lower oxygen in the cabin makes some people revert to deeper brain functions and this results in, for example, the previously unexplained crying of some passengers. In addition sustained loud noise in a jet was found to reduce the ability to taste sweets, making tomato juice and ginger ale two of the most popular drinks on flights. In 2011, the airline Virgin Atlantic ran a survey asking customers to describe their on-flight emotional experiences. Overall, 55 percent of travelers said they had “experienced heightened emotions while flying,” and … Continue reading Some Strange Behaviors on Airlines Explained

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

Strange Photo: Komodo Dragons “Hugging”

This strange photo of Komodo dragons fighting was taken at just the right moment so they appear to be engaged in a happy hug. It does not appear to be a well known image. TinEye has never heard of it. It was posted on Instagram with credit to Muhtesem Doga but Google Translate says “Muhteşem doğa fotoğrafları” is Turkish for “gorgeous nature photos” so I don’t think @joysafaribay got the photo credit correct. There could be a person in Turkey named Gorgeous Nature. If you know the real name of the photographer leave a comment. Komodo dragons can be seen … Continue reading Strange Photo: Komodo Dragons “Hugging”

Spice Girls Van Converted to AirBnB

Looking for a fun unusual get away vacation? If you’ve ever enjoyed music by the Spice Girls, you might like this: the hit band’s tour van has been renovated into an AirBnB rental. They say can now book a night in the heart of Wembley Park in London, a place with lots of restaurants, bars and shops nearby. The interior of the bus has been completely renovated and converted into a rolling hotel room fit for three guests at a time, according to the Airbnb posting. Suzanne Godley, who, along with her boss, completed the bus overhaul, said the Spice … Continue reading Spice Girls Van Converted to AirBnB

Baboons Invade A Swimming Pool

A family in South Africa thought their neighbors were rudely using their swimming pool without permission, but they discovered the true culprits were baboons. The Marloth Park, Ehlanzeni, homeowner said he and his wife started noticing that when they would come home from work, it appeared someone had been using their pool. Read more UPI This would be a strange problem to have in California, but in South Africa baboons are fairly common. Some of its most visible and intriguing creatures are roughly 500 chacma baboons. According to the official Guide to South Africa website, 11 troops of the baboons (a species widely present in southern … Continue reading Baboons Invade A Swimming Pool

Best DYI Car Hail Protection Rig

Mid April 2019 many Texans without carports rigged up protection against damaging hail storms. There were inflated floaties and bags of mulch tied to cars, but my favorite was this design. Ryan Bussey had a creative use for dozens of pool noodles in face of the storm. See more NBC4 It would make a great pool fence for the back yard when not functioning as a hail shield. – TrueStrange.com Continue reading Best DYI Car Hail Protection Rig