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The Best Strange News Today Is … An Alligator at the Front Door

Browsing the news these days unfortunately results in a mandatory privacy invasion as everything you read or even click on gets added to your personal interests for use by advertisers, marketing advisors, technicians, policy makers and others. (There are a few things you can do like use a VPNuse Tor Browser, etc. but these only help to a degree.) Every day TrueStrange takes some of this heat for you, sifting through the following sites and more to bring you the most outstanding unexpected events from around the world.

On days where nothing at these sources is sufficiently impressive, we try to bring you something a bit educational for the curious mind, something worth considering. Your focus is your vote, on line and in life.

As for today, Monday April 29, 2019, the best strange news item is …

This video of an alligator trying to get into a woman’s home in Florida.


A Flagler County woman came home to an unexpected guest banging on her glass door. Donna Heiss said she pulled into her garage at her house on Edward Drive in Palm Coast when her neighbors yelled at her to get inside. … A trapper responded to the scene and said the gator was between 7-8 feet. The Flagler County woman said the gator was aggressive.  … Heiss said she was nervous the gator was going to break the window …

via ClickOrlando

This is probably a more common sight in Florida, but here in California it is the weirdest thing this reporter has seen all day.

Video: Astounding Illusion with Reconfigured Tiles

Here’s a strange illusion you might enjoy. Do you know how this is done?

… this is one of those videos where I have a theory on what’s actually occurring, but am not certain.It’s straight-up, Harry Potter-style sorcery, right? Right? The mind-blowing video of blocks being reconfigured (with an extra block each time) is entitled “Azulejos” and was posted by magician Norberto Jansenson.


I’ve always had a mild interest in magic. My brother-in-law was a street magician or mentalist. He died in Las Vegas over 10 years ago in 2008 from mixing alcohol and some kind of medicine. I didn’t know him well but he did some interesting tricks for some intersting people.

Jason Scott, dubbed by the Vegas media as mentalist to the stars, died unexpectedly July 15 at his Summerlin, Nev., home. He was 33. Cause was still being investigated.Scott had been performing for the last two years at the Playboy Club at the Palms Las Vegas following a six-year engagement at the House of Blues Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

He earned a reputation for performing closeup mind-reading demonstrations and psychic illusions for such stars as Drew Barrymore, Clint Eastwood, Melissa Etheridge, Paris Hilton, David Spade and Kiefer Sutherland. He performed at celebrity birthday bashes for Steven Spielberg, Sting and Boston Celtics co-captain Paul Pierce.

He also toured extensively, performing for such diverse corporate clients as Anheuser-Busch, the Fiesta Bowl and the Texas Bankers Assn.

via Variety

Bulls Fight In Road, One Ends Up In Vehicle

This video of two bulls fighting in the road in Bhatinda, Punjab, and one ending up inside a tuk tuk, a type of electric rickshaw, is from while back, but it is just hitting the strange news wires now. The earliest video of it was published on September 2, 2018, but it’s worth a look if you haven’t seen this strange sight.


Nov. 15 (UPI) — A fight between two bulls in the middle of a busy road in India ended with one of the animals crashing into a vehicle and becoming stuck. A video filmed on a busy road in Bhatinda, Punjab, shows the two bulls locking horns in the middle of traffic as vehicles attempt to go around them. One of the bulls ends up ramming into a tuk tuk, a type of electric rickshaw, and knocks the vehicle onto its side. Bystanders rush to help as the bull ends up stuck inside the overturned vehicle.

via BreitBart

Here is one reasonable sounding explanation as to why there are bulls walking around on the roads in this part of India:

It works like this; cows are worshiped in India and feeding cows is often considered to be an act of holiness and goodness towards animals by most of the Indians. Cows are very useful for mankind. Cows give us milk and various dairy-products which are good for our body. Every organ in a cow is useful even after it dies. Thus, cows are considered to be greater than the actual mother who gave us birth, in India. So, we all feed them.

Now, the other side of it. The milkmen in India, I think, let their cows roam free as they know that they will get free food. The fodder which they feed to the cattle comes moderately expensive. The cows move from one house to the other (as there is scarcity of green lush grass field in cities) to get fed by the people living in the houses. It cuts down the fodder expenses to a great extent for the milkmen (the cow owners).

via Quora

Leave a comment if you’ve ever travelled by tuk tuck.

Videos: Ping Pong Playing Robots

Here are some ping pong playing robots to start your day. There are many that serve balls, but we want a robot that can both serve and volley. Can this little wonder be real?

The Ulf Hoffmann table tennis robot, a project of 2 years of development, plays the ball back independently, it’s made of really good servo motors.   Watch the video… The DIY ping pong robot UHTTR-1 made by Ulf Hoffman, works with a camera that senses the ball, and then the software tells the motor where to move the aluminum arm.

Several think this is a Computer Graphics fake. One example comment:

Fake though, look at the robot at 0:05 and you’ll see that a part of it disappears, and just look every time his hand moves past the robot and you’ll see. Plus the CGI is good but kinda obvious in the animation.

I didn’t see it disappear anywhere, but it does seem to move and stop too fast to be real at places. It’s a well done fake if so with multiple angles.

Here’s one of the big players in robot tennis: Forpheous by Omron Automation Lab, for comparison with Ulf’s compact design.

Meet FORPHEUS the ping-pong robot that will improve your table tennis skills while having fun at the same time by keeping a rally going. In addition to the conventional function to control returning the ball according to the trajectory and strength of the player’s ball, the 3rd-generation FORPHEUS is equipped with new amazing technologies where humans and machines grow together by using AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies. It can learn about characteristics of the player’s actions and the trajectory of the ball and keep a rally going, which guides a person to make more progress.

Via YouTube

Ping-Pong-playing robots are nothing new. Perhaps you remember the much-hyped 2014 match between Timo Ball and the Agilus robot from RBR 50 company KUKA.

Here is a highly and I think over dramatically edited match with the Agilus. You can’t really tell how it went due to the excessive cuts and slow-mos, however.

… But Omron Corp.’s FORPHEUS robot table-tennis tutor will wipe the floor with the older models. Along with Omron, which is exhibiting at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show for the first time, FORPHEUS will make its U.S. debut Jan. 9 through 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

FORPHEUS, or the simply named “Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics,” swings a paddle with a robot arm that’s controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) and a 5-axis motor system.

FORPHEUS uses two cameras (left and right) to track the ball at a rate of 80 times per second. They help it figure out how to hit the ball, accounting for timing, direction, and trajectory, within one-thousandth of a second, according to Omron. The system uses a third central camera to evaluate its opponent, based on their movements.


Stay tuned to this page, I will update it if possible with the latest ping pong robot developments.

Strangest Cello Music

The guys from 2CELLOS are pretty amazing, and performing heavy metal rock music (in this case, Thunderstruck by AC/DC) with cellos is definitely a bit strange. The thing is, it works, don’t you agree? I prefer the cellos to his voice, but to each his own.


I love the audience reaction at the end. Can’t stop laughing.

Amazing Dancing Jet, Is It Real? Not Exactly.

In this impressive video you can see that the aerodynamic properties of this jet are irrelevant in hover mode. The wings are not being used to create lift.

From this, it is clear that one could have any shape for a jet powered flying object. But is this what it seems? No. The caption for this on YouTube is incorrect in its claims:

Published on Jul 20, 2016 Russian fighter plane doing a delicate solo dance at ground level. It is even more amazing when one realizes this is a deadly plane capable of supersonic speeds and dropping nuclear bombs and shooting down almost any fighter plane…..

This supposed “Russian fighter” is a remote controlled scale model of a Chinese PLAAF J10AY fighter. It would not hold a full sized human pilot, shoot anyone or drop any nukes. Here is the real J10 jet:

Model in dancing jet videos:

Here you can see its relative size better:

Here’s another:

Dec 20, 2014 Waleed Salah and Jamal Al-Mazrouei hovering their RC Jets in the UAE top jet 2014 event in Al-Ain Sportplex – YouTube

Here’s video of real J10s in flight.

Can they hover and dance like this model J10? I think not, but if you find evidence to the contrary, post a link.

Which is taller: the tallest man or the tallest camel?

The answer may surprise you. While you decide if any man could be taller than the tallest camel, enjoy this giant creation:

The largest member of the family Camelidae is the dromedary or one-humped camel (Camelus dromedarius), with a head and body length of 2.3-3.5 m (7 ft 6 in–11 ft 5 in), a tail length of 55 cm (21 in),a shoulder height of 1.8-2.1 m (6 ft–6 ft 10 in) (maximum 2.4 m 7 ft 10 in) and a weight of 450–690 kg (992–1,521 lb). It is native to the Middle East, but survives today as a feral animal only in Australia and Spain, and as a domestic animal elsewhere. FYI: Incredibly, the world’s tallest man, Robert Wadlow (USA), was taller, measuring 2.72 m (8 ft)!


There you have it. According to Guinness World Records, Robert Wadlow was taller than the tallest known camel.

I know what you’re thinking. For the record, Robert Wadlow was not Bill Gates’ father, … but the men are cousins … because we all are.

Real alien on video in car lot?

With so many people carrying video cameras 24/7, this clip is the kind of thing I’d expect to see more of if there were truly aliens among us.

Thinking creatively, here’s how I’d hoax this one: film a kid in a suit doing this, then edit and replace his image frame by frame to get a computer generated alien image.

Can anyone translate this?

How often do you check under the car for aliens?

Here’s a bonus clip of some very strange “alien activity,” which most (including me) will assume is computer generated fakery.

Who needs a ship, right?? Awesome. I’d like to do that at times.