Odd & Weird

Odd & Weird

  • Axe Wood
    Odd & Weird,  Unusual

    How Axe Throwing Lessons for Teens Lay Roots in the Community

    Over the past ten years, axe throwing leagues have been opening up across Canada, especially in the GTA. For the most part, they’ve been adult-only venues, but some of them are now opening up lessons for teens. It’s an amateur sport that only recently grew out of its origins in people’s backyards and sheds, and its players and organizers have deep roots in their own communities. Many are involved in charity fundraising for pick-up leagues, arts festivals, Sick Kids, Children’s Wish, food banks, and dozens of other good causes. Besides fundraising, axe throwing is at the centre of its own unique community. Many use it to unwind after work, meet…

  • Construction Truck
    Odd & Weird,  Unusual

    The 6 Weirdest Things Ever Found on a Construction Site

    Construction happens all over the world on a daily basis, so it’s simply a matter of odds that we’ll uncover some unexpected — and sometimes downright bizarre — findings along the way. Here are six of the strangest examples I could find: A Rude Awakening Every once in a while, humankind receives a much-needed reminder that Mother Nature owns this planet — not us. Such was the case earlier in 2015 when workers in British Columbia unearthed an estimated 500 hibernating garter snakes. Work was halted on the under-construction dike while the snakes were collected in boxes and buckets to be delivered to Vancouver’s Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia. Linda…

  • Cheese Rolling Festival. Photo by Dave Farrance. License: CC BY-SA 3.0.
    Odd & Weird,  Unusual

    The World’s Weirdest Festivals

    The Cheese Rolling Festival Every year in the West Country one very unusual annual festival takes place. The cheese rolling festival of Cooper’s Hill is infamous for its sheer inexplicable concept, and involves a wheel of cheese battling humans to the bottom of the hill. The small cheese wheel is usually much faster than the rolling, running and falling humans who arrive at the bottom in various states of injury. The fastest person to arrive at the finish line, however, receives the wheel of cheese to take home. There are several races, which are separated by category (men/women/children). Gloucestershire is as difficult to pronounce as it is to spell (try…

  • Odd & Weird,  Unusual

    Strangest Laws Every California Driver Needs to Know [Infographic]

    Many states have strange laws that make little sense in today’s world. Whether they are very old or inspired by an unlikely event, you can still face consequences for breaking them. These are the strangest laws California drivers need to know. The following infographic is only about driving laws, but there is a more extensive list of California Dumb Laws, published a few years ago.

  • Fail,  Odd & Weird,  Unusual

    Strangest Car Recalls [Infographic]

    There were some rather strange recalls throughout the automotive industry in 2011. Certain Chevrolet Cruzes were recalled because the steering wheel could have been improperly fastened to the steering column. This could have caused the steering wheel to accidentally detach from the steering column while driving! See what other strange recalls happened this year:

  • Odd & Weird,  Unusual

    Swedish Man Arrested after Trying to Build a Nuclear Reactor at Home

    A man from Sweden was arrested after trying to start a nuclear reaction in his own kitchen. 31-year-old Richard Handl said that he was only doing it as a hobby and didn’t know that it was illegal. It is illegal for a reason. It is dangerous and we don’t want someone without appropriate qualifications and the right equipment to experiment with nuclear power. Fortunately it is a highly complex process and very hard to accomplish without the knowledge and equipment. Handl was trying to set up his own mini nuclear reactor for months before wondering if it was legal. Ironically he was the one that tipped off Sweden’s Radiation Authority…

  • Odd & Weird,  Parody

    400 Trillion Trillion Pints of Beer Lost in Space

    This week, a million fraternity brothers rushed to join NASA. The reason: scientists have discovered beer in space. Well, not beer exactly. But they did find alcohol: ethyl alcohol, to be precise, the active ingredient in all major alcoholic drinks (antifreeze Jell-O shots, quite obviously, are exempted from this category). Three British scientists, Drs. Tom Millar, Geoffrey MacDonald and Rolf Habing, discovered this interstellar Everclear floating in a gas cloud in the contellation of Aquila (sign of the Eagle, the mascot of Anheuser-Busch! Hmmmmm). Millar and his compatriots have estimated the size of this gas cloud at approximately 1,000 times the diameter of our own solar system; there’s enough alcohol…

  • Physics Chemistry
    Odd & Weird,  Parody

    ISU Researchers Discover New Element [Parody]

    AMES, IA – The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by materials researchers at IPRT/ISU. The new element, tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons, and thus has an atomic weight of 0. However, it does have one neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons. This gives it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together in a nucleus by a force that involves the continuous exchange of particles called morons. Since it has no electrons, Administratium is totally inert. However, it can be detected chemically, since it impedes every reaction it comes into contact with. According to its…