Category Archives: Offbeat

O’Neill Europe Solar Backpack Powers Ipod and Bluetooth Cell Phones

O’Neill Europe is marketing a solar backpack that will power your Ipod and Bluetooth wireless headset.

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Never Turn Your Back on A Turkey (and Other Bird Woes)

The Chicago Tribune has an amazing list of stories of tom turkeys defending the roost.

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Forest Service Wants Folks To Quit Putting Christmas Decorations on Trees Leading to Sedona

AZCentral reports Coconino National Forest officials are urging people to quit putting up Christmas decorations on the trees on Arizona 179 between Oak Creek and Sedona and on Arizona 89A between Sedona and Cottonwood.

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Artist Sells $215 Sneakers With Map and Compass Built In for Aliens

The BBC and other sources report a New York artist is selling sneakers for illegal aliens for $215 that include a built in map and compass.

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Controversy as New Hampshire Itemizes Taxes Based on Views of the White Mountains

Brietbart reports that controversy is raging in New Hampshire after assessors have dramatically increased property taxes based on a “view tax” for views of the White Mountains.

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Hualapai Plan January 2006 Dedication of Glass Bottomed Grand Canyon Skywalk 4,000 Feet Above the Canyon Floor

A press release indicates the Hualapai plan to dedicate a glass bottomed walk jutting 70 over the Grand Canyon and 4,000 feet above the canyon floor in January 2006.

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“Lost” Utah Hiker Winds Up in Jail

KSL reports Bryan Butas has wound up in a Utah jail on a charge of insurance fraud following a massive search for him in August when it was reported he was missing on a hiking trip.

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Starbucks Trademark Fighting Mount Rainier Logo Knockoff

The Seattle Times reports Starbucks is having to defend its trademark around the world as imitators make substitions including in Japan where the mermaid is replaced with Mount Rainier.

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Body of 1942 Airman Found Encased in Glacier on Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park

News10 reports climbers near the summit of 13,710-foot Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park found the head and shoulder of a man protruding from the ice at the base of a glacier and it is believed he is the … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Profs Unveil Backpack That Generates 7.5 Watts

Science Daily reports University of Pennsylvania biologists have created a backpack that generates 7.4 watts of electricity.

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Hiker Stranded Overnight on Loon Mountain Gondola While Search Takes Place Below

The AP reports a Thomas Landeen was stranded overnight on a Loon Mountain, NH, Loon Mountain gondola while searchers hunted for him below.

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Sony Will Pay You $5 If You Didn’t Like Vertical Limit

Sony has agreed to a class action settlement regarding fake critic comments that pushed five movies including Vertical Limit.

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Swiss Hikers Told To Sing Show Tunes to Scare Away Bears

Ananova reports flyers are telling Swiss hikers to sing showtunes — particularly songs from “The Sound of Music” to scare away bears.

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Trio Plans Nude Hike Across Britain

The Daily Dispatch reports Stephen Gough, 46, the naked rambler who walked end to end in Britain in 2003/04 is planning a repeat performance but this time will be accompanied by 33-year-old girlfriend Melanie Roberts and a librarian who does … Continue reading

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WV Fishermen Cut Short Trip After Bear Drinks Their Beer

The Charleston Daily Mail reports two West Virginia fishermen cut short their trip after a bear drank their Coors Light beer and ate their food.

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