Friday, May 12, 2017

WEIRD NEWS

A Weird Ad for Real Estate

At least it's an honest ad. Your dream home could await in Cayce, SC - that is if you don't mind living in the same home as a mysterious stranger who is rarely seen and doesn't pay rent. A rather bizarre real estate ad on Zillow warns potential buyers of the $130,000 property that they will have to assume responsibility for a tenant who lives rent-free in an apartment on the upper floor of the four-bedroom home. The listing states: "Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don't bother asking.)" And there's quite a few other peculiarities, including a large hole in the roof, a weird statue in the backyard, and a door covered in splatters of what one can only hope is red paint. The ad gained traction online after a Twitter user described the home as a "nightmare." The owners of the property say they've never seen the upstairs tenant, though a recently expired ad seeking renters for the home identified the individual as a "professional artist." (WJBK)

Need a Sperm or Egg Donor? There's an App for That!

Of course you know you can just swipe for a date on Tinder. Now it seems you can also swipe for an egg or sperm donor on a new app called "Just a Baby" which lets people for potential browse sperm donors, egg donors, surrogates, co-parents, and even old-fashioned partners as if they're dating online. Needless to say, not everyone is cool with this. Fertility specialist Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh says, "There's no such thing as just a baby. When you're dealing with human beings, you're dealing with their extended families, and possible future families, and relationship dynamics get involved." She adds, "It's more like "Just A Baby, And Then All The Possible Complications That Could Go With It." Dating coach Nancy Koenig notes that dating apps result in far more mismatches than successes and says, "If those same stats apply to co-parenting matches, I hope the next app these guys develop is to connect the kids with their ideal therapists." But app developer Paul Ryan says he wanted to create something less clinical than sperm bank files, calling his app "warmer, more human." For instance, profiles are "agnostic," meaning details like race and body type don't appear unless users specifically inquire about them. After a soft launch in Sydney, the app is now available in the US and UK and has a few thousand users so far. (NBC News)

Dwayne Johnson: The President of the United States

So, you think America ready for President Rock? In a new profile of Dwayne Johnson in GQ, the wrestler-turned-movie star talks about his possible future in politics. It all started with an opinion piece in the Washington Post last year that stated Johnson could be an actual presidential candidate. At the time, Johnson called the idea "fun to read." But now he says he's been giving it some serious thought saying, "I think that it's a real possibility." Hey he's already got the endorsement of Michael Moore (of course) who notes, "It would scare anybody that would hurt us. Think about how safe we would be if the Rock was president." And although we know party affiliation rarely matters to anyone these days, just for fun we'll mention that The Rock leans Republican. Well, the Democrats could always recruit John Cena - who's been very publicly anti-Trump. (GQ)

Wedding From Hell

You think you had a stressful wedding day? What started as a wonderful wedding in India's Rajasthan state ended in total tragedy and disaster. As hundreds of guests dined outdoors during the wedding reception, a dust storm came out of nowhere. As the guests quickly sought shelter inside the wedding hall, an 80-foot-long wall suddenly collapsed on them trapping many people in the debris. Authorities say at least 25 people were killed and nearly 30 others injured. Police say the building owner is being questioned on suspicion of culpable homicide. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is "pained beyond words," and has promised payments of around $3,000 to the next of kin of deceased victims and $775 to those badly injured. (Telegraph)

DUI Suspect Had Already Been Deported 15 Times

A Mexican citizen accused of severely injuring a 6-year-old boy in a DUI crash in California Saturday night had already been deported from the US no fewer than 15 times, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The boy, Lennox Lake, was hospitalized with a major head injury after the crash, which happened just a block away from his home in San Diego. He was on his way home from a trip to Disneyland with his parents at the time. Police say Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, was drunk, speeding, and ran a stop sign before his pickup truck slammed into the family's vehicle. He also fled the scene but was arrested when Border Patrol agents spotted his damaged vehicle. ICE says Banda-Acosta, has been returned to Mexico 15 times since 2002, most recently in January this year. His criminal history includes domestic violence allegations. Lennox has undergone two surgeries and will be in the hospital for at least another 10 days, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family. The boy's grandmother, Cheryl Lake, was astonished by the number of times Banda-Acosta has been deported and said, "There are not enough words to describe the huge impact his actions have had." ICE says it will deport the man again after his latest criminal case is settled. When asked for comment, President Trump said, "Told you so." (BBC)

Latest Headache for United

More bad PR for United. In the latest headache for the airline, a California man says a United counter agent in New Orleans threatened to cancel his reservation because he began recording his dispute with her. Navang Oza, 37, says he started filming the "rude" agent around 4am Monday after he was charged $300 to check an oversized bag for his flight to San Francisco, when he'd previously been charged $125 for the same luggage. The video, posted to Twitter, begins with the agent telling Oza he does not have permission to record her. She then tells another agent to "call the cops" or "cancel the reservation" before pulling out her own phone and apparently recording Oza and saying, "I can do the same thing." An airport police officer soon arrived and told Oza he had every right to film in a public place. Oza, who eventually booked a flight with another airline, later posted his video online and explained, "if people are being rude, if people are making up rules at kiosks of airlines, I feel like that's something we should be recording and sharing with everyone." Adding that his alcohol consumption the evening before the flight was not a factor in the dispute, Oza says he now wants compensation from United for his missed flight and for the airline to cancel his future flights without penalty. A United rep says the airline is investigating, but "the video does not reflect the positive customer experience we strive to offer, and for that, we apologize." (Business Insider)

What the What?

Many of us had had feared that the infamous Loch Ness Monster (who definitely totally exists and is unquestionably a real thing) had died as there have been no sightings for eight months. But we can all breathe a sigh of relief as new footage shows that Nessie is indeed alive and well. In the video, and accompanying photos, Nessie's long neck and head is seen gliding through the water, barely causing a ripple as a boat passes by. Nobody on the boat seems phased by the appearance of the legendary creature. The footage was uploaded to YouTube by "Sweetie" who asked in his description: "What the hell was it? Did anyone else see it?" (Metro)

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