Friday, July 14, 2017

WEIRD NEWS

Ladies and Gentlemen - Senator Kid Rock

America - are you ready for Senator Kid Rock? The rocker strongly hinted that he's planning a run for the US Senate from his home state of Michigan for the 2018 election. Kid Rock - whose real name is Robert Ritchie - tweeted that the KidRockforSenate.com website is real and that he'll be making a "major announcement" in the near future. The website has a picture of Rock in a plush office and slogans including "Party to the People" and "Are You Scared?" The site is also selling "Kid Rock for US Senate" T-shirts, yard signs, hats, and bumper stickers. Kid Rock has supported Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney and President Trump. In April, he joined Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin for a White House visit. Political consultant Tom Shields said he's not convinced the run is for real, but it's certainly possible admitting, "I thought Trump was kidding when he first got in the presidential race, but I'm not surprised by anything anymore." What can one say...except: Bawitdaba, da bang, da dang diggy diggy, diggy! (Detroit Free Press)

Cold Blooded Killer

When the so-called "Black Widow of Japan," 70-year-old Chisako Kakehi, took the stand during her murder trial this week she vowed to remain silent. But apparently she had a change of heart. Kakehi shocked the courtroom by freely admitted to killing her fourth husband, one of at least six men to have died while in a relationship with her. She said, "I killed my husband" because "I wasn't given any money after I married him. I have no intention of hiding the guilt. I will laugh it off and die if I am sentenced to death tomorrow." She told the court she poisoned 75-year-old Isao Kakehi with cyanide she'd received from a supplier while operating a T-shirt printing business, hoping she'd receive her husband's money after his death. She's currently on trial for his murder, as well as for the murders of two boyfriends and the attempted murder and robbery of another. Prosecutors say Kakehi inherited millions of dollars as a result of the crimes between 2007 and 2013. Despite her confession Monday, Kakehi's defense attorneys don't appear to be giving up. They claim she has mild dementia and "barely remembers things that happened recently, let alone the incidents." (Japan Times)

Got Any Luggage to Check?

Australia's Dean Stinson apparently has the bar set pretty low. Calling it "the greatest moment of my life," Stinson thought it would be fun to check as his only baggage on a Qantas airline flight from Melbourne to Perth, a single can of Emu Export beer. He was thrilled to see it arrive safely saying, "There she was, alone on the carousel proudly making her way around. It was perfection." According to the BBC, Stinson has become a hero to beer drinkers with the stunt. He says he and a buddy who works at the airport were trying to figure out the oddest thing they could successfully check as luggage. While it worked this time, Qantas doesn't want to suddenly see a frat party's worth of beer in its luggage compartments. A spokesperson said, "This guy's done it, and he's won the internet for the day, so we're happy to move on." (Perth Now)

How to Start Your Day Right

So you're not a morning person. Well, regardless, a Harvard University psychologist says what you do as soon as you wake up can make or break your day. Amy Cuddy says that having a good old stretch in your bed is the best way to start the day. That means spreading your arms and legs wide and making your body as long as possible as soon as your alarm goes off. It may sound like an old wives tale or something your mom would say, but there's actually some solid theory behind it. Known as power posing, the idea of making yourself as big as possible involves mimicking the pose of a confident person. So essentially, you're telling your brain that you have all the confidence in the world instead of being an insecure mess-similar to the tried and tested method of pretending you're a confident person until it comes naturally. Prof Cuddy says, "When you pretend to be powerful, you are more likely to actually feel powerful. The people who wake up like this are super happy, like annoyingly happy." Meanwhile, curling up into a ball and sleeping in the fetal position has the opposite effect. (Metro)

Michael Phelps Vs. Great White Shark? Really?

Everything we can find says this is not a joke, not fake news and not a hoax. Because what else do you do after you win 28 Olympic medals for swimming like a fish - Michael Phelps is actually planning to race a great white shark in a bizarre contest for ocean supremacy. Apparently the stunt is airing at the end of this month. Just FYI - a shark swims at around 25mph but can reach up to 35mph during an attack. Phelps, on the other hand, while he may indeed be the fastest human on the planet in water, still only comes in at around 6mph. It's not known exactly how the shark race will work, but people on the internet are pumped! Many say it'll be the best thing to happen to Shark Week in the history of Shark Week. (Metro)

Death by Jet Blast

A tourist from New Zealand was killed by a jet blast at a Caribbean beach famous for being under low-flying aircraft. The 57-year-old woman was holding on to the fence separating St. Maarten's Maho Beach from Princess Juliana International Airport when the blast from a departing Boeing 737 threw her to the ground, causing a fatal head injury. The beach is popular with thrill-seekers and plane-spotters, but there are warning signs reading, "Do not stand. Danger. Jet Blast!" Tourists are urged to stay away from the fence. This the first death at the site, though a woman was seriously injured in a similar incident in 2012. (New York Daily News)

What the What?

Authorities and relatives are baffled as to how the cremated remains of a Georgia woman mysteriously washed up on a Florida beach. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said a box containing the ashes of Ngacloan Hua of Atlanta was found by a man walking the beach. Police contacted the funeral home identified on the box and were able to reunite the cremains with Hua's sister who told police the box mysteriously disappeared as the family found a quiet place to pray in Georgia. The sister had no idea how the ashes ended up along the Florida coast and says the family had never visited there.(Newser)

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