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WHAT DICKS! Wednesday, June 18
If tiny Iceland has a worldly cultural showcase, it's the Icelandic Phallological Museum, founded in Reykjavik in 1997 and housing 300 penises and penile parts from 93 different animals. So far, however, it lacks an exhibition-worthy human penis. …
WEIRD OLD WORLD Wednesday, August 6
Unconventional Food Prep: Leaked photographs taken by an undercover health and safety officer at China's Tongcheng Rice Noodle Factory in Dongguan city in June show workers in street clothes casually walking back and forth atop piles of vermicelli …
UNCOMFORTABLE FOOD Wednesday, June 18
Former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle, 30, was convicted in 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and torture — and then cook and eat the corpses of — an unspecified number of women he had listed on a website called DarkFetishNet.com, even though he insists …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, August 6
Werner Purkhart, who's been running a "silent disco" in Salzburg, Austria, for four years, was denied renewal of his business permit in July, supposedly because his parties were too loud. At a silent disco, each dancer wears headphones to hear …
HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME! Wednesday, June 18
Winston-Salem surgeon Stuart Meloy and associates recently won their patent for an "orgasm machine" (first mentioned in NOTW in 2001), allowing patient trials to begin soon by a Minnesota company. The often-described birth of the device came as Dr. …
SLEEP IT OFF Wednesday, August 6
"The Chinese fondness for napping in odd places is a well-documented phenomenon, one that's spawned a popular website and even a book," wrote The Wall Street Journal in a July dispatch. In a recent photo essay, a Getty Images photographer captured a …
ALL IN THE FAMILY Wednesday, August 6
Five siblings in a rural Turkish family near the Syrian border were discovered by researchers in 2005 to be natural, fluid quadruped walkers (hands and feet to the ground, rear ends up), which was then thought possibly to mark the first known …
AND CARRY A BIG … Wednesday, August 6
Moscow Times reported the arrest of "Tomas" in Moscow in March for allegedly stealing a mobile phone, noting he was referred to adult court even though family members claim he's only 13. Officials decided he must be at least 16, based on medical …
YER KILLIN' ME! Wednesday, August 6
In May, Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News reported a 62-year-old man on an Istanbul TV dating show said he was just "an honest person looking for a new wife" — while casually mentioning he'd served two prison terms, one for murdering one wife and the …
CRAPPY JOB Wednesday, July 16
Municipal engineers in Melton Mowbray, England, were called out in June to fix a lingering sewer overrun caused by, they found, "hundreds" of tennis balls that had apparently each been flushed down toilets. Said the project manager, "We expect …
 
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