The Last True Hermit

Posted on Wed 27 August 2014 in Dispatches • Tagged with culture, profiles, weird • 1 min read

This GQ story about the North Pond Hermit is amazing.

One day in 1986, Christopher Knight left family and friends behind for good, and spent 30 years leaving alone in the woods of Maine, sleeping in a hidden tent. He survived by stealing supplies and books from the nearby cabins …

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Egypt tries to hang up on killer SMS rumours - Yahoo! News UK

Posted on Thu 26 March 2009 in Dispatches • Tagged with media, news, sms, weird • 1 min read

Found via Warren Ellis:

The AFP is reporting a story in which the Egyptian government is struggling to dispel a widespread rumor of an SMS “from unknown foreign quarters” that kills. The rumor was picked up and reported (apparently as fact, unless I am reading this incorrectly) by the Egyptian …

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Quick Post: People Search For The Darndest Things

Posted on Wed 06 September 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, online fun, tech, weird • 1 min read

I was just perusing some of my Statcounter data when I came across this search string a Canadian used to find my site. It’s far from the most bizarre thing I’ve seen in my search results, but it is notable for its specificity.

The search finds my site …

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Cthulu the Movie?

Posted on Mon 01 May 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with movies, weird • 1 min read

Via Warren Ellis:

Here is a trailer for Cthulu: The Movie, with none other than Tori Spelling performing in it. From the looks of the official site, the production appears to be some sort of indie flick. It looks so monumentally bad that I wonder if it is part of …

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Someone’s Been Distributing My Baby Photos Online…

Posted on Tue 04 April 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with news, weird • 1 min read

Via Warren Ellis:

I am disturbed.

Charikot, Dolakha, March 29 - The birth of a bizarre-looking baby in Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha district, on Wednesday, drew a huge number of onlookers to witness the astonishing sight. The neck-less baby with its head almost totally sunk into the upper part of …

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All Your Ticks Are Named John Conner

Posted on Tue 28 February 2006 in Dispatches • Tagged with news, tech, weird • 1 min read

I just read an article in Wired about a robot designed by the Virginia Military Institute that can troll around your yard recognize and collect ticks. The ticks are then placed inside the robots denim skirt, which ticks cling to naturally. The fabric of the skirt is soaked in permethrin …

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Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

Posted on Fri 21 October 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with weird, writing • 1 min read

I have no idea how tired or drunk I was when I wrote this, but I found it among my other blog notes so I thought I would post it here to give you a view into the way my mind works when exhausted. I have left it in its …

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That Ring Is Like The Screams Of The Damned To My Ears

Posted on Tue 20 September 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, rants, weird • 3 min read

I hate the telephone with an unreasoning yet unstoppable passion. It’s something my father and I share, so I probably learned it from him. The sound of a phone ringing, even if it is a cutesy cell phone ringtone, is like fingernails on chalkboard to my ears.

I cannot …

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The Twisted Geometries Of The Old Ones Have Found A Loving Home

Posted on Wed 17 August 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with weird • 1 min read

Oh God.

I have seen the face of evil. I was just reading through and I came across the image of a horrific beast. Seriously, I think this is some alien minion of the Old Ones. At any moment the walls will begin to twist, and bugs …

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Robot Kitty

Posted on Mon 15 August 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with tech, weird • 1 min read

I found this link through Boing Boing about a man whose cat lost the use of his rear legs in a traffic accident. The owner’s solution: build a robotic platform and teach the cat to drive it around the house.

Watch a little video about it here.

Thanks to …

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