Hooked On Strange News

by | February 28, 2019 | General | 4 comments

I’m sick this late February day. Sick with your stereotypical winter head cold. It’s in the tens outside and pretty windy. The last thing I feel like doing is going outside. So, what to do?

Read, of course. Watch TV. Sleep. And look for strange news stories just for fun.

For example, there is a rare shark population off the coast of Cape Cod right now. I wouldn’t worry too much about it since it’s like 10 degrees outside and no sane person (surfers not included) would want to be out in that. But still. Last year was the first fatal shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936. The rise in shark sightings could have something to do with rising seal populations and closed fishing areas, according to one person commenting online. This is the home of the movie “Jaws”, so sharks are often on people’s minds around here at the Fourth of July.

In an “Idiots Selling and Buying Drugs Story”, a man broke into his cousin’s home and robbed the four inside after accusing them of selling him rabbit chow instead of marijuana.

An Aussie man fleeing from police was felled by his own underwear when it got caught in a fence he was trying to jump. Police found him dangling upside down on the six foot fence. I thought I saw that only in Warner Brothers cartoons.

A man who played Good Samaritan for buying $540 worth of Girl Scout cookies to help the girls get out of the cold and rain that day was arrested for alleged drug distribution and fraud. So how many boxes of cookies is that? Five? Six? 🙂  The cookie purchase was unrelated to the distribution and fraud charges, but it was still very strange.

Best Life Online has declared the most boring town in each state. I’m from Maryland, and Easton won mention. It’s on the Eastern Shore, I think. I live in Massachusetts, and Barnstable won the title. I’ve never been there. Must now go to see how boring it is. It’s rather hopping for  a boring town – 40 entertainment spots and 196 hotels and restaurants.

An article linking from that one named the most famous celebrity from each state. Babe Ruth for Maryland. Mark Wahlberg for Massachusetts. Most of the celebrities are modern.

And finally, Pornhub porn star Mia Khalifa had plastic surgery to reinflate one of her boobs after she was struck by an ice hockey puck. The puck was moving at 80 MPH.

This is how I spend sick time when I’m not sleeping, reading, or watching TV. I look up strange news online for the entertainment value. I’m going to go back to bed now after I take some NyQuil. I hope to feel better soon. Until then, it’s strange news all the way.


Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her two cats.

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Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black's erotic fiction has been published by Cleis Press, Xcite Books, Scarlet Magazine, Circlet Press, and others. She also writes dark fiction and horror as E. A. Black. She lives in Massachusetts next to the ocean with her husband, son, and three cats. The beach calls to her and she listens.


  1. Darnell

    Strange but true.
    Interesting stuff.

  2. Lisabet Sarai

    Hi, Elizabeth,

    I really hope you feel better soon. Definitely some weird stories out there. Just read one about a rat in Germany that got stuck in the drainage port of a man-hole because it was too chubby to make it through. Someone called the city animal rescue service, who promptly arrived, extracted the rat, and set it free.

    Sharks off the Massachusetts coast! That’s wild (literally and figuratively)

  3. Elizabeth Black

    Darnell, strange but true is always fun. I love weird news.

  4. Elizabeth Black

    Thanks, Lisabet. I hope I’m better by next week since I’im going to a writer’s retreat.

    And I remember that fat rat stuck in the drainage port story! I saw it a day or two ago. Poor little rat, but it was freed so it’s okay.

    I remember the Cape Cod shark attack. We see sharks sometimes up here but not often. I hope there aren’t any more attacks but you never know.

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