ODO 84: Cracked Ribs, “Fake” News, and Southern Spookiness

I’m back, and not dead! I’ve got the whole long WTF story of my illness and injury that led to my hiatus. This week it’s all about the “fake” news. I’ve got fake snow, fake cats, and even fake parents. This week’s “Jackass of the Week” goes to a woman with a bedbug problem. Finally, in “Recommended Listening” I’ve got one of my new creepy favorites, Southern Grimoire.

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Since I’m no good at making a long story short, here’s what happened to me. What started as a flu that the whole house had, turned into a sinus infection. After a wave of antibiotics and prednisone, the infection was gone but the cough had gotten worse. A stabbing side pain led to a trip to urgent care and the discovery of a cracked rib. A new prescription for codine cough syrup hoped to relieve the cough and help the rib heal. It didn’t help. Back to the Dr. with a new rib fracture. This time came with a new wave of cough treatments including tessalon perles to help the cough, symbicort to open up the lungs, and Aleve for the pain. Now, after over a month, it finally looks like things are getting under control.


An audience member at a recent performance of the musical “Cats” lost control of his service dog which then ran up on stage and chased one of the “cats” off the stage. Ushers did manage to catch the dog and return it to the owner.

Six Flags Over Georgia had to cancel a planned snowball fight using manufactured fake snow when an actual snowstorm covered the Atlanta area and forced them to close the park.
A growing trend in China is the hiring of fake parents for occasions where you don’t want your real parents to be there. Many people will hire rent-a-parents for school functions or if a new partner wants to meet their parents but they don’t want them to meet their “real” parents yet.


Woman Burns Home Down Trying To Kill Bedbugs

A woman in Cincinnati, Ohio accidentally started a fire which burned down her apartment building while trying to kill bedbugs with rubbing alcohol. 


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ODO 60: Fake News, Fake Milk, Fake Festival

A stomach bug has me a little behind in the news this week but, in Entertainment I’ve got Ryan Seacrest, Richard Simmons, and a new Hellboy movie. In Weird Shit I’ve got a woman who doesn’t want to share her money, napping at the gym, and REAL fake milk. Wrapping it all up this week’s featured podcast is The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews.



After a year of rotating co-hosts, ABC announced that, super entertainment mogul, Ryan Seacrest would become the new permanent co-host alongside Kelly Rippa. The show will now be called  “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”


  • Richard Simmons Sues Tabloids

Richard Simmons is suing the National Enquirer and Radar Online for publishing articles claiming his seclusion from the public involved him getting a sex change.


Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola announced that he is working on an R-rated reboot of the film series starring “Stranger Things” star David Harbour. The new film is tentatively titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.


A woman in Columbia swallowed $9000 in $100 bills that she had saved with her ex- because she didn’t want to give him half in the breakup. Doctors were able to surgically remove $5700 and eventually returned it to her. The rest apparently was fully digested.
A fitness company in the UK has begun “napercize” classes where attendees lay down for 45 minutes of rest, instead of further exhausting themselves with other workouts. The company wants to spread word of the health benefits of getting plenty of rest.
A pair of biomechanical engineers have developed a way to use genetically modified yeast to produce synthetic cow’s milk. They combined cow DNA with yeast so that when the yeast ferment they give off milk proteins. They combine those with plant based fats and sugars and the result is a lactose free, nutritionally identical synthetic milk without the use of a cow.


Ja Rule and Friends’ “Fyre Festival” Marketing Leads to Lawsuits

Not only was the “Fyre Festival” a complete catastrophe of epic proportions, the fallout keeps coming. The event organizers and promoters are now being sued by the bucketful including a $100 million class action suit. Also included in another suit are the social media influencers who may have been paid to promote the event on their profiles including: models, designers, and other high profile social media celebrities. Apparently there is legal precedent that may result in those celebrities actually being held accountable for damages alongside the event organizers.





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