It’s been a fun week around the Odd house. I’ve decided I want to start writing more for the blog. I’m trying to do more with the Facebook group. We took the family to the food truck festival. I got to be a part of the Sunshine Summit 2018 and hang out in the live streams. And it seems that I have some sort of personal story for every news story this week, except for one.
Scientists in Israel claim to have created a solution of nano-particles that can repair damaged corneas and correct both near and far sightedness. The treatment would include corneal mapping done via smartphone.
Homeless Camp Found On Top Of Amtrak Station
Authorities found what appears to be a homeless person’s camp built into a cement structure on the top of a California Amtrak station. Officers found a tent and other amenities in the structure.
A Florida sheriff’s deputy and his girlfriend were arrested after neighbors reported screaming and gunshots at his home. When officers arrived, they found cocaine, marijuana, spent shell casings on the floor, and bullet holes in the walls. The couple’s 2 year old child was also in the home. Back in 2016, the deputy had been awarded the Florida Sheriffs Association “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”
The Sunshine Summit 2018 is upon us, and it’s been a blast getting to be a part of it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching all the live streams and hearing the stories from all the guests. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been mentioned by nearly everyone. My experience with the summit has opened up new opportunities for me guesting on other shows, as well as opening me up to new ideas for this show in the future.
Good news everyone! I’ve got jury duty this week! And it’s not the first time either. Somehow the news took me on a strange trip through China. Even the Jackass of the Week goes there with a guy who thinks tofu is only for vegans. Then I lighten things up and learn something as I’m joined by a couple very special guests to talk about this week’s featured podcast: Varmints.
An architect in Honk Kong, one of the most populous cities in the world, has created a tiny house from old concrete water pipes. The 8 foot diameter pipes make for 1000 square feet of living space including mini fridge, shower, and convertible bench/ bed. Too bad they’re illegal in Hong Kong.
After her live-in boyfriend of over a year mysteriously disappeared, a Chinese woman discovered that “he” was in fact a woman in disguise. She is now looking into taking legal action against her ex- and his/her parents after having spent over 300,00 yuan on him/her and feeling scammed.
In China heavy drinking is a major part of negotiating a business deal. One service offers not only designated drivers to get the men and their cars home safely, but also a designated drinker service to do the drinking for them.
An unnamed vegan began ranting at a girl online after complimenting her on her tofu recipe, because he found out she wasn’t also vegan. The ranter raged at the young lady claiming that tofu is for vegans and that her eating it is appropriating it to be hip. (Spoilers- It’s not. It was invented by the Chinese.)
“The Varmints podcast is an education/comedy podcast that’s all about animals! And who better to teach you than two nerds named Paul and Donna? They aren’t exactly animal experts. More like animal enthusiasts. Anyway, every week they do a whole bunch of research to educate themselves and you the listener on all things that creep, crawl, slither, fly, hop and swim on this planet one animal at a time. It’s just like one of those fancy nature documentaries on PBS except without David Attenborough. Or any kind of expertise. Or fancy, polished production values by viewers like you. They might make tote bags someday, though.”
The boys are back in school, it’s back to normal around the house, and I just keep doing things that demonstrate that I’m not always that bright. I’ve got a packed news week including frozen animals, hippie water, and things being found in bodies that just shouldn’t be there. With all that variety of twisted stuff, this week’s Recommended Listening feature goes to “Twisted Philly.”
The recent deep freeze along the east coast of the US has caused many reptiles to “freeze” and become paralyzed. People have reported frozen iguanas falling out of trees seeming to be dead. They’re not. It’s just too cold.
The newest food fad coming out of California is what they’re calling Raw Water.” That would be, unfiltered, untreated, spring water, which costs as much as $15 a gallon. Never mind that water shouldn’t cost that much. Untreated water, even from a natural spring, can be full of bacteria, and it eventually turns green from the spores and bacteria that live in it.
A Taiwanese dentist was sued by his mother for failing to honor a contract he signed agreeing to pay her back for the costs of his upbringing and education. His mother, afraid her two sons, who she raised by herself, wouldn’t take care of her in her old age, made both him and his brother sign a contract agreeing to give them part of their profits as dentists until they paid back the $1.7 Million it cost to raise them and put them through dental school.
A British woman spent 6 years being treated for what doctors believed to be Crohn’s disease with no improvement. Surgeons discovered a Heinz ketchup packet lodged in her intestines that appears to have mimicked the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, including bloating and abdominal pain.
During a strip search, a Pennsylvania inmate was found to have a balloon containing synthetic marijuana in his rectum. After the court added another 3-6 years to his sentence for possession of an illegal substance, he appealed the sentence claiming that the drugs weren’t his. He lost.
YouTuber (idiot) Logan Paul and his crew, while shooting footage for his channel in Japan’s “Suicide Forest,” stumbled across the deceased body of a man hanging in the forest. Rather than stop filming (like decent people), they continued filming and turned it all into just another video for his YouTube channel, even as far as asking for likes at the end. After public pressure, he later took the video down and issued an apology, but even his apology video had ads running so that he could make money from it.
“There’s more mischief, mayhem and nefarious goings on in the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection than Billy Penn could have ever imagined. Twisted Philly features stories from Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania at large, including true crime, history and hauntings, legends plus some of the coolest and creepiest places to visit. Who knows what I’ll get up to in the twisted city of Philly.”
This week I’m breaking format completely. No news, no Jackass Of The Week, no Recommended Listening. I’m going old school for the last show of the year and just vamping. I get into my returning to work while healing from my rib injuries, what we did for our Yule holiday, checking out Christmas lights, trying to go shopping on Christmas Day, and what I want to do with the show for next year.
In 2018 I would like to start using the Recommended Listening segment to feature podcast submissions from listeners. I can only suggest so many shows personally, and I want to hear what you are listening to. Send me you recommendations/ reviews either written or in audio form to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am turning the segment over to you, dear listener. As a bonus, if you submit a feature to me for the show, I will put all of those together and draw one out to win some Odd Dad Out Swag.
Happy New Year! I hope to see you in 2018. Thank You and Goodnight…
After being kept up extra late with a couple sick boys, I’m getting sick myself, but “the show must go on!” After my sick boys chat, things turn toward my recent HOA “violation” and my twisted history with those. Oddly it all ends up back on landscaping for some reason. The news brings tales of mistaken identity, death threats, and a national emergency. In my sick brain I completely forgot to do the Jackass of the Week, but that’s fine because I went extra long talking about this week’s “Recommended Listening” feature, “Podcasts We Listen To.”
Conflict between dairy farmers and retailers has created a price war in the largest butter consuming nation that has lead to a retail shortage of butter. As retailers refuse to pay higher prices, dairy producers are taking their products across the border where they can sell .
What do I have in common with my dog? Both of us have had major weight shifts lately. On a similar note, almost all of this week’s news is about breakfast food. I’ve got garlic coffee, cops confused by donuts, a shortcut to chicken and waffles, and a little “green” something to help your appetite. All that food left me with only one choice for this week’s “Recommended Listening” feature: The RestauRant Podcast.
A Japanese coffee shop owner has created an alternative coffee beverage using burnt garlic. He claims that his drink, despite having an aroma of garlic, tastes like regular coffee and is completely free of caffeine.
A Florida man was arrested during a traffic stop when the officer saw a white substance on the floor of the car that he believed to be crystal meth. Lab tests showed it was in fact just doughnut glaze. The man received a $37,500 settlement after suing the city for false arrest.
A Michigan man, wanted on probation violation, claimed he would turn himself in and bring the police a dozen doughnuts if they could get 1000 shares on his “wanted” post. After going viral and getting 4000 shares, he kept his word and showed up to the police station with a bag of doughnuts in hand.
A Long Beach restaurant owner has been getting a lot of heat after it was discovered that the fried chicken on her menu is purchased from Popeye’s. She claims she has always used pre-made fried chicken since her kitchen isn’t equipped to make it, and has never hidden that fact.