CURIOUS TIMES APRIL 1 EDITION 

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS GET PLASTIC SURGERY

Before you even think about getting work done on your face, head over to oddee.com for a compilation of the worst plastic surgery disasters of all time. This site has disturbing photographs of the world's most tragic face jobs ever done, including the King of Plastic, of course, who has had more than 10 nose jobs to turn him into a hideous alien. This site also tells the stories of Hang Mioku, a Korean woman who became so obsessed with plastic surgery that she started injecting cooking oil in her face when the surgeons refused to keep operating on her, and Jocelyn Wildenstein, a once-beautiful trophy wife who has allegedly spent $4 million on cosmetic surgery. And don't miss the bizarre photos of two freaks who have used body modifications to try and turn themselves into animals: Dennis Avner the Catman and Eric Sprague the Lizardman.

RADIOACTIVE MAN

Is it possible to be both the luckiest and the unluckiest man of the 20th century? Perhaps it's Tsutomu Yamaguchi, 93, a Japanese man who has become the first person certified to have survived both of the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II. Yamaguchi was visiting Hiroshima on a business trip on the day that the first A-bomb was dropped and managed to survive the blast despite being temporarily blinded and suffering serious burns to his upper body. The next day, he was released from hospital and returned to his home in Nagasaki, only to be caught in the second blast. "As far as we know, he is the first one to be officially recognized as a survivor of atomic bombings in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki," said a government official. "It's such an unfortunate case, but it is possible that there are more people like him." (The Globe & Mail)

MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT'S HIDING IN HIS PANTS

A Finnish computer programmer who lost a finger in a motorcycle accident last summer has replaced the digit with a USB drive. After having the finger amputated he built his own prosthetic, which looks like a real finger until you peel back the nail to reveal a 2 gigabyte USB key. "It is not attached permanently into my body," he says. "When I'm using the USB, I just leave my finger inside the slot and pick it up after I'm ready." (The Telegraph)

CREATE YOUR OWN JOB

Here's one way to beat the recession. Open a glass shop and then drive around town shooting out windows with a slingshot. This was the cunning plan of one Andrew Krogh, 47, of Sacramento, Calif., who was arrested last week on six counts of felony vandalism after being captured during a stakeout by members of a martial arts club that had paid Krogh more than $12,000 in the past six months to fix broken windows. (news10.net)

NO HOLIDAY DESTINATION CAN COMPARE TO THE WET ROCK YOU LIVE ON

A British newspaper has compiled a list of the most ridiculous complaints received by tour operators from their clients. Among the many problems faced by British travelers were complaints that the sand on a tropical beach was much whiter than the picture in the brochure, there were too many fish in the ocean, there was too much curry served at restaurants in India, and there are too many Spanish people in Spain. Another group of British tourists were outraged that it took their flight nine hours to get home from Jamaica while the Americans on the exact same trip got home in only three hours. (The Telegraph)

NO WONDER YOU'RE BROKE ALL THE TIME

An economist from the University of Texas has released extensive research from the United States, Canada and China that he claims proves conclusively that beautiful people earn more money than the rest of us. His studies suggest that people in the top 30 percent in the looks department earn between 3 and 5 percent more than those in the middle 60 percent. People in the bottom 10 percent do even worse. Those described as "pretty ugly" earn up to 10 percent less than average.

A NATURAL CURE FOR INSOMNIA

And the winner of the 2008 Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year is The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais. Hurry up and start writing your crazy book now so you can win next year's prize. (thebookseller.com)

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