Curious Times 

by andreas ohrt

MONEY FOR NOTHING

A Canadian criminologist and forensic litigation specialist has filed a class action suit in British Columbia's Supreme Court against seven of Canada's largest banking institutions, charging that the big banks are illegally creating money and using fraudulent banking practices in order to deceive their customers by loaning them money which does not actually exist. The basic argument is that when banks give you a loan, they simply create the money by punching a few numbers into their computers and then charge you outrageous interest rates and take away your collateral if you can't pay them back. This lawsuit argues that this "digitally created money" does not legally exist and these transactions constitute counterfeiting and money laundering since this phantom money cannot be traced nor accounted for. "There is no law in Canada that could remotely suggest that the defendant financial institutions have the legal right to create money out of nothing," states the lawsuit. Get all the nitty-gritty details at NewMediaExplorer.org.

MORE FODDER FOR LOW BUDGET HORROR FLICKS

The scientific explanation entirely escapes my feeble mind, but somehow or another researchers at Yale University School of Medicine have managed to create remote-controlled fruit flies. By manipulating the flies' brains in some manner, the scientists were able to use a laser trigger to activate different sets of the animals' nervous system in order to get them to flap their wings or jump around. The researchers didn't mention what positive scientific use this technology might bring, but it's safe to assume the CIA has already confiscated their equipment and is currently testing it on humans. (MSNBC)

END OF THE WORLD UPDATE

Aw, crap! It looks like the end of the world is going to come even faster than we thought. If you joined us last time, you learned the prophecies of a 12th century saint claimed that there would be only two more popes following the death of John Paul II, after which we face the judgment of the Great Judge. Now it turns out that an extra pope seems to have been added to the prophecies by a group of Olivetan monks in 1820. This means that the next Pope will actually be the last, and his reign will come to an abrupt end due to the end of the world as we know it. According to St. Malachy, "there will be earthquakes and signs in the sun. Toward the end, darkness will cover the Earth. When everyone believes that peace is ensured, when everyone least expects it, the Great Happening will begin." (newswithviews.com)

IS THAT A PENIS ON YOUR ARM, OR ARE YOU JUST GLAD TO SEE ME?

A Russian man has given hope to all men who are suffering through life with a penis smaller than two inches long (the medical community calls this a micropenis), by having a new penis surgically grown on his left forearm. As bizarre as this sounds, this is actually a pioneering surgical technique which, if successful, will be used for countless of weird applications. During the procedure, the man's micropenis was amputated and reattached to his arm, after which flesh and skin tissue were grafted around the penis, expanding it from two to seven inches. The newly created member was then amputated off the arm and reattached to its proper home. The surgeon who created this technique, Professor Mikhail Sokolshchick of the National Medical Surgical Centre in Moscow, had previously performed thousands of reconstructive surgeries, but said that "this operation was highly risky because it was an amputation, reconstruction and reattachment in one go. If it had gone wrong, the patient would have ended up with no genitalia at all." (The Telegraph)

WHEN PIGS RUN, JUMP, SWIM

The annual Pig Olympics are under way in Shanghai, China, this month, with about 20 pig athletes trained in Thailand competing in events such as running, jumping hurdles, jumping through hoops, swimming and diving. Apparently the pigs are a unique breed which takes naturally to all forms of sports. After they are born, the pigs receive one year of training before testing their stuff at the Pig Olympics. (Shanghai Daily News)

GOD HAS A REALLY TWISTED SENSE OF HUMOUR

A woman in Chicago who was rushing to a church service after having a premonition of her own death in a dream, was struck and killed when her car hit a truck in a head-on collision last Sunday morning. (Chicago Tribune).

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