WORST DENTIST • WEIRDEST MUSICIAN • DUMBEST CRIMINAL • MOST POINTLESS HEADLINE • BEST COMB OVER • TASTIEST LOVERS • WORST BOOK TITLE • THE DUMBEST, UGLIEST, SMELLIEST PEOPLE of 2007 • L 

This week: Part two of our look back at some of the wackiest news from 2007.

WORST DENTIST

Thankfully, we had only one contestant in the Worst Dentist of 2007 competition. England's Dr. David Quelch (well, he used to be a doctor) was found guilty of serious professional misconduct after extracting two teeth from an 87-year-old woman against her will and without anaesthetic. The worst part is that the extractions were completely unnecessary and only done as revenge after the patient complained about a previous visit to the dentist. According to her testimony, the dentist shouted "that'll teach you to complain to the doctor about me," after pulling a second tooth out of her head, leaving her bleeding profusely and in excruciating pain. (The Telegraph)

WEIRDEST MUSICIAN

An orchestral composer out of the Czech Republic has claimed that he steals most of his music from singing mushrooms in the forest near his home. Composer Vaclav Halek, who has written 2,000 songs, numerous film and theater scores and one symphony, says the secret to his prolific musical output lies in the frequent walks he takes in the woods, where he carries a pencil and paper and lies down near a pile of fungi and listens intently. "I simply record music that a mushroom sings to me," says Halek, who claims that music also comes from rocks and trees, but that mushrooms sing the best melodies. (Smh.com.au)

DUMBEST CRIMINAL

May brought us our winner in the "People Unclear on the Concept" department. A woman in North Carolina who robbed a Bank of America turned herself in to the sheriff's office hoping to claim the reward for her arrest. (wwaytv3.com)

MOST POINTLESS HEADLINE

As seen on the newswire in August: "Smoking Bans Reduce Smoking." No shit.

BEST COMB OVER

Don't miss the one-minute video clip of the world's greatest comb-over expert, a virtually bald Japanese man who molds his thinning strands into a tightly-styled rug that puts Donald Trump to shame. Search for "comb over" on YouTube or go to CuriousTimes.com. TASTIEST LOVERS

A survey of Italian women found that salami was their favorite aphrodisiac, followed closely by a good piece of cheese. (UPI)

WORST BOOK TITLE

It's either the winner of 2007's Worst Book Title competition or this publishing house forgot to hire a copy editor. Go to Amazon.com and check out "IF(Sid_Vicious == TRUE&& Alan Turing == TRUE) } ERROR_Cyberpunk() }"

THE DUMBEST, UGLIEST, SMELLIEST PEOPle of 2007

According to a survey carried out by Travel & Leisure magazine, the citizens of Philadelphia are the ugliest in the United States. Another chart ranked the citizens of Los Angeles as the least intelligent. And if you live in Dallas, you must be one ugly and stupid mofo. Of the 25 cities ranked in these surveys, Dallas came in 22nd on the intelligence scale, 23rd in the ugly department and third in last summer's ranking of America's sweatiest cities.

LEAST EXCITING TRIP TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD

Some nutty professor has figured out how long it would take you to fall through the Earth if you could drill a hole through the entire planet and jump in. The scientific details are extraordinarily dull (and can be read at HyperPhysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/mechanics/earthole.html), but the bottom line is that the journey would take a little over 42 minutes, at which point gravity from the center of the Earth would suck you back into the hole for an oscillating journey which would last forever.

WORST PROCRASTINATOR

If you've been putting off going to the doctor to check out something that feels wrong in your body, go to CuriousTimes.com and get a load of this hideous photo of a guy in China who discovered a growth in his neck in 1990 but didn't bother to go to the doctor until the tumor grew to over 35 pounds and he began to resemble Jabba the Hutt. (Metro.co.uk)

INTERNET FACT OF THE YEAR

$4.8 million will buy most people everything they think they will need in order to be happy.

Get way more bizarro news at CuriousTimes.com.

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