THE HIGHEST BIDDER WAS DRACULA
Perhaps one of the coolest items ever auctioned off at an estate sale—a complete and authentic vampire killing kit circa 1800—was snatched up last week for a cool $14,850. The vampire killing kit includes stakes, mirrors, a gun with silver bullets, crosses, a Bible, holy water, candles and garlic, and is all housed in a beautiful American walnut case with a carved cross on top. Check out the cool photo of the entire kit at curioustimes.com. (antiquesandhearts.com)
FOR THE WITCH WHO HAS EVERYTHING
You may have missed your chance with the vampire killing kit, but if you're ever down in La Paz, Bolivia, don't miss one of the most bizarre street markets in the world—a collection of shops for witches, medicine women, astrologers and sorcerers. Among the unusual items you can buy at Bolivia's Witches' Market are llama fetuses for prosperity, dried armadillos to prevent robberies, naked ceramic couples to improve your sex life, rectify impotency and increase fertility, and various other goodies such as toad talismans, owl feathers and stone amulets. And the shopping isn't done until you've paid a fortune teller to read your future and hired a sorcerer to cast an evil spell on one of your enemies. (oddee.com)
WHO SAYS SNAIL MAIL IS USELESS?
An inmate in a German prison figured out a pretty easy way to break out of jail by climbing into a cardboard box and having himself delivered out of the joint by way of express courier. The 42-year-old Turkish citizen who was serving a seven-year sentence is still on the loose. "I was not surprised that an escape happened on my watch," said chief warden Beate Peters. "For years I had been asking for more security guards from the government. But now they'll have to listen." (BBC)
LIKE THERE'S NOT ENOUGH WORDS ALREADY
The Oxford English Dictionary has crowned its word of the year: hypermiling, the attempt to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one's car and driving techniques. The word comes from a group of hardcore fuel efficiency enthusiasts who meet at events such as the Fuel Economy World Championships in order to show off cars like the 136 mpg Prius, which won the competition this year. Too bad hypermiling is such a stupid word and will never be embraced by the public. So for next year's contest, I've invented a much more useful word: unformation, information which may or may not be true. Spread the word. (CNN)
HOW DO I SET THIS LASER POINTER TO STUN?
Here's a rare gem from my spam box, from a list of 38 "Things You'd Love to Say At Work, But Can't." No. 38: I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted paychecks; No. 35: Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?; No. 23: And your crybaby whiny-butt opinion would be ...?; No. 20: I'm not being rude. You're just insignificant; No. 13: I have plenty of talent and vision. I just don't give a damn; No. 11: I like you. You remind me of when I was young and stupid; No. 5: I'm really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way; and No. 1: I can see your point, but I still think you're full of shit.
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON CRACK
Two men in Victoria, British Columbia, were arrested last week for smoking crack in their car. It wasn't too hard to find them either, as the men had decided to park in the police department parking lot. (canada.com)
ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS
If you're looking for something less predictable than Christmas to celebrate in December, check out these supposed holidays: Dec. 4 is Wear Brown Shoes Day; Dec. 8 is Take It In The Ear Day; Dec. 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day; Dec. 21 is Look At The Bright Side Day; Dec. 26 is National Whiners Day; and, of course, on Dec. 30 you can celebrate the Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute. Cheers.
I-READ-IT-ON-THE-INTERNET-SO-IT-MUST-BE-TRUE FACT OF THE WEEK
More people cry between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. than at any other time of day.
Get way more bizarro news at curioustimes.com.