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How bizarre! How bizarre!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2010-11-01 06:51:27
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Has Belfast film-maker found time travel evidence?

bizarre01_10A Belfast film-maker has posted a video on the internet showing what he says could be evidence of time travelling. George Clarke from east Belfast has been puzzled for more than a year by a scene in a film which appears to show a woman talking on a mobile phone. The unusual thing is that the movie was made by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 - long before mobile phones were invented. In the eight days since George posted the clip on YouTube - more than 1.5m people have viewed the video online.

Even the US talk show host Jay Leno created his own spoof version. George was checking the extras on a Chaplin DVD box-set and began watching a clip of the 1928 Hollywood premiere of The Circus. "As I sat back to watch it I realised in the first 30 seconds there's a lady strolling by with her hand up to her ear which looked quite familiar in today's society.”So I wound it back and watched it again, zoomed it in and slowed it down and got other people in to check it out. "Everybody had the same reaction - it looks like she's talking on a mobile phone."

He has since showed the clip to a number of people, including the audience of a Belfast film festival. He said no-one has been able to provide an explanation. Since posting it on YouTube it has had more that 1.5m views and provoked 10,000 comments. "A mystery like this one, bottom line I don't think we're ever going to find out," George said. "My initial reaction was that's a mobile phone, they weren't around then, my only explanation - and I'm pretty open-minded about the sci-fi element of things - it was kind of like wow that's somebody that's went back in time."

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Paul the World Cup octopus dies


bizarre02_400_07Paul the octopus, an unlikely star of the 2010 World Cup who predicted the outcome of eight matches, has died at an aquarium in Germany. Staff at the Sea Life centre in Oberhausen said they were devastated to learn that he had passed away during the night.

Paul made his name by successfully choosing a mussel from one of two boxes bearing the flags of competing nations. Octopuses rarely live beyond two years so his death was not unexpected. Paul the octopus, an unlikely star of the 2010 World Cup who predicted the outcome of eight matches, has died at an aquarium in Germany.

Staff at the Sea Life centre in Oberhausen said they were devastated to learn that he had passed away during the night. Paul made his name by successfully choosing a mussel from one of two boxes bearing the flags of competing nations. Octopuses rarely live beyond two years so his death was not unexpected.

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Debt Collectors accused of fake courtroom, judge


bizarre03_400_10A sign in the front of a building on West 39th Street tells visitors that it's the Unaccredited Debt Resolution Centre in Erie. Once debtors got inside, they were fooled into believing they were in a courtroom with a judge, but the whole thing was a fake, according to a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

Team 4's Jim Parsons reported that Unicredit America is accused in the lawsuit of deceiving, misleading and coercing hundreds of consumers into paying off their debts. Inside the building is a pair of locked oak doors with brass handles resembling a courtroom entrance. The company is accused in the lawsuit of building a mock courtroom complete with a judge's bench and witness stand. Unicredit President Mike Covatto declined to comment on Friday.

"Can I look at your fake courtroom?" Parsons asked. "First of all, that's an allegation that supposedly someone said, so talk to the attorneys," Covatto said. "You guys have a nice day. That's all I got to say." The Attorney General's Office told Team 4 that Unicredit lured debtors to the building by sending employees who appeared to be sheriff's deputies to their homes, implying that they would be taken into custody if they failed to appear at the phony court hearings.

"It really galls me that someone would stoop that low," Erie County Sheriff Robert Merski said.  This certainly seems to be a scam, and it upsets me that they are trying to play on the integrity of this office, the office of sheriff. We've been here since the beginning of the United States." The lawsuit accuses Unicredit of intimidating debtors into revealing their bank account numbers, even turning over the titles to their cars once they got them inside the building. The Attorney General's Office is asking a judge to freeze the company's assets and order it to cease operations.

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Pot experiment explodes in home


Police say a man who tried to distill the active ingredient from marijuana using butane gas inadvertently caused an explosion that sent the door of his refrigerator through a wall in his home. Police have not identified the man and are checking whether any of the home’s residents has a valid medical marijuana card. No one was injured.

The Mail Tribune reports that the explosion on Monday shattered a window dislodged cupboard doors and scattered food around the kitchen. Coos County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Downing says one of the home’s residents was trying to extract tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, from marijuana.


   
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