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Flintstones-themed ‘Bedrock City’ Up for Sale

BETTY RUBBLE, BARNEY RUBBLE, FRED FLINTSTONE, WILMA FLINTSTONE
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The cartoon-inspired campground can be yours for the low, low price of $2 million

Have you ever wanted to own your own real-world town inspired by a classic cartoon but decided that the Jetsons is just too futuristic for you? Well it just so happens that you are in luck, because Arizona’s Flintstones-themed “Bedrock City” is now on the market.

The 30-acre property—complete with theme park, campground, gift shop, convenience store and restaurant—is being listed for just $2 million, ABC reports.

The site’s original owners negotiated a licensing deal with Hanna-Barbera, the studio responsible for the Flintstones, when it opened in the early 1970s, but any future owners would need to hatch a deal of their own to keep the park in its current condition. Its attractions include an enormous green brontosaurus slide and a faux volcano (appropriately dubbed Mt. St. Wilma).

[ABC]

TIME Bizarre

Attention Hipster Swimmers, This Beard Cap Is the Answer to Your Prayers

Virgin Trains, official train partner to the Great North Swim, has launched an innovative swim cap for bearded men – the Beard Cap - which will be trialled with customers competing at the Great North Swim, Lake Windermere, June 12 – 14, 2015. Responding to debates on swimming forums about big beards causing drag, Virgin Trains commissioned its own research which revealed that over one in ten men (12 per cent) connected their beard to slower swim times, and nearly a quarter of men feel their beards hinder their sports performance. For swimmers, spectators and supporters planning a weekend away to the Lakes during the Great North Swim, there are exclusive discounts of up to 50%  across Virgin Trains First and Standard Advance Fares. To find out more information and buy tickets to travel to The Great North Swim visit http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/nova/
Mikael Buck—Virgin Trains Virgin Trains has launched an innovative swim cap for bearded men which will be trialled with customers competing at the Great North Swim, Lake Windermere, U.K., on June 12–14, 2015

Talk about shaving a few seconds off your swim time

Facial hair, especially the long unruly kind, can prove a severe impediment to a swimmer’s aquatic aerodynamic ability. A new invention from Virgin Trains called the Beard Cap, however, promises to change that forever.

The “innovative swim cap for bearded men,” as the rail company described the device in a press release, is just like a regular swimming cap, except it also extends to cover the wearer’s chin and press the beard closer to the face. The cap, which is “reusable, adjustable and perfect for keeping bushy beards under control,” will be launched at the Great North Swim in England’s Lake Windermere from June 12 to 14.

The invention is even backed by research commissioned by the company, which revealed that over 1 in 10 men attributed their beard to slower swim times, and nearly a quarter of men feel their beards negatively impact sports performance.

“At Virgin Trains we’re passionate about giving our customers the most awesome experience possible, and this extends to their sporting endeavors as they are traveling to the Great North Swim with us,” said Adrian Verma, the company’s senior partnerships and marketing manager. “In addition to the 50% discounted tickets to the event for spectators and competitors, we’re delighted to be offering customers this innovative cap to help them do their best.”

TIME Bizarre

Poop Falls From Sky and Ruins Sweet 16 Party, Family Says

"It was brown, it was everywhere, it got on everything"

It was a not-so-sweet 16 for one Pennsylvania girl, after her backyard pool party was shut down due to rain—poop rain, that is.

Joe Cambray said his stepdaughter Jacinda’s party was ruined after human excrement began to fall from the sky over their yard in Levittown, Pennsylvania, reported Fox 29 News.

“Out of nowhere, from the sky, comes a bunch of feces, lands on her,” Cambray told the Philadelphia local news station.

Cambray was reportedly playing horseshoes while others, among the 40 people in attendance, were swimming in the pool when the skies opened up. Some of the poo landed on the family’s brand new canopy, while other bits hit a baby seat.

“We just got done with cake. Thank God. We took the cake back in, because within two minutes, something fell from the sky. It was brown, it was everywhere, it got on everything,” Cambray said. “I grabbed a hose from over here, immediately started lining things up to start washing it off.”

Cambray said a relative used an app on her smartphone to deduce that several airplanes were flying overhead at the moment in question. The FAA told Fox 29 that all airplanes are legally required to dispose of waste at the airport, but the family has filed a complaint and the FAA will investigate the mystery of the falling feces.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Bizarre

Man Sneezes Out Toy Dart That Left Him Sniffling for 4 Decades

"Where the hell has this come from?"

A 51-year-old English man sneezed out a toy part that had been obstructing his nasal passage since childhood, finally relieving himself from more than 40 years of congested breathing.

Steve Easton was sitting at his computer when he was overcome by a sneezing fit, the Guardian reports. One fateful sneeze dislodged a penny-sized suction cup from his nasal cavity and sent it rocketing out of his nostril. “I thought, ‘what’s this,” Easton told the Guardian. “Where the hell has this come from?'”

A phone call to his mother confirmed what she had suspected 44 years earlier — that the rubber tip of a toy dart had vanished up his nose, beyond the reach of doctors. Easton, for his part, figured he was suffering from hay fever.

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Mother Discovers Her Twins Have 2 Different Fathers

The truth came out during a paternity case

A New Jersey woman found out that her twins had been fathered by two different men in a Passaic County paternity case.

The woman, identified only as T.M., was applying for public assistance and named her romantic partner as the father of both children, the New York Times reports. In the course of testimony, she admitted to sleeping with a different man about a week after she believed she had conceived the twins with her partner.

This prompted a paternity test, which revealed that each man had fathered one of the twins, who are now toddlers. The original partner, identified as A.S., will now only pay child support for one of the children.

This kind of occurrence is rare, but not unheard of—a doctor testified that 1 in 13,000 paternity cases for twins involve two different fathers.

[NYT]

Read next: The Science of How Women Can Have Twins With 2 Different Fathers

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TIME Bizarre

This Photo Proves Promposals Have Officially Gone Too Far

Did "Destiny" say yes? Talk about a cliffhanger

Someone has taken the promposal to new heights.

Idaho police are looking for the person who appears to have asked someone to prom by spray-painting the Black Cliffs, east of Boise.

Climbers first noticed the spray-painted message, which reads “Destiny, Prom?” on Saturday afternoon, according to a Facebook post by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Police described this “illegal” act as “a misdemeanor charge of injury by graffiti, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.”

The stunt is the latest in elaborate promposals, from the student who pretended to strap bombs to himself to the one who popped the question on a Jumbotron at a college basketball game.

Ada County Sheriff's Office
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
Ada County Sheriff's Office
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
TIME Bizarre

See the Hilarious Moment When a Mayor Leaves His Mic on During a Bathroom Break

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term "livestream"

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Everything about this April 28 city council meeting in Georgetown, Texas, sounded completely civilized and serious — until the mayor forgot to turn off his mic when he went to the bathroom.

It all starts when Mayor Dale Ross gets up from his seat at the beginning of this clip from the live-stream of the meeting. Thirty seconds later, as Mayor Pro Tem Rachael Jonrowe talks about friends and family members who have contracted antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases, the man can be heard urinating and then flushing afterward.

What could be more embarrassing than having that private moment amplified on a loudspeaker? The Internet alleging that he did not wash his hands because no one could hear the sink running. A sassy Facebook comment suggests the city should raise money for hand-washing supplies for the facilities.

TIME Bizarre

Kirstie Alley Responds to ‘Christie Ally’ Bridge Scandal Confusion

The actress joked that she takes full responsibility

Friday in “No, The Nation’s Schools Are Doing Fine, Why Do You Ask?,” actress Kirstie Alley was trending on Twitter because people were misreading news headlines referring to a “Christie ally,” as in, an ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

And while the headline “Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in George Washington Bridge Lane-Closing Case” could conceivably be misinterpreted by people speed-reading through their various news feeds, that’s no reason to blame Alley.

The actress herself seems to be taking her newfound Twitter popularity in stride – and might not be as blameless as you might think.

“I take full responsibility!” the actress tells PEOPLE. “You see, I bought a new Aston Martin and wanted the whole freeway to myself to test drive and … oops.”

This article originally appeared on People.

TIME Bizarre

Box Unearthed in Family’s Attic May Contain Pirate Treasure

They now wonder whether their ancestor was a pirate

A Florida family was shocked to find a box of treasure in their attic during what seems to be a very profitable spring cleaning session.

“Maybe my great-grandparents were pirates,” one member of the Lopez family said, according to USA Today.

The collection included 18th-century coins, a map, a family photo, and…a human hand wearing a ring. Experts have described the findings as “authentic.”

[USA Today]

TIME Humor

9 Sounds That No One Can Explain

Have you heard these sounds before?

Everyone has a favorite Wikipedia rabbit hole. Mine is “List of Unexplained Sounds.” I can’t remember how I first made my way to the page, but its array of sonic mysteries has shown me that while space is incredible, our planet is its own frontier of intrigue and unexplainable phenomena.

  • 1. Upsweep

    Upsweep is an unidentified sound that’s existed at least since the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory began recording SOSUS—an underwater sound surveillance system with listening stations around the world—in 1991. The sound “consists of a long train of narrow-band upsweeping sounds of several seconds duration each.” The source location is difficult to identify, but it’s in the Pacific, around the halfway point between Australia and South America. Upsweep changes with the seasons, becoming loudest in spring and autumn, though it isn’t clear why. The leading theory is that it’s related to volcanic activity.

  • 2. The Whistle

    The Whistle was recorded on July 7, 1997, and only one hydrophone—the underwater microphones used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—picked it up. The location is unknown and limited information has made it difficult to speculate on the source.

  • 3. Bloop

    Bloop is the big kahuna in unexplained sounds. In 1997 (a big year for auditory ocean mysteries), an extremely powerful, ultra-low-frequency sound was detected at various listening stations thousands of miles apart and traced to somewhere west of the southern tip of South America. The sound only lasted about a minute and and was heard repeatedly over the summer, but not since. Bloop is generally believed to be the sound of a massive icequake, but scientists haven’t totally ruled out the possibility that the sound originated from something “organic.”

    That’s where things get eerie. If an animal was the source of Bloop, it would have to be larger than a blue whale. The most fanciful of all theories stems from the fact that Bloop’s location is somewhat close to author H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional sunken city of R’lyeh, where the creature known as Cthulhu lies “dead but dreaming.” Cthulhu can best be described as part man, dragon, and octopus, which seems as likely a source as any for the ocean’s greatest aural anomaly.

  • 4. Julia

    Julia was recorded on March 1, 1999, lasted for roughly 15 seconds, and was loud enough to be heard by the entire Equatorial Pacific Ocean hydrophone array. An Antarctic iceberg run aground is the leading suspect for its source.

  • 5. Slow Down

    Slow Down was first recorded on May 19, 1997 and is also credited to an iceberg running aground, though some people insist it might be a giant squid. The sound, lasting about 7 minutes, gradually decreases in frequency, hence the name “slow down.” Like Upsweep, the sound has been heard periodically since it was initially detected.

  • 6. The Hum

    The Hum has been recorded on several occasions, mostly during the last 50 years or so. In these cases, there have been reports of a relentless and troubling low-frequency humming noise that can only heard by a certain portion of the population. It’s difficult to pinpoint when instances of the Hum began, but it’s been well-documented since the 1970s, and since then, cases have popped up all over the world—from Ontario, Canada to Taos, New Mexico to Bristol, England to Largs, Scotland and Auckland, New Zealand.

    In most instances, the affected group only makes up around two percent of the population, but for those individuals, the Hum is largely inescapable and impossible to track. Those affected report never having heard noises before, and say the Hum is generally heard indoors and becomes louder at night. It’s also most common in rural and suburban areas and among people between age 55 and 70.

    Scientists have long investigated the cause of the drone, occasionally tracing it to industrial equipment emitting particular frequencies. For the most part, though, the sound has left the world completely puzzled. The list of other possible culprits is long and wide-ranging—wireless communication devices, power or gas lines, electromagnetic radiation, radio waves, or earth tremors are all suspects. Because the Hum appears and disappears and because the cause may vary from case to case, the phenomenon still baffles researchers. At this point, a few things are clear: The Hum is real and likely a byproduct of 21st-century living.

  • 7. Skyquakes

    Skyquakes, or unexplained sonic booms, have been heard around the world for the last 200 years or so, usually near bodies of water. These headscratchers have been reported on the Ganges in India, the East Coast and inland Finger Lakes of the U.S., near the North Sea, as well as in Australia, Japan, and Italy. The sound—which has been described as mimicking massive thunder or cannon fire—has been chalked up to everything from meteors entering the atmosphere to gas escaping from vents in the Earth’s surface (or the gas exploding after being trapped underwater as a result of biological decay) to earthquakes, military aircraft, underwater caves collapsing, and even a possible byproduct of solar and/or earth magnetic activity.

  • 8. UVB-76

    UVB-76, also known as “The Buzzer,” has been showing up on shortwave radios for decades. It broadcasts at 4625 kHz and after repeated buzzing noises, a voice occasionally reads numbers and names in Russian. The source and purpose has never been determined.

  • 9. 52-Hertz Whale

    This animal, also known as the loneliest whale in the world, calls at a highly unusual 52-hertz, well above the normal frequency. Scientists have been listening to 52-Hertz for decades, and recently, filmmakers raised $400,000 on Kickstarter to seek the mammal out. It should be noted that the fundraiser reached its goal through the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, another mysterious beast.

    This article originally appeared on Mental Floss.

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