The What a Weird Week Show for Friday, November 10th 2023: Weird Things in the News!

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Season 4, Episode 59 first published on Friday Nov. 10th, 2023...


❿ Nike Lawsuit! Nike suing New Balance and Sketchers for patent infringement.
This is about sneakers and technology in our sneakers.
I'm not a lawyer, but here is my paraphrase.
Nike is saying, you stole our idea.
New Balance and Sketchers are saying, they're sneakers.
They go on your feet.
Come on.
You don't have the worldwide rights to feet.
I don't know.
That's kind of it.
You can read the article.
The link is in the show notes.
Here's a quote.
Nike's fly knit technology uses high strength fibers to create lightweight uppers with targeted
areas of support, stretch, and breathability.
Now I feel like those are the end quote.
I feel like those are good qualities to have in a shoe that could possibly, if you've
ever had a smelly shoe situation going on in your life, I mean breathability? Yes. Support? Who doesn't like support? Stretch? Listen, the end of the day after a lot of salt... Yes.
All good qualities, Nike says, whatever is happening there with the other, with their
competitors, stolen, and it is all patented technology.
This one to be continued.
Oh, by the way, Nike has already sued Adidas, Puma, and Lulu Lemon concerning the patents
on fly knit technology.
Adidas and Puma settled, LuluLemon is a case that is still going on.
No word yet from New Balance or Sketchers.
If there's a big ol' Shoe Showdown/ Shoedown (©2023 Weird Week Productions) it's just gonna drive up the cost of shoes isn't it? They'll be coming for our Crocs next you guys!

❾ The Chainsaw-wielding thieves in the news and what they're stealing...
- It's Olive Trees you guys. They are stealing Olive Trees. I mean, maybe not what you thought and definitely a clickbait headline...- the price of olive oil is getting high enough that thieves are thieving that stuff. Sometimes with chainsaws... chopping off branches or entire trees.
- not a sustainable business model.- why is the price of olive oil so high? All the things you are imagining. bad crop ... climate change... Mercury in retrograde* (citation needed)
- we might have to switch to bacon grease instead of Olive Oil for our salad dressing for awhile until this thing gets solved...
- quote from story: "In Greece, a 1-liter bottle of extra virgin oil jumped from $8 to $9 last year to as much as $15 this year."

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❽ Two amazing cooking records in the news! There's a couple of world records that have been broken this past week... they involve cooking and or baking. The longest cooking marathon where a chef from Ireland cooked and cooked and cooked and cooked and cooked. Like cooked!
A hundred and nineteen hours and fifty seven minutes of non-stop cooking you guys. That's impressive.
If you're at this restaurant ordering food from a chef who's a couple hours into the world record, you're going to get a quality dish.
A hundred and nineteen, almost a hundred and twenty hours into the record, I don't know if your eggs are going to be exactly how you wanted them. I'm just saying that chef doesn't want any dishes sent back to the kitchen. "I will have none of that!" Wouldn't you be so tired? You'd be like, "I'm not putting up with any guff... They're having their eggs scrambled."
Anyway, this Alan Fisher of Ireland set that record almost a hundred and twenty hours of non-stop cooking and then turns around and does baking for forty seven hours and twenty one minutes.
Another record. Obviously, can stand the heat and stay in the kitchen. Hey?
We link to an article that gets into his background and inspirational story of how he got to where he's at.
If you want to read that,

❼ the UFO was a no-fo ... Bunch of people reported seeing UFOs in San Diego... turns out it was US Navy sky divers...
The US Navy leap frogs were skydiving into the San Diego Wave Football Club game... Into the snap dragon stadium Sunday...
so a lot of people saw this who weren't at the game didn't realize and didn't see the social media post from the United States Navy leapfrog saying "that's us" so the football club or soccer team and the US Navy were behind the UFO sightings. I don't know sometimes I like it when we figure out what they are...
I hate a mystery. I like a solution. You know I used to say I like a good mystery, but I don't. I hate a good mystery. I like a bad mystery. When you can solve it... That's my definition of a bad mystery. So this one was a bad mystery and I am grateful.
photos and video and stuff in the show notes
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❻ Men charged in Golden Toilet Heist that might be an insult to America... The headline from Associated Press is, "Four Men Charged in Theft of Golden Toilet."
The story out of London, Four Men were charged on Monday after an 18-carat gold toilet was stolen
from the English country mansion where Winston Churchill was born. The golden toilet is valued at close to $6 million.
It was art. An Italian artist made this golden toilet and called it America. So I don't think that's nice.
I don't think that was meant in a nice, like a tribute to our American friends. You friends in America, I wouldn't put up with that.
Why would you make a golden toilet and call it America? Am I not seeing it right? Like maybe it was some kind of honor,
high praise, "even the toilets are paved with gold?" I don't know, maybe. It's not my first instinct is to see a golden toilet labeled America
and think it was a nice thing that this Italian artist was doing. Why can't we all just get along?
Why can't we focus on our similarities rather than our differences and just get along instead of making golden toilet art about one another?
If you wanna see what the golden toilet looks like, we have a link in the show notes, but just imagine a toilet made of 18-karat gold.
Boom, you got it.
Incidentally, if convicted, these fellows go to jail...  and they are discussing with some other people in jail, "what are you in here for?"
And they say, "we stole a golden toilet." Are you gonna be, is that gonna garner respect? Or is that going to be trouble for you if you're in for golden toilet theft?
Just curious, I don't know. I ain't had much learning.

❺ Whales sink another boat...
It's a phenomenon you guys.
This time it was a Polish yacht off the coast of Morocco that got sunk.
Killer whales.
In the Strait of Gibraltar... they just. went. to. town!
Smashing into this yacht for 45 minutes... major damage and the boat sank.
The crew is safe, not harmed. Notes from previous episode: they ram boats... they bite rudders... they've sunk boats... and it seems to be happening more often.
- it's not really a question of Are They Doing It On Purpose... it's more a question of Why? Do they know what they're doing? Is it cold-blooded attempted murder? Do we need to lock up all the whales in some kind of Whale Jail©?
- Right now, the researchers are trying to figure it out. If you ask most people, they say the whales are finally getting even with us for all the nets and ships bumping into them and whatnot. Whale researchers don't really think that, but they're still trying to find answers.
We covered similar stories before
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❹ Headline from Global News: "Human skull found amid Halloween decor in Florida thrift store!"This one is scary! Creepy! Human skull!
Would you even know right?! You're in this thrift shop...  you're in a store...  you're looking for creepy Halloween stuff for your creepy creepy fun creepy Halloween creepstacular... And you see this skull and you're like yeah that's pretty good how much is that?! Who would know if it was real? Well, it turns out the person in the thrift store happened to be an anthropologist! ... and they were like "I'm pretty sure this is human", reported it to the authorities. It was human! They don't believe the case is suspicious in nature but that's all we know so far... to be continued.
❸ The Best Cheese in the World is...
some kind of semi solid blue cheese... a blue cheese from Norway took top spot best in show whatever it's called at the world cheese awards.
So the best cheese in the world comes from Norway... blue cheese. Here's the top 10 list and, I don't know, being from Canada I was hoping maybe some sort of representation at the world cheese awards. I got my cheese pride you guys. I got my cheese pride. But nope. The top 10:
number 10 was from Italy... Number nine was a Netherlands cheese... Number eight also... Germany had number seven...  Austria was number six... Switzerland ... India... Switzerland again at number three... then a cheese from Belgium and Norway at the number one spot with that blue cheese.
Mmm. Mmm. Stinky.
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❷ headline from Fox 13 is NYC Green Slime puzzlers New Yorkers...
So in New York, this green slime started oozing onto the street up through the sewer, and then look at that gutter full of green slime.
What the heck? And it was a very, very vibrant green slime. Such... I mean, when you picture green slime, you don't even have to go to the show notes and click the thing... Picture green slime. There, you got it. I'm confident that you're picturing what this is, the vibrancy and the consistency, the slimy goodness that is the green New York City street slime. It turns out... so it went viral and got reported and stuff... People are like, what is this? And some people are just walking by it.
Don't even care. Green slime. Vibrant green slime coming out of the sewer drain... It turns out when they're doing work... I didn't know this... this is not how they do it in my city... but when they're doing work in the sewer trying to detect leaks... they put this vibrant green dye in the water, and that was what came bubbling up. So mystery solved. Did I mention before I love an easy mystery?
I love it when a mystery is solved. What a great day.

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Weird Archeological find is the number one story next...

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❶ It's time for the number one weird story of the week...
All right, number one is an archeological find that surprised the researchers, a 400-year-old skeleton with an iron hand who was uncovered in Germany.
They did some tests, they believed the skeleton belonged to a man between 30 and 50 years old who died maybe in the mid-14, who died between like 1450 and early 1600s. A long time ago to have an iron hand and the researchers were quite impressed with the iron hand. The researchers were impressed with all the medical ingenuity... that's me paraphrasing. Also, I learned that m(I don't know my history at all) It's not a first?!
Old iron hand, a German knight from the early 1500s lost his right hand at the wrist. It was a cannon sword accident. I mean, how unfortunate can you be? It wasn't a cannon accident. It wasn't a sword accident. It was a cannon sword accident where a cannon misfires and the sword flies and cuts off
the hand... and so old iron hand, the German knight got an iron hand. This has been a lot of iron hand talk.
First time ever though on this program... and number one this week.
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