Odd Stuff

The Old Custom of Stilt Fishing in Sri Lanka

The Old Custom of Stilt Fishing in Sri Lanka

This is no ordinary fishing, there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling. Fishermen in Sri Lanka use stilts to catch a fish. Yes, stilt fishing is an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in Galle, in southwestern-most Sri Lanka, especially around the towns of Kathaluwa and Ahangama. It had disappeared after the 2004 tsunami that struck Sri Lank... »

The Italian Church with Walls of Skulls

The Italian Church with Walls of Skulls

War memorials are built to honour the lives of soldiers or freedom fighters who died during war, but this particular place had a unique way of preserving an important piece of history. A Cathedral in Otranto city, Apulia region in south Italy has skulls of 800 people adorning the wall instead of altar pictures. The bones and skulls are well-displayed for the church congregation, it might seem biza... »

Sleepwalking is not Living a Dream

Sleepwalking is not Living a Dream

My first run in with a sleep walker was my very own sister, one night she was banging the windows screaming, “Open! Open!” while she was asleep. My parents woke up and tucked her into bed. Sleepwalking is a parasomnia or sleep disorder where the sufferer engages in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness while he or she is asleep or in a sleep-like state. History has b... »

World’s Oldest Mother at the Age of 70

World’s Oldest Mother at the Age of 70

Rajo Devi, became the oldest mother in the world, when she gave birth to a child at the age of 70. Hailing from Hisar village in Haryana, Rajo Devi went for in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to get a child 55 years afer getting married. This news evoked mixed feelings within me, its good that a couple got a child, but at the same time how will they take care of the child? The 72-year old husb... »

Odd Advertisements You May Never See

We sorted out a few modern and vintage advertisements that would most probably never hit the masses. Here’s one from Energizer, that I think is pretty interesting, it also reminds me of the White Rabbit part of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I find this advertisement very moving, it surely will make a woman think twice about prevention and care. This is a vintage advertisement that is kind o... »

Odd Stuff from Around the World

In Todays edition of Odd Stuff we have picked up a couple of articles from around the world. Let’s start off with the Vatican’s warning that mobile phones are bad for the soul. Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, said that without a spiritual life, people risked losing their souls. “In the age of the cell phone and the internet it is probably more difficult than before to p... »

India Gets her Own Jaws, the Goonch

A year ago one 18-year old Nepalese boy was dragged down into the depths of River Kali, near the Indo Nepal border. The villagers described the creature to be something like an elongated pig. The River Kali is a holy river, where the locals immerse the burnt remains of the dead. The Goonch, a cat fish that resides in the river, has perhaps been feeding on these remains and has now mutated into a f... »

Craig Calfee’s Bamboo Bicycle

Craig Calfee’s Bamboo Bicycle

I want to ride this bicycle, I want to ride this bike! Both Bhavika and I have been considering purchasing cycles, for the exercise, sustainable energy and of course a massive boon to the environment, since it will wipe out the short trips that we make by gasoline consuming machines. But what puts even that to shame is Craig’s bamboo cycle, yes Calfee Designs have sold over 200 bikes that ar... »

How Far Would you Go for Money?

Came across this interesting post on five people who went too far to make some money, theres one about a place where people mutilate their body parts I have skipped that one out its not as interesting as the others. Its quite morbid but its good to know what happens when the thirst cannot be quenched and greed takes over the needs, it also reminds me of today’s capitalist world. But enough o... »

Prisoners can Rent a Cell in Bolivia

A prison which is the microcosm of the city itself. That’s how it is in Bolivia’s San Pedro prison, the largest prison in La Paz, which houses approximately 1,500 inmates, who often stay with their wives and children in the prison. Yes, its less of a prison and more like a sprawling city with children playing inside, there are restaurants, market stalls, hairdressers and even a hotel. ... »

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