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Carl Pettit

Carl Pettit is a columnist, editor and writer working for an array of colorful publications. He specializes in cultural and social issues, as well as East Asia, politics and satire.
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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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Is Jimmy Hoffa Buried Under a Driveway in Michigan?

The search for Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamster union boss who was purportedly murdered by the Mafia in 1975, still flares up from time to time — even though Hoffa was declared legally dead, absent his body, in 1982. It seems that good ol’ Jimmy just doesn’t want to go away: he still might turn up in (or rather, beneath) a Michigan driveway.

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Category: Weird News
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Andrew Burton, Getty Images
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‘Fake’ Canadian Prime Minister Fools U.N. Secretary With Prank Call

The United Nations deals with some pretty serious business, especially in a world climate as dangerous as this one, but even so, this august body of world representatives can get pranked now and again. It just so happens that two very audacious Canadian radio talk show hosts managed to pull a fast one on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Our comedic brethren up north called into the U.N. this week and pretended they had Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, on the line.

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Man With World’s Lowest Voice Makes Record Book

How low can you go? Tim Storms might be tired of that question, but he’d probably be willing to bet you a large sum of money (if he’s a betting man) that he can sing a heck of a lot lower than you, or anyone you know, can.  Tim’s deep register is so low, in fact, that Guinness World Records named his voice as the lowest human voice on the planet.

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mermaids

Mermaids have long captured the imagination of the public. They’ve thrilled us in "documentaries", paintings fairytales and in the cinema. Sometimes these seafaring fish-ladies come to the aid of men (helpful!), and sometimes they just want to hug you to death and drown you (less helpful). Here are a few "facts" about these mythical creatures you might want to know before your next boat trip.

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Fox 31 Denver, Facebook
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Teen Girl Slips Handcuffs, Steals Police Vehicle and Leads Cops on Merry Chase

It’s tough being young and wild, especially if you live in a small Colorado mountain town. Sometimes kids just have to invent their own kind of fun. Perhaps 18-year-old Shelby Figueroa was thinking just that when she slammed her car into the back of an unmarked police SUV in Clear Creek, Colorado. The five-foot-tall suspect was subsequently detained and placed into the back of another police SUV. And then the real excitement began.

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10 Real Life ‘Harry Potter’ Destinations You Can Visit

If you love 'Harry Potter,' you just might be happier than a Muggle with a new wand after you go through this list. What better way to indulge your Potter fantasies than by visiting some of the actual places made famous by the films? Check out these spots and start planning your Harry Potter adventure today!

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The 10 Most Deadly Foods on the Planet

Sometimes the food you eat is trying to kill you. Not in the traditional sense, with saturated fat, refined sugars and cholesterol. There are a few foods out there that can literally end your life if improperly prepared, or at the very least make you terribly sick. While you probably won’t encounter most of the items on this list during the normal course of your life, a few of them are surprisingly common.

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johnmuk, Flickr
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Goats Might Find Work at Chicago Airport

If you're out there in a very rough working environment, looking for work along with millions of other people, you might be heartened to hear about the successes of others, even if you feel a little bit jealous as well. But how would it sit with you if a bunch of goats found gainful employment before you did?

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Meet Zeus, The World’s Tallest Dog

Most dogs deserve the name they end up with. A dog that’s named Scruffy is usually pretty scruffy. Canines named "Killer" are… well, let’s just say you might want to watch out for your fingers when you’re around one of these ferocious pups. And of course a dog named after a Greek god, like Zeus, is probably going to be pretty impressive.

Zeus, a three-year-old Great Dane living in Michigan, really fits the size of his name. He is now officially the world’s tallest dog, according to Guinness World Records.

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Tim.Deering, Flickr
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G.I Joe Voted Best Toy of the Last Century

G.I Joe has been selected the best toy of the last century, according to the people who voted online at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis’s webpage. The poll, which ranked the best toys for the last 100 years, was set up by staff at this fun museum in order to see which childhood plaything would come out on top.

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Woman Snaps Up Renoir Painting for $7 at Flea Market

There are bargains out there, and then there are bargains out there. A woman in Virginia discovered just how far her negotiating skills could get her when she unwittingly snapped up an authentic Renoir painting at a flea market. How much did she pay for this masterpiece, valued at potentially $100,000? Seven dollars ... seriously.

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Category: Video, Weird News
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World’s Tallest Mohawk Found

Can you imagine making use of three cans of hair spray every day? Kazuhiro Watanabe, a funky fashion designer from Japan sure can. To be honest, this guy doesn’t put that much product in his hair every single day, but when Guinness World Records gives him a call, and asks him to get ready for a photo shoot, he’s on the job, reading to show off his spectacular Mohawk.

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