Oddball News: Canine Protection for Little Penguins

fairy penguin

fairy penguin

In Australia, on a small island, several foxes found some penguins and decided to wipe out the entire colony of foxes. However, one farmer got a unique idea to rescue the penguins and protect them. Since then, this story has received much media coverage, so that, it was turned into a popular film. Have you watched it? Listen to this oddball story and it may jog your memory.

The Little Ones

In the beautiful and rugged region of Middle Island, Australia, off the Southern coast of Victoria, a colony of penguins existed. They were the smallest sized penguins that the world had ever seen. They were originally recognized and identified as the fairy penguins until specific individuals from the political arena had their say and saw this as being politically incorrect. So they were then called little penguins. What a boring title for these unique birds, right? These penguins are about forty centimeters tall when standing and that is indeed small, but ‘fairy penguins,’ would have been a more appropriate name. Before those foxes came into play, hundreds of ‘little penguins’ would congregate on Middle Island.

In the Past

In the past, there were about eight hundred penguins on the island and according to some residents; you could barely find even four. More than three hundred and sixty of these little penguins were found dead within two nights. Foxes had killed them for food. The oddball incident that took place in 2005 showed that years before, the problem that had existed with those ravenous foxes. It was a build up to the inevitable – either someone had to make an effort to rescue those penguins or have the foxes eat them all.

The Target

Middle Island had no humans living in that area. In fact, the island was always separate from the mainland by a body of water. When there is a buildup of sand during the low tide in the constricted channel, the foxes had no choice but to cross over to the mainland to hunt for food. The penguins were their perfect target. As the fox population increased, it was clear to everyone that the ease of finding food was the source of the increase.

The Chicken Farmer

A chicken farmer constructed a plan to help the little penguins. He used one of his dogs as protector to the birds. In Australia, the Maremma dogs are usually used to protect sheep and goats, so why not the penguins, the farmer thought? The dog was known as “Oddball,’ and did he make an impact! He sure did. Instantly, there was a pattern change in how the foxes were bothering the penguins. Before the dog was placed on the island, there were noticeable footprints on the beach where the penguins hung out.

After the Dog’s Appearance

After the dog came, the footprint of the foxes was greatly diminished. The barking of the dog also scared the foxes and the dogs were able to smell the foxes from afar off. Since the introduction of “Oddball,’ the dog, there was not a single incident between the penguins and the foxes. Soon, they all disappeared.

 

Top Oddball News of 2015

cat in tree

cat in tree

Want to know the top oddball news of 2015? You will find some of them funny and hilarious while others will be so absurd, almost beyond belief. Do you have any oddball news that you would like to share? We would love to hear them. However, here are the ones we were able to find.

Hanging Precariously

In England, two students who attended Nottingham Trent University as freshmen saw an unusual sight while walking through their University campus on an early morning. They saw a man trying to enter one of the buildings via one of the windows. His legs, though, were caught in the window and he was left hanging in a precarious position – upside down. His rear end was exposed to the outside. The two students spoke to the man, but while photographing and making a video of him. Afterwards, the students called for emergency service. Firefighters and policemen came on the scene once the call was received. However, they, too, took pictures of the man before they rescued him. Once rescued, the man told the responders that he hung in the same position for about five hours – prior to being found by the students.

Repossessed Getaway Vehicle

At Walmart, a 25 year old Illinois man was seen putting some electronic goods into his shopping cart. He left the store without making a payment for the items. When he was stopped by employees in the store, he ran away, leaving the merchandise behind. He was arrested later by the police while walking down the street nearby. When the cops asked why he was walking and not driving, he told them that his car was repossessed while he was shopping at Walmart. Apparently, when he tried to run away, after being confronted by employees for taking the merchandise, he could not find his car. There was a repossession company that had tracked him down and followed him to Walmart. He did not know that the company had towed his car when he went into the store. He had no option, but to walk on foot, even after he fled the scene. For that reason, it was easy for the police to find him walking.

The Horse and the Bathtub

It is not a strange occurrence for livestock owners to use an old bathtub as an animal feeding trough. In California, a livestock owner of a 30 year old horse used an old bathtub for a feeding trough. The horse, however, fell and got stuck in the bathtub for more than twenty minutes with feet up in the air. At first, the dispatcher thought that it was a human stuck in the bathtub when 911 was called. Firefighters came to the rescue.

Cat Gave Birth in Tree

In Ireland, a cat gave birth to its litter in a bird nest, which was approximately eight feet from the ground. The stray cat got up in the tree, which was not uncommon. The cat, however, went into the bird nest for comfort. She gave birth to four kittens. A concerned resident rescued the kittens and brought them safely down.

 

Odd News Stories Difficult to Believe

fork in the road

fork in the road

There are many odd news stories every day that appear to be fascinating for readers. However, many of them seem to be unbelievable, too good to be true. It is hard to understand how so many individuals get into certain of these situations that are bizarre and almost unreal. However, for many others, these news stories are very entertaining and it probably makes the reader feel superior to the person in the news stories. Below are several of these odd news stories that are just too good to be true, but they are indeed so.

Vehicle Landing on Roof

In California, for example, someone stole a vehicle and drove it to a local community where the vehicle landed on one of the neighbor’s roof. Apparently, the vehicle was driving too fast to control and made contact with a tree stump, resulting in the vehicle being launched into the air and landing on the roof of the house. The residents were in the house during the incident, but it was reported that no one received any serious injuries as a result of the accident. A towing company subsequently removed the vehicle with a crane. It is said that the driver of the stolen vehicle fled the accident scene, but was later arrested that same night while at his girlfriend’s home.

Fork in the Road

In the same state of California, it was reported that some motorists came upon a fork in the road while driving. How did the fork get in the road? It is said that a sixty two year old retired teacher constructed a six foot high fork in the intersection of two roads. The teacher was inspired by the most current Muppet movie. In the movie, the Muppets discovered a huge silverware fork as they were searching for a fork in the road. The city crew did remove the artifact the next day. Residents, in opposition to the moving of the fork, began to tape up forks all over city signs, but a city spokesperson clarified that this was a code violation.

The Woman and the Fake Tortoise

An English woman discovered a tortoise in her garden. The tortoise was five inches long. She found the tortoise to be cute so you know what she did? She tried to feed the tortoise inside of her house. It is reported that the tortoise would not bite the lettuce she fed it, so she called the wildlife rescue organization for assistance. When the rescue professional arrived at the woman’s home and took up the turtle, it is said that he found “made in China” painted on the animal. Moss covered the tortoise, indicating that it was a fake tortoise that had been in the woman’s garden for a long period of time.

Collecting Unearned Money

At 65 years old, a civil servant of German descent had his job eliminated. After that, he sent an email to one of his colleagues, boasting that within 14 years of working, he hadn’t actually done any work for the city. Instead, another colleague that the city had hired had done his job and in the process, the city had forgotten to stop sending him paychecks. So for 14 years, the man collected a total of US$980,000.

‘Desert Bus’— Torturous & Infamous Driving Game Getting Ready To Be VR-Compatible Sequel

destert bus

destert bus

Remember the sci-fi movies Inception or The Matrix, where the lead roles enter the virtual world to fight against the evil. Now imagine, if you get a chance to enter the virtual world with all your senses intact, meaning you can hear, see, touch, smell, and even feel the things around you, how will you react?

 

Until now, the simulated reality had just been a fiction and only confined to the world of novels or movies, but with the infamous game Desert Bus, which was released in 1995 by the famous American entertainer and illusionists Penn Jillette and Teller, the fiction is very soon going to convert into the reality for the mass.

 

The Gearbox software co-founder Randy Pitchford and Jillette of Desert Bus are working together to bring the game on this new podium in upcoming years. The main idea behind the new version is to raise money for the charities. Over the past nine years, Desert Bus has already raised the money, worth $3.1 million for the child play charity.

 

Why is the Desert Bus so infamous?

 

If you are a game freak and never lose any opportunity to show your expertise in drive game, Desert Bus must have been within your figures many times. Of course, it is boring, but those who have played it know how addictive it is?

 

It is a driving game where you have to cover the distance of Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in approximately 8 hours. The worst part is the maximum speed, which cannot exceed more than 45 miles/hour, while the major catch is that you have to complete the whole journey within real time, where you have to exhaust all your stamina, concentration to finish the single leap, otherwise your bus engine may stall or slip, and you have to start afresh to cover the distance as your bus will be towed back to the start point.

 

The Bus tends to incline toward right every time so if within 8 hours you lose the control of steering even for a second, your whole effort will go in vain. The problem is, you are alone in the journey, which means there are no virtual passengers with whom you can chat or no traffic light to give you a halt for some second. You have to drive continuously until you reach Las Vegas. The terrific part is, the game has no pause button, so forget about taking a gap and doing other work. If you want to win the game, you have to be in the game to its end. The game is a real villain because there is no change of sight scene.

 

For the whole journey, the only scenery you will face is the old sand-pocked road or road sign here and there. The costly part is, for every completion of the game, you earn a single point, so if you want to score high, you have to play the game again and again.

 

Interesting facts about the game

 

Did you know the game was released first as a satire against the media’s anti-video-game lobby? The game was designed, developed and released to educate students on how to concentrate? The the road in the game is quite long and boring and there is no option to pause. The only mantra to win the game is to concentrate and be conscious.

 

Penn Jillette has announced in the recent Penn Sunday Podcast that this team is working on a couple of other games as a bundle to launch on the VR platform. The talk is going on and probably the launch will be on the Oculus Rift and Playstation in the VR format. The wait is going to be crazy for the hard-core fans of Dessert Bus, but definitely will be worthwhile en-route.