Wonders and Bizarre Blunders
Most Impressive School Science Project
Horace MacIntyre of Albert Einstein High School in Seattle, Washington won 11
awards for his inventions before he built an antigravity molecular phase shifter
for his final science project. MacIntyre used the phase shifter on his teacher,
Mabel Simpson, who levitated in front of the classroom and then came back down,
hard. MacIntyre received only a "B" for the project because his
teacher sprained her ankle when she landed.
Most Challenging Gold Course
The atoll of Hao in the Pacific Ocean has the toughest 18-hole golf course.
Caddies carry machetes, and golfers must avoid hazards such as flowing lava,
quicksand traps and jungle birds that swoop down and pick up golfballs they
think are their eggs. The tee for one hole is on one island and the cup on
another. A glass-bottom boat helps golfers locate their lost balls. Par for the
course is 312.
Least Successful Hitman
The legendary Mafia hitman Benny "The Bungler" Puchetti didn't kill
a single person in his brief career. His many failures included forgetting to
load his gun, slipping and hitting his head on the bathtub while trying to choke
someone in a shower, tripping and falling on his own knife and finally, driving
off a cliff while trying to run a victim off the road.
Most Enjoyable Funeral
When Liam O'Keefe, the unpopular police chief of Tubercurry, Ireland passed
away, the whole town went to his funeral and partied for two days. There was
free food, storytelling, drinking and dancing. Debts were forgiven and the
town's jail was emptied.
Most Boring Cruise Ship
The S. S. Luzon is a small cruise ship that sails from Taiwan to the
Philippines and back again. The only entertainment the ship provides is a pack
of playing cards in each cabin. Fights have broken out among the bored,
frustrated passengers and people have been thrown overboard just to break the
Least Popular Doll
For a short while, a Swedish company marketed a doll called "Miserable
Margrit." She wet her diapers, threw up, cried and kicked her arms and legs
angrily. Margrit, whose face always frowned, also talked when a ring was pulled
in her back. She said such phrases as "Shut up," "Get lost,"
"I hate you" and "I'm telling Mom."
Most Disgusting Flavor of Ice Cream
Judging by the percentage of people who get sick after their first taste,
Chocolate Salmon Surprise is the worst flavor of ice cream. A Hilo, Hawaii
homemade ice cream shop serves the ice cream with a little plastic bucket, in
case the customer suddenly gets ill. The ice cream shop offers no refunds but
reports that most customers eventually try it out of curiosity.
Most Dangerous Road
The Via Crespi outside Milan, Italy, nicknamed "Blood Boulevard,"
has no speed limit and the only visible sign lists the number of traffic
fatalities that have occurred at that location (111 at last count). Sports cars
have been clocked at over 140 miles per hour, sidewalks are used as passing
lanes and fast-moving cars often ram slower cars out of their way.
Most Unflattering Statue
To honor five-time mayor Iain Llangelfni, the town of Caernarvon, Wales hired
respected sculptor Brent Monmouth to create a statue of Llangelfni. At the time,
Monmouth had recently stopped doing realistic art and had started working in the
Cubist tradition of Pablo Picasso. It was a great surprise to the town when the
statue was unveiled at City Hall. Llangelfni's head was a triangle, his ears
were shaped like hot dog buns and both of his eyes were on the left side of his