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How Weird News Get Made

How Weird News Get Made | Ghantagiri.com
“Talk about a potty mouth,” jokes the New York Post. Jade Sylvester can’t stop eating toilet paper, and this is her story.

The Post‘s version of her story was syndicated from News.com.au
  • The News.com.au story links back to the Huffington Post
The Huffington Post story links back to three stories, all published on the same day:
  • One from Mirror.co.uk
  • One from the Metro.co.uk
  • One from LincolnshireEcho.co.uk

At the bottom of the Echo‘s story is a credit: “National press agency Sell My Story.” It links to the original version of the story:

This version ends with a note:

You might not have ever thought your crazy craving could lead to earning money from a national magazine or newspaper story, but you too could get paid for sharing your experiences.

The Facebook page affiliated with SellMyStory, which functions as a press agency by supplying stories to British publications, posts calls on a regular basis.

“Sell My Story is the country’s leading agency for selling your real life story to a magazine or newspaper,” the page says. “We’re experts in getting you the best deal.”

Source: Holes Filled - The Awl

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Britain’s Hottest New Bar Is Inside a Public Bathroom

Britain’s Hottest New Bar Is Inside a Public Bathroom | ghantagiri.com
A brilliant entrepreneur will debut a high-end, magical-sounding cocktail bar that just so happens to be located inside an old underground public restroom in trendy North West London. It's called Ladies and Gentlemen, of course, and while the grand reveal hasn't gone down just yet, the space is apparently a beauty to look at, with lovely, pre-WWII marble mosaic flooring and arched beams throughout. Also, there's a wall of functioning urinals.

Proprietor Will Borrell, who owns a Polish vodka company, also included room for a grand piano and a small kitchen that will serve his mom's sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. The toilets and urinals have been lovingly refurbished, and somewhere among all these things there will also be an old-school copper alembic that turns out liquor made with "locally grown botanicals."

Source: Britain’s Hottest New Bar Is Inside a Public Bathroom -- Grub Street




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French inventor claims his pills make farts smell like chocolate

French inventor claims his pills make farts smell like chocolate | ghantagiri.com
Christian Poincheval is a 65-year-old French inventor who has dedicated the past eight years of his life to making farts smell better.

He claims that his Lutin Malin — which translates to "crafty imp" — line of pills ease digestion and "perfume" farts into smelling like roses or violets. Poincheval claims that his newest creation, just in time for the holidays, makes farts smell like chocolate.

Source: French inventor claims his pills make farts smell like chocolate
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99 iPhones not enough to sway Chinese girl-friend

99 iPhones not enough to sway Chinese girl-friend #Ghantagiri
A man from Guangzhou, China wanted to ditch his bachelor status for Singles Day, a Chinese holiday observed on Nov. 11 that encourages single people to mingle.

The desperata suitor purchased 99 iPhone 6s and arranged the phones in the shape of a heart.

The elaborate orchestration didn't impress the man's girlfriend, leaving the boyfriend with 99 phones, a bouquet of flowers and a broken heart.
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Fuel to the Flame: 500 lb. body causes fire at Henrico crematory

Fuel to the Flame: 500 lb. body causes fire at Henrico crematory | ghantagiri.com
A crematorium off Mechanicsville Turnpike caught fire Wednesday afternoon as an employee was cremating a 500 pound body.

"The body was so obese that the actual body fat came off and went straight up the sack and hit the roof material, the rubber roof we have up there and that's what made it go up like it did…It was no negligence involved in it. My guys, we did all we could. Once it started, the grease hit the roof and started the fire"

Source: 500 lb. body causes fire at Henrico crematory - NBC12 - Richmond, VA News




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In Praise Of Trolls And Trolling

In Praise Of Trolls And Trolling | Ghantagiri.com #ghantagiri
Trolling, in the form of pranks, has been a key outlet for the expression of creativity and humor for centuries. Physicist Richard Feynman was trolling when he stole his fraternity brothers’ door -- but his true master stroke came when he admitted his guilt and no one believed him. Tony Hsieh, chief executive of Zappos.com, is famous for office pranks. Our comedy, from "Borat" to "Jackass," is filled with trolls. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of course, is the home of some of the most ingenious pranks in history.

Source: I'm an Internet Troll and Proud of It - Bloomberg View




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Indonesian village’s bizarre annual ritual of digging up its dead

Indonesian village’s bizarre annual ritual of digging up its dead | ghantagiri.com
They say the dead live on in our hearts and minds - but in one Indonesian village, the deceased continue to walk the earth in a rather more literal, zombie-like fashion.

Families in Toraja in South Sulawesi dig up the bodies of their dead relatives before washing, grooming and dressing them in fancy new clothes.

Even dead children are exhumed - two of these photos show the skeleton of a baby wrapped in a print dress with a doll laid next to it.

Damaged coffins are fixed or replaced, and the mummies are then walked around the village by following a path of straight lines.

The ritual is called MaiNene, or The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses, and takes place every August.

Source: Indonesian village Toraja dig up dead relatives and give them new clothes in ritual | Mail Online






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Man Proposes with 1,001 Hot Dogs

Man Proposes with 1,001 Hot Dogs #ghantagiri
When China's Wang Han decided to propose to his girlfriend, Zhen Juan Kang, he didn't do it with a dozen red roses. Instead, he used hundreds of hot dogs to spell out his everlasting love.

According to Kotaku, the pair first met three years ago at a hot-dog shop in Thailand. Since then, the couple have delighted in their mutual love of the pork-based semi-sandwich.

Source: Man Proposes with 1,001 Hot Dogs : People.com


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Bathroom made entirely out of Belgian chocolate on sale

Bathroom made entirely out of Belgian chocolate on sale #ghantagiri
The edible bathtub, bidet, toilet and sink together are made of 9.4 million calories’ worth of chocolate. The fixtures were created by British chocolatiers and Bathrooms.com.
This decadent chocolate bathroom set that contains 12 years’ worth of calories and looks like something Willy Wonka would dream up is being sold online for more than $133,000.

Source: The sweetest suite: Bathroom made entirely out of Belgian chocolate on sale for $133,000 - NY Daily News







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