Hair Of The Dog, Hairy Dog, Hairy Man And What’s With Those Fingernails? Weird Web News Of The Day.

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So, I think I’m going to start a new category:  Weird Web News of the Day.  Sometimes I see things that make me shake my head, so I thought I would share them.  So, here we go:

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ABC News – A man in Washington has created what he dubbed as “The Kraken” burger at his local Jack in the Box with a whopping 20 patties and 36 toppings. Even more ridiculous, he ordered his meat monster at the drive-through window.

Beau Chevassus, 27, of Enumclaw, claims his $38 masterpiece is the most expensive burger ever ordered at a fast food chain.

“It’s good fun and I wanted to see if it could be done,” Chevassus, a self proclaimed burger connoisseur, told ABC News. “I thought my heart was going a little too fast and I needed to slow it down with something like this.”

He estimates the burger, which he dubbed the Kraken, is nearly 9,000 calories. Besides the 20 patties, he ordered up toppings of chicken, spicy chicken, two fried eggs, ham, sausage, onions, grilled onions, onion rings, and the list goes on.

Chevassus had previously created a $47 Starbucks drink earlier this year called the “Quadriginoctuple Frap” created in a 52 ounce coffee mug. No spoilers as to what’s coming next, though hints were given that he is leaning towards a dessert.

He complimented the Jack in the Box crew.   “They were in very good spirits because it really does portray some of their strengths,” Chevassus said. “It really was good customer service.”

Jack In the Box has only one correction. They think they’d have named the creation “The Leaning Tower of Meatsa” or “Jack and the Burgerstalk,” according to a post on their Facebook page.

But what everyone wants to know is whether Chevassus finished the burger.

“I’m still in the process of polishing it off,” Chevassus said. “It’s been several days, but I’m almost done. It really did taste very good.”

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The People’s Park of Luohe in the Chinese province Henan has an amazing “African lion” on exhibit for spectators. But the most amazing fact about this proud creature is that it’s actually a dog, not a lion.

As Agence France-Presse reports, the hoax was exposed when the dog, a Tibetan mastiff, started barking.   According to the state-run publication Beijing Youth Daily, a mother and son heard the unexpected sound coming from the alleged lion during a recent visit to the zoo.

The paper says the zoo has been replacing exotic species with substitutes, including placing two rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den and a common dog in a wolf’s pen.

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the visitor, Sharon Liu, told the paper. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”  Liu and other zoo visitors reportedly paid 15 yuan ($2.45) for the chance to see the dog and other substitute animals up close.

And this is far from the only case of animal impersonation in China. There have also been recent reports of Chinese zoo officials painting dogs black and white to make them look like pandas.

Liu Suya, chief of the zoo’s animal department, told the paper that the actual lion has been temporarily sent to a breeding facility.

“The wolf is somewhere else in the pen and the dog is a pet,” another zoo official told the Oriental Daily. “The African lions will be back. They went to another zoo to breed.”  The zoo’s head also told the paper that the signs outside the African lion cage would be changed until the actual lion returns.

justin guarini

Eleven years ago, memorably curly-topped contestant Justin Guarini made it to the finale of the inaugural season “American Idol.” Though he placed second, his future still seemed bright; at the time, it wasn’t hard to imagine that he’d go on to have as successful a career as his worthy opponent (and From Justin to Kelly co-star), winner Kelly Clarkson.

But that was not the case. His self-titled solo album for RCA Records was a flop, selling only roughly 150,000 copies; he was subsequently dropped from the label. From Justin to Kelly was a box-office bomb. Justin went on to eke out a modest career for himself in theater and TV hosting, but he fell on hard times, revealed in a surprisingly candid new blog post on his website, titled “Early Morning Madness.”

The post, which was published Wednesday, detailed a brutal downward slide since his “Idol” days — including confessions that he skips meals to make sure his wife and children have enough to eat, that he envies those who “know where your next meal is coming from,” and that he lives in fear of a breakdown.

Sounds grim. However, in an odd twist, Justin abruptly took down his site Thursday and snapped via Twitter that his post was misunderstood. Saying that the media “completely missed the point of my letter,” he added, “News isn’t news anymore, and I’m nowhere near poverty #twistedmytruth.”

Um, okay. We’d say admitting that one can’t afford to feed the family is about as close to poverty as anyone could get…but, this is Justin’s truth, apparently. 

His open letter is still a must-read for any current or future “Idol” contestant who naively believes that competing on a TV talent show will lead to guaranteed fame and fortune.

Justin today [photo: Astrid Stawiarz Collection/Getty]”There was a time when I would have had a car service drive me from my home to work. Now I drive myself to the station and take the train. There was a time when I wouldn’t have been concerned about the amazing expense of eating at place like Green Symphony. Now, I budget,” Justin writes. “I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children, and my wife have enough. There was a time when I couldn’t walk the street w/o being stopped a hundred times for a photo or a press of flesh. Now one in a thousand might stop me, or notice. For the rest I might (might) trigger some dim memory, stuffed at the back of long unfired synaptic pathways overgrown with the clutter of social media.

“There was a time when I put on a brave face, smiled, and laughed to show that I was impervious and unafraid. Now, I’m unafraid to say that I am terrified. I am struggling to make each day meet the next without breaking down and curling up. Sometimes I envy people who sit at a desk all day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from). I’ll smile, and laugh, and joke, and entertain…because sometimes it’s the only way to keep the ghosts of regret and loss at bay. I am unafraid to be afraid, and in that fear I gather strength.”

Judging from his conflicted post, Justin probably still wonders about what might have been — why he wasn’t as successful as other “Idol” non-winners like Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jennifer Hudson, or Adam Lambert. But he seems to be at peace with his lot in life. Last year, he spoke with Yahoo! Music’s Reality Rocks and said he harbored no regrets, not even regarding the From Justin to Kelly cinematic disaster. “Every time it crosses my mind to regret doing that film, it usually coincides with when I get a paycheck from the royalties,” he laughed. “It’s a cult classic. It wasn’t designed to win an Oscar. Either you love or you don’t, but I am proud of it.”

Last year, Justin also told Yahoo! Music that he was still happy to be associated with “Idol,” even if things didn’t turn out as he’d hoped. “It would be short-sighted of me to pooh-pooh ‘American Idol,’ because it gave me my break, just like anyone else’s break. And I’m thankful for it. Nothing beats the impact that we made that first season. People still remember who I am and they care what I’m doing. People from other seasons can’t always say that,” he said. Justin also graciously insisted that Kelly deserved to win “Idol” Season 1 over him, because she had “the best voice, hands down.”

Justin — along with Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard, another “Idol” alum who’s had his share of career ups and downs — recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now?” to discuss his struggles with post-“Idol” depression. But things are looking up for the ex-Idol: He will soon return to Broadway, where many “Idol” alums have experienced career comebacks, to star alongside Orlando Bloom in a new production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. – Reality Rocks

long nails

Chris “The Duchess” Walton is the current Guinness World Record holder for longest fingernails. Seen here in NYC back in 2011, her nails (which she’s been growing for 18 years) measured 10 feet 2 inches on her left hand and 9 feet 7 inches on her right at the time. –  Yahoo.com

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