PHILLIES: Franco walk-off hit caps weird win over Braves | Phillies Talk

PHILADELPHIA — Maikel Franco touched first base, then made a beeline for right field. After all, he knew exactly what was coming when his teammates would reach him. The beatdown was coming. “I remember when Cesar (Hernandez) hit a walk-off, I pushed him a lot so he got me right now,” Franco said later. “My body is killing me right now.” But it’s a good type of pain. Because despite surrendering chance after chance to give it away, the Phillies found a way to win a game they probably had no right to. Franco bailed his teammates out, connecting for
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Man gets weird confession message from stranger who found his wallet 14 years ago

A man lost his wallet 14 years ago. It led to the birth of an annual drinking game, forged in his honour. The man in question is writer Tim Burrows . He misplaced his wallet at Reading Festival in 2003. These things happen at festivals. Especially those popular with post-GCSE teens. Recently, a man called Giles contacted Tim on Facebook. He said that he and his friends had found Tim’s possession all those years ago. And not only that – they’d taken £10 out and devised a drinking game known as the ‘Timothy Burrows Challenge’. Tim initially posted this startling
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This is the cool, weird stuff you can buy in the festival’s Vintage Market – Press Enterprise

Hidden deep inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s campground, the Vintage Market is one place to find the perfectly weird gift to encapsulate the weekend. There’s a record store, candle makers and high fashion in the market, which is near the Silent Disco dome in the campground. The campground is open to anyone from the festival, but you will have to go through security again if you don’t start there. This array of vintage clothing, decor and accessories isn’t for someone looking to buy Coachella-branded merchandise, though. If you’re looking for a house plant in a beer bottle, candles to elevate your
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Kiggins hosts ‘City of Weird’ radio drama

If You Go • What: Willamette Radio Workshop’s “City of Weird,” adapted by Cynthia J. McGean. • When: 7 p.m. Wednesday. • Where: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. • Admission: Free, but $5 donation requested. • On the web: http://www.kigginstheatre.net/events/re-imagined-radio/ It gets pretty weird down there, south of the river, where a favorite rallying cry is: “Keep Portland Weird!” Up here, some locals like to retort, “Keep Vancouver Normal!” Folks, the weird is already here — making definite inroads in spots like the Kiggins Theatre, which will host the latest radio-drama performance by the Portland-based Willamette Radio Workshop on Wednesday night. The weirdness of
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Trump’s weird, gloaty video about a political prisoner: a scene-by-scene analysis

Thursday afternoon, the young Trump administration scored an undeniably significant win: It got Egypt’s dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, to release an American aid worker, Aya Hijazi, who had been unjustly detained in a Cairo prison for three years. On Friday afternoon, the Trump team succeeded again — this time, in cheapening their accomplishment with an exceptionally bizarre video. President Donald Trump tweeted out the video in question, which looks like it was made on a computer that still runs on Windows 95 and exists solely to glorify the president (and Ivanka Trump): Let’s run down the weirdness: It starts with
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Rick and Morty in VR is just as weird and smart as the show

One of the best games from virtual reality’s first year is Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, a sandbox of experimentation from Owlchemy Labs where players are tasked with performing present-day jobs as interpreted by robots in the near future. The game was a very tongue-in-cheek game whose goofy aesthetic seemed to match and in some ways forgive VR’s early technological foibles. It was the rarest type of video game: a comedy that actually made you laugh. What Job Simulator lacked, however, was a narrative thread that tied everything together. Fortunately, Owlchemy Labs had a fan in Justin Roiland, the co-creator,
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A novel about the master of ‘Weird Fiction’

FICTION The Night Ocean By Paul Lafarge Penguin 385 pages, $27 By Ed Taylor Cult pulp writer H. P. Lovecraft is shown the love in “The Night Ocean,” the new novel from upstate New York resident Paul Lafarge. It is a curious tribute to the imagination and the alt-Modernist genre of “weird fiction,” and a meditation on metempsychosis — the transmigration of souls. Although the stage is big here and the work meticulous and richly rendered, the curtain closes on something that feels hermetic and miniaturized, like a teen boy’s obsessively detailed model of Han Solo’s “Millennium Falcon” or some
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