Weird Wednesday

Welcome to Weird Wednesday, where we take a look at strange headlines and other curiosities in the news.

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Diplodocus Skeleton

A diplodocus skeleton has been sold at auction for £400,000 ($652,000).The 17m-long (56ft) dinosaur was found in a quarry in Wyoming, US, and then assembled in Rotterdam. It is thought to be one of only six relatively complete specimens in the world. An undisclosed institution bought the skeleton, which auction officials said would be going on public display.

The sale took place at Summers Place Auctions, in Billingshurst. Misty was sold there as the auction’s curator, Errol Fuller, knew Mr Albersdoerfer.

Rupert van der Werff, from the auction house, said it was a “truly tremendous object”.

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Adopt a Skull

Looking for the perfectChristmas gift for a slightly morbid friend? Adopt a skull!

The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia’s Save Our Skulls fundraiser is inviting fans of medical history and the macabre to step up and donate to help restore a collection of skulls dating back more than 150 years. For $200, a person can adopt the skull of their choice. Besides bragging rights, the donation gets the adopter’s name on a plaque next to the repaired and remounted skull.

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Verrükt

A few kilometers west of Kansas City, Missouri, the World’s tallest, fastest, and steepest waterslide is now under construction.

Shlitterbahn Waterpark’s Verrükt MEG-A-BLASTER slide is thought to be somewhere around 43 meters (140ft) in height. According to Jeff Henry, Schlitterbahn co-owner, “To ensure the record-holding statistics of this new extreme attraction, we are not going to release final height and scope of the project until we are ready to welcome our first guests.”

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