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Sometimes the news isn't about politics or global security, but about the strange and surreal goings-on of a man refusing millions of dollars, ghosts allegedly engaging in intercourse and a digital pop star. These are the top 10 odd news stories of 2011, as ranked by their popularity on UPI.com.
Math genius explains $1M prize refusal
Grigory Perelman, the Russian math whiz who solved a century-old problem, said he refused a $1 million prize because he knows "how to control the universe." The money was offered to Perelman by the Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Mass. in 2010 for his accomplishment in proving the conjecture proposed by Henri Poincare in 1904 on how three-spheres are the only possible bounded three-dimensional spaces to contain no holes. <p>Perelman, who lives in poverty with his mother according to neighbors, said that if he knew how to control the universe, "why should [he] run for a million?" <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Perelman,_Grigori_(1966).jpg" target="_blank">Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/04/29/Math-genius-explains-1M-prize-refusal/UPI-97841304089817/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
30 items removed from suspect's rectum
Neil Lansing, a homeless man who was sent to jail in Florida, was found to be concealing 30 items in a condom hidden in his rectum. The condom was found by corrections deputies during a routine cell block search as they noticed a piece of the condom sticking out the incarcerated man's rectum. <p> The contents of the condom consisted of 17 blue pills, a cigarette, six matches, one piece of flint, an empty syringe with an eraser covering the needle, a lip balm container, a used condom, a pharmacy receipt and a coupon. Lansing then faced charges of possessing drug and tobacco products in jail.</p> <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/02/15/30-items-removed-from-suspects-rectum/UPI-32571297791633/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
Life-sized Barbie illustrates anorexia
Galia Slayen created a 6-foot-tall model of a Barbie doll to raise awareness of eating disorders. Slayen's creation proportionally turned a Barbie doll into what she would look like if she were a real women. The doll stands 6-foot-tall with a 39-inch bust, 18-inch waist and 33-inch hips. Slayen created the doll for the first National Eating Disorders Awareness week in 2007 while she was still in high school. She admitted her to have suffered from anorexia when she was a cheerleader at the school. Photo courtesy of Galia Slayen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/galia-slayen/the-scary-reality-of-a-re_b_845239.htm" target="_blank">via her original article at the Huffington Post.</a> <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/04/19/Life-sized-Barbie-illustrates-anorexia/UPI-68161303196400/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
Singer Aimi Eguchi is Japan's latest artificial star
Galia Slayen created a 6-foot-tall model of a Barbie doll to raise awareness of eating disorders. Slayen's creation proportionally turned a Barbie doll into what she would look like if she were a real women. The doll stands 6-foot-tall with a 39-inch bust, 18-inch waist and 33-inch hips. Slayen created the doll for the first National Eating Disorders Awareness week in 2007 while she was still in high school. She admitted her to have suffered from anorexia when she was a cheerleader at the school. Photo courtesy of Galia Slayen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/galia-slayen/the-scary-reality-of-a-re_b_845239.htm" target="_blank">via her original article at the Huffington Post.</a> <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/04/19/Life-sized-Barbie-illustrates-anorexia/UPI-68161303196400/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
Woman says picture shows ghost having sex
Dianne Carlisle from Ohio said her 4-year-old granddaughter snapped a picture of two ghosts allegedly having sexual relations in her living room. According to Carlisle, she found the photos after her granddaughter had been playing in the living room with her cellphone. This isn't Carlisle's first encounter with ghosts, as she claims to have received a voicemail from her diseased sister. Screen-grab <a href="http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-ghosts-sex-euclid-home-mz-txt,0,3567991.story" target="_blank">from video posted by WJW-TV</a> <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/11/01/Woman-Picture-shows-ghosts-having-sex/UPI-13001320165842/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
Woman claims yogurt sample tasted of semen
According to Albuqueque police, a supermarket worker was accused of handing out a contaminated sample of yogurt. Anthony Garcia, a Sunflower Market employee, was arrested on outstanding bench warrants for giving a woman a free yogurt sample contaminated with semen. The woman said she spit out the sample because of the taste. Even though the woman "basically spit out the evidence," police nonetheless ran tests and confirmed the allegations. Photo: Anthony Gacia's mugshot. <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/01/27/Woman-claims-yogurt-sample-tasted-of-semen/UPI-32991296167420/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
Lawsuit: 'Marijuana' was a bag of sage
A Florida woman who was wrongly arrested on charges of marijuana possession for a bag of sage swiftly sued the police. Robin Brown, 49, was arrested before a proper test was performed on the substance she was carrying after the County sheriff's field kit tested positive for marijuana. The criminal charges were dropped after Brown's lawyer discovered the herbs had not been thoroughly tested, and the lab was forced to conduct the test, which determined the sage was free of marijuana. Brown's lawsuit accuses Broward State Attorney's Office of negligence and malicious prosecution. UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt <p><a href="http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/05/31/Lawsuit-Marijuana-was-a-bag-of-sage/UPI-66881306856631/" target="_blank">Read entire story on UPI.com</a></p>
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