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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>
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