Strange but true

Manischewitz makes massive Monster Matzah

By Anna Slater, June 15, 2011

The global leaders in matzah production have celebrated the opening of new headquarters by baking a giant version of the product.

The "Monster Matzah" was baked for the opening ceremony of Manischewitz's new Newark office.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker did the honours and measured the matzah, which was nearly 42 inches wide and weighed about 25 pounds - the equivalent of 330 regular matzot.


Controversy over pet cemetery's 'no people' rule

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

A New York woman is engaged in a dispute with state authorities after they ruled that people should not be buried in the same cemeteries as their pets.

Rhona Levy, 61, has long planned to be cremated and have her ashes buried next to her five pets at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, in Westchester. The site is described as "America's first and most prestigious pet burial grounds".


Weinergate: Tweeting congressman comes clean

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A married Jewish Congressman from New York has been left red-faced and a political punch bag after it emerged that he had sent a lewd photograph of himself to a woman he met online.


Payout for train passenger after bad journey

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

An Israeli court has ordered a train company to pay £90 compensation after a passenger suffered overcrowding on his journey.

Judge Ruthi Bahat at the Beersheva small claims court ruled that Israel Railways had not lived up to its obligations to maintain the public's well-being.


How Gmail saved a stolen car

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A Florida man is celebrating after police recovered his stolen car with a little help from Gmail.

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman told business website ZDNet that when his car was stolen, he was annoyed, but not because of the value of the vehicle.


Nazis had barking mad talking dog plan

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Nazis hoped to develop an army of talking canines, according to an academic at Cardiff University who has written a book on the subject.

Dr Jan Bondeson claims that the Nazis believed dogs possessed almost human intelligence and created a "school" to develop their communication skills. Adolf Hitler and other senior officials were known for their love of dogs.


The Nazis, Stalin and the Roswell alien invasion

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

The Nazi doctor named the "Angel of Death" for his experiments on Jewish prisoners was one of the shadowy figures behind the notorious Roswell incident, according to the author of a new book about alien invasions and cover-ups.


The best batmitzvah video you will ever see

May 24, 2011
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A musical number to Usher's OMG, marking the batmitzvah ceremonies of Londoners September Bliss and Tiger Lily Beck.

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Israeli man seeks royal wedding name-change

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

An Israeli man has requested to officially change his name to Henry William Phillip Charles Frederick Michael Louis George Edward Robert.

The ten names are all those of former British sovereigns and, according to Ynet, the man was inspired to apply for the name-change by the extensive coverage in Israel of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.


Yes, this is the world's biggest falafel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

A new world record has been set. Chefs at a Jewish event in California sweated in the kitchen to create a falafel that weighed nearly 53 pounds, stood at 12.5 inches tall and was nearly four foot in circumference.

"It's unbelievable," chef Dawn Walker proudly told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Video: New York Post