Sometimes it seems the weird news of the week has a theme. Music, pot and nudity came up a lot during the week of the Folklife and Sasquatch! festivals. Last week, for some reason, it was all about raw meat. But this week had no rhyme or reason.
Well, OK. With Sir Mix-a-Lot in the lineup, it definitely had some rhyme.
Read on for more odd news from the past week on seattletimes.com.
1 Baby got Bach?
Oh. My. God. Becky. Look. At her. Violin.
Seattle music worlds are colliding!
Sir Mix-a-Lot took the stage with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra last week, performing pretty cool orchestral versions of “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back.”
Click here to see videos of the performance. Be sure to watch for the woman in the black dress who gets really into it.
“I said to myself, ‘I’m going to bring my A-game. This is my jam,’” she told The Seattle Times afterward. Cheers, girl. You do you.
2 Thai protesters say it with sandwiches
When authorities closed off a park where anti-coup protesters in Thailand had planned a picnic rally, the protesters improvised, handing out sandwiches and cakes as they paraded down the street.
Ain’t democracy delicious?
3 Church hopes to resurrect ex-strip club building
I mentioned strip clubs in last week’s post, but darn it if they don’t just keep popping back into the news.
The site of Sugar’s, a former strip-club-slash-racketeering-headquarters in Shoreline, is turning into (of all things) a church center.
Bethany Community Church will lease the Aurora Avenue property for five years.
Its former owners were indicted in 2009 and “left in such a hurry that they left old milk in the fridge,” lead pastor Scott Sund told The Seattle Times. Folks from the church also found lists of dancers’ names and songs still in the DJ booth.
4 Smart computers, smarter chimps
And in that case, a robot maid like Rosie might also not be far off.
A computer in England was able to trick judges into thinking it was human (a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking human, but human nonetheless) by having a conversation with them.
But for every computer as smart as a human, there appears to be a chimp even smarter. Also this week, chimpanzees outperformed humans in a simple matching game.
I, for one, welcome our chimp/robot overlords.
5 Fabio visits Whole Foods
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