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Buck Wolf
Buck Wolf has blazed a strange-but-true path through journalism. He's interviewed the world's tallest man, the world's shortest woman, moderated Comic-Con panels on the paranormal, and judged sideshow competitions at Ripley's Believe It Or Not!. In ten years at ABC News, he served as a national affairs reporter and an entertainment news producer. His weird news column, "The Wolf Files," a regular feature on ABC Radio, was published as a book in 2004.

Entries by Buck Wolf

This Is What It's Like To Strip And Get Body Painted For The First Time (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 12:05 PM

As a 24-year-old entrepreneur and part-time model in Brooklyn, Sarah Zickel has done some daring and amazing things.

But with Bodypainting Day in NYC approaching, she took the plunge into something she never tried before, allowing artist Andy Golub, the event organizer, to transform her body into a...

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'Why The Bodies I Paint Must Be Absolutely Naked' (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 1:13 PM

(Video by Oliver Noble and Sam Wilkes)

If you're stark naked, a few blocks from the Empire State Building, and an agitated NYPD officer says, "You need to put underwear on right now, bro," the man you want by your side is Andy Golub.

Golub, a body painting artist, has...

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And The Weirdest News Of 2015 Is ...

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 5:16 PM

If Donald Trump would just shut up for a second, he'd realize that he wasn't the only weird news story of 2015 -- and so would the rest of us. 

This was a year a...

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Lenny Dykstra Plays Bad Santa At Strip Club

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Perhaps the least surprising spot to meet up with Lenny Dykstra is a strip club.

Nevertheless, the former MLB star and convicted felon's appearance Wednesday night at Vivid Cabaret in midtown Manhattan is remarkable for several reasons.

For one thing, Dykstra is on parole,...

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Freaky Girls Of The Sideshow

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 10:33 AM

When you’re known as "Percilla the Monkey Girl" or "Julia the Baboon Lady,” your life is anything but ordinary.

But the sideshow life could be empowering for women who were born different -- and those who demanded to be different. So says Ilise “The Lady Aye” Carter and Marc “Backwash”...

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Getting Down And Dirty With Playboy Centerfolds

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 5:27 PM

What happens after you become a Playboy centerfold?

Pictures of you might be taken to the moon (Dede Lind, Miss November 1969). You might have sex with Elvis Presley and enjoy a king-sized breakfast with him (Victoria Peters, Miss April 1972).

And you might dump Tom...

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HuffPost Is Hiring A Trends Writer

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 4:48 PM


Are you fast, funny and ready to prove it? The Huffington Post is looking for a trending news writer who can surface buzzy stories before they go viral and file across all sections of The Huffington Post. The candidate should be a self-starter with...

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Is The World's Tallest Teenager Still Growing?

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2015 | 7:16 PM

Of course he plays basketball.

At 7-foot-1, Kevin Bradford of Doral, Florida is the world's tallest teen, and part of the job when you're featured in the new Guinness World Records book is having to answer a whole bunch of questions -- over, and over, and over, and over...

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Behold The Magic Hips Of The Hula Hoop Queen

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 2:51 PM

It was an easy day for Marawa the Amazing. We just asked her to simultaniously spin 47 hula...

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President Mistakes 'Jeffersons' For Sanford & Sons'

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 8:11 AM

Maybe he really was born in Kenya. 

While touring New Orleans yesterday, President Obama met a woman named "Wheezy," and remarked that it was just like in the 70s sitcom, "Sanford and Son."

“Weezie? Really, like … Weezy?” Obama asked, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “Like in ‘Sanford and Son?'"

However, the crowd was quick to correct him, according to CNN.

That character, portrayed by Isabel Sanford, was part of the CBS classic, "The Jeffersons." It's the saga of George and Louise "Wheezy" Jefferson, who climbed the socio-economic ladder to a deluxe apartment in a fancy Manhattan apartment. 

"Sanford and Son," starring the great Redd Foxx, was about a junkman. 

Obama was touring Treme, a predominantly black neighborhood devastated 10 years ago by Hurricane Katrina.

 The president laughed off the mistake, singing a few bars of the show's theme song, "Movin' on Up." 

We're not saying the president isn't a real American, but if he grew up in this country in the late 1970s, he should have known the difference. Not all black TV comedies are alike. Only their laughtracks are. 


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The Joys Of Blowhole Sex

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 10:54 AM

What two consenting dolphins do in the wilds of nature is their own business, and if you had an orifice on top of your head, you might enjoy it, too.

Blowhole penetration is just one of the subjects we delve into on this week's Weird News podcast. We sent Noah...

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Oliver Cromwell's Severed Head Speaks

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Just because you're dead and buried doesn't mean your severed head can't go on an amazing, 300-year journey -- and talk about it. 

Oliver Cromwell's notorious noggin speaks in Marc Hartzman's new book, The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell: A Memoir.

For those of you who slept through history class, Cromwell led an uprising against the British monarchy that resulted in the beheading of King Charles I. He served as lord protector of England until his death in 1658 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. 

Naturally, a few years later, when King Charles II restored the royal family to power, it was payback time.

Cromwell was dug up and posthumously beheaded. His defiled head hung from a Westminster Hall post for 20 years. And that's when his skull-twisting, three-century journey began.

Maybe Cromwell's head didn't grant Hartzman an exclusive, but this fictionalized account recounts one of history's strangest tales in a way you'll never forget.

Hartzman joins us for this week's HuffPost Weird News Podcast, to talk about his new book, his career as a sideshow scribe, and the fantastic story of how he helped a bearded lady reunite with her bearded son after decades of separation.

Hartzman is a longtime blogger for HuffPost Weird News, and we're proud to publish an excerpt from his book:


Victory swept through the cold, grey air that 30th of January in the year of Our Lord 1649, when, upon the scaffolding, my greatest military and political efforts at last proved triumphant. The trial at Westminster Hall resulted in grand success and the High Court of Justice made its unprecedented decision, sentencing King Charles I to be the last the Commonwealth would know of his tyrannical kind.

The judgment announced: “He, the said Charles Stuart, as a tyrant, traitor, murderer and public enemy to the good of this nation, shall be put to death by severing of his head from his body.”

On that most delightful morning of the execution, Charles enjoyed one final walk in St. James Park through the naked trees and along the lake with his faithful dog. One last moment of companionship; one last moment to bask in the glory of the land he ruled.

At two o’clock in the afternoon, the festivities commenced. An escort led the king through the Banqueting House at the Palace of Whitehall, out a window, and onto a scaffold built on the street, draped in black cloth. There, amongst the crowd of joyous Parliamentarians and dismayed royalists, the masked executioner stood over the powerless tyrant. Charles dressed warmly in thick robes over his waistcoat to avoid shivering, fearing that witnesses might see him as the weak man he truly was. He wore heels to elevate his short stature, though this deceived no one. As he awaited his fate, the realisation grew clear that Providence would not save him, for He had granted no such divine rights to the throne after all. God’s will, in fact, appeared quite the contrary.

“Is my hair well?” he asked the executioner. Vanity prevailed even in his final moments. Assured his appearance was in order, including his neatly tapered Van Dyck, the pious king looked upward and uttered a prayer imperceptible to anyone but himself and the Lord above and then said these last words, for only the closest gathered to hear:

"I have delivered to my conscience; I p-p-pray God you do take those courses that are best for the g-g-good of the kingdom and your own salvation. I shall go from a corruptible to an incorruptible Crown, where no d-d-disturbance can be."


I appreciated the brevity of his words, for it spared us his awful stammer and the moment of glory would be prolonged no further. Charles informed the axe man that he would stretch his arms forward when he was ready, and implored him to make the deed quick. With tension mounting amongst those gathered in the street, he at last stooped to the scaffold and laid down upon the block, his neck without defence, and gave the signal. The executioner slowly raised the axe as the hushed crowd looked on in disbelief, awaiting a moment unparalleled in history. Seconds later the blade fell swiftly and, with one clean blow, severed both the head and the English monarchy. Blood splattered like a fountain of treason. The executioner held the pate up high and exclaimed, “Behold the head of a traitor!”

Acclamations of the soldiery mixed with the collective groans and sobs of the royalists, all of which echoed harmoniously through London. Those who still believed in the power of the king stepped up to the scaffold and, for a fee, dipped handkerchiefs in his blood to be wiped upon wounds. This, they foolishly alleged, would serve as a cure to their ailments. At the very least, it would be a fine souvenir.

After these events, I assumed control of the Rump Parliament and within a short time became the first Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland. Never, though, did I expect to meet a similar fate just a few short years later. Nor did I expect that my own head, severed posthumously, would experience a new life and journey through the land for the next three centuries. (Read More)

SIDE NOTE: If you're in New York City on Aug. 17, bring your severed head over to the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn and check out Hartzman's book launch. This guy's a legend. And one more shout-out, to Stephie Coplan, who wrote and performed the theme song to the new book, "Hey Oliver Cromwell!"

See? Here at HuffPost Weird News, we're bringing people together, and bringing you all the stories that matter. But we couldn't do it without our beloved producer, Katelyn Bogucki, editor Jorge Corona and sound engineer Brad Shannon. We can't continue to do it without your support, so please stay tuned and give us a review, people!

CORRECTION: An earlier iteration of this piece stated that Cromwell died in...

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Beauty Queen Nela Zisser Can't Stop Eating

(131) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 8:10 AM

Nela Zisser has inhaled five Subway sandwiches in less than 10 minutes. She's wolfed down a 5-pound burrito in under five minutes, 120 Chicken McNuggets in under 17 minutes, and 50 mozzarella sticks in eight minutes.

Still, the 23-year-old beauty queen isn't satisfied with her Miss Earth New Zealand 2013...

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Meyer Lansky's Grandson: 'My Grandpa Invented Organized Crime'

(49) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 10:35 AM

So much for omerta.

The code of silence supposedly practiced by gangsters doesn't necessarily apply to their proud progeny.

Meyer Lansky's grandson -- Meyer Lansky II -- joins us on the HuffPost Weird News podcast, to boast about how his namesake teamed up with Bugsy Siegel, Lucky...

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The Pain-Proof Life Of Kali Von Wunderkammer

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 9:35 AM

You can't enjoy every naughty delight in New Orleans simply by tossing beads at a stranger.

This week's HuffPost Weird News explores the Crescent City's infamous red light district of the early 1900s -- where debauchery mixed with burlesque, sideshow and all sorts of fringe entertainment.

Kali Von...

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An Etch-A-Sketch Salute To HuffPost: Because You've Got To Draw The Line Somewhere

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 8:14 AM

"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."

We at HuffPost Weird News ruminate each day on G.K. Chesterton's sage words. As we report on the Internet's freakiest stories, we ask: Where should we draw the line?

Is naked gardening too tacky? Is a roundup of

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Is Your House Haunted? Or Just Dirty?

(13) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:11 AM

Put away the Ouija board and take out the Pledge.

Ghostbusters at Clarkson University in New York are investigating the link between indoor air quality and ghostly sightings, according to Medical Daily. They say toxic mold can trigger psychosis and that might cause you to see and hear things that...

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Want A Million Bucks? Just Contact This Honest Liar ... Telepathically

(31) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:30 PM

Stop lying!

That's what James Randi has been telling psychics, faith healers and other paranormal money grubbers for more than half a century.

There is no point in calling some of them out as fakes. They're all fakes as far as Randi is concerned. It's been his lifelong quest to...

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직업이 필요하다면? 병아리 감별사에 도전해보길!

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 5:11 PM

명함에 '병아리 섹서(Chick Sexer)'가 적혀있다고 해서, 당신이 짐승 같은 방법으로 돈을 버는 섹스 노동자라는 건 아니다. 한국어로는 병아리 감별사, 갓 태어난 병아리의 성별을 구분하는 일을 하는 직업이다.

미국 방송 NBC는 최근 영국에 더 많은 병아리 감별사가 필요하다고 보도했다. 현재 영국에는 숙련된 병아리 감별사가 100~150명밖에 없어 양계산업이 타격을 입고...

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Need A Job? What About A Fabulous Career In Chick Sexing?

(36) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 8:04 AM

Just because it says "Chick Sexer" on your business card, it doesn't mean you're a sex worker specializing in foul bestiality.

NBC News is pointing out that Britain needs more people who can identify the gender of newborn chickens.

The U.K. only has 100 to 150 trained...

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