Weird News | June 2018


Gottfried Waldhäusl, FPÖ state councilor for Lower Austria, expressed concerns over dogs with a migrant background while discussing security policies. “I am glad the FPÖ finally found its core competence: the closure of dangerous dog routes,” one user reacted online.

The Freedom Party claims that these dogs often occupy limited space at local animal shelters that would be better used for Austrian dogs. Following the upheaval, the Provincial Council office released a statement on June 8, that Waldhäusl was referring to the illegal puppy trade and that the quote had widely been taken out of context.


It’s only natural for professional sports teams to do whatever it takes to win, but the South Korean national team’s shenanigans leading up to their FIFA World Cup opening match against Sweden can best be described as unconventional. Fearing Swedish scouts spying in on their training sessions, Taeguk Warriors head coach Shin Tae-yong reportedly had his players swap jerseys to confuse his non-Asian opponents. At a press conference in Nizhny Novgorod, he confirmed his ruse: “I heard that Western people don’t recognize Asian people’s faces at once, so that was my little trick to confuse the opponents.”

The South Korean coach’s tricky tactics appear to be in response to an actual spying incident: A member of the Swedish team’s coaching staff reportedly tried to gain access to the Warriors’ team practice at their pre-World Cup training camp in Leogang, Austria, by pretending to be a tourist. When he failed to do so convincingly, the Swede drove up a nearby mountain overlooking the facility and convinced locals to let him use their house to observe the training camp. Whether or not the jersey-swapping worked cannot be established with any certainty, but it seems that Sweden’s captain, Andreas Granqvist, had no trouble identifying and besting the Warriors’ goalkeeper, confidently converting a penalty kick for a 1:0 win.


Back in March 2018, a scandal literally surrounded the controversy-plagued Kranken-haus Nord (Vienna North Hospital) development in Floridsdorf. Reportedly, €95,000 were misspent on a protective ring around the hospital in a holistic effort to “rebuild existing flows of energy” and elevate “vibrations to the highest-possible level.

”It wasn’t the only news that month creating seriously bad vibes. Shortly thereafter, Twitter commentators shared the Humanenergetik (bio-energetics) license of one reluctantly prominent believer in the healing power of crystals: Austrian Minister of the Economy Margarete Schramböck.

Blocking the bad chi, the minister was quick to clarify that she had never actually practiced the profession and recently returned her certification, which – perhaps even more surprisingly – is held by 18,000 Austrians. The damage done apparently continues to reverberate, so much so that the trade group registered with the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO) launched a nationwide PR campaign in June. Using the tagline “Find your energy,” the ads aim to counter with facts the prejudices now plaguing the profession. But will it be enough for us to forget the mystifying decision to spend €95,000 on improving the energy flow around a building.


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