Thought-Provoking Entertainment

This is True is a weekly email newsletter created by online publishing pioneer Randy Cassingham which reports on bizarre-but-true news items from legitimate news outlets from around the world. Each brief story ends with a comment — a tagline on the story which is humorous, ironic, or opinionated (or with luck, some combination of the three). True is non-partisan.

Tens of thousands of people around the world subscribe: basic subscriptions are free, and it’s very easy to “unsubscribe” if it’s not for you. We’d like to invite you to give a subscription a try and see if you enjoy Randy’s brand of “Thought-Provoking Entertainment” — published by email weekly since 1994. We never send ads-only emails, and you’re protected by Randy’s Privacy Policy.

Subscribe to get stories of human weirdness by email each week: basic subscriptions are free, and the newsletters are mobile-friendly.

I Need More Reasons: Tell Me Why

Randy’s weekly newsletter includes weird-but-true stories like…

  • A man sued his doctor because he survived his cancer longer than the doctor predicted.
  • Two robbers were in the process of their crime when one changed his mind and arrested the other.
  • A woman had her husband’s ashes made into an egg timer when he died so he could still “help” in the kitchen.
  • Only 68 of 200 Anglican priests polled could name all Ten Commandments, but half said they believed in space aliens.

Of course, every issue includes a link to easily unsubscribe should you decide at any time to quit.

The 12 Weirdest Stories of Last Year

Upon activating your free subscription (you’ll get an email to verify you really own the address entered, and must click a link inside to complete that verification), you can instantly download a free copy of the Weirdest Stories of last year — a PDF (a quick download) presenting the best story from each month of the year, and Randy’s choice of the best of all of them, with some extra commentary. It’s a great introduction to the kind of stories that True features, and you’re welcome to share it with friends.


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Media Reaction to This is True

  • “All the News That’s Not Fit to Print.” —Newsweek
  • “The kind of news items that keep comedians and commentators in business.” Washington Post
  • “How did he get so popular so fast? Well, for one thing, he writes funny stuff.” New York Times
  • “Cassingham is a humorist for the Information Age, an Internet-savvy satirist and social commentator. The Jay Leno of Cyberspace.” Los Angeles Times
  • “And now for something completely different.” CNN Morning News
  • “The [David] Letterman of the ’net.” CityTV Toronto
  • Hot Site: “Randy Cassingham has a passion for the truth. And you’ll never believe the stuff he’s dug up…. Truly stranger than fiction.” USA Today
  • “With so many rumours doing the rounds on the Net, it’s often hard to sort the fact from the fiction. Randy Cassingham has made it his mission in life to bring unusual stories to the attention of a Net-using audience.” London Daily Telegraph
  • “Livens up the week with bizarre-but-true news.” Playboy
  • “Truly valuable.” Salon