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Thinning the Herd


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(1) Police in Houston said the man killed when he drove his 18-wheeler into a freeway pillar on July 6 was part of a two-man scheme to defraud an auto insurance company. Police said it was the other m...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Can't possibly be true


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While the morbidly obese struggle with their health (and society's scorn), those who eroticize massive weight gain are capturing increased attention, according to a July ABC News report. Commercial an...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Armed and Clumsy (all new!)


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Men Who Accidentally Shot Themselves Recently: Robert Stewart, 55, a police academy instructor, during class (Liberty Township, Ohio, April). Lazaro Flores, 50, practicing quick-draw at his girlfriend...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Weird Science


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Life Imitates a Drew Barrymore Movie: Michelle Philpotts of Spalding, England, and her husband, Ian, and their two children have adjusted, since a car crash 20 years ago, to her anterograde amnesia, w...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Least Competent Criminals


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Questionable Judgments: (1) Austin, Texas, police issued an arrest warrant in June for Jose Romero, who they say robbed a Speedy Stop clerk after demanding money and menacingly pointing to his waistba...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fine Points of the Law


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Things looked grim for Carlos Simon-Timmerman, arrested by U.S. border agents in Puerto Rico while bringing an "underage-sex" video home from a holiday in Mexico. The star of "Little Lupe the Innocent...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

Career Downgrades


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(1) In May, Jim Janson, a 20-year veteran "carny" (who ran the games of chance at Canada's traveling Bill Lynch Shows), graduated from the law school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

A News of the Weird Classic (August 1992)


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The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in June (1992) on the local "Silent Meeting Club," consisting of people who gather at various spots around town and make it a point not to speak to each other. Found...
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010

A News of the Weird Classic (March 2007)


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The West Tennessee Detention Facility (Mason, Tenn.) made a video pitch for California inmates, hoping some would volunteer to be outsourced under that state's program to relieve overcrowding. The har...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

What About Our \"Human Rights\"?


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Update: News of the Weird reported in 2005 on a Welshman's invention of the "Mosquito," a device that emits an irritating, pulsating, very-high-pitched noise and is marketed to shopkeepers to drive aw...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Veggies, drugs and rock and roll


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Why are you still alive? is the question doctors ask Ozzy Osbourne, the hard-rock singer and reality-TV star, who says he is now clean and sober after a lifetime of almost unimaginably bad habits. In ...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Our Litigious Society


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If Google told you to jump off a cliff, would you? asked a Fortune magazine columnist, describing the lawsuit filed in May by Lauren Rosenberg, asking for damages of more than $100,000 against Google ...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Not My Fault


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(1) British actor Nicholas Williams, 33, was acquitted of domestic assault in June even though he had, among other things, "waterboarded" his girlfriend by pulling her shirt over her head and holding ...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Least Competent People


News of the Weird


Jihadists: They blow themselves up by mistake (such as Pakistani terrorist Qari Zafar did in June); they botch airline shoe- and underwear-bombing and buy the wrong fertilizer for urban car bombs; the...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ironies


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An intense lightning storm on June 14 around Monroe, Ohio, destroyed the iconic 62-foot-high statue of Jesus (the "King of Kings" structure of the Solid Rock Church) alongside Interstate 75. While tow...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010
 
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