The Weird

JUST ABOVE SUNSET offers, in special arrangement with Andrew J. Hewett and his site WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (chewednews.com), the best of the weird, bizarre and unusual. As noted at his site, Andrew publishes, via e-mail, a growing archive of true events compiled from a variety of sources, covering “every conceivable subject.” You can submit your own favorite “strange story” – including a verifiable source, of course. He’s sent over 1,200 of these out to the distribution list, and you too can sign up to be on the list. Here’s the latest. Visit his site for more, and the archives. And note that Volume I of Weird, Bizarre and Unusual [Kindle Edition] is available on Amazon.com – Volume II will be coming soon, with Volume III, IV and V to follow.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ENGLAND: NO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Call girl Kirsty Edmondson, 23, and Christopher Sawyers, 35, had sex and took trophy photos of themselves on Kenneth Chapman’s bed, his murdered body beneath them. Then, after living with his corpse for a week, left the Eccles, Greater Manchester, flat, taking both a TV and computer… after raiding his bank account. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grisly-selfie-taken-call-girl-3749063#ixzz363CYzjvz )

NO STINKY WEDDINGS, HUH

Brightwater Treatment facility, Seattle’s municipal sewage plant, announced in April 2014 they were ready to rent out the indoor rooms ($2,000 for eight hours) to hold weddings. Saying the area was large enough to accommodate 260 guests, including a full kitchen; while claiming to be a “zero odor” facility. (KIRO-TV/Seattle, 4-9-14)

FAST FOOD/FAST CASH/FAST JAIL

A fast-food worker in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jeffrey Coley, age 50, was not earning enough working at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant, and decided to pick up some cash at a local KFC. Unfortunately, he used a gun while driving through, and was soon arrested with a cash drawer containing $516 in his front seat. (The AP, 6-26-14)

Monday, July 28, 2014

NEEDS A HEART ATTACK BONUS

You like fast food? How’d you like to get paid, and have the food paid for, to eat an extra 1,000 calories daily from such places as Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and KFC? Last summer researchers at Washington University School of Medicine offered to pay overweight participants $3,000 to gain 5% to 7% of their body weight – before beginning a six-month program to lose those extra pounds. (Reader’s Digest, Aug. 2013)

WHO IS RIGHT HERE?

Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango, of Suffern, New York, have sued the New Jersey Lottery… after they, themselves, threw away a Powerball ticket, claiming it was worth $1 million. That’s because in the lawsuit they say the lottery didn’t update its website quickly enough, leaving them to believe the old numbers were new. After realizing what happened the following day, it was too late. Their “throw away” was already on its way to a Canadian landfill. (The AP, 6-26-14)

PEOPLE ARE TWO-LEGGED SHEEP

The very first day Microsoft released the game Halo 4 worldwide (Nov. 6, 2012), it out-sold any and all Hollywood blockbusters ever made, taking in $220 million in sales.(Reader’s Digest/Pg. 68/Aug. 2013)

Friday, July 25, 2014

HOPE HE SHAVES HIS LEGS

Online newspaper the Tokyo Reporter reports college worker Koichi Hirose, 53, enjoys dressing up, a lot. After his arrest in June 2014, he admitted stealing 600 girls’ gym suits, cheerleading outfits and volleyball uniforms – including everything from neon sports bras with matching bottoms to tank tops decorated with butterflies and flowers. Hirose told police: “I started stealing them in the summer of last year. I did it to wear them.” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/man-stole-600-schoolgirl-gym-3700614)

BUT DOES HE SMELL LIKE ONE?

Chuck Lamb, 56, decided he’d rather be dead than keep working, so he quit his job. Next, after setting up a website, he uploaded videos and pictures of himself being run over, crushed under a garage door, electrocuted by a toaster, and more. Now, as of June 2014, he has appeared on TV shows like The Jury and movies such as Horrorween and Kentucky Fried Horror… getting paid up to $1,500 (£885) a day “acting” the part of a dead body. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/man-stole-600-schoolgirl-gym-3700614)

LAUGHTER, FLATULENCE AND MORE

An epidemic of laughing lasting over a year broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) on January 30, 1962. Several thousand people were affected, across several villages. Other than uncontrollable laughter, many suffered pain, fainting, flatulence, respiratory problems, rashes, attacks of crying, and random screaming. (See Google: Tanganyika laughter epidemic, mass hysteria or mass psychogenic illness [MPI])

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A PLACENTA AFTERBIRTH DINNER!

Nicholas Baines told the Guardian (UK): “Since my wife and I first discussed having a child, the thought of this one-time opportunity to eat human placenta had been rolling around my mind. And so I left the hospital with my wife, our newborn son and a doggy bag.” (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/30/i-ate-wifes-placenta-smoothie-taco-afterbirth)

A STRIKINGLY POOR LOVER?

According to Guinness World Records, U.S. park ranger Roy C. Sullivan holds the record for being struck the most times by lightning, seven, yet surviving all strikes. Unfortunately, he was not as lucky in love, causing him to take a gun and commit suicide. (http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/42-incredibly-weird-facts-youll-want-to-tell-people-down-thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Sullivan)

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO…

Police in San Antonio, Texas, say John Rose, 59, was so drunk when he drove his sports utility vehicle through the living room of George Vasquez, the first thing he did was get out of his vehicle and ask if he could use his toilet. (http://news.msn.com/offbeat/man-rams-texas-house-with-car-asks-for-bathroom-tv-report)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FIVE ODD FACTS

(1) In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York, after suffering a deadly heart attack mid-race. His body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line. (2) First American film to show a toilet flushing on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. (3) Female kangaroos have three vaginas. (4) Oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle), made from animal and fish intestines. (5) Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints. (http://genreauthor.blogspot.com/2011/08/medieval-mondays-oldest-condom-in-world.html)

HAMSTER REARS SELL BOOKS

Seems the Japanese like anything considered “kawaii” (or “cute”), according to a May Wall Street Journaldispatch. Recently, two paperback photo books consisting only of portraits of the rear ends of hamsters were such hits, additional printing runs were required. (Wall Street Journal, 5-21-14)

UNEXPLAINABLE HISTORY

Still, today, no one knows why: The Dancing of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace – then part of the Holy Roman Empire. During that July some 400 people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over that month, some died from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_Plague_of_1518)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GOLDILOCKS LOCKED IN JAIL

Chancy Layton, 19, labeled the “real-life Goldilocks, faces charges of burglary, criminal mischief and petty theft after police say she entered the home of a couple in St. Augustine Beach, Florida, took a shower, ate food, slept on their couch, and wore their clothing, while they were away, all thanks to a burglar friend named “Jeremy,” who told her he’d left the back door unlocked. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/23/chancy-layton-goldilocks-burglary-theft_n_5522739.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news )

WOULD THE BOWELS BE DESERT?

Cape Town, South Africa – Police barged into the home of 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona, to find a very angry man eating from inside Manona’s chest, using a knife and fork, with pieces of bloody heart still dangling from his mouth. Neighbors called police after looking through a window and seeing the body being ravaged. Manona’s murderer/consumer turned out to be an ex-boyfriend of his current girlfriend. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/jilted-boyfriend-killed-love-rival-3680080#ixzz35ZG86h1v )

HE’S GOT 8 LIVES + ONE LEFT

Donna Marino of Braintree, Essex (UK), was shocked and saddened when told a tabby cat had been killed by a car just outside her door, especially since Billy, her tabby, never wandered into the street before. But, she buried the animal… only to hear a loud “meow” from near the grave a few minutes later. The buried cat was a “dead-ringer” in size, shape and color, but not her Billy. (http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/477436/I-buried-my-dead-cat-then-mine-came-home )

Monday, July 21, 2014

A DUMB-BUTT BRAIN DISEASE?

On June 9, 2014, Darren Shelley, 22, appeared in Stamford (Ct.) Superior Court, facing a charge of possession with intent to sell drugs, smelling strongly of marijuana. Though he swore he wasn’t stupid enough to bring pot into court, a body search found 19 bags of marijuana inside his left sock. (The AP, 6-10-14)

MAY NEED COAT, BLANKET AND TV?

Though renowned Hindu guru Shri Ashutosh Maharaj passed away in January 2014, police in Jalandhar, India, say his disciples refused to accept that fact, and stored his body inside a commercial freezer. Last heard, they were still waiting for him to awaken from his “deeper” form of meditation. (Daily Telegraph/London, 5-28-14)

HUMAN SOULS’ ANCHOR: RELIGION

Khartoum, Sudan – A 27-year-old woman, Meriam Ibrahim, was sentenced to death for falling in love and getting married. That’s because her father is Muslim… and Meriam’s new husband is Christian. Fortunately, since her father had gotten her Christian mother pregnant outside wedlock, the Court of Cassation canceled her death sentence. (The AP, 6-24-14)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A WAR WAITING SOMEWHERE?

By completing a recent purchase of small-arms ammunition, the U.S. Postal service joins other federal agencies who do the same. Last year, while the Social Security Administration ordered 174,000 hollow-point bullets, the Department of Agriculture obtained 320,000 rounds, Homeland Security 450 million rounds – for its 135,000 armed agents, the FBI 100 million hollow-points, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 46,000 rounds. (Washington Times, 5-16-14)

A BODY SEARCH NEEDING LAXATIVE

Even though Denver, Colorado, police searched Isaac Vigil, 32, three times during his arrest on drug charges, and handcuffed him behind his back, he was still able to remove a pistol hidden between the cheeks of his butt and shoot at officers twice. And a fourth search found two packets of meth up inside his “cavity.” (Mother Nature News, 5-23-14)

LOOK FOR THIS ON THE WEB

The annual British Tarantula Society gathering in Coventry, England, met May 18, 2014, where 30,000 spiders competed for most outstanding. Thanks to a shiny coat, correct proportions, an active demeanor and proper stance – meaning all 8-legs were upright and perfectly poised – a Socotra Island Blue Baboon Spider took Best in Show. Yawn! So? (Mother Nature News, 5-23-14)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

AN ILLEGAL PART-TIME JOB

In January 2014 Susan Coppinger, 47, was proudly promoted by the city of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, making her pay $38,800 yearly. Unfortunately, she was forced to resign soon after, when it was discovered the month before she’d been arrested, for robbing two banks. (WCVB-TV/Boston, 4-1-14)

JUST DYING TO BE THEMSELVES

Ever picture yourself dead, lying in a coffin? Now, there is no need to end up that way. Louis Charbonnet’s funeral home in New Orleans will help your corpse to be viewed in any position you choose. As example, he mentions service for a 24-year-old murder victim whose viewing took place in his family’s living room, his body tethered against a wall; while one woman wishes her corpse to be posed standing over her cooking pot. (The New York Times, 6-22-14)

BITE? LEG? THAT’S A DOG’S JOB

Robert Kiefer, 25, of Akron, Ohio, became very upset when a check he’d expected was not delivered by his mailman. So upset, instead of contacting the check issuer, he pepper-sprayed the mail carrier with his own canister, then bit him on his leg. (Akron Beacon Journal, 2-10-14)

Friday, July 18, 2014

RESCUE TOOK HOW MANY QUARTERS?

In March 2014, the Omaha World-Herald reported a 3-year-old boy had disappeared in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Luckily, he was soon found in the same type of place where other toddlers have been found after briefly escaping from their parents… inside a toy-vending machine. The little fellow had crawled up through the toy-release slot, and was playing inside the bin with colorful stuffed animals at Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards. (Omaha World-Herald, 4-15-14)

MARRIAGE DELAYED DEATH 1 DAY

Convicted of conspiracy and espionage for passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death, their execution scheduled for June 18, 1953. However, since the condemned couple’s 14th wedding anniversary was also on the 18th, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stayed their execution until the next day, June 19th. (The AP, 6-17-14)

AN ABUSED, BRAINWASHED WIFE

Even though Khemraj Samlall, 43, was charged with pouring gasoline on his wife, he claimed to only be joking when he tried to ignite her and their bed with a lighter that didn’t work. His wife even cried in his defense while testifying before Judge John “Jay” Hurley, that he was “‘a great guy’ and good husband and a good father.” To which Judge Hurley replied: “The court has no doubt that if that lighter would have sparked, you wouldn’t be here right now.” (Sun Sentinel – Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NEEDED: LARGER POOPER-SCOOPER

That old saying “we are a product of our environment” certainly holds true for a cow named Milkshake. All her best friends are dogs. Beth DiCaprio of the Grace Foundation, rescued this bovine from an abusive animal hoarder, caged with dogs, but no cows. Now, free to roam Dicaprio’s El Dorado Hills ranch, Milkshake prefers to come inside the house and follow her into the bathroom. (http://www.odditycentral.com/ 6-16-14)

100% BEEF WIENERS

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed a $5,000 civil lawsuit against MT Supermarket in Austin, Texas, for allegedly selling “non-inspected, adulterated and misbranded beef pizzle as human food,” And, what is beef “pizzle”? Bulls without one never become fathers. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/pizzle-mt-supermarket_n_5501352.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

THIS MAKES SENSE, RIGHT?

In a controversial world news story, some 70 primary school students in Luoyang, China, were pictured learning to survive drowning by submerging their heads in washbasins and buckets full of water. If this works, it should teach them not to panic, allowing time to think more clearly, improving their chance of surviving, not drowning. (http://www.odditycentral.com/news/bizarre-school-drill-lets-children-experience-drowning.html)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CAN’T ‘THUMB-THROUGH’ BALLOTS

In most modern countries, the right to vote is considered a normal, natural freedom. The extreme opposite was demonstrated during Afghanistan’s recent elections in June of 2014. That’s when members of the Taliban, a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist group, stormed an election area, cutting off the fingers of about a dozen voters, killing 11 others. (The AP, 6-16-14)

FRIENDS WHO NEVER TALK BACK

At age 64, Ayano Tsukimi left Osaka and moved back to her old Japanese village, Nagoro. Problem was, the population had dropped to only 37, making her the loneliest of her life. As quickly as feasible, this creative woman increased the population by about 350. All through her ability to create life-size stuffed dolls, with unsettling facial features, which she positioned around town to suggest a larger population. (The Week, 5-10-14)

UNSELFISH EVEN BEFORE BIRTH

A recent study of the desert ant (Cataglyphis savignyi) reproduction at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, has proven while the sperm of most every life form on earth will battle independently to be the lucky impregnator during intercourse, each of their particular cells “stick together” in unison; improving their changes of reproducing upon reaching the female’s sperm organ, the spermatheca. From there the sperm can live and wait for years, long after that male donor has died. (http://www.livescience.com/46249-ant-sperm-use-teamwork.html)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BE A CORPSE WITH NO TICKET

If you were rushing to the emergency room at University Hospital in Tamarac, Florida, even if bleeding, suffering shortness of breath, or other dangerous symptoms, still never turn left into the ER unless the light is green. On red, you will most likely receive a ticket which costs $158-per violation, even if the person lying beside you has quit breathing. So far (last heard), no matter how sick the person coming to ER, not even one ticket has been thrown out of court. (WPLG-TV/Miami, 3-2-14)

WORTH REPEATING

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Written by humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910).

PIGS GOT HIM IN THE POKEY

May 29 (1:50 a.m.), Andrew Joffe, 24, called 9-1-1 to say he was lost on Deen Still Road near Polk City, Florida, and was being chased by wild hogs. A sheriff’s deputy soon rescued Joffe, checked his record, and threw him in jail. Because: (a) He had an outstanding arrest warrant. (b) The GPS he got lost with was stolen from a car he’d broken into earlier. (WWSB-TV/Sarasota, 5-29-14)

Monday, July 14, 2014

EIGHT-MORE-LIVES NOT ENOUGH?

April 2014 Reader’s Digest’s, Humor in Uniform, told of a military experiment in the 1960s, a search to find a more discrete way to eavesdrop and record private conversations. And, after a few years and a few million tax dollars spent, they were confident they had the answer. Which was… to implant a battery and microphone inside a house cat, deeply enough to go unnoticed. But the whole project ended soon; right after their feline got loose, ran into the street, and was squished to death underneath a taxi cab.

NO WONDER OUR GARAGE STINKS!

While investigators were not sure what caused a radiation leak at the nuclear waste dump near Carlsbad, New Mexico, it could’ve been caused by kitty litter. Yep, the same kitty litter your cat uses to relieve itself. In this case, more radioactivity had escaped since they’d changed brands. The new kitty litter was different. It was “organic,” apparently making it less absorbent? (The Associated Press, 5-13-04)

WARNING: YAWN BEFORE READING

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced in May it would scrap their internal rating system. Reason being, it “erroneously” claimed not all workers fit their sex, race, creed, religious category. Agency director Richard Cordray said the system was wrong when it determined not all workers in their bracket work with equal speed or dexterity; while it claimed some were just less efficient. Its results erroneously showed some produced more than others, and some were just smarter. Yawn! (American Banker, 5-19-14)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HIS TV MUST NOT HAVE CABLE

Jeremy Grinnell, 42, of Grand Rapids, Mich., was caught watching an X-rated live performance without permission. What he’d done was prop a ladder under his neighbors’ window and watch them make love. Grinnell was also a local pastor and assistant professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. (KNSD-TV/San Diego, 3-2-14)

ANOTHER ‘ADD INSULT TO INJURY’

Little 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher of Jackson, Miss., was attacked by a vicious dog in April 2014, leaving her face torn and deeply scarred. Add to that, recently while going for lunch at a KFC with her parents, they were asked by an employee to leave because her disfigurement was upsetting other diners. When KFC headquarters learned of this, they immediately apologized and volunteered $30,000 to pay on Victoria’s medical bills. (The AP, 6-16-14)

MAYBE NEEDS HIS BRAIN CUT ON?

Chinese performance artist, He Yunchang, 48, told the AFP that he will do anything for art, as long as it does not kill him. Example, on opening day of Beijing Olympic in 2008, on the lucky date of 8-8-08, he removed part of a rib, and in 2010, had 25 people vote if he should be slashed from collarbone to knee? Cutting won, allowing a doctor to slit him open. (Rakyat Post/Kuala Lumpur, 5-9-14)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NO BOYFRIEND SLEEPOVER?

Miriam Burbank was such a happy person; she’d find fun in anything. That’s why, according to New Orleans’ WGNO TV, when she died in June 2014, her daughters planned a different “funeral.” With the help of Charbonnet Funeral Home, the corpse was seated in her kitchen, a case of beer put on the table, a menthol cigarette placed between her fingers, and a flashing disco ball hung overhead. This allowed family and friends to celebrate Miriam’s life… the way they’d known her.

ODD WAY TO GET ONE’S JOLLIES

Finally, last month, police in Ypsilanti, Michigan, identified a suspect who was apparently the one and only nasty person who’d often defecated on the same slide in Prospect Park for a six-month period. (Ann Arbor News, 5-14-14)

HE OBSERVED DAYLIGHT DUMB TIME

An independent contractor, Dan Greding, was installing street signs in downtown Santa Barbara, Calif., when his truck was ticketed for parking in one place for too long. While every sign he hung was a warning “75 Minutes Parking” only. Last heard, Greding’s second appeal was still pending. (KEYT-TV/Santa Barbara, 5-7-14)

Friday, July 11, 2014

DIDN’T FREEZE HER BUTT OFF?

Nichole Ann Reed was arrested after leaving a Publix supermarket in Deland, Florida. The 30-year-old’s only excuse for shoplifting was a need for something to trade with a friend for either a Chinese buffet or the prescription pain medication Dilaudid. She was released on $250 bail for stuffing seven frozen lobster tails, worth $83.99, inside her pants. (http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/13/4175730/fla-woman-steals-7-lobster-tails.html)

WARM SEX CAN BE DEADLY

In February 2014, a Williamsport, Penn., couple, both age 40, were found dead from asphyxiation inside their garage, long after their car ran out of gas. Since both were partially clad, it was determined they’d been having sex with the garage door closed, staying warm using their car’s heater. (Patriot-News/Harrisburg, Pa., 2-2-2014)

NO OPERA GLASSES NEEDED

While New York City has 40 Broadway theatres and some 32 Off-Broadway, now the neighborhoods of Williams and Soho are seeing a rising number of plays performed inside 24-foot trucks parked on streets; limiting ticket sales to 20 or less. Most plays last an hour on average, with 15-minute intermissions, allowing audiences to exit into the closest bar for drinks and a toilet break. (BrooklynBased.com, 5-22-14)

Monday, July 7, 2014

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE?

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 53, was driving through a Los Angeles suburb when she hit a pedestrian, 31-year-old Philip Moreno, then let him die lying across her windshield, while she continued her journey. Now, over a year later, evidence at trial showed her blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, meaning 55 years to life in prison. Before this happened, Wilkins was a substance abuse counselor. (The AP, 6-13-14) \

DID THEY SAVE THE CELL PHONE?

Early June 2014, a Chinese woman dropped her new cell phone into an open toilet pit, causing her husband to crawl down into knee-deep sewage, where he fainted from fumes. Next, the woman’s father-in-law jumped in to save him, causing the husband’s mother to jump in to save them, but she passed out, too; causing the phone’s owner to jump in and pass-out, causing two neighbors to jump in… which required six more neighbors to rescue all of them. Later at hospital the husband and husband’s mother died from suffocation breathing those fumes. (South China Morning Post, 6-9-14)

TRAIN$ DERAIL FRENCH RAILROAD

France’s national rail company SNCF ordered 2,000 new trains, before realizing they would be too wide for most station platforms; meaning very costly redoing. While most all 1,200 platforms need altering, already they’ve spent 80 million euros – about $108,318,400 US Dollars – getting fully underway. (Reuters, 5-21-14)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

IS HEAVEN A NON-SMOKING AREA?

A decade after New Hampshire businessman Eddie Nash died, his family still wondered why his real will was never found. This stimulated memories of “something” held in his hand during the funeral. Unable to get it off their minds, Ginette Dowse, 71, Michael Day, 37; and Nash’s daughter, Melanie Lynch, 52, dug him up, were caught, and arrested for grave tampering. What they found in his rotted hand was a pack of cigarettes – perhaps the only real love of his life? (The AP, 6-12-14)

DR. SEUSS, MOVE OVER

Children’s author Sarah Albee has come up with a writing theme which keeps kids’ attention more easily, almost guaranteeing they will learn more, faster. Her repeated theme being grossness, mostly related to such body functions as “poo-poo” and “pee-pee,” while one of her books, Bugged: How insects Changed History, explains, “Insects have killed more soldiers in wars than have swords and guns,” adding, “Half a million of Napoleon’s soldiers died of typhus and related bug-borne diseases.” (http://www.npr.org/2014/05/19/313122140/if-you-want-to-teach-kids-history-try-grossing-them-out-first)

SHE DIDN’T GIVE A HOOT(ER)

During her arrest in early June 2014, Amy Lee, 28, told Seattle police she worked 13 hours a day and needed to sleep on Sundays. That’s why she’d opened the fifth floor apartment window to pour out garbage, a load of kitty litter full of feces, and a large piece of frozen chicken, which all landed on a 13-year-old girl who was raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

CAN YOU SPELL I-D-I-O-T?

Allen, Texas – Steven Gordon, 50, having problems with his Malaysian wife, posted an ad on Craigslist for help in getting her green card revoked. Robert Bass responded. When their plot got too complicated, he paid Bass over $25,000 to kill her. Frustrated by delays, Gordon demanded expedience, causing Bass to threaten to kill him. Fearing for his own life, Gordon called police; and now, after trial, Gordon is sentenced to 60 years in prison. (The AP, 6-12-14)

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAVED HER LIFE

Marcey DiCaro, an Arizona woman, noticed her abdomen was swelling back in 2011. She had a scan in 2012, showing she had a tumor, but had no health insurance. In 2013, the hospital had to cancel her surgery because her insurance would only cover a small portion. Finally, and thanks to President Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, she found a healthcare policy covering pre-existing conditions back to 2010… finally allowing a 47.5 pound (21.5 kg) tumor to be removed, before it killed her. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/12/50-pound-tumor-marcey-dicaro_n_5486945.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

IGNORANCE OOZES FROM HIM

Scott Esk, a Republican Tea Party candidate in Oklahoma, said quote, “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.” And, after Nobel Peace Prize winner, and former South African president Nelson Mandela died, Esk called him a “communist thug” and a “low-life.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/11/scott-esk-stoning-gays_n_5486678.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular)

Friday, July 4, 2014

JUST HOW THIRSTY ARE YOU?

Know this sounds crazy, but look it up yourself: (http://news.sky.com/strangenews). Scientists have developed technology that can turn cow manure into drinkable water. Professor Steve Safferman, from the Michigan State University team, said: “If you have 1,000 cows on your operation, they produce about 10 million gallons of manure a year.” The system produces 50 gallons (227L) of water for every 100 gallons (455L) of manure processed. (Manure is about 90% water before it dries.)

THREE VERY ODD FACTS

(1) It costs the U.S. Mint nearly twice the value of each penny and nickel to produce it. In 2013 taxpayers spent over $100 million producing these one-cent and five-cent pieces. (2) The northern leopard frog swallows its prey using its eyes. It uses them to push food down its throat by retracting them into its head. (3) On July 21, 1969, inside his spacesuit, Buzz Aldrin was the first person to urinate on the moon. (http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/42-incredibly-weird-facts-youll-want-to-tell-people-down-the)

SHOOT HIM WITH WHAT, URINE?

Quote from The Dallas Morning News (June 12, 2014): “A former Dallas officer testified Wednesday in federal civil court that he had no choice but to shoot an unarmed man nearly four years ago. Matthew Tate said he feared that Tobias Mackey was going to shoot him.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

MUST’VE BEEN MIGHTY GOOD EGGS

During night shift on Mother’s Day 2014, at a North Carolina Waffle House, waitress Shaina Brown received a $1,500 tip, requesting only she donate one-third to a needy person. But soon after, she learned Waffle House did not allow tips that large on credit cards. Fortunate for Brown, the customer was contacted and returned to present her with his personal check. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/waffle-house-1000-tip-shaina-brown_n_5479054.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular)

MUST BE HARD ON HIM

Could you love a sport enough to neglect work for a whole week before an important tournament? Well, Rocco Siffredi did in support of his country’s FIFA football World Cup participation, which started June 12, 2014 in Brazil. Who is Rocco Siffredi? He’s Italy’s king of XXX porn, who stated on Facebook: “Guys, I’ve had thousands of orgasms but there is one I will never forget. The one I had together with all of you. Do you remember when we won the World Cup in 2006?” (http://www.arcamax.com/sports/sportsvideo/s-1537436)

A MULTI-DANGEROUS DOCTOR

A Seattle physician, Dr. Arthur K. Zilberstein, faces serious charges related to putting “patients at unreasonable risks” for many reasons: Exchanging personal and often sexually explicit text while working/sending selfies of his genitals exposed/exchanging forty-five text messages with sexual innuendos during surgery/prescribing drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and Ritalin, at least 29 times without procedures such as diagnoses. (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/doctor%E2%80%99s-license-suspended-after-allegedly-sexting-during-surgeries-and-sending-semi-nude-selfies-213611537.html)

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