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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS?

Ever “shop ’till you drop”? Ikea stores wouldn’t mind, if you were shopping one of eight of the world’s ten largest Ikea stores in China. There, store managers encourage shoppers to relax, inviting them to try out the displays. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10950697/Ikea-shoppers-in-China-fall-asleep-in-furniture-room-displays-in-pictures.html)

HELD-HER-TONGUE LONG ENOUGH

The Xiaoxiang Morning Post reports from Guiyang County, Hunan Province, at age 15, Jiang Guixiang suffered a month long fever and never said another word… until age 76. Doctors said Jiang had probably always been able to speak, though her damaged hearing might have made it difficult. She may have started speaking again after a certain nerve was excited back into action.

NO PORN FOR POLICE

The Associated Press reported (7-10-14) Virginia police no longer intend to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old in an effort to prove a sexting case against him. Police and prosecutors faced much criticism after media reported they had obtained a warrant to take nude photos of the teen while he was sexually aroused. Police had wanted to compare headless photos which he was accused of sending his 15-year-old girlfriend.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

HIDDEN MONEY DAMAGES PARK

Have you heard of Jason Buzi (Twitter handle @HiddenCash), the fellow who hides cash, then tells folks what area to search? Recently, when he hid envelopes containing $50s and $100s in Whittier, California, a thousand people trampled through Penn Park, trampling plants, uprooting a newly planted tree, tore apart sprinkler heads and broke fences. So Buzi sent city officials $5,000 to cover damages. (KNBC-TV, 7-8-14)

IF YOU DON’T FIRST SUCCEED…

While Flemington, New Jersey, resident Thomas Mistele was vacationing off the coast of Rhode Island, he walked to a local drug store and paid $20 for a $1,000,000 scratch-off game card. Turns out it was free because his scratch off produced a $20 “winner.” Expecting to lose that $20 anyway, Mistele purchased another, and this ticket won him $1,000,000. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/man-wins-million-rhode-island-vacation-24573120)

SNIFF YOUR WAY TO HEALTH

Did you know breathing small amounts of hydrogen sulfide helps keep cells healthy, reduces the chances of dementia, diabetes, even cancer? In fact, the University of Exeter has developed a compound called AP39 designed to deliver just the right dosage of hydrogen sulfide to cells. But what is hydrogen sulfide, and is there an easier way to obtain it? Yes, because it is nothing more than flatulence (i.e. farts). (Jul 15, 2014 7:44 AM CST by FOX News.com)

Monday, August 25, 2014

HOW WOULD YOU JUDGE?

Fatih Ozcan, a waiter at the Kapadokya Turkish restaurant in York (UK) had such a vivid dream he’d won the Euro Millions lottery, at work he spent three hours convincing his manager, Hayati Kucukkoylu, to buy tickets, which he’d gladly go pick up for him. And, sure enough, his manager won the equivalent of $1.7 million. And, because Ozcan talked his boss into paying for the tickets, Judge Mark Gosnell awarded him half, about $857,000. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/fatih-ozcan_n_5588340.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

CHEAPER THAN MATERNITY LEAVE

What legal rights do working women in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia have, that U.S. working women are denied? That would be time-off with pay when they suffer brutal menstrual periods. (In Indonesia, some employers require on-the-scene “proof” of this condition.) (The Atlantic, 5-16-14)

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK, NOT

The Senate Office of Education and Training is offering, at taxpayer expense: (1) “Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep;” (2) “Small Talk – Breaking the Ice in Social Situations;” (3) “Assert Yourself – Speak Up with Tact Rather than Suffer in Silence.” The total cost of the instruction was estimated at $1.9 million. (Reader’s Digest Pg. 106  Aug. 2014)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DISGUSTING ACTS AT DISNEYWORLD

Disneyworld, what a wonderful, wholesome, safe place to take children! Or is it? At least 35 Disney employees in and around Florida have been arrested and accused of sex crimes involving children since 2006. In February of 2014 alone, a Lake County Sheriff’s sting operation jailed 22 suspects, charging them with possession of child pornography or trying to meet minors for sex, including: security guards, a costumer, a tour guide, a gift shop employee and maintenance workers. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/disney-employees-child-sex-charges_n_5587395.html )

SHARING THEIR LOVE, PUBLICALLY

On July 12, 2014, Michael Suh, 38, took Nicole Germack, 27, out to enjoy an evening at a Newark, N.J., Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant, where they were both arrested for lewdness, indecent exposure, loitering and conspiracy; and later released after each posted $1,800 bail. Why? Because they couldn’t wait, and were caught having sexual intercourse on the roof at the very front of Chipotle, for all to see. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/couple-caught-having-sex-roof-3864680#ixzz37aDMY2i6)

GRANDPARENTS WANNABES

China’s strict male preference birth rules have reduced marriage rates enough for the government to now fund matchmaking conventions to create opportunities and incentives for matrimony. Still, parents seem more worried about nuptials than the young. So much so, during a recent Shanghai Matchmaking Expo many parents came to display “notice boards” offering cards resembling baseball trading cards, showing age, education and salary of their offspring. (Vice.com, 6-5-14)

Friday, August 22, 2014

WHO WANTS A LONELY HONEYMOON?

If a husband-to-be or wife-to-be is serving in the U.S. military abroad, in the states of California, Colorado, Montana and Texas, it is legal to “marry by proxy,” meaning another person can stand in for either. Montana even sanctions double proxy, meaning that neither the bride or groom has to attend the ceremony. (http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-surprising-marriage-laws-you-might-be-breaking-right-now/#ixzz37OH9muSt)

EVEN IN THE SUMMER?

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is surely the nation’s most strict when it comes to forbidding unnecessary goods and services. For instance, they unanimously blocked disposable plastic water bottles, plastic shopping bags, circumcision, and even nutrition-challenged “Happy Meals” that contain toys. However, the vote was 6-5 to stop people from freely wandering downtown sidewalks stark naked. (San Jose Mercury News, 3-5-14)

MORE ODD MARRIAGE LAWS

(1) In Delaware, it’s legal to get an annulment if you married on a dare or as a prank. (2) In South Carolina, it is considered a misdemeanor for a male over 16 to propose to a female in order to seduce her. (3) In Mississippi, if the county clerk believes either person seeking a marriage license is drunk, insane or an imbecile, they can deny that license. (http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-surprising-marriage-laws-you-might-be-breaking-right-now/#ixzz37OH9muSt)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BUT CAN THEY REPLACE BULLS?

Someday robots will do everything a human can do. Already dairy farmers can replace milking laborers with $250,000 robots, which cows seem to like more than humans. So pleased are the cows, they learned the drill, then voluntarily go each day to an exact spot, where a robot’s arms wash their udders before milking. These robots also copy data from transponders worn around the cows’ necks. (New York Times, 4-22-14)

NOT A GOOD FAMILY BUSINESS

Michael Penn, 25, had no problem at all spending time with his children. While shopping at a Walmart in New Castle, Delaware, with his 8-month-old son and 5-year-old daughter, this “loving” father was arrested for shoplifting. Add to that, during a body search of him and his children, police found 16 bags of heroin inside the baby boy’s diaper. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/13/dad-hides-heroin-in-babys-diaper_n_5582037.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

LET’S PRAY HE GOES TO HELL

A quote from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (6-10-2014): “In a May deposition on a priest-child sex abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, then-auxiliary bishop Robert Carlson said he was ‘not sure’ in 1984 whether he ‘knew it was a crime or not’ for an adult to engage in sex with a child.” (http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THIS MOTHER DIDN’T TALK BACK

Chava Stirn, 28, still lived with her mother. Problem was, when the smell from their Brooklyn apartment became stronger than neighbors could stand, 911 was called. And, when police were unable to get a response, the door was broken down… where they found Ms. Stirn living with her mother, Susie Rosenthal; who’d been dead so long the flesh had fallen from her bones. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/11/daughter-sleeps-next-to-moms-corpse_n_5578252.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular)

STUPID AND INBREEDING ILLEGAL

Hoping to stop women from making the same mistakes over-and-over-and-over-and-over-again, etc., Kentucky has made it illegal for them to marry the same man more than three times. While in Utah cousins cannot marry each-other unless they are at least 65-years-old. (http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-surprising-marriage-laws-you-might-be-breaking-right-now/#ixzz37OH9muSt)

SHE MUST BE A REAL STINKER

Norma Brewer, a deputy county treasurer in Stillwater County, Montana, had just used a courthouse toilet and walked outside, when it exploded. Pressure buildup was blamed. (Billings Gazette, 6-25-14)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

HOPE HEAVEN ALLOWS DOGGIES?

C. N. Madanraj, 67, and his wife, Tarabai, 63, were a couple living in Hyderabad, India, who could not have children, so they transferred that parental love to a dog named “Puppy.” And, after Puppy died, the couple was also found dead, hanged inside their bedroom. A suicide note explained the depression of losing an “only child” was more than they could live with. (http://www.weirdasianews.com/2007/04/14/couple-commits-suicide-when-dog-dies/)

TILL SAFER THAN SMOKING

In the journal Zoo Biology, researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences report observing 28 acts of fellatio between two orphaned male bears at a sanctuary in Kuterevo, Croatia. This took 116 hours of scientific observation over a six-year period. Conclusions: (1) The older bear was the receiver. (2) These acts were less sexually driven, more the result of “early deprivation of maternal suckling.” (LiveScience.com, 6-17-14)

AN 11TH-MONTH MISCARRIAGE

While it’s not uncommon for overweight pregnant women to be placed on a diet, it apparently caused a miscarriage of twins inside one mother-to-be, who’d carried them for 11 months. Her name is Tess, and she’s an elephant living at the Houston Zoo. Normal gestation for an elephant is 22 months. (Reuters, 7-1-14)

Monday, August 18, 2014

$99,000 FOR A NON-FLUSH TOILET

At government (i.e., taxpayers) expense, a single toilet with no internal plumbing will be placed at a railhead in Alaska’s Denali National Park, for the price of $10,000. But, because the Interior Department used an Oregon manufacturer, shipping and other “costs” have added another $89,000. (Reader’s Digest P. 104 August 2010)

BREAKING NEWS, NOT

The National Institute of Health gave University of California, Berkeley, $325,525 to study human relationships. After completing research, it was determined, “The happiest marriages are ones in which the wife calms down quickly during fights.” Well, how-about-that? (Reader’s Digest P.107 August 2010)

COSTING TAXPAYERS $296,699,000

Planning to provide unmanned, continuous surveillance over Afghanistan, the U.S. Army hired a company to build the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), paying them $297 million. But it wasn’t what they expected, so they sold it back to the manufacturer for $301,000. (Reader’s Digest P.106 August 2014)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

HARD TO WEAN SOME KIDS

While it’s not uncommon for mothers to have problems weaning their breastfed babies, the mother of Frank Pospisil apparently never succeeded. On July 2, 2014, a U.S. District Court in Dayton, Ohio, found him guilty of collecting over $230,000 in Social Security benefits intended for his mother, who’d died 33 years prior, in 1981. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/03/us-usa-ohio-theft-idUSKBN0F825220140703)

THREE MORE FUN FACTS

(1) Singer Jackie Wilson suffered a heart attack performing his biggest hit, Lonely Teardrops, in a New Jersey oldies show in 1975. That very moment he was singing “My heart is cryin, cryin…” (2) Dr Robert Epstein, a psychologist, author and critic of technology giants like Google, was run-over and killed by a Google street view car. (3) James Fixx wrote The Complete Book of Running, and started the jogging craze in the 1970s. He later died of a heart attack… while jogging. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/ironic-accidents-people-who-suffered-3841566)

SENDING CORPSES TO BOOT CAMP

A computer error has caused the U.S. Selective Service System to send notices to over 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897 (Instead of 1983 and 1997), ordering them to register for the nation’s military draft; warning failure to do so is “punishable by a fine and imprisonment.” Chuck Huey, 73, said he got a notice addressed to his grandfather, Bert Huey, who’d died in 1995, at age 100. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/men-draft-notices-100-years-fact-24503404)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BLINDED WITH A WEINER

Not all sports related injuries are directly related to the game itself. John Coomer filed a civil case against the Kansas City Royals, claiming he was seriously injured by their team’s mascot, Sluggerrr, who hit him in the face with a frank-in-bun during a routine giveaway. He claimed this negligence caused a loss of vision in one eye due to a detached retina. (http://www.allgov.com/news/unusual-news/the-unexpected-dangers-of-attending-baseball-games-140710?news=853639)

FIVE FACTS FOR THE FUN OF IT

(1) Tablecloths were originally meant to be large towels which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces on after eating. (2) Visitors to Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is an insult. (3) Boeing 747 airliners hold 57,285 gallons of fuel. (4) Nobel Peace Prize medals depict three naked men with their hands on each other’s shoulders. (5) The crack on a breaking glass travels at 3,000 miles per hour. (http://www.strangefacts.com/facts1.html)

LET’S HOPE HE LIVES OUTDOORS

Lenny, a black-and-white house cat, was adopted from a Rochester, N.Y., animal shelter in April 2014. But the new family returned him two days later, explaining they could not tolerate the awful smell of his frequent farting. Last heard, a new adopter was giving Larry at least a chance. (http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html)

Friday, August 15, 2014

U.S. POCKET PHONE VISITS JAPAN

Most folks mislay their cell phones but find them by backtracking. In 2013, when Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney, 53, dropped his iPhone into a grain elevator containing 290,000 bushels of grain, he said “just let it go.” Well, it did stay with that grain… all the way to Japan. When found there, it was sent back to a grain shipper, who recharged it, found the owner’s number, called, then sent it home to him. (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Farmer-loses-phone-returned-8-months-later-5606892.php)

A FREE HOME FOR 12 YEARS

Between 2002 and 2014, “homebuyer” Paul Stenstrom, 62, of Palm Beach, Florida, paid $0 on his $1,836 monthly mortgage. Why was he not evicted? Because he and his wife filed 18 separate bankruptcy petitions in that 12-year period, hiding behind federal bankruptcy law. Now that a judge has finally stepped in, Stenstrom says he plans to buy the house back, since repossessions are usually cheaper. (Tampa Bay Times, 4-12-14)

A DANGEROUS CRYSTAL DOORKNOB

Yes, weird, but, a crystal doorknob caused a fire which destroyed a bedroom in a £1.5 million home. Charlie Pugsley, of the London Fire Brigade’s investigations unit, explained the crystal doorknob was just the right distance to magnify the sun coming through a window to ignite a dressing gown hanging on a bathroom door. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10956989/Crystal-doorknob-causes-fire-destroying-bedroom-in-1.5m-home.html)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

YOU CAN WALK AWAY “SMILING”

A Brooklyn, N.Y., beauty salon, “The Skin By Molly,” offers a special specialty to solve a problem you can’t walk away from, an unattractive rear-end (i.e., a pitiful posterior). Before taking personal “butt selfies,” clients pay $65 for a 30-minute treatment to enhance their cheeks. It’s called the “Shiny Hiney Facial.” (Huffington Post UK, 5-23-14)

NOT BAD FOR THREE HOURS’ WORK

The Global television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, tells of bandits who stole cellphones and computers from a Samsung electronics factory. What makes this theft unique is these thieves overpowered security guards so they could take all the time they needed (3 hours) to haul away an estimated $36,000,000 in merchandise. (The AP, 7-8-14)

RICH KIDS NEEDING REAL PARENTS

In late spring 2014, the New York Post told of several “professional organizers” who were busier than ever, taking over the responsibilities of parents, packing their kids’ trunks for summer camp. This service costs about $250 an hour; designed to relieve mothers’ fears, afraid the slightest change from home life will stress out their child. Standard luggage usually contains luxury bedding, special soap and candles. (New York Post, 5-23-14)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MAYBE HE CAN TAG HIS CELL BARS

Francisco Canseco, 18, a notorious “tagger” (one who labels public property with spray paint), got bored waiting to appear in a San Diego court, on 31 paint-vandalism charges, and managed to tag numerous benches and chairs in both the courtroom and hallway. (San Diego Union-Tribune, 6-17-14)

TURN YOUR HEAD AND SAY “NAH”

Needing a physical to renew his license, when trucker Todd Wakefield saw a sign at a Pennsylvania truck wash offering low-cost physical exams, he called the number, and was picked up by a lady in an old car. She then drove him to her home, gave the exam, took a urine sample, all for $65. Later, he learned she was Joann Wingate, 56, a chiropractor with a suspended license, who had “examined” and filled out medical forms for at least 15 other truckers. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/cops-truckers-duped-woman-impersonating-doctor-24389062)

EACH HUMAN LIFE WORTH $1,418

On its tenth anniversary, July 6, 2014, The Associated Press remembered U.S. fighter pilot Maj. Harry Schmidt’s mistake in bombing Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four. Found guilty in New Orleans of dereliction of duty, he was reprimanded and fined $5,672.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THIS DIRTY RAT HAS TWO LEGS

Yavapai County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s officials arrested 28-year-old Jeffrey Wendorff on June 30, 2014 on suspicion of cruel mistreatment of animals and neglect/abandonment of animals. County animal officers found between 300 and 500 rats in pens around and inside Wendorff’s travel trailer, while hundreds of dead and rotting rodents had sickened neighbors enough to call authorities. He’d given up on breeding and selling them. (The Arizona Republic, 7-1-14)

WHAT A LUCKY LITTLE GUY

An 18-month-old Chinese boy, Li Kaiyi, was rushed to emergency surgery, after running and falling with a chopstick in his mouth. The long stick was driven through the roof of his mouth and penetrating almost an inch into his brain. Surgeon Liu Jinfang said: “The chopstick went 2cm into the brain tissues. Luckily it didn’t hurt the brain stem or the major nerves.” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/pictured-toddler-gets-chopstick-lodged-3777810#ixzz36KYps2Wn)

HER PARENTS MUST BE VERY PROUD

The 2014 valedictorian at Plant City High School near Tampa, Florida, Dhara Patel, graduated with a grade-point average of 10.03. While some intelligent students attempt 4.0 to have this respected title, Patel aced her heavy load of the ultra-competitive “advanced placement” courses for extra credit. (http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html)

Monday, August 11, 2014

EVEN SLOW FOR SNAIL MAIL

A Holton, Maine, school teacher, Miriam McMichael. 23, mailed a nine-page letter to her mother, Dollena McMichael, in Pittsfield. Good news is, though it only had a 2-cent stamp, it did arrive. Problem though, it took 83 years to travel the 150 miles, and both women had already died; leaving Miriam’s niece and Dollena’s granddaughter, Ann MacMichael, age 69, to open and read it. At least back in 1931 Miriam had apologized for not writing sooner. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/letter-written-maine-83-years-ago-delivered-24393433)

PHONY SCOTT FISTLER

Scott Fistler, twice losing electoral office in Phoenix, Arizona, as a Republican, decided in November 2013 to become a Democrat; and change his name to the same as famous labor organizer Cesar Chavez, hoping to attract Hispanic voters. But he went too far on his website, showing excited supporters holding “Chavez” signs. These turned out to be from Venezuela, back when President Hugo Chavez was still alive. (Arizona Republic, 6-17-14)

BET HER FATHER IS PROUD… NOT

Gwyneth Montenegro says she was bullied at school and suffered low self-esteem, and that was the reason why, at age 18, she began her career, admitting, “I slept with 10,000 men and 90 percent of them were married,” making her one of Australia’s highest earning sex workers. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dominos-staff-caught-buying-59p-3795435)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

“HAPPY JAIL TIME TO YOU”

What is a good gift for a close family member? When Provo, Utah, police arrested 46-year-old Heather Rodriguez, for trying to buy methamphetamine, she claimed it was to be a birthday present for her sister. Oh, she also told the undercover agent she thought was a “dealer,” the glass pipe in her hand was only being held for a friend. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dominos-staff-caught-buying-59p-3795435)

DICTATING DICTATORS DOMINATING

According to The New York Times (7-3-14), during an African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea the week before: “African leaders have voted to give themselves immunity from prosecution for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in a planned human rights court.” (Planned human rights court??) Apparently, Adolph Hitler was born in the wrong century, and on the wrong continent.

HE SHOULD ENJOY, NOT COMPLAIN

U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf, of Omaha, Nebraska, “advised” female attorneys in his court to lower their hemlines, and cover their cleavage, because males, himself included, are all natural “pigs.” Then, wrote on his blog, “I have been a dirty old man ever since I was a very young man,” then stated that the women in his office are similarly contemptuous of daringly dressed female lawyers. (Slate.com, 3-27-14)

Friday, August 8, 2014

FAT FARMS FOR FIDO

You have a dog or cat? If so, are they fat? According to Dr. Ernie Ward, veterinary founder of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention in Calabash, North Carolina, 53% of dogs and 58% of house cats are. This trend has created pet fat farms offering “pawlates,” “doga” and “Barko Polo,” doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim them. Many luxury hotels also offer fitness programs for pudgy dogs or cats. (ABC News, 7-3-14)

CAN HE LEAVE JAIL YESTERDAY?

Almond Upton, 60, told reporters he did not have a clue why he’d been charged with murder for “intentionally” hitting a New York state trooper in May with his pickup truck. Stating: “I was (close to) the Connecticut border, and all of a sudden, I’m in Binghamton, New York (about 140 miles from Connecticut), and this cop got killed, I don’t know how it happened. It had to be a time warp.” (UPI, 5-30-14)

UP-YOURS, TOO?

Police in Kyoto, Japan, arrested two men for selling shoe-mounted cameras which let voyeurs secretly photograph the underwear (or no-underwear privates) of unsuspecting women. Takahiko Naito, 25, and Atsuko Sonoda, 24, were operating a website called Camouflage Camera, and were charged with assisting in causing a public nuisance. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/hidden-upskirt-fetish-shoe-cameras-3799377#ixzz36KPPjE98)

Monday, August 4, 2014

WHAT IF THEY ARE RIGHT?

On June 18, 2014, an international group of scientists stated, without any reservations, planet Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction event comparable in scale to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. They found extinction rates are currently 1000 times higher than normal due to deforestation, global climate change, and the depletion of ocean fisheries. (http://uk.reuters.com/video/2014/06/18/study-says-earth-on-brink-of-mass-extinc?videoId=316465389)

EDUCATORS EXPOSING IGNORANCE

A report by KTVK-TV from Surprise, Ariz., tells of a 5-year-old boy who received detention for pulling down his pants, while on a playground in the Dysart Unified School District… for what was determined to be “sexual misconduct.” And, this charge will stay permanently on his record through high school. (The AP, 6-29-14)

SAID HE WAS TESTING SECURITY

Officials at Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minnesota, were frightened when Michael Adrian, 26, rode his skateboard outside their school. That’s because he wore military dress, his face covered with a bandana and an arrow strapped to his arm. Police searching Adrian found a knife, a box-cutter, a slingshot and pepper spray. A judge later ordered a mental evaluation of Adrian. (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 6-11-14)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

DON’T WA$TE THE$E LEFTOVER$

Before flying from Sussex, England, to Brazil to attend the World Cup Championship in June 2014, Mustafa Azim chartered a plane and had Chilcha, an Indian restaurant in Sussex, prepare curry dishes for him and 12 of his friends “to-go” with him to Rio de Janeiro. Meaning, this freshly cooked meal, transport and delivered, cost about $7,000 (£4,100), or $540 per person. (http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/06/25/World-Cup-fan-pays-more-than-7K-for-curry-delivery-from-England/9131403716087/#ixzz3643pR2HV)

A JURY GOT HIM KILLED

Though a Fresno, California, jury recently found Bobby Lee Pearson, 37, guilty of burglary, they mistakenly signed a “not-guilty” form, letting him go free. Free? After his release, Pearson went to his sister’s house, got into a fight with her boyfriend… and was stabbed to death only hours after his release. (OregonLive.com, 6-12-14)

COULD PRACTICE HIS AIM OUTSIDE

Most women like a clean bathroom, and 52-year-old Shery Lynn Downs, of Yellowstone County, Mont., was no exception. In fact, she was so serious, when her 68-year-old husband missed the commode and urinated on her clean floor, the angry, and apparently intoxicated woman, had to be jailed for slashing his face with a knife. (The Billings Gazette, 6-24-14)

intermissions, allowing audiences to exit into the closest bar for drinks and a toilet break. (BrooklynBased.com, 5-22-14)

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