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.
Monday, November 24, 2014 –
A PREMATURE PLANTING
A worker and two people visiting the Peraia cemetery outside Salonika, Greece, panicked hearing a cry for help coming from inside a recently closed grave. Though the grave was re-opened as rapidly as possible, the 49-year-old female cancer patient had already suffocated. (The AP, 9-26-14)
A SENILE BANK ROBBER
John Martinez, age 68, wore a T-shirt with “John” printed on it, and a surveillance video recorded him pulling away from a Denver Wells Fargo bank in a silver Honda, with license plates proving the owner to be John Martinez. So, he was soon arrested for robbery. (KMGH-TV/Denver, 7-23-14)
POKED FUN AT THE LEGAL SYSTEM
The U.S. Court of Appeals, for the 6th Circuit in Detroit, ruled on a judicial corruption complaint against Michigan state judge, “Hon.” Wade McCree, for having a romantic “relationship” with a woman, while ruling against the father of her children in custody proceedings. But, because judges are generally immune from lawsuits, the father did not have a legal leg to stand on. (Detroit Free Press, 7-26-14)
Sunday, November 23, 2014 –
911 CONTINUES TO DESTROY
Now, over a decade later, the catastrophic “911” disaster continues to affect both families of the dead as well as those who did their best to do all they could in the aftermath. The New York Fire Department lost 343 that one day and since many more have died from injury and exposure. Most recently, according to the Associated Press, cancer caused by toxicity has now ended the lives of Lt. Howard Bischoff, 58, Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, all dying on September 22, 2014, within hours of each other. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fdny-911-illness-kills-3-retired-firefighters-in-one-day/)
THEY SHOULD LOOK FOR A HOLE?
The Dallas Morning News (9-25-14) reported 28-year-old Cokeesha Hill was found dead after a car crash on Skillman Street. Quote, “Officers first believed Hill had been shot, but doctors couldn’t determine whether she had been.”
HE GOT SCREWED AGAIN
At age 14, Nick Olivas, now 24, fathered a daughter with a 20-year-old woman; not knowing until he was 22, when the mother filed a lawsuit for child support totaling $15,000. And, since he was a minor back then… who did not report being a rape victim, Child Support Services obtained an order garnisheeing his wages at $380 a month. (Arizona Republic, 9-2-14)
Friday, November 21, 2014 –
WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS PRAYED FOR?
Devout Christians Dean and Cristy Parave are spreading the word of God… through a swinging network they created. Now, bisexual mum-of-three Cristy studies the Bible with husband of seven years, Dean, 50, but also indulges in extra-marital sex with her hubby’s consent. Cristy, 44, said: “I don’t think God would be mad at what we are doing – at first I was conflicted but the more we looked at it the more it makes sense to us.” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/kinky-christian-couple-use-swinging-4322015#ixzz3EQss05Hs)
NOW HE CAN WEAR A JAIL UNIFORM
Daniel Warn, 28, forgot to change clothing after a night out in July 2014 at the El Pollo Loco restaurant in Costa Mesa, California. Returning the following day for lunch, he was arrested when employees recognized the hat and bright green shirt he wore in the camera surveillance footage during a break-in and burglary. (KCBS-TV/Los Angeles, 7-18-14).
GETTING A KICK OUT OF SEX
Almost 7,000 people signed a petition to have Napoleon and Antosia reunited at the zoo in Poznan, Poland. These two donkeys had been together for 10 years, until parents said they were afraid to bring their young children to the zoo, after seeing the “lovers” perform intercourse numerous times. Two Facebook pages were created devoted to this cause, with 10,000 likes between them – showing photos of donkeys doing “it.” This particular couple has produced six offspring. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2769366/Donkeys-reunited-Polish-zoo-sex-scandal.html)
Thursday, November 20, 2014 –
“DADDY TASTES AWFUL!”
Fellows, if you like nice, loving, tender women, be glad you never met Katherine Mary Knight. She’s now serving a life sentence without parole in Australia for killing her de facto husband by stabbing him 37 times, decapitating him, skinning him, hanging his skin on a meat hook, cooking his body parts and preparing meals (including vegetables and gravy) with the meat, intending to feed him to his children. (http://murderpedia.org/female.K/k/knight-katherine.htm)
TRY CRAIGSLIST MAYBE?
After an accident and infection, Dutchman Leo Bonten, 53, had to have his leg removed in June 2004. And, rather than have it incinerated, took it home and had a floor lamp made from it. Next, he tried selling his leg-lamp for €100,000, but the listing was removed because eBay’s policy bans the sale of body parts. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/dutch-man-fights-right-turn-4314698)
DID HE HAVE ALL HIS SHOTS?
After driving his car through two backyards in Washington Township in Indiana, and getting it stuck in the second, Jonathan Thomas, 50, showed his teeth to police and later growled at hospital security staff. Arrested on a DUI charge, Thomas, director of the Porter County Animal Shelter, said he drinks because of the homeless animals he cares for every day. (Times of Northwest Indiana/Valparaiso, 8-4-14)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 –
BECAUSE HE HAD NO LID TO RAISE
Quoting Madrid’s The Local, September 1, 2014: “Annual Bunyola ‘fiestas’ on the Spanish island of Mallorca were canceled in September out of respect for an 18-year-old man who fatally hit his head after receiving an electric shock on a lamp post he was leaning against as he urinated at a street corner.”
A BREAKFAST ONCE RIDDEN
Are you bored with McDonald’s sausage, egg and hash-brown breakfasts? For only £5 ($8.16 U.S.), a Korean fast food restaurant in Tokyo, Sakura Yukhoe, serves up raw horse meat with raw egg yolk, nestled on a bed of salad. They claim this specialty is a “very popular item.”
HE SHOULD GET HER A WHISTLE
In June of 2014 a magistrate in Harare, Zimbabwe, listened to Wilfred Mashaya’s reason for wanting to divorce his wife. According to Mashaya, when he made love with her, “She would not even make any sexual sound,” which was, to him, unbearable. (Bulawayo24.com/Harare, 6-29-14)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 =
SHE WANTED TO TIP-TOE AWAY
Sheriff’s deputies in Johnson County, North Carolina, arrested 19-year-old Star Shields Williams on the night of September 22, 2014, after catching-up with her red Ford Mustang, which had just traveled at near 100-miles-per-hour. Jailed under a $36,000 bond, Williams begged for release, claiming her foot got wedged under the brake pedal, forcing the car to accelerate on its own. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/23/star-shields-williams_n_5870210.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
HE “BEAT” HIMSELF TO DEATH
Though his name was not released, London’s Daily Mail reports a 23-year-old medical student suffered a fatal heart attack while enjoying a sex magazine to help him produce his fourth sperm donation in a week for the Wuhan University clinic in China. (Daily Mail/London, 9-12-14)
HE CHICKENED OUT
The manager of the Flying J Truck Stop, near Missoula, Montana, called authorities on Sept. 23, 2014, reporting a 53-foot trailer dripping foul fowl juice from rotting chickens had been abandoned there. It was soon learned when Dixie River Freight Inc. refused to pay its driver’s ransom demands, he deserted the 35,000 pounds of chicken (worth $80,000) to rot on its own. (http://bit.ly/1vdvDVT)
Monday, November 17, 2014 –
AN UNUSUAL DOCTOR
After Dr. Nikita Levy was caught wearing a small pen-like camera around his neck, treating female patients at the world famous John Hopkins Hospital, a raid of his home found some 1,200 exam videos on his computer, and the hospital was sued. But, since none of the women’s faces were exposed, only their nude bodies, it was impossible to identify even one. Therefore, all of his patients, over a 15-year internship (around 8,000), shared the awarded $190 million. Dr. Levy committed suicide on Feb. 18, 2013. (The AP, 9-20-14)
WHAT A CRAPPY WAY TO GO
The Intelligencer-Journal reported in early August 2014, a 15-year-old boy driving a “skid loader” on a farm near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, suffocated to death when the machine flipped him directly into a manure pit. He was the sixth person to die this way since 1989.
SCARRED FOR LIFE
A pit-bull found in August 2014, tied to a fence in Lexington, Kentucky, suffered chemical burns by an unknown abuser who’d used acid to burn the “f-word” onto its body. Now, a month after WKYT-TV’s reported this, the animal they’ve named Felicity has generated hundreds of charitable dollars for plastic surgery to re-configure the offensive word. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/dog-branded-profanity-surgery_n_5852686.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News)
AN ODD DISCOVERY
A team led by Dr. Sonal Saraiya at the Detroit Medical Center has found packing strips of cured pork inside the nose of a child who suffers from uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds, can stop the hemorrhaging. This discovery won them an Ig Nobel prize. (http://www.improbable.com/ig/2014/)
MORE ABOUT THE IG NOBEL PRIZE
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, held September 18 at Harvard University, by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine, included: researchers wondering if owning cats was bad for mental health; Japanese scientists who tested whether banana peels are as slippery as cartoons show; and Norwegian biologists testing if reindeer on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard were afraid of humans dressed to resemble polar bears. (http://www.improbable.com/ig/2014/)
FINAL ABOUT THE IG NOBEL PRIZE
Professor Kang Lee at the University of Toronto in Canada and his team won an Ig Nobel Prize studying human reactions to seeing “perceived” human images on toast. Though his research had no legitimate scientific value, the study found people who think they see a face in a slice of toast, or other images, are simply involving that part of their brains used in remembering faces. (http://www.improbable.com/ig/2014/)
SOME DEATH NEEDS HELP
Frank Van Den Bleeken was sent to a Belgian prison decades ago for multiple rapes and a murder. Still unable to resolve his mental illness thirty years later, he begged for and received promise of help in committing suicide. Should terminally ill people be provided this same option? (The AP, 9-17-14)
HE CAN DRAG HIS FOOT
Bogdan Ionescu was given a bicycle-equipment infraction ticket by police in Cologne, Germany, in April 2014, because his bike had no right-side handlebar brake. But, since Ionescu has no right arm, his ticket was thrown out in July and he received an apology. (Daily Telegraph/London, 7-1-14)
NO FLAME-RETARDANT DEODORANT?
A Ford Bronco SUV full of teenagers crashed in Boise, Idaho, when one of the passengers used a cigarette lighter to set the driver’s armpit hair on fire. Though two were thrown from the vehicle, and all five injured, none were critical. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/17/burned-armpit-hair-crash-teens_n_5839448.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
WOW! OVERDUE NEED NOW MET
Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a walkway reserved for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. Perhaps a highway with high-walls could provide a lane for cars with drivers being this stupid? Why not? (http://time.com/3376782/chongqing-smartphone-sidewalk-meixin-group/)
DON’T TRACK THIS INSIDE
You’re familiar with Exodus 21:24, an “eye for eye, tooth for tooth…” but what about a “poop for poop”? Los Angeles resident Annie Preece, a street artist and muralist, is so angry with neighbors letting their dogs defecate on her yard without scooping it up, she’s posted a sign stating she’ll follow them home, drop her pants, and do the same. (See full sign: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/12/annie-preece_n_5807742.html)
HE COULDN’T SEE THEIR POINT
David Rainsford, 44, was upset after being charged the full fee for a routine eye exam by Specsavers in Cramlington, England. Since he had no right eye, he felt a reduced charge was appropriate. Specsavers responded that his glass eye posed a risk to his left eye, requiring an examination of its surrounding tissue. (The Chronicle/Newcastle upon Tyne, 7-21-14)
Thursday, November 13, 2014 –
THE JUDGE “SOCKED” IT TO HIM
Marian, Indiana, attorney Todd Glickfield upset Circuit Judge Dean Young so much on Aug. 22, 2014, he was ordered to appear in court only properly dressed. This meant with both tie and socks, or he could face sanctions and a possible fine. Glickfield’s reply: “I hate socks.” (http://abovethelaw.com/2014/09/judge-to-attorney-put-on-some-damn-socks/)
THERE GOES HER WHOLE DAY
Ping Ch’ang, 27, was extremely thrilled, and apparently overcome driving away from a Shenyang, China, Porsche garage, in her brand new £50,000 ($81,215 US) sports car. Coming to a red light seconds later, she confused the accelerator with brake, causing £150k in damages (to her car and the four vehicles she hit). (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/woman-smashes-brand-new-50k-4261551#ixzz3DOP3WFY0)
PROUD OF WHAT HE DID
Robert Edward Burt of Pittsfield was arrested in Hartland, Maine, in June 2014 for operating under the influence. Sentenced to serve 48-hours in jail, when Burt showed up on Aug. 20, at the Somerset County Jail, he wore an orange T-shirt with a picture of his mug shot from that arrest printed largely across the front. (http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2014-08-19/man-shows-jail-t-shirt-mug-shot)
On September 8, 1964, Prince Edward County, Va., “public” schools reopened after remaining closed for five years by officials determined to stop court-ordered racial desegregation. (The AP, 9-8-14)
ARE LEG-LIFTING DOGS TICKETED?
A Toronto fire hydrantlocated at 393 University Ave., has caused the issuing of more parking tickets in that city than any other. Since 2008, fines have totaled $289,620 from 2,962 violations. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-fire-hydrants-earn-24-million-in-parking-tickets-since-2008-1.2732898)
MAYBE CALL ‘EM “UPPITY TOWERS”
(July 2014) New York City approved construction of a 33-story condominium/apartment tower. The front of the building facing the Hudson River has 219 luxury condominiums, while the backside facing the street has 55 affordable apartments, … with a different entrance so rich folks don’t have to look down on the less fortunate. (New York Post, 7-20-14)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 –
LONDON’S LOW-DOWN PEOPLE
The height restrictions zoned into London’s super-prime real estate means the only practical way to expand is for new construction to go underground, not up; with some basement structures reaching down five stories. But when construction is completed this far below the surface, many property owners find there is no way to bring up some of the construction equipment and these huge machines are left at the bottom, adding more expense to this type of building. (New Statesman, 6-5-14)
IS FOOTBALL REALLY WORTH IT?
The National Football League (NFL) estimates almost 3-out-of-10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions. League officials and players’ attorneys expect about 6,000 of the 19,400 retired players (28%) to develop Alzheimer’s disease, or at least moderate dementia; dozens more are expected to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease), or Parkinson’s. (The New York Times, 9-13-14)
OBVIOUS ANIMAL ABUSE!
Kyra Kopestonsky was hiking in Down Valley Park near Placerville, Colorado, in August 2014, when a mountain lion began to stalk her. Not panicking, and doing her best to avoid confrontation, she told KUSA-TV, after a half-hour trying to get away from the animal, she began singing opera very, very, loudly, saying her pursuer then, “sort of put its ears down and… backed away.” Poor critter. (KUSA-TV, 8-5-14)
Monday, November 10, 2014 –
It’s estimated nearly 50,000 African elephants were killed for their tusks over the last two years, causing the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to propose new rules to curb ivory imports into the United States. This, in turn, has caused the National Rifle Association to claim, loudly, it could make it more difficult for America’s collectors of antique pearl-handled guns to obtain same. Really? (The Hill/Washington, D.C., 7-12-14)
SHOULD’VE RENTED A CAR?
Gregory Bolongnese, 22, was arrested at a bus station in Plattsburgh, N.Y., carrying a stuffed lion, which wore a DARE anti-drug T-shirt. Reason he was arrested was, that cute little stuffed critter was also stuffed with two grams of marijuana, half-gram of cocaine and a small amount of LSD. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/upstate-man-busted-cops-find-drugs-hidden-stuffed-e-lion-article-1.1934514)
ROBBING ‘EM BLIND ANYWAY
In May 2011, Kevin Jarman, was caught shoplifting in Brooklyn, New York. But, “luckily,” during the arrest his ankle was broken. He sued the city and in 2014 was awarded $510,000. In 2005 he received $15,000 over false arrest for drug possession; and, $20,000 in 2013 for the same reason. (http://nypost.com/2014/07/17/crook-wins-suit-against-nypd-for-broken-ankle-during-arrest/)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 –
FUN-AND-GAMES BIGGER THAN REAL
People outside Maryland Stadium in the city of Lanzhou, China, were shocked when multiple X-rated photos could be seen on the giant TV. The images, showing a man and a woman demonstrating a variety of sexual positions, were up for around 12 seconds. The screen operator was jailed for 15 days and ordered to pay a fine of ¥3,000. (http://metro.co.uk/2014/09/04/man-accidentally-displays-porn-on-big-screen-in-city-centre-4857493/)
BET HER ATTORNEY FEE IS MORE
A new Comcast cable subscriber in Albuquerque, N.M., Gloria Baca-Lucero, 48, was surprised when the installer told her it was not free. Being told how much it cost, she pulled a gun and held the installer’s $400 tool bag as ransom. That is, until she was arrested. (Albuquerque Journal, 7-30-14)
HELICOPTER CHAUFFEUR CHEAPER?
The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/ZfYihP) reports a condo development in that City’s pricy SoHo neighborhood is selling 10 underground parking spaces for $1 million each… while the three-bedroom apartments upstairs cost $8-$10 million each.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 –
DRIVING OTHERS CRAZY, TOO
In August 2014, a German truck driver, Michael Harry K., 58, went on trial in Wuerzburg, Bavaria, accused of firing his gun toward drivers over 700 times in five years, out of anger. While no one was actually hit, he did cause at least one serious accident by frightening a driver. (Yahoo News/London, 8-11-14)
SHE DESERVES SYMPATHY, ALSO
After authorities learned Tyshinia Love Brewster, 39, was expecting a baby, she lost her job and was arrested on rape charges. That’s because, while working at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York, she’d had a sexual relationship with a male prisoner. And, since inmates cannot legally consent to sex… (http://truenewsusa.blogspot.com/2013/02/tyshinia-love-brewster-39-2nd-female)
MORE BLOODY MEAT THAN PLANNED
After a hippopotamus was hit and killed on a public road in the province of Limpopo, in northern South Africa, locals rapidly gathered to slaughter and take home the fresh meat. What a great idea… until a speeding pickup slammed into the crowd, killing 8, injuring 12.(https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Hangwani+Mulaudzi+told+Sky+News&tbm=nws)
HIS FREEDOM CUT INSTEAD
St. Petersburg, Florida, homeowner Joseph Cihak, 31, was going from bed to bathroom around 4:30 a.m. on August 28, when he ran into Bryan Remley, 25. Cihak, who always carries a gun at night, fired two warning shots when the intruder charged him. In an attempt to negotiate his freedom, the young stranger volunteered to mow his lawn for free. Cihak’s answer was a 911 call and Remley’s arrest. (Fox 13, 8-29-14)
AN EXPERT ON COWARDICE
Rome’s La Sapienza University arranged for a two-hour guest lecture on “emergency practices” by Francesco Schettino (the captain on trial in Italy for his role in the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012, where 32 people died). Captain Schettino, quote: “I know what to do in these sorts of situations.” What he did was desert his ship by floating away in a lifeboat. (News.com.au/Sydney, 8-7-14)
POOR OPOSSUM COULDN’T VOTE
In September 2014 General Assembly lawmakers in Chapel Hill, N.C., passed House Bill 1131. It exempts Clay County from state wildlife laws related to opossums between Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 to allow for the capture of an animal to use in the annual “Possum Drop” festivities in Brasstown on New Year’s Eve. (Chapel Hill News, 9-9-14)
A DEADLY DESTINATION
In March 2013, Luke Bresette, age 10, was walking with his family through Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport when a flight information sign fell, killing him, badly injuring his mother and hurting two of his brothers. The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the contractor, which was settled early September 2014. (The AP, 9-4-14)
BLEW AWAY HIS FREEDOM, TOO
Kingsport, Tenn. – A tornado damaged Jerrod Christian’s home in late July 2014, leaving furniture and other items such as an air compressor, welder and weed trimmer strewn across his lawn. This allowed his neighbor to recognized these items as his, causing Christian to be arrested on burglary charges. (ABC News, 7-30-14)
144 PERFECT GRADES?
Recently, 144 students preparing to take an entrance exam at the University of Salzburg in Austria, were given “extra help” when accidently provided with the wrong envelopes. They received copies with answers, meant for professors grading them later. A re-testing was scheduled.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 –
JEALOUSY? MURDER? SUICIDE?
The New York Times reports the five geckos launched by Russia into space to enjoy fun and games (i.e. sex) in near-zero gravity didn’t, or at least continue to. That was determined when their craft returned to earth Sept. 1, 2014. Why did scientists figure sex was limited? No smiles on the little critters’ faces? Nope. All were long dead. (The AP, 9-3-14)
OLD (YOUNG) MOTHER DRUNKARD
With three unsecured children in her car, including a one-year-old in her lap, Kayla McKenzie, 22, was charged with DUI in Bismarck, North Dakota. That’s after she crashed into five separate vehicles or structures. With 0.252 blood-alcohol, three-times the legal level, she explained, “I look like a bad mother, but I’m not. I’m actually a really good mom.” (Bismarck Tribune, 8-13-14)
HANG THESE PARENTS OUT-TO-DRY!
Pasadena, Texas, police were called when laundromat customers discovered a 5-year-old girl being “washed” inside a machine at high speed. Though the child was rushed to a hospital and is expected to recover, authorities say they have no idea why, how or who allowed this to happen. (The AP, 9-4-14)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 –
A CHILD-MURDER FOR PROFIT?
Yonkers, N.Y. – After little Alayah-Rose Savarese was born, in 2004, with cerebral palsy, unable to ever walk or feed herself, a malpractice suit over complications during birth gave her a trust fund. But 8-years later, in 2012, Alayah-Rose was found dead in the apartment of her special education teacher-mother, Nicole Diggs, and then-fiancée, Oscar Thomas. They have since been charged with letting the little girl starve to death. Whether found guilty or not, this “mother” will inherit one half of the child’s $2 million care fund. (The AP, 9-1-14)
A SELF-SIZZLING MEAL
According to workers at the state-of-the-art solar plant in California’s Mojave Desert, with 300,000 garage-sized mirrors, which magnify sunshine to produce steam to power 140,000 homes, it also instantly fries a bird about every two-minutes. That’s because bugs are attracted to the bright lights, the birds’ main menu. The operator, BrightSource Energy, said there’s no feasible way to protect them. (The AP, 8-18-14)
IF CATS ARE YOUR CUROSITY:
(1) The Moscow Cat Theatre’s 120 cats perform and put on shows for humans, walking on tight ropes, balancing on balls and wobbling on a rocking horse. (2) The Cat Museum in Lithuania has over 10,000 cat-themed pieces, some cats made from wood, crystal and amber. All in the building, even lamps and windows have a cat-theme. (3) Brother Cream cat pretty much runs his own convenience store. He lives in Kowloon in Hong Kong and is often spotted sitting in the shop’s window. He’s such a celeb his picture appeared on sides of buses and people come from all over the world to see him. (http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/31/9-places-all-cat-lovers-need-to-visit-before-they-die-4851861/)
NOT A TASTE-BUD TITILLATOR
Remember the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981? Apparently, during the reception, not all their wedding cake was eaten. On Aug. 28, 2014, an online auctioneer, Nate D. Sanders Auctions, sold a slice of this 33-year-old taste treat for $1,375. (The AP, 8-30-14)
WOULD “UNDIES” WORK, TOO?
The first known “pheromone party” was held in New York City in 2010. That’s where men and women, hoping to find a mate for life, each bring a Ziploc bag containing a T-shirt they have slept in for three nights. The hopeful, sniffing one-bag-at-a-time, wait for their genes to kick in. (http://www.pheromoneparties.com/)
ANYTHING TO GET ATTENTION
With all the problems in the world, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) surprised many in August 2014, complaining loudly and often about President Barack Obama’s decision to wear a tan suit during a statement about the terrorist group ISIS. “There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said on NewsMaxTV. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president felt good about his suit. (http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/president-obama-peter-king-tan-suit-rant)
Monday, November 3, 2014 –
THEY COOKED-UP MORE SIN
While not uncommon for church members to prepare meals inside their church’s kitchen, Judith Hemken, 53, and Tiffany Burton, 26, were arrested cooking at Waveland Hillsboro Presbyterian Church in Illinois. That’s because, instead of food, these non-members were cooking methamphetamine. The Associated Press reports meth labs are so common now they’re found in retirement homes, Wal-Marts, portable toilets and cemetery buildings. (The AP, 8-28-14)
RELIGIOUS HEALER KILLS
By May 2014, doctors were confident, finally (wrong, wrong, wrong), they had some control over the Ebola outbreak, which had killed many in Africa. Well, that is, until a “healer” in Guinea died from the virus, causing bathers of his pre-funeral body to catch and take it back to Sierra Leone. That corpse’s contact has since killed thousands. The World Health Organization now expects 20,000 more cases. (The AP, 8-29-14)
CAN YOU SPELL DUMB-BUTT?
Ryan Mullins, 22, used his youthful strength to break into a Swansboro, North Carolina, pharmacy to tote a 100-pound safe outside, which he dragged behind his car… until, by coincidence, a police car entered the road in front of him. His mistake was passing the patrol car, dragging the safe, getting himself arrested for burglary. (WCVB-TV/Boston, 8-12-14)
Sunday, November 2, 2014 –
WOOL WEIGHT WONDERS
Poor Shaun the sheep still came in second after finally “disrobing,” having avoided same all his life, living on a farm on the island of Tasmania. Owners Peter and Netty Hazel had hoped the delay of Shaun’s shearing would make him the heaviest hauler of unshaven wool on record. But, their wooly guy came in second, behind a now deceased New Zealand sheep, Shrek; who produced 60 pounds, 8 over Shaun’s 52.
BROTHERLY LOVE OUTSIDE CHURCH
Effingham County, Georgia, police say they arrested Christopher Buckner, 20, and her brother, Tim Savoy, 25, outside a tractor trailer parked at Countryside Baptist Church. That occurred after the couple admitted to watching the Ryan Gosling romance “The Notebook,” arousing them enough to participate three times in incestuous intercourse. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/27/christopher-buckner-timothy-savoy_n_5723030.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular)
AH, POOR, LUSTY, GUARDS!
In July 2014, the Italian news agency ANSA reported from Milan, San Vittore prison scheduled “happy hour” socials for its female inmates… catered, with alcohol, and with “external” guests welcome. Of course, the prison guards filed complaints, perhaps fearing it would interfere with their “love lives” during working hours… though not worded that way. (http://www.thelocal.it/20140724/italian-prison-blasted-over-inmate-happy-hour)
Saturday, November 1, 2014 –
EDUCATION, MAYBE, MAYBE NOT?
The Dallas Morning News (8-27-14), quote: “More than 17,000 students may have missed the first day of school Monday in Dallas ISD.” Later adding, “It’s not unusual for DISD to start school short by thousands of students. The students usually show up in the first few weeks.” (Of the 10 most “educating” countries in the world, Canada is #1, the USA is #10. Why?)
NO LETTUCE/DRESSING NEEDED
Whether it’s “tomatoes or tomatos” makes no difference in Buñol, Spain, during their annual July festival. That’s where trucks dump an average 125 tons of ripe tomatoes, letting on average 22,000 tourists pay 10 euros ($13) to have “wars.” First they battle, then wallow on the “battlefield” in the remains produced by their confrontations. (The AP, 8-28-14)
SHE “DIRTY-MOUTHED” HIM
When Jenna Ketcham, 25, caught her ex-boyfriend “enjoying” another woman in his pickup truck, she lost her temper, and was soon arrested by police in Sebastian, Florida. Besides punching him in the face and groin, she dumped her chewing tobacco spit-can on him. (TCPalm.com/Stuart, Fla., 7-29-14)
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