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, September 2, 2014

A WEE-BIT WHOPSIDED RULE

After a couple of third-graders at Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, Wash., wet their pants, they said it happened because teachers were too strict when enforcing their classroom’s “rewards” system, one prize being restroom breaks. An investigation showed girls were never “denied” toilet access. (http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html)

THEY BETTER GUARD THEIR CASH

USA Today reported in May 2012, during the past five years the U.S. National Guard has spent $136 million to sponsor NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., and so far that money has helped produce some 24,800 recruit prospects. Unfortunately, only 20 met the Guard’s qualifications, and not one of them joined.

SHE SHOULD BE BRANDED S-I-C-K

The mother of a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old, Kayla Oxenham, 23, of Port Charlotte, Florida, was arrested for “branding” both her children in June 2014. Her excuses were, to identify them and… she “forgot how much she loved fire.” (WZVN-TV/Fort Myers, 6-18-14)

Monday, September 1, 2014

MIDDLE EASTERN IGNORANCE

If your 10-year-old daughter was raped by a 45-year-old man, what should happen? In this case, it happened in the Afghan village of Alti Gumbad, where village leaders demanded the girl’s father kill the child. Luckily, she was taken to the Women for Afghan Women shelter for her protection. And there, for protecting this child, Nederah Geyah, head of women’s-affairs, was forced to resign and leave town. (The New York Times, 7-19-14)

HOPE “HIS HONOR” GETS CANCER

According to the Daily Mirror: “A Davenport, Iowa, jury convicted terminal-cancer patient Benton Mackenzie, 48, in July on four marijuana-growing felonies, even though his purpose was to harvest cannabis oil to treat his bloody lesions and the grapefruit-sized tumor on his buttocks. The judge barred Mackenzie and his lawyer from mentioning the illness in court.” Mackenzie’s wife, his 73-year-old parents, his son and a friend were also charged. (Des Moines Register, 7-10-14)

PERHAPS ONLY ONCE IN ETERNITY

Texan Joan R. Ginther was labeled ‘the world’s luckiest woman’ after winning lottery jackpots FOUR times. First, she won $5.4 million; then thirteen years later, $2 million; then two years after that $3 million; and finally, in the summer of 2010, a $10 million jackpot. The odds of this are one-in-eighteen-septillion (That’s 18 followed by 24 zeroes.) Bet she loses it all. She moved to Las Vegas. (http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2011/08/texas_lottery_winner_genius.php?page=2)

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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.