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.

Friday, May 29, 2015 –

USE BOTH SIDES, TOO?

Do the sheets on your bathroom’s roll of toilet paper hang over-the-top, or under-the-bottom? According to a 1891 patent by New York businessman Seth Wheeler, the sheets of a toilet paper roll should always be on the outside, or in the “over” position.

TOO LATE FOR SEX ED

In 2012, Sauti Ya Anarchism Radio 100.9 FM, located in the suburb of the agricultural town of Nakuru, Kenya, reported Gladys Chelaget holds a world record. Through a caeserian section, she gave birth to a 2.8kg (6.17 Lbs.) baby. What makes her unique; she is a former pupil of Chemamul Primary School, and age 10 when she gave birth. (http://malawivoice.com/2012/03/17/10-year-old-girl-gave-birth-through-c-section-97874/)

RARE BLOODY STEP

Brad Barton was on trial for the murder of a woman in Edmonton, Alberta, when Judge Graesser warned jurors the evidence they were about to see would be “upsetting.” Since the victim had bled to death through her genitals, the chief medical examiner, Dr. Graeme Dowling took the unusual step of bringing the woman’s vagina into the courtroom. He felt it was necessary for them to understand what caused the 11 cm wound. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/bradley-barton-trial-in-killing-of-cindy-gladue-enters-jury-deliberations-1.2997777)

WHAT ARE THE ODDS HERE?

Kirsty Parker, 25, a Torrington, Devon (UK), a mother of five, had no idea she was pregnant recently when she gave birth to a 3-pound premature baby, which fell into the toilet where she sat to relieve herself. More strange, Parker gave birth to her last child just nine months prior… which fell into a toilet at her home. “As all my previous births have been in a bathroom – that is obviously just where I like to have my children,” Parker joked. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mum-didnt-know-pregnant-until-5367215)

WHAT A JOB, WHAT A JOB

Do you enjoy eating chocolate? What if you got paid, too? Alex Emerson-White, 27, munches her way through 130 bars of chocolate a week in her role as the Easter egg taster for Marks & Spencer. She explains: “It varies in terms of week-to-week but I can eat 50 or 60 pieces of chocolate…” And she admits her friends are jealous. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/best-job-world-easter-egg-5364177)

PERVERTS NO PROBLEM IN OREGON

The Oregonian reported Feb. 6, 2014, Patrick Buono, 61, was acquitted by Judge Eric Butterfield for shooting “up-skirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl inside a Beaverton Target store. His Honor said since the young lady wore underpants no statute was violated. (http://www.oregonlive.com/beaverton/index.ssf/2015/02/taking_photos_up_girls_skirt_a.html)

Thursday, May 28, 2015 –

SWALLOWED MORE THAN HER PRIDE

Betty Ruth Hathcock was living in Dallas, at a senior-living center in March of 2013, when her dental bridge was misplaced; which she and the staff were unable to find. Her voice was raspy and they took X-rays but found nothing. Soon after, she became unresponsive and was taken to Doctors Hospital, where ER doctors determined the lost dental bridge was stuck in her trachea (windpipe); so they extracted it. But she died from complications shortly afterward. (http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150315-consider-yourself-served-5-unusual-dallas-county-lawsuits.ece)

HER ATTORNEYS WILL GET RICH

You’ve heard a person can be their own worst enemy. Well, the opposite can also be true, more or less. A Utah Court of Appeals has decided Barbara Bagley has a legal right to sue herself for her own negligent driving which killed her husband. If her lawsuit is successful, the monetary award would become part of her husband’s estate, which is left to her in his will. (http://www.sltrib.com/news/2189925-155/utah-woman-can-sue-herself-over)

SOMETHING TO SQUAWK ABOUT

A North Carolina man, Dorian Harper, 58, pleaded guilty to three felonies (child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and maiming without malice). He was sentenced to a minimum of 6 years and 3 months, with a maximum of 10 1/2 years, in prison. This sentence was because he handcuffed an 11-year-old boy by his ankle to a porch with a dead chicken hanging around his neck. His longtime girlfriend, Wanda Sue Larson, a Union County child protective services supervisor was also arrested. She remains in jail with bail set at $520,000. (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article15232217.html)

A BARBIE DOLL TYPE PROTECTION?

The New York Times, quote: “Stung by accusations that they cannot adequately protect the White House, the Secret Service wants to spend $8 million to build a replica.” It would be built about 20 miles from “the original,” to improve training. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/us/secret-service-wants-a-fake-white-house-to-help-protect-the-real-one.html?_r=0)

MOUNTAINS GOT HER JAILED

Ms. Kezia Perkins, age 32, of Greenfield, Wisconsin, was attempting to pull into a handicapped parking space when a 71-year-old woman took the same space. This made Perkins lose her temper, causing her to chest-butt the older woman, knocking her to the ground. While being arrested for assault, she claimed, “It’s not my fault (she) bounced off my big breasts.” (http://www.inquisitr.com/1898569/kezia-perkins-32-year-old-woman-seriously-injures-71-year-old-lady-over-handicap-parking-spot/)

ANOTHER BROKEN U.S. AGENCY

Federal laws are intended to keep felons, those convicted of domestic assault and all diagnosed with mental illness, from purchasing firearms or explosives. Apparently they don’t serve their purpose. The Americans of the National Counterterrorism Center found during 2013-2014, 455 of 486 trying to buy guns or explosives passed background checks. And according to the Government Accountability Office, going back to 2004, 2,043 of 2,233 passed. (http://www.wkbw.com/news/us-news-world/schumer-backs-terror-watch-list-exclusion-for-gun-buys)

Sunday, May 24, 2015 –

$125,000,000,000 IN ERRORS!

Quote from the Associated Press: “Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn’t qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working…” (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/17/federal-agencies-made-125b-in-improper-payments-last-year/) (The AP, 3-16-15)

LET POOR PEOPLE PAY TAXES

James L. Dolan, whose family owns Madison Square Garden, which covers four square blocks and is among the most valuable plots on the entire earth, has been exempt from paying any property tax for 33-years and counting (cumulatively, the Garden has saved $350 million since 1982; $54 million in 2014 alone). They own the NBA’s richest franchise, the Knicks, hockey’s second-richest, the Rangers, and the New York region’s telecom juggernaut Cablevision. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/nyregion/32-year-streak-at-the-garden-no-taxes-paid.html?_r=0)

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT STUDYING?

Seems several University of Iowa students are a bit “wimpy”. On March 2, 2015 the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported these students had requested and received, exceptions from or assistance with classwork, including exams, after complaining of stress and a “loss of focus” caused by the appearance of a Ku Klux Klan statue on campus way back in December 2014. (http://thegazette.com/subject/news/university-of-iowa-students-allowed-course-work-exceptions-after-kkk-statue-20150302)

Saturday, May 23, 2015 –

AGE 7-13 ALLOWED TO SNEAK IN?

Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddles proposed legislation HB 1748 will make it illegal for someone with authority over a building to allow a person “at least seven years of age” and for an individual “over the age of thirteen” to use a bathroom “that is designated for use by persons of a gender that is not the same gender as the individuals gender.” (http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150313-adam-briggle-lawmaker-debbie-riddle-needs-to-stay-out-of-my-bathroom.ece)

WHO, WHO, WHO’D BELIEVE?

Police in Tukwila, Washington, decided a motorist was sober, despite the fact he’d crashed his car into a power pole at 2 a.m., claiming he was “chasing an owl.” (http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/driver-who-crashed-power-pole-says-he-was-chasing-/nkJMp/)

TWO MS. DUMBS, ONE MR. STUPID

In February 2015, Volusia County sheriff deputies arrested a 37-year-old man and two female companions charging them with stealing tailgates from nine trucks in Deltona, Florida. They were caught after a pickup owner offered a reward on Facebook for his branded tailgate, and the three tried to sell it back to him. (http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20150223/NEWS/150229750)

Friday, May 22, 2015 –

WHAT’S NEXT, LION TAMING?

To celebrate her 100th birthday, South African Georgina Harwood did a tandem parachute jump. This was her third birthday jump since age 92. Meaning, this skydiving was “old hat” for her. Also, to celebrate her 100th, she was heading for a second adventure, going underwater in a shark cage dive. (The AP, 3-16-15) (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2995742/South-African-woman-celebrates-100th-birthday-skydive.html)

(I)NSANE (R)OBBERY (S)CAM

In the largest scam in IRS history, fake agents have targeted over 366,000 people with harassing phone calls, threatening jail if they do not pay money following their instructions. Since 2013 more than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse, costing them a total of $15.5 million. One victim lost more than $500,000. (The, AP, 3-13-15) (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/fake-irs-agents-target-366000-huge-tax-scam/)

BETTER VIEW UP THERE, TOO

Was it an accident or was Asa Cole, 23, trying to save gas? The driver of an empty car carrier truck, Jamarcus Applewhite, pulled off Bishop Ford Freeway near Calumet City, Illinois, after hearing loud crash sounds and feeling his trailer shake. He got out of the cab to check what happened and heard an engine running, looked up and saw a truck with Cole still at the steering wheel. After speeding enough to drive his pickup up the low-hanging tracks of the trailer, Cole had stopped only inches from Applewhite’s cab. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-pickup-truck-driver-speeds-onto-car-carrier-20150205-story.html)

Thursday, May 21, 2015 –

CIRCUMCISION: OUTDATED DANGER

Surgeons at South African’s Stellenbosch University announced March 13, 2015, they’d performed the first successful penis transplant; saying after three months the 21-year-old, whose identity was concealed, was able to perform sexually. That’s especially good news in parts of South Africa, where each year some 250 penis amputations are performed because of bad circumcisions. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/03/13/south-africa-penis-transplant/70263536/)

LONG LASTING LOVE

Bill Bresnan, 74, of Toms River, New Jersey, has written his wife, Kirsten, also age 74, a love letter each and every day for some 40 years, totaling over 10,000. And, to prove her love, Kirsten has kept each and every one, filed by dates, inside 25 boxes. (http://7online.com/family/man-writes-love-letter-every-day-to-wife-of-nearly-40-years-/515050/)

BEAT HIMSELF, NOT THE CHARGES

After Aleksander Tomaszewski, 33, claimed police in Lane County, Oregon, beat him after his arrest on stalking and sex abuse charges, he was later found guilty of filing a false report. That’s because, even though he was badly beaten, Tomaszewski, alone in his cell, was unaware a surveillance camera was recording him punching himself in the face 45 times to create the phony attack. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/man-claiming-police-brutality-camera-punching-article-1.2119757)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 –

FIVE STOLEN EIGHT-LEGGERS

In February 2015, police in Austell, Ga., were called to the home of Dwayne Melton, who reported a thief had stolen 5 of 18 pet spiders he kept underneath his home. Melton said he didn’t know his little friends were gone until the AniMart Pets store, near his home and where he originally bought them, called to say they had just purchased five tarantulas and thought they were his. He went to ID them and said, “…when I walked in, they were mine.” (http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-five-tarantulas-stolen-douglas-county-home/nkHNr/)

R.I.P. FOR RIN-TIN-TIN

If you’re a dog lover you’ll be pleased with a Pennsylvania Judge who, in March 2015, sentenced 22-year-old John Lewis Rush to a 44 years maximum prison sentence. That’s because Rush, trying to escape authorities, fatally stabbed a police dog, assaulted the dog’s handler and three other officers. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pennsylvania-man-sentenced-to-prison-for-fatal-k-9-stabbing/)

SHE WAS FORCED TO LOVE JESUS

Margurite Dawn Haragan, 58, was charged with two harassment counts, in February 2015, after a Jewish lady in Boise, Idaho, complained she’d been screamed at and throttled by Haragan, who demanded she believe in Jesus Christ. After Haragan stepped on the woman’s throat and pulled her hair, the Jewish lady did agreed to become a Christian… temporarily. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/idaho-jewish-woman-beaten-force-convert-article-1.2115540)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 –

GOD’S WILL? NOT LIKELY

Minister Creflo Dollar held his first religious service in the late 1980s at an elementary school cafeteria in College Park, Georgia, where only eight people attended. His ministry grew quickly, and in 1995 he moved to an 8,500-seat sanctuary. Now, 20 years later, Reverend Dollar has asked his 200,000 or so followers to donate $300 each so he can buy “the ‘biggest, fastest, and overall best private jet money can buy, a Gulfstream 650, priced at over $67 million. May need extra-large collection plates? (http://metro.co.uk/2015/03/14/this-pastor-wants-65-million-so-he-can-buy-a-new-private-jet-5103174/)

MORE THAN A DISCOUNT

Shoppers at a Harris Teeter supermarket in Raleigh, North Carolina, got a really, really big discount on February 27, 2015, when the cash registers at the chain’s Cameron Village store crashed. After 15 minutes of customers standing in line, the manager gave them the items they’d selected free. (The AP, 3-6-15) (http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_27662076/free-groceries-shoppers-after-cash-registers-crash)

DAD’S CATTLE?

Mark Seamands, 39, went on trial in May 2010 in Port Angeles, Washington, charged with two felony second-degree and two fourth-degree assault charges for hot-iron branding his three children, ages 13, 15, and 18. Each was branded with “SK,” for “Seamands Kids.” All three said they agreed with their father and think brandings allow them to be bonded together as a family. The jury found him not guilty on the felony charges, but deadlocked on the two lesser charges. The judge declared a mistrial and told Seamands he was a free man. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/13/man-branded-kids-acquitted-assault-charges/)

Monday, May 18, 2015 –

NEXT, A SEEING-EYE-ELEPHANT?

While dogs’ sensitive noses have long been used to sniff out bombs, trained rats in Africa can locate land mines left over from wars. And now, even elephants are taught, using the fruit marula as their reward, to raise their front leg after smelling explosives. Maybe elephants remember their training longer than dogs, too? (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/03/11/bomb-sniffing-elephants/70149110/)

GRANNY SOCKED IT TO HER

Chicago police say a grandmother, Manuela Rodriguez, 52, fired-up a power saw and slit her 7-month-old baby granddaughter’s throat because she wouldn’t stop crying. An autopsy found the baby died of blunt force injuries to the head and suffocation from a sock being stuffed in her mouth. (http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/10/us/chicago-baby-power-saw-death/index.html)

BUY AUTO INSURANCE THIS WAY?

Pennsylvania authorities say 33-year-old Michael Traveny called Safe Auto Insurance from a crash scene and bought auto coverage; then, prosecutors say, next day he filed a $3,900 claim. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-too-late-for-insurance-20150305-story.html)

Sunday, May 17, 2015 –

HE NEEDED TO CHECK MAPSCO

A man convicted of child molestation, Joseph Savage, admitted to mailing a threatening letter from a western Pennsylvania prison to President Barack Obama. He made two mistakes doing this. First, he threatened the president and the president’s family. Second, he used a Washington mailing address of 1400 Pennsylvania Ave., instead of 1600. (http://nypost.com/2015/03/12/child-molester-sent-obama-threatening-letter-but-to-wrong-address/)

NO LOVE REQUIRED?

Thousands of members of the Unification Church have married in mass weddings in South Korea. The first mass ceremony was held in 1961 with 33 couples present. Most recently, 3,800 couples from more than 50 countries were married at the Cheongshim World Peace Center in Gapyeong. Around 800 of the couples were “matched” at an engagement ceremony only a few days earlier. (http://news.sky.com/story/1437567/thousands-marry-in-south-korea-mass-wedding)

WOW! LOOK THIS UP YOURSELF

In October 2013, the Gerontology Research Group reported only 35 people were still alive worldwide over the age of 112. Still, the U.S. Government had at least 6.5 million active Social Security numbers belonging to people at least age 112. In one case bank accounts were opened using Social Security numbers for individuals born in 1869 and 1893. These Social Security numbers showed both beneficiaries still alive, meaning they are at least 144 and 120. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/03/10/thousands-of-u-s-workers-older-than-100-that-might-be-social-security-fraud/)

Saturday, May 16, 2015 –

SEXUALITY IN WEE BITS

Have you ever heard the word OMORASHI? It is the name of a Japanese fetish, or subculture that finds it sexually arousing to have a full bladder or to see someone (especially a well-dressed or dignified person) who suffers from “bladder desperation” and wets on themselves in public… when they can no longer “hold it.” (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Omorashi)

SOME MEN NEVER GROW UP

Children aren’t the only humans who go to nurseries. A North Liverpool, England, couple, Derek Ventham (an adult baby himself) and his wife, ‘Mummy Maxine’, run a nursery for adult men, who pay the equivalent of $115 an hour to lounge in “their” crib, wearing man-sized infant pajamas. No sex play is allowed, but a diaper ‘messy change’ costs about $40 extra. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/inside-adult-baby-fetish-nursery-5100351)

CUT ELECTRIC BILL – DRINK BEER

The University of the West of England in Bristol has developed a prototype toilet which uses urine to generate electricity. Microbial fuel cell stacks convert the urine into power, as microbes feed on urine for their growth. It is hoped that the technology will be used to help light cubicles in international refugee camps, where people are at risk of rape and sexual assault in dark toilets. Each unit would cost about £600 to set up. (http://news.sky.com/story/1439115/pee-power-toilet-generates-electricity)

Friday, May 15, 2015 –

“LITTLE” LASSIES’ VACATION

On March 3, 2015, after an alarm went off in a luggage screening area at LaGuardia Airport in Queens (NY), the suspicious suitcase was opened to find a Chihuahua inside. The owner of the bag was notified and she called her husband to come pick up their pet, cancelling the little dog’s travel plans. (http://news.sky.com/story/1440290/stowaway-chihuahua-found-in-check-in-luggage)

HE HIRED AN ATTORNEY

Todd Sutton, 49, a San Francisco construction worker, was “released” from employment in February 2015 after saving a trapped raccoon, putting it in the bed of his pickup truck. (Wild critters had been blamed for damages to that project and an extermination company was hired to trap and euthanize them.) After Sutton was fired, for removing property that did not belong to him, he drove the baby raccoon to a grassy area near the Bay Bridge and released it. (San Francisco Chronicle/http://bit.ly/1x8xudK)

A GOOD QUALITY WINDOW

The Irish Independent released a surveillance video in February 2015, showing the nighttime image of a burglar throwing a brick at the window of a car parked in front of the Pheasant Bar in Drogheda, Ireland. Next, it showed the brick rebounding off the window, hitting the would-be thief in the head and rendering him unconscious. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/viral-video/11442956/Watch-Car-thief-knocks-himself-out-with-brick-while-trying-to-break-window.html)

Thursday, May 14, 2015 –

RAISE YOUR HANDS, DROP DRAWERS

Valued at $9,000, Cheyenne police say shoplifters made off with just over 1,000 pairs of panties from the J.C. Penney store in a local mall. Police estimate some 800 pairs of Ambrielle brand underwear and 200 pairs of Flirtitude brand garments were taken. (http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_27659835/pair-pilfer-9-000-worth-underwear-from-wyoming)

WHY NOT REQUIRE POO-BAGS?

The chief of Nepal’s mountaineering association says that human sewage has become a critical problem on Mount Everest. Climbers usually dig holes in the snow for their toilet use and leave the human waste there. Outside editor Grayson Schaffer went so far as to call the peak a “fecal time bomb”. Estimates are that visitors drop up to 26,500 pounds of feces each year. (According to the Associated Press)

HAD SHE BEEN ON A BIKE, LOVE?

A woman only identified as a New Jersey resident met Gerald Tietz, 53, online, and decide to see him on a date Feb. 26, 2015. But after the couple met, Tietz apparently liked the woman’s car more than her and drove it away without her. He was later caught by police in Cherry Hill. (http://wgntv.com/2015/03/08/man-meets-woman-online-steals-her-car-on-1st-date/)

‘TIL MARS DO THEY PART

Kellie Gerardi is training for the mission of her life, one she already knows she will probably never return from. That’s right, and she’s not alone. Some 200,000 people from around the world have applied to a new company, Mars One, which eventually plans to launch a “Mayflower” space craft to Mars. Of course, only 100 potential astronauts will be finalists. Recently engaged to be married, Kellie is willing to have a really long-distance relationship. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2568592/Bride-says-leave-fiance-Earth-shes-selected-colonize-Mars-reality-TV-show.html)

MOST DISGUSTING SO FAR IN 2015

What Stevie Foehl, 28, and her boyfriend, Michael Emory, 26, shared with her 1-year-old daughter got them both in trouble. After police in Michigan search the couple’s computer and found videos of the three having numerous episodes of sex, Emory got three consecutive life sentences, and Foehl received life in prison. (http://www.inquisitr.com/1901996/couple-gets-life-sentences-for-raping-baby-say-nothing-they-did-physically-hurt-victim/)

UNKNOWN, MISUNDERSTOOD DANGER

Hard to believe now, but during a short period between 1951 and 1952, an educational kit, the Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab, was sold in the United States containing testable samples of four types of uranium ore and three different radiation sources (alpha, beta, and gamma). Also in the 1950’s, shoe stores commonly provided “instant” x-ray machines for adults and children to see how well their new shoes fit. (https://www.orau.org/ptp/collection/atomictoys/GilbertU238Lab.htm)

THEY MUST BE CLOSE FRIENDS?

Peachtree City (Fl.) police chief William McCollom was already in bed with his wife when he said he shot her “accidently”, after mixing alcohol and sleep medications. For reasons not explained, the prosecutor said he would seek only a misdemeanor charge against the chief. McCollom’s wife, Margaret, was paralyzed from the waist down. (The AP, 3-6-15) (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/wife-georgia-police-chief-paralyzed-shooting-reports-article-1.2079546)

CHICKS DON’T APPRECIATE THIS

Bet you’ve never heard of the job title “Chick Sexer”? According to NBC News there is a great shortage of chick sexers in Britain. If you can identify a baby bird’s sex organs, you can earn $60,000 a year. What makes the job extra disgusting is a process known as “vent sexing”, which requires you to squeeze turds out of a chick’s anus. This allows you to check for a small male bump. (http://m.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/31746965/shortage-of-chicken-sexers-in-uk-despite-40000-salary)

NOW HER CLOTHING WON’T FIT

The longest operation in medical history occurred back in 1951 on a 58-year-old patient. The doctors removed a cyst that had developed over more than a decade, bringing that person’s total body weight to 619 pounds. First, fluid was slowly drained at about 120 drops per minute. After four days, about 200 pounds of fluid had been drained and the 100 pound remaining cyst (about the size of a bushel basket) was safely removed. (http://www.wired.com/2010/02/0204surgery-removes-giant-cyst/) (The AP, 3-3-15)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 –

TRULY A GIRLY MAN

A Lancashire, England, businessman, Duane Walters, 37, undergoing surgery for suspected bladder cancer, was found to be cancer–free, but to have a uterus, ovaries and cervix; even though he fully functioned as a male. A hysterectomy was performed to prevent pregnancy, but Walters was still told he might eventually become menopausal. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2952983/Pictured-time-British-businessman-set-hysterectomy-discovering-WOMB-normal-male-organs.html)

GREAT AD, POOR PLACEMENT

From a headstone in a Vermont cemetery: “Sacred to the memory of my husband John Barnes who died January 3, 1803. His comely young widow, age 23, has many qualifications of a good wife, and yearns to be comforted.” (http://amtrib.com/sections/opinion/word-games-%E2%80%93-ken-gaidziunas/final-words.html)

HOUSE NEEDED A WHITE ROOF

A neighborhood photo taken after a recent snowfall in the Dutch town of Haarlem (near Amsterdam) showed one roof, and one roof only, totally free of snow. Police, confident that attic was a well-lit marijuana greenhouse, made arrests. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/dutch-police-bust-marijuana-grow-house-snow-melts-article-1.2110709)

COMMON PAIN IS COMMON

Does shouting “Owww!” reduce pain levels? Researchers at the National University of Singapore think the muscle movements in this verbal expression somehow diverts or confuses pain signals, which otherwise would go straight to the brain. The sound of “owww” is commonly heard in many languages, apparently instinctive from birth. (New York’s International Business Times, 2-2-15)

NO FUN-AND-GAMES ANYMORE

With an estimated 40 to 50 million followers worldwide, guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has convinced at least 400 men to cut off their own testicles to “bring them closer to God”. India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has reportedly accused Ram Rahim, the so-called “guru in bling,” of grievous bodily harm and has him under investigation. – Singh is reported to be worth in excess of $50 million. (Sydney Morning Herald)

DARN, ANOTHER SHORTAGE

New York City is known for many things. Another was added in July 2013, when their Department of City Planning estimated the urban rat population to be 8,405,837. That equaled just about one rodent per citizen. A subsequent study reduced the count to about 2 million. Meaning, theoretically, folks would have to share rats. (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/feb/27/rat-population-microbes-urban/)

Saturday, May 9, 2015 –

WELL, IT’S ABOUT TIME

Native American leaders in Taos, New Mexico, contemplating the future of the United States, are considering allowing offspring of immigrant Europeans to apply for Native Citizenship; if they first write a sincere apology for their ancestors, who entered illegally. Oh yeah, and pay $5,000. (http://cityworldnews.com/native-american-amnesty/)

BUT DID HE TIP THE WAITRESS?

A man bowing his head for prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at an Applebee’s restaurant in Burlington County, New Jersey, suffered burns, then sued, claiming the waitress did not warn him. Hiram Jimenez said he then panicked and knocked the hot food on his lap, causing more burns. Two courts threw out his case, saying the dangers were obvious. (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/nj_man_burned_while_praying_over_fajita_skillet_no.html)

POST BIRTH CONTROL

A 26-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend were arrested in Glendale, Oregon, after their 7-week-old son died from starvation. Though both claimed the boy was fed, police found the two were operating an online porn businessin which the mother lactated onto various items, while the paying customers watched; leaving authorities to believe little of the mother’s milk was left for her baby. (http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article10620959.html)

NOW HE’S “HIRED” 24/7

Robert Michael Phillips faced several charges after his arrest in West Palm Beach, Florida, where police witnessed him allegedly conducting drug transactions and found heroin in his pocket and crack cocaine in “his” stolen vehicle. At the jail, on his intake form under “occupation,” Phillips wrote, “drug dealer.” (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/west-palm-man-who-lists-drug-dealer-as-occupation-/nj5f3/)

LENGTHY LOVERS

A New York couple, Duranord Veillard and his wife Jeanne, celebrated both their birthdays the last weekend of February 2015. But more important, he is age 108, she turns 105 in May, and they’ve been married 82 years. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/26/husband-108-wife-105-celebrate-82-years-married/24094901/)

UNTIE NUPTIALS VACATION

You’ve heard of “Honeymoon Vacation” packages. How about the opposite? For $5,000 Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa lets a couple check-in on a Friday, married, then leave on Sunday officially single. This includes all legal niceties and numerous resort amenities, including, of course, separate rooms. (http://nypost.com/2015/02/10/i-checked-into-the-divorce-hotel-to-check-out-of-my-marriage/)

Thursday, May 7, 2015 –

MENTALLY DIM DRIVER, TOO

Knoxville, Tennessee – WATE-TV tells of a Sweetwater motorist being ticketed twice in one night for driving without headlights. That’s because, to illuminate the darkness, this vehicle was equipped with flashlights tied to the front bumper with bungee cords. (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/kpd-flashlights-are-not-headlights) (WATE-TV/Knoxville, 2-5-15)

NO WAY TO ADVERTISE

In Hudson, Florida, John Palmer, 50, was arrested at a Kmart for possession of methamphetamine. After making eye contact with a deputy, he attempted to pass his bag of drugs to another person in line. On Palmer’s T-shirt it read, “Who needs drugs”, above letters that read, “No, seriously, I have drugs.” (http://news.sky.com/story/1403356/man-in-i-have-drugs-shirt-held-for-possession)

WORLDWIDE BUS RIDERS?

In January 2015, London’s Daily Telegraph reported “Darkshadow” jihadists from both Tunisia and Ivory Coast bragged their website-hacking would block international travel. But the only site they hijacked, replacing it with a Islamic State-style black page, contained just a bus timetable in Bristol, England. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11321499/Bristol-bus-timetable-hacked-by-terrorists.html)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 –

THOUGHT YOUR BOSS WAS BAD?

Hong Kong – A female, Law Wan-Tung, 44, was convicted in February of 2015 of beating and threatening her Indonesian maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 24, who was forced to live in a closet. The victim told the court her boss had fractured two of her teeth with a blow to the face, limited her meals to only bread and rice, and forced her to use a plastic bag or bucket for bodily functions. (http://www.inquisitr.com/1880452/law-wan-tung-sentenced-to-six-years-for-torturing-maid-who-was-forced-to-live-in-a-closet/)

WHY SACRAMENTAL WINE IS NEEDED

A photo taken on Feb. 11, 2015, shows Abraham Romi Cohn being handed a scalpel during the bris, or ritual circumcision of Yosef Sananas in New York. Since 2000, health officials have linked 17 cases of infant herpes to the ritual of sucking blood from the wounds on infants’ penises during ultra-Orthodox circumcision ceremonies. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is seeking a medical protocol change in the practice of oral suction. A vote on the changes is expected in June. (http://news.yahoo.com/nyc-orthodox-jews-reach-deal-circumcision-suction-ritual-233533884.html)

SHE WANTS HIM TO EAT CROW

CNBC News reported Feb. 25, 2015, Anne Dias-Griffin, soon-to-be ex-wife of hedge fund manager Ken Griffin, is seeking $1 million a month in alimony. Ms. wants $160,000 for vacation accommodations, $6,800 for groceries, $7,200 for restaurant meals, $2,000 for stationery, $60,000 for an office space and professional staff and $300,000 for a private jet. Griffin says she also demanded an astronomical $450,000 to take a 10-day trip to St. Bart’s. He gave her $45,000 instead. (http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/24/luxury/griffin-billionaire-divorce/)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 –

THEIR PARTY IS OVER

February, 2015, Floyd and Violet Hartwig, of Fresno, Calif., married 67 years, had one final wish… to die together. Violet, age 89, had dementia for years and her health was declining. Floyd, age 90, diagnosed with kidney failure in January was given two weeks to live. Knowing they had little time, the Hartwig children moved their parents’ hospice beds into the family home, putting them side by side. After Floyd died, they put their father’s hand into their mother’s palm and told her that he was waiting for her. Five hours later Violet joined Floyd. (http://www.people.com/article/couple-married-67-years-dies-together-holding-hands)

VEGETARIAN COCKROACHES?

Fined $16,000 for violating food safety regulations, the owner of Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant in a suburb of Canberra, Australia, apologized, and tried to explain, for moral reasons he could not bring himself to exterminate living things… even cockroaches. (Brisbane Times, 2-1-15) (http://ownederd.tumblr.com/post/110118413474/canberra-cafe-owner-fined-16-000-after-refusing)

HE SHOULD’VE COUNTED TO TEN

On Dec. 14, 2014, Jerome Clemons, 44, was so thirsty for beer, when his niece refused to drive him to a liquor store he lost his temper and set fire to part of his family’s home and an all-terrain vehicle. This loss of control got him arrested and charged with arson… but no beer. (Florida Sun-Sentinel, 2-26-15) (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/florida-man-burns-house-niece-refuses-beer-run-article-1.2132608)

Monday, May 4, 2015 –

MAYBE SHE COULD SUE GOD?

Santiago, Chili – Valentina Maureira, at the tender age of 14, sent Chili’s President Michelle Bachelet a simple request, to just please let her die. Young Valentina made this request suffering so severely from cystic fibrosis she could not face life any more. The President’s reply: “…it’s impossible to grant her wish.” That’s because euthanasia is against the law in Chili. (The AP, 2-27-15)

IT’S PARTY TIME!

If you have a problem being faithful to one lover only, here’s some good news, if you live in South Korea. On February 26, 2014, a Constitutional Court there struck down a 62-year-old law which made adultery an offense punishable by up to two years in prison. During the past 30 years alone, an estimated 53,000 were indicted under that law because of their unfaithfulness. (The New York Times, 2-27-15)

NEXT SELFIE IN A JAIL CELL

Dorian Walker-Gaines, 20, thinks of himself as a very intelligent individual. So much so, he has the word “BRILLIANT” tattooed across his chest. He also likes to brag online but… he got carried away. Walker-Gaines and his sidekick, Dillian Thompson, 22, were arrested by Houston police after posting a video “selfie” on Facebook, where they were holding handfuls of stolen $100 bills. Those photos were taken on an iPad, part of the “loot” from the same robbery. Problem was, those images automatically uploaded onto the victim’s iCloud account. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/stupid/texas-ipad-numbskulls-908641)

SEATS DOWN… UP IN HEAVEN?

A Catholic priest from Massachusetts, Father John Michael O’Neal, 71, had a heart attack and was declared officially dead for 48 minutes. What brought him back was an emergency crew and a high-tech machine called LUCAS 2. The strangest part of this, though, was a statement made by Father O’Neal. He claimed, during those 48 minutes, not only had he met God Almighty, but God is a female. (http://www.thecontroversialfiles.net/2015/02/catholic-priest-who-died-for-48-minutes.html)

POOR KID

For the sake of her health, the mother of a young lady in Asunción, Paraguay, requested permission from the government to get her daughter an abortion, but was denied that right. Knowing the facts, you’d probably say that was wrong. That’s because this girl, raped by her stepfather, was only 10 years old. (http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/05/02/pkg-romo-paraguay-pregnant-10-year-old.cnn)

NO RITZY FUNERAL EITHER

Timothy Henry Gray, 60, of Evanston, Wyoming, a long-lost relative (half great-nephew) of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, may have been able to turn his life around when Ms. Clark passed away in 2011. Unfortunately, she left no money to any family members and… he was found homeless and frozen to death under a Union Pacific Railroad overpass in Evanston in December 2012. (http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/30/16238005-potential-heir-to-300-million-clark-copper-fortune-found-dead-homeless)

“LIGHTS-OUT” THEY’LL BE TWINS

The Times of India tells of groom-to-be, Jugal Kishore, 25, who never told his bride-to-be, Indira, he suffered from epileptic seizures. When he had an attack during their wedding, and while he was taken to a hospital, Indira was so angry she asked a member of her brother-in-law’s family, who was a guest, to marry her, and he did. (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31519551)

BET THE FRIDGE STINKS, ALSO

A Florida man, William Wilson, won an uninspected foreclosed house at auction for $96,000. It was left a total mess by the previous owner, an older woman, who’d stopped her payments three years prior and disappeared. But Wilson knew what happened to her immediately upon entering the master bedroom. That’s where he found her rotted corpse, on the floor. (http://www.littlebudha.com/bought-house-dead-body/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium={rss}&utm_campaign=RSS-feed-desktop)

AFRAID HE’D SHOW HIS BUTT?

Opposition Canadian lawmaker, Pat Martin, told Parliament February 19, 2015, he’d bought a bunch of men’s underwear for half price, which were too small for him. This had made it difficult to sit for any length of time; claiming that was why he’d miss a vote on anti-terror legislation. Other lawmakers said Martin was “poorly briefed” and that’s why he “briefed” Parliament on why he missed the vote. (http://english.cri.cn/12394/2015/02/22/53s867150.htm)

Saturday, May 2, 2015 –

HIS POCKET CHANGE

Citizens of Saudi Arabia are extremely pleased with their new monarch, King Salman. He’s letting them share the equivalent of $32 billion. That means some men can now afford to marry a first, second and third wife. (https://news.vice.com/article/saudi-king-salman-showers-citizens-with-32-billion-despite-predicted-budget-deficit)

HOSPITALS CAN BE DEADLY

According to a University of North Carolina study of 275 STEMI (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients treated between 2007 and 2011, the mortality rate for heart-attack victims treated in emergency rooms is 4 percent, compared to 40 percent of the 48 patients already admitted for other reasons and then suffering heart attacks. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-hospital-is-no-place-for-a-heart-attack-1422920270)

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Dow, Okla. – Quote from the Associated Press: “A man who was hand-cuffed from behind drove away with a sheriff deputy’s cruiser during a traffic stop. Police say 33-year-old Temple Clancy was hand-cuffed and placed in the front passenger seat of the Pittsburg County cruiser while deputies searched his car.” (http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kfaq/news/Handcuffed-Suspect-Steals-Cop-Car-292948701.html)

Friday, May 1, 2015 –

FIVE UNUSUAL NAMES

(1) Faith Hope Charity Brown was born in 1892 in Gillingham, Kent. (2) Friendless Baxter was born in 1871 in Leeds, West York. (3) Too Many Gouldstone was born in Walthamstow, London, in 1870. (4) That’s It Who’d Have Thought It Restell was born in Strood, Kent, in 1886. (5) Mineral Waters was born in 1892 in Rochford, Essex. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/02/17/think-your-name-is-bad-these-are-the-ten-most-unfortunate-names-ever-5067260/?ito=v-b)

DEADLY HOOTERS HOLSTER

According to the Associated Press, a Michigan woman, Christina Bond, 55, was “having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidently discharged the weapon.” She was taken to a hospital, where she died. (http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2015/02/woman_who_fatally_shot_herself.html)

A WELL PREPARED VICTIM

Louisville, Kentucky – Darryl Isaacs, 50, known as the “Heavy Hitter” and the “Kentucky Hammer,” advertising as a personal-injury lawyer, was hospitalized after being rammed from behind by a car while riding his bicycle. Seeing who he’d hit, the driver could only say the sun got in his eyes. (http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/blog/morning_call/2015/01/popular-attorney-darryl-isaacs-is-seriously.html)

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