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.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 –
ANOTHER CHANCE TO LOSE
After poor investment advice from Credit Suisse Group AG cost clients millions, in March 2015, they agreed to pay back $16.25 million, but only $10 million in actual money. Credit Suisse promised to return the remainder by providing $6.25 million in more financial advice. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/credit-suisse-to-pay-10-million-to-freeport-mcmoran-to-settle-suit-1426539408)
AT LEAST THEIR AIM SUCKED
Dustin Theoharis was shot 16 times by police, but he told the Seattle Times, “Sometimes (police) make mistakes.” He’d been napping on a friend’s couch in Puyallup, Washington, when police arrived to arrest the friend’s son. When Theoharis reached for his ID, two officers opened fire, hitting him in the jaw, both upper and lower arms, wrist, hand, shoulder, abdomen and both legs. He was later awarded $5.5 million. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/23/dustin-theoharis-wins-5-million_n_6923436.html)
HENNEPIN CO. INMATE 2009034708
Knowing he’d be arrested and probably convicted for running a $53 million Ponzi scheme in the Minneapolis area, in December 2009, Gerard Cellette Jr., 44, walked into a county judge’s chambers and offered to begin serving time. The judge granted his wish. Technically he was jailed awaiting trial. (http://patrickpretty.com/2009/12/10/ponzi-suspect-to-judge-jail-me-judge-to-ponzi-suspect-ok-minnesotas-gerard-frank-cellette-jr-booked-into-hennepin-county-jail-on-36-felony-counts/)
Friday, June 26, 2015 –
A FULLY BROKEN SYSTEM
Judicial backlog in India in 2013 grew to some 31,367,915. If each and every judge in that country worked around the clock, each resolving 100 cases an hour, it would still take 35 years to resolve these cases. (http://mist.breg.si/MAGAZINES/Assorted%20Magazine%20Bundle%20-%20January%2012%202015%20%28True%20PDF%29/Bloomberg%20Businessweek%20-%20January%2012,%202015.pdf)
A POO-POO BOO-BOO
With the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Eduardo Paes has admitted some of the aquatic events will take place in Guanabara Bay, among floating household trash and raw sewage. To acquire the games, organizers had promised a massive cleanup, but sewage has continued to flow into the bay. (http://www.ibtimes.com/rio-olympics-2016-rio-mayor-says-polluted-guanabara-bay-unlikely-be-cleaned-time-1857644)
“HEY, BUDDY, GOT A LIGHT?”
A company in Cincinnati, Ion Productions, is offering the world’s first commercially available hand-held flamethrower. Named the XM42, it can shoot 25-foot flames and costs between $700 and $800. Its purpose, the company says, is to kill insects, eliminate weeds in pavement cracks, melt snow, and entertain friends; saying their device is less regulated than handguns. (http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/xm42-handheld-flame-thrower-indiegogo/)
THIS IS R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S!
When retired Iowa lawmaker Henry Rayhons met his soon-to-be wife, Donna Lou, both were widowed and ready to love all over again. Seven years later, though, due to advancing Alzheimer’s, Donna Lou was put in a nursing home. And, in 2014, when her husband Henry, now age 78, was accused of making love with her, this wife he still loved, he was arrested for raping a person mentally unable to say “yes” or “no.” He was later found innocent. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/23/former-iowa-legislator-henry-rayhons-78-found-not-guilty-of-sexually-abusing-wife-with-alzheimers/)
BIGGER BUTTS’ FIASCOS
Padge-Victoria Windslowe, a trans-gender woman performer known as “Black Madam,” did buttocks-enhancement procedures on the side. Claiming to have enlarged thousands of bottoms, Windslowe said most injections were done using industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue to seal the site. After a Philadelphia woman died from this procedure, Windslowe was found guilty of third-degree murder. (http://www.ibtimes.com/padge-victoria-windslowe-guilty-illegal-butt-implant-death-case-black-madam-performed-1841164)
PULLING FOR POSITIVITY
Police arrested David Slovinski, 51 in Grandville, Michigan, after he took cellphone photos of his “private parts” and shared them with unsuspecting employees at area Meijer stores. Slovinski, known as a “sexually delinquent person,” already wore a GPS monitor, and was easily caught. Only excuse he had for exposing himself again was, “cheers me up when I’m feeling low.” (http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/03/man_tells_police_showing_pictu.html)
UNPATRIOTIC EXAMPLES OF GREED
While federal law forbids foreclosures and repossessions without a court order against active-duty military, in 2012, the Government Accountability Office found at least 15,000 violations by U.S. financial institutions. In February 2015, auto lender Santander Consumer USA agreed to pay $9.35 million to settle charges for illegally seizing 1,112 service members’ motor vehicles – while some were deployed in war zones. (http://www.justice.gov/usao/txn/PressRelease/2015/FEB2015/FEB25Santander%20Consumer%20settlement.html)
TURNING NEITHER CHEEK REQUIRED
Pope Francis, during a Philippines trip in January 2015, expressing his opinion concerning freedom of speech and the Paris murders of the staff of Charlie Hebdo magazine, said, quoting: “If my good friend Dr. (Alberto) Gasbarri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.” – The Vatican press later “clarified” that violence in God’s name can never be justified. (http://news.yahoo.com/pope-charlie-hebdo-limits-free-expression-121639260.html#)
CHANGE HIS NAME TO DUMB BUTT
A Maine man, Christopher Wallace, being hunted by the police concerning a January 2014 burglary, took to Snapchat to say he was headed for his home in Fairfield. Next, after police arrived and entered, Wallace wrote they were in his home, but he was well hidden in a cabinet. Police, after seeing his message, opened the cabinet and arrested him. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/maine-fugitive-busted-posting-hiding-place-snapchat-article-1.2161124)
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 –
LAST HEARD, STILL ON-THE-LOOSE
A Pakistani, Gul Ahmed Said, was in love with his cousin. He loved her so much, when her father blocked his wedding proposal, in April 2015, Ahmed shot to death not only his uncle, aunt and eight cousins, but he also killed Naveeda, the woman of his dreams. Authorities have been searching for Said since November 2014, for the killing of his own parents and two brothers. (His father had wanted him to delay the marriage by one month.) (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/world/asia/pakistani-man-killed-10-relatives-police-say.html?_r=0)
SHAKING MORE THAN BOOTIES
In April 2010, senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi gave a stern warning that earthquakes and other disasters were caused by women’s loose sex and skimpy dress wear. One of the worst quakes in Iran in recent years hit the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing some 31,000. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7606145/Extramarital-sex-causes-more-earthquakes-Iranian-cleric-claims.html)
A SINGLE’S SEX SOLUTION
Do your intimate needs conflict with your busy schedule? For women who lack the time for mating, a company named Fun Factory is working on a vibrator implant to stimulate the clitoris, easily controllable with a smart phone or other devices that are Bluetooth compatible. The entire product and procedure, priced at about $6,500, will be guaranteed for 20 years. (http://www.yourtango.com/2015270634/breaking-you-can-now-implant-a-permanent-vibrator-in-your-vagin)
MIGHTY WEAK PESTICIDE?
On April 4, 2015, a group of taxi drivers in Beijing, fed up with the way they are treated, drank from bottles of pesticide in protest. At least 10 men, some foaming at the mouth, fell to the ground on a busy sidewalk and were rushed to a local hospital, where all survived. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/102561255)
RIN-TIN-TIN AND BAKED POTATO?
Are you a meat lover? What’s your favorite? If you’re ever in South Korea you could order a cut of canine, where annually some 2 million dogs are slaughtered, skinned, gutted, cooked and eaten. This “man’s best friend” meat is also made into stew or used in dietary supplements in several countries. (http://www.occupyforanimals.net/dog-meat.html)
JUSTICE: BLIND, BIASED, DEADLY?
Cameron Todd Willingham, 24, was found guilty in 1992 of starting a house trailer fire in Corsicana, Texas, killing his three daughters, Amber Louise, age 2, and twins Karmon Diane/Kameron Marie, age 1. After his lethal injection in 2004, a letter was found written by his cellmate, Johnny Webb, who’d testified Willingham had admitted guilt, asking the prosecuting district attorney why his sentence had not been reduced, as promised, if he testified (lied) to help get the conviction. However, in 2010, Willingham’s widow stated: “He admitted he burnt them to me.” (Washington Post, 3-9-15) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron_Todd_Willingham)
NOT A GOOD PLACE TO GROW UP
Inside a railway station in Cairo, Egypt, in 2010, a kitten, named Bisco, became trapped inside a wall. Finally freed five years later, this feline would not have survived if not fed and given water every day by an elderly man, known locally as Uncle Abdo. (http://www.viralspell.com/a-cat-is-freed-after-getting-stuck-behind-a-train-station-wall-for-five-years/)
HE LACKED WISDOM TEETH?
In February 2015, dentist Leopold Weinstein, 63, was arrested in Camarillo, California, charged with setting fires at three competing dental offices – one for the fourth time. One victim claimed Weinstein drilled a hole in his roof and poured in gasoline to do more damage. (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dentist-arrested-arson-20150201-story.html)
U.S. PRESIDENT IN 2036?
Born in Nigeria to immigrant parents from Ghana, a high school senior in New York, Harold Ekeh, 17, has been accepted by all 13 colleges he applied to. The eight Ivy League schools accepting him are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. Ekeh is multilingual, speaking Ibo and Spanish, and has a 100.5 percent grade point average. (UPI, 4-4-15)
Thursday, June 18, 2015 –
WEDDING GIFTS? FRIES, MAYBE?
The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois, reports a loving couple, despite their two last names, will get married anyway, no matter how much teasing they receive. This couple is Joel Burger, 24, and Ashley King, 23. (http://regator.com/p/267459952/burger_to_wed_king_in_most_delicious_marriage/)
BED BUGS BE GONE BY GUM
Fred Horne’s family of Columbus, Ohio, was fed up with bed bugs infesting their home. His son tried to use a lighter to chase one down on the couch and kill it, but the couch caught fire. They quickly tried pulling the flaming couch through the front door to the outside, only to get it stuck, causing the entire home to go up in flames. (http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/02/04/columbus-harris-avenue-bed-bug-fire.html)
WHILE MILLIONS ARE OVERWEIGHT
France’s Parliament recently tried making it a crime to hire extremely thin models, in order to crack down on the “status symbol” of being dangerously skinny; calling for six-month prison terms or fines of £60,000 for fashion bosses who hired same. But this ban was rejected, fearing it would discriminate against “thin people” in the workplace. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3002734/France-rejects-imposing-ban-skinny-models-discriminate-against-people-workplace.html)
FELLOWS, HOW DO YOU COMPARE?
Giant Pandas are so endangered that records are kept at the Sichuan Giant Panda Research Center when these terrestrial animals have sex. Yet mating is seldom, considering most males would rather please “themselves,” and females are very picky selecting fathers-to-be for their cubs. Though the act of procreation is infrequent, one pair of pandas was timed united 7 minutes and 45 seconds. – Average panda ‘romps’ last between 30 seconds and five minutes. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3023409/Chinese-panda-Lu-Lu-shoots-fame-record-breaking-sex-session-nearly-EIGHT-minutes-long.html)
VISITING KINFOLKS’ BODY PARTS?
Pennsylvania State Police were called to a Burger King on U.S. Route 30 near Boswell, which was offering a two-for-$4 special on bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches. A crowd had gathered, but not to eat. Somebody’s escaped pet pot-belly pig was running around the restaurant parking lot eating “donated” food. The employees decided to call the police when the pig, tired of the gawkers, began chasing people away. (http://www.inquisitr.com/1980173/burger-king-pig/)
SOCIALIZING WITH CRITTERS
Several eateries in Japan let cats visit with diners and there’s also a penguin bar in Ikebukuro. Or, you can eat at an owl café in London, where birds sit on your shoulder… or grab-some-grub in a South Korea eatery which lets sheep roam through their dining area.
MUSIC WITH A VIEW
Hikers in Southern California, venturing to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains, were more than surprised to find a “worn” upright piano sitting there. It was there because cinematographer Michael Flotron and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail for a photo shoot. And, if nobody complains, Flotron says he’ll just leave it there. (http://townhall.com/news/us/2015/03/27/mystery-of-california-hilltop-piano-solved-n1977440)
DOGS LICK HUMAN ILLNESSES
An article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, March 17, 2015, says researchers are hoping to prove dog slobber can be a human health benefit when treating asthma, allergies and inflammation. Specialists from the University of Arizona and University of California San Diego point to existing evidence of the comparative healthiness of dog-owning families and suspect that canine saliva, like yogurt, may have unusual probiotic value. (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/mar/17/dog-germs-probiotics/)
NEEDED MONEY FOR CLOTHING?
Even though Drema Setliff, 30, was found and arrested hiding in the electrical closet of the Charleston, West Virginia, One Stop convenience store she had just robbed, no strip-search was required. That’s because she had committed this robbery totally nude. (http://www.kxly.com/news/cops-naked-woman…/32173944)
NO GODLY AIRBAGS OR SEATBELTS?
A church van carrying 18 believers in Glades County, Florida, ran a stop sign, crossed a four-lane highway and crashed into a water-filled ditch, killing eight, injuring ten. (http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/30/us/florida-church-van-crash/)
IT’S “PEE-BACK” TIME
Party-goers barhopping around St. Pauli neighborhood, in historic Hamburg, Germany, often use both walls of storefronts and private homes as restrooms, causing owners of same to paint much of this exposed area with a product known as Ultra-Ever Dry. Upon splash impact this coating returns the “liquid” back on the original provider by creating an air barrier on its surface. (The Guardian, 3-4-15) (http://www.emptypaintcans.com/ultraeverdry.aspx?gclid=CJmb0cr218QCFYRCaQodTDoAGg)
HE AIN’T GOT NO STINKIN’ BADGE
Michael Chico, of Odessa, Texas, must’ve had an over-powering hunger for a hamburger? An off-duty policeman arrested him, after Chino used his vehicle’s sirens and flashing lights to skip ahead of the drive-thru line at a Whataburger. Released on $15,000 bond, this police impersonator (whose vehicle looked like an unmarked police vehicle), admitted he often used the siren and flashing lights to hurry through traffic lights. (http://news.yahoo.com/man-accused-posing-officer-cut-fast-food-line-194759754.html)
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 –
MANY IN PRISON SHOULD NOT BE
Finally, Joseph Sledge, age 70, was released from prison in North Carolina in January of 2015, after serving 36 years for a double murder he didn’t commit. The real murderer’s long-lost hair samples were finally found in a court clerk’s storage room, providing the DNA evidence needed. (Los Angeles Times, 1-23-15) (http://www.wral.com/declared-innocent-sledge-freed-after-37-years-for-double-murder/14381367/)
SHE FINALLY GOT EVEN
Each Easter, Stephen Woytack, 74, and his wife visited St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Throop, PA, to decorate a family grave. This time though something different happened. While Mr. Woytack was kneeling before his mother-in-law’s headstone, it suddenly fell over, killing him. (http://wnep.com/2015/03/30/man-killed-by-falling-headstone-in-throop-cemetery/)
SHE GOT A TURTLE ON THE MOVE
Ms. Thayer Cuter is very proud of her Edmonds, Washington, amphibian rescue shop. Among her 139 frogs, toads, lizards and turtles, a recent arrival for her care was Rocky, a Texas toad who came with rocks in his tummy. Quoting Ms. Cuter: “He had to have a lot of enemas (but) Rocky is rock-free now.” (MyNorthwest.com, 3-11-15) (http://mynorthwest.com/874/2726942/Edmonds-Frog-Lady-rescues-amphibians-so-you-can-adopt-them)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 –
OFFER DIAPERS INSTEAD?
One bill considered by Florida’s legislators during the 2015 session concerned businesses with no public toilets – only private ones, and people who suffer irritable bowel syndrome or similar dysfunctions. If passed, businesses would be fined $50 for refusing to provide availability to these folks. Of course, the sufferers would need a letter from a doctor to prove their disability. (http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Toilets-Lingerie-Shacking-Up-Among-Floridas-Odd-Bills-297822471.html)
NO BRAZEN “HANKY-PANKY”
Researchers at Belgium’s Universite Libre de Bruxelles caught a bunch of cockroaches and affixed them with radio tags to study their movements. During these observances, it was found that while a number of roaches immediately headed to a dark area and were considered cautious and shy (which guarantees perpetuation of the species), some were very aggressive and went off on their own to explore. However, despite these unique traits, every single aggressive one re-joined the others within three hours. (http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/cockroaches-personalities-brave-shy-study-article-1.2143974)
$8 PER DRUMSTICK
Portland, Oregon – Multnomah County Animal Services were called to investigate, after several folks reported seeing two pink chickens roosting in a tree at a waterfront park. And, though the birds’ owner, Bruce Whitman, proudly admitted he used food coloring, beet juice and Kool-Aid to dye the two birds, he still had to pay an impound fee of $32 to get them back and he had to listen to a stern warning about releasing them in public. (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/03/pink_chickens_owner_comes_forw.html)
Friday, June 12, 2015 –
HE COULD BUY LOTTO TICKETS
By March of 2015, Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 59, a “material witness” in a Washington County, Oregon, murder case, had been locked up 900 days. The prosecutor said Vasquez-Hernandez saw blood evidence that his own son, Eloy, murdered a woman, and the case is on hold until the victim’s body is found. Benito’s bail is set at $500,000. Material witnesses in Oregon are paid $7.50 a day, earning him $6750. (The Oregonian, 3-12-15) (http://rt.com/usa/240557-oregon-vasquez-hernandez-jail/)
A HERPETOLOGIST OBSTETRICIAN?
Police in Merseyside, England, report thieves broke into a property in Greenfield Road, St Helens, and took a total of 38 reptiles, including eight pregnant females and 11 young snakes. Detective Constable Neil Henry said, “These snakes, in particular the pregnant and young snakes, need specialist care…” (http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/offbeat/2015/03/24/police-hunt-nearly-40-snakes-stolen-from-flat.html#sthash.LAEgEQOs.dpuf)
IN THE COLD THEY’LL TURN BLUE
Ranson IB Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a very strict dress code, allowing only green outerwear. An example of enforcement occurred Jan. 27, 2015, after Chanda Spate dropped off her three children, all wearing non-green coats. Meaning, even though the temperature outside was in the 30s, Spate’s children and some 20 others were sent home after school without coats. (http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/north_carolina_school_sends_3_kids_home_in_cold_without_coats_teacher_cites_dres.html)
YOU GOT A WRINKLE FETISH?
For men who enjoy looking at “girly-girly” calendars, one created at Barberton’s Pleasant Pointe assisted living facility near Akron, Ohio, only costs $12. Of course these models are all fully mature, and more. For instance Miss February, who poses in a tub of bubble bath, is 87-years-old; while the two women playing poker in the centerfold are in their 90s. (http://bit.ly/1x0K3x3 )
HELP BY FLUSHING FREQUENTLY?
To reduce fossil fuel air pollution, the bus company First West of England is working on a unique energy source. If all goes well, their busses will soon fuel-up with biomethane gas in Avonmouth, Bristol. This gas is made from raw sewage and inedible food waste produced by 32,000 homes. (http://news.sky.com/story/1445215/poo-bus-set-for-number-2-passenger-service)
ANOTHER EXAMPLE: BROKEN SYSTEM
A female teacher working for the Arizona Department of Corrections was brutally raped inside prison, and later sued the Department. The teacher said she screamed during her attack, but no guard was provided, and the emergency radio given her was tuned to an un-monitored frequency. Of course, the state attorney general’s office testified the woman already knew the dangers. (The Arizona Republic, 2-4-15) (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ariz-ag-raped-prison-teacher-no-sue-article-1.2103492)
SICK, SICK, SICK SEX
The U.S. Supreme Court voted in March 2015 not to stop the federal trial, in Houston, of Brent Justice, 53, and Ashley Richards, 24, on animal abuse charges. The couple was caught making sexual gratification videos for profit, with puppies, chickens and kittens being tortured and killed. (http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Federal-Case-of-Animal-Torture-Videos-in-Houston-to-Proceed-297558991.html)
THEY MUST HAVE LOUSY BODIES?
Planning to share photos back home with friends after their Cambodia tour in February 2015, American sisters Lindsey, 22, and Leslie Adams, 20, took nude pictures of each other’s bottoms at the Preah Khan temple in Angkor Archaeological Park, reportedly the world’s largest religious monument. That country’s Siem Reap Court did shorten their trip, however, with a fine and deportation. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ariz-sisters-arrested-naked-photos-cambodia-temple-article-1.2106871)
KEEPS HAPPENING, AGAIN, AGAIN
Here we go again – On March 27, 2015, hordes of participants among the thousands attending an annual bathing ritual southwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, believed that out of the 16 possible points to take the holy bath, Rajghat was the holiest one. Most of the devotees tried to throng to that one point and the ensuing stampede killed 10, while injuring dozens. (The AP, 3-28-15) (http://thedailynewnation.com/news/47689/stampede-kills-10-hindu-devotees.html)
HOPE THIS THIEF SEES JAIL
March 27, 2015, the Oneida County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s office reported an eye was stolen from a parked car in the village of Boonville. The prosthetic, valued at over $2,000, had been left in a small black bag inside a car belonging to a military veteran. (http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/03/prosthetic_eye_drugs_stolen_from_vehicle_in_oneida_county_parking_lot.html)
HOW LOW CAN ONE GO?
April Corcoran, 30, was indicted March 23, 2015 on 27 felony counts, including complicity in rape for providing her 11-year-old daughter to a drug dealer for sex in exchange for heroin. According to the Associated Press, her bail was set at $5 million. (http://www.wlwt.com/news/woman-accused-of-trafficking-11yearold-daughter-to-drug-dealer-indicted/31962608)
HERNIA GONE/MILLIONS GAINED
Joseph Amorese, age 46, was recovering from hernia surgery, when he received a get-well card from his father. Inside the card the elder Amorese sent his son a scratch-off lotto card… which turned out to be worth $7 million (or $4.5 million lump sum). The ticket came from a New York dollar store. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3011329/Feel-good-tale-Man-gets-7M-lottery-ticket-card.html)
While in most civilized countries a person may both vote for and love whom they wish, in Iraq, according to the New York Times – March 24, 2015, militants beheaded three young men accused of being the nephews of a political opponent of the Islamic state, and, earlier that same day, stoned a man and woman to death accused of adultery. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/world/middleeast/isis-stones-couple-accused-of-adultery-in-mosul-iraq.html?_r=0)
RE-ENJOYING A MEAL?
At his trial, Andrew Gilbertson, 40, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for allegedly robbing a San Luis Obispo bank in 2013. While testifying on March 25, 2015, Gilbertson claimed the Virgin Mary told him to disguise himself and rob the bank. Then, he reached down into his pants (also at the direction of the Holy Mother) and immediately began eating the feces waiting there. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/calif-bank-robbery-suspect-eats-feces-witness-stand-article-1.2164257)
NOT BY THE HAIR OF HIS…
After Kirk Odom served 22 years for rape and murder, in February 2015 a Washington, D.C., court found him not guilty and he was awarded $9.2 million. Unfortunately, several prison rapes had left him with HIV. He is just one of several D.C. men falsely convicted based on incorrect analysis by an “elite” FBI hair-analysis unit. (Washington Post, 2-28-15) (http://financialjuneteenth.com/man-awarded-9-1-million-after-wrongful-conviction-prison-rape-and-contracting-hiv/)
ODDS OF THIS 1 IN 11.2 MILLION
“We knew she was pregnant, but we didn’t know she was going to do this,” said 76-year-old Jimmy Barling, a north Texas farmer, referring to a cow that gave birth to four calves. Named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo, the mother is only able to provide Moo with milk. Eeny, Meeny and Miny suckle two other lactating cows. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/24/cow-in-northeast-texas-defies-odds-gives-birth-to-4-calves/)
HE NEEDED A HELPER
Greed got the best of 21-year-old Tyler Lankford in January 2015, while he was robbing Minerva’s Bakery in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Seeing all the cash on the counter, Lankford laid down his gun and scooped it up with both hands; allowing the clerk to pick up the gun. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tough-cookie-bakery-clerk-takes-robbers-gun-in-mckeesport-pennsylvania/)
LACK OF EXPERIENCE/TEXTING
Quoting The Associated Press – “Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any age group. About 963,000 drivers age 16-19 were involved in police-reported crashes in the U.S.in 2013, the most recent year for available data. These crashes resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/25/teen-drivers-distractions-car-crashes-phones-friends)
Saturday, June 6, 2015 –
U.S. SENATORS: READ THIS
The legal punishment for breaking some laws in Finland is determined by the offender’s income. For instance, when Reima Kuisla received a ticket for doing the equivalent of 14 miles over the posted speed limit, his fine equaled some $60,000 US. Tax returns proved he was a millionaire. (http://laconics.forumotion.com/t3696-odd-news-out-of-finland)
WHICH “BUZZ” DO YOU LIKE BEST?
Different U.S. states allow different mind-altering habits. For instance, on March 10, 2015, the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved sales of powdered alcohol, while Alaska, Louisiana and Colorado (which all legalized marijuana use) have already taken steps to block it. (http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27381059/colorado-gop-backers-fret-fate-bill-ban-powdered)
The U.S. Treasury recently gained over $40 billion by auctioning off part of the wireless spectrum. Qualified purchasers received a 25 percent discount if they could be classified as a “very small business” (having a revenue not “exceeding $15 million for the preceding three years). In 2013, Dish satellite-TV already employed 19,000 workers to serve 14 million customers (with a market value of $34 billion), and in its last full fiscal year had almost $14 billion in revenue. Yet, they applied for the discount and saved $3.25 billion. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/25/business/dealbook/how-loopholes-transformed-dish-network-into-a-very-small-business.html?_r=0)
Friday, June 5, 2015 –
ENGLISH MONARCHY FACTS
(A) Shortest Queen Victoria, 5′ (1.52 m).(B) Longest lived in power, current monarch Queen Elizabeth II, 89 – husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 93. (C) Shortest-reigning monarch Lady Jane Grey 13 days – 6 July until 19 July 1553. (D) Youngest (Scottish) monarch to die Margaret, Maid of Norway, age 7 in 1290. (E) Youngest monarch to marry David II, married Joan, daughter of Edward II at age 4, in 1328. (F) Most married Henry VIII, six times. (F) Most children Henry I, 29 children (5 legitimate). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_monarchy_records)
COULDN’T MAKE THIS DISAPPEAR
You ever see magician David Copperfield do his magic act? While he performed in Las Vegas on March 8, 2015, back at his 57th Street penthouse in New York City, the water in his rooftop swimming pool disappeared. This caused by a malfunctioning pump; it flooded his 4-story ($7.4 million) apartment and 30 floors underneath it. (http://blog.wenn.com/all-news/david-copperfields-rooftop-swimming-pool-floods-apartment-building/)
BET GUN SALES WENT UP
Oregon’s Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system, undergoing routine computer maintenance March 20, 2015, caused a major error to automatically mail some 8,000 false prisoner release notices to crime victims and their families. One wrong notice claimed a prisoner convicted of murdering two schoolgirls in Oregon City had been discharged. All totaled, the phony messages sent out pertained to 1,891 inmates. (http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/2015/03/20/notifications-of-felons-released-from-prison-mistakenly-sent/25123369/)
WANTED HER CALLS FROM HEAVEN
The mother of a 12-year-old school girl in Boulder, Colorado, noticed a smell of bleach in the “smoothie” her daughter made her, but thought it was just left over from poor rinsing. But a couple of days later, when a glass of water in her bedroom smelled the same, she confronted her daughter; who admitted she was trying to kill her mother for taking away her iPhone. (Fox31 Denver)
OR FURNISH THEM A LOADED GUN
Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, the past CEO of Always There Personal Care of Nevada, sought to introduce a bill reforming end-of-life procedures for terminally ill cancer patients; such as administering baking soda intravenously to “flush out” the cancer “fungus.” (Ralston Reports, 12-8-2014) (http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/02/24/3626567/nevada-assemblywoman-cancer-fungus/)
MISC. NEWSPAPER MIS-WORDINGS
President Woodrow took his fiancée Edith Galt to the theater and, rather than watching the play, spent most of his time entering Mrs. Galt.” The Washington Post in 1915
HIS BRAIN WAS STOLEN
After Physicist Albert Einstein died April 18, 1955, Dr. Thomas Harvey did the autopsy and removed the brain. According to Einstein’s wishes it was supposed to be given to Dr. Harry Zimmerman for scientific study. However, Harvey insisted on personally carrying out the sectioning and study of the material. His stewardship of the brain materials has been the subject of conflicting reports. Also, for no known reason, Harvey allowed ophthalmologist, Henry Adams, to remove Einstein’s eyeballs. After the remaining remains were cremated, they were scattered at the Delaware River in New Jersey. (http://depletedcranium.com/the-strange-and-tragic-story-of-albert-einsteins-brain/)
HOW DARE YOU EVEN CONSIDER IT
Ready to drive somebody nuts? Well, the Eviltron is a tiny, battery-operated device that emits sounds every five minutes. This device features six creepy sound choices: creaking, scratching, a gasping last breath, laughter, whispering and a random selection. It can drive a person to fits trying to find where the sound is coming from… the battery lasts for months. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVJxoC77g2I)
MULTITASKER MURDERS SELF
Brooklyn, New York, maraschino cherry supplier Arthur Mondella, 57, did not seem to mind an inspection by the district attorney’s office in February 2015, concerning possible pollution of local waters from discharged cherry syrup. He became nervous when they started asking about some suspicious-looking shelving. Mondella excused himself to go to the bathroom and blew-his-brains-out. Closer inspection of the shelving revealed a “secret” room and the fact that his real business was a marijuana-growing operation. (New York Daily News, 2-24-15) (http://www.people.com/article/maraschino-cherry-owner-commits-suicide-drug-front)
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 –
DRUNK? USE YOUR MATE’S CAR
After nearly a decade of working on it, Texas legislators have passed a bill allowing interlocking breathalyzer devices to be put on first-time drunken drivers’ vehicles, instead of having their licenses suspended. When the Governor signs the bill, this could also strengthen family ties, especially with those relatives willing to lend their cars to drunks. (http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/05/bill-on-interlocking-devices-for-drunk-drivers-heads-to-the-governor.html/)
NEEDS A GIRDLE BEFORE RELEASE
A Magistrates Court in Belfast (Northern Ireland) convicted Morrison Wilson, 58, in February 2015 for butting an elderly next door neighbor lady, using his admittedly huge belly. This caused the woman to fall backward, sustaining injuries to her tail-bone area. (Belfast Telegraph, 2-26-15) (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-31651411)
CIVICS LESSON GONE AWRY
New Hampshire Republican Rep. Warren Groen was debating a bill on March 12, 2015, drafted by a group of fourth-graders (who watched the debate from the House gallery), to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor. But for some reason, Groen broadened the subject by saying that particular bird ripped apart prey “limb by limb” and would make a better mascot for Planned Parenthood. (The AP, 3-21-15) (http://www.wmur.com/politics/too-late-to-discipline-lawmaker-over-abortion-comments/31968890)
Monday, June 1, 2015 –
LET HER RUN OUT OF LIFE, TOO
Joyce Hardin Garrard, found guilty of capital murder in an Alabama court, faces a penalty of death or life without parole for the February 2012 death of her granddaughter, 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. The 49-year-old woman forced the girl to run sprints in her yard for hours as punishment for a lie about candy. The child collapsed that evening and died three days later in a hospital. (http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/joyce_garrard_verdict.html)
HE CAUGHT A ROBBERY DISEASE?
Oregonian Mark Rothwell became a hero, in 2010, after stopping a bank robber, by knocking the gun from his hand, and later was awarded a coveted Portland police Civilian Medal for Heroism. Five years later, on Feb. 19, 2015, according to an arrest report, Rothwell himself pulled a gun and robbed the Albina Community Bank in Portland, temporarily making off with $15,700. (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/02/portland_man_awarded_heroism_a.html)
EACH ONE SOUL, BUT OTHER LIVES
For over 10 years Dr. Jim Tucker, associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at University of Virginia, has studied the cases of children, most between the ages 2 and 6 years, who say they remember a past life. In his book, “Return to Life,” Tucker details some of the more than 2,500 cases he has studied over the years. One child, filled with true facts, claims he was Marty Martyn, a former movie extra who later became a powerful Hollywood agent; born in 1903 and died in 1964. (http://www.11alive.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/16/children-eincarnation/24862863/)
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