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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s RealSense system is a cocktail dress from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht that not only senses the wearer’s “mood,” but also acts to repel (or encourage) strangers who might approach the wearer. Sensors (including small LED monitors)
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a British man paid a veterinarian the equivalent of about $450 to perform delicate surgery on a sick office goldfish (typical pet store “replacement” price: $1 to $5). Vet Faye Bethell of North Walsham, England, this month told the Eastern Daily Press that
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Richard Rosario is in year 18 of a 25-to-life sentence for murder, even though 13 alibi witnesses have tried to tell authorities that he was with them—1,000 miles away—at the time of the crime. (Among the 13 are a sheriff’s deputy, a pastor and a federal corrections officer.) The “evidence” against him: Two
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
For her Advanced Placement World History class at Magnolia (Texas) West High School in December, Reagan Hardin constructed an elaborate diorama of a Middle Ages farm—which her dog ate on the night before it was due. Veterinarian Carl Southern performed the necessary scoping-out on Roscoe, extracting the
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Britain’s Home Office revealed in November (by releasing archived documents from 1982) that among the contingency suggestions for worst-case nuclear attack on the country was commissioning “psychopaths” to help keep order. They are “very good in crises,” an advocate wrote, because “they have no feelings
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or professions in the U.K. may believe it difficult to reach “like-minded” suitors. Hence, Carla Valentine established Dead Meet earlier this year and told vice.com in October that she has drawn 5,000 sign-ups among morticians, coroners
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 separate deficiencies) defense of double-murder suspect Phillip Cheatham in 2005 (which led to a new trial for Cheatham). Hawver had admitted to the jury that his client was a “shooter of people” (a previous manslaughter conviction
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
Indonesia’s holy “Sex Mountain” on the island of Java is still performing its incomprehensible function of making Muslims feel prosperous and optimistic if they have intercourse with strangers, as reported in November by Australia’s “SBS Dateline” TV program. A reporter journeyed to Mount Kemukus (near the
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreude”…“opening the door for a