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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010
An unnamed plumber in Stockholm, Sweden, was arrested in August for attempting to procure sex from an underage girl after he had confronted the girl's father on the telephone. According to the plumber, the girl's sex services were advertised on the Internet. Allegedly, the plumber paid online and scheduled a...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010
Alabama is the only state in the union that still has a ban on the sale of sex toys. Nevertheless, a shop called Pleasures in Huntsville, Ala., recently expanded to a former bank building in order to use three drive-thru windows to sell dildos (as a way to enhance customer privacy). Since state law prohibits the...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
The collapse of the economy in 2008 might have reached the far corners of the Earth, but evidently it did not make it to Planet Calypso, the make-believe asteroid containing make-believe real estate in the multiplayer online game “Entropia Universe,” where entrepreneur Jon Jacobs recently cashed out his...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Librarian Graham Barker, 45, of Perth, Australia, revealed to a reporter in October that his hobby of 26 years—harvesting his own navel lint daily, just before he showers—has now won acclaim in the Guinness Book of World Records. His three-jar collection (a fourth is in progress) has been sold to a museum...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
In July, Horatio Toure, 31, was arrested in San Francisco after snatching an iPhone from a woman on the street and riding away on a bicycle. Unknown to him, the woman was conducting a real-time demonstration of global positioning software, and thus Toure's exact movement was registering on her...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010
When David Winkelman, 48, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant in Davenport, Iowa, in September, he was still sporting "The Tattoo." In late 2000, Winkelman, reacting to a radio "contest," had his forehead inked with the logo of radio station KORB, "93 Rock," because he had heard on-air...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, Oct. 8, 2010
In an attempt to raise its academic profile, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, commissioned an in-state firm to create a direct-mail campaign highlighting the many benefits of a Drake education. The pitch to potential students, which was rolled out in September in brochures and on Drake's website, is...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
In July, the prominent BrewDog brewery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, began producing The End of History, the world's strongest and most expensive beer: 55% alcohol by volume at a cost of 500 pounds ($780) a bottle. BrewDog decided to incorporate taxidermy into the release of the first 12 bottles by
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010
Lame: (1) Gerald Maxwell, 39, a convicted burglar who in August was caught breaking into the same home in Sarasota, Fla., he had broken into last year, quickly tried to explain his innocence to police officers. "I was going back in there to leave a thank-you note, because I'm the guy who burglarized this...