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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
Two hundred boredom "activists" gathered in London in December at James Ward's "Boring 2010" conference to listen to ennui-stricken speakers glorify all things dreary. Included in the event were a demonstration of milk-tasting (in wine glasses, with a description of flavor and smoothness), charts...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011
Gloria Clark, 62, was charged in the death of her 98-year-old mother in St. George, S.C., in December after the mother's body was found among squalid conditions at her home. Though Clark denied she had been neglectful, the mother's pet parrot appeared to say otherwise. According to the police report, the parrot, in the mother's bedroom, continually squawked, mimicking "Help me! Help me!"—followed by the sound of laughter...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Among the few commercially successful enterprises in North Korea is the video game unit in its General Federation of Science and Technology, which has produced popular items like a bowling game based on the American cult classic movie The Big Lebowski and a game based on the Men in Black film series...
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...