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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...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010
It turns out that face and neck tattoos can become a liability for criminals. Royce Spottedbird Jr., 23, apparently thought it would be cool to have his name tattooed on his neck. However, when he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop in April in Butte, Mont., and feared a warrant might be out for his...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
It is common knowledge that American corporations avoid taxes by running U.S. profits through offshore "tax havens" like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. A May BusinessWeek investigation traced the specific steps that the pharmaceutical company Forest Laboratories takes to short the U.S. Treasury...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010
A team of anglers from Hatteras, N.C., had first place wrapped up in the prestigious Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in June. They were salivating over their $1.2 million prize money (including a bonus for what would have been a tournament-record catch) when judges discovered that one member of the...