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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, March 17, 2011
New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had a camera surgically removed in February—the one that was implanted in the back of his skull in November to take pictures, at 60-second intervals, of the places he had left behind. (The images were then beamed to a museum in Qatar.) The camera had been...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wal-Mart announced in January that it would soon offer a full line of makeup aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds, by GeoGirl, including mascara, sheer lip gloss, pink blush and purple eye shadow, all supposedly designed for young skin. (An executive of Aspire cosmetics said her research revealed a potential market of 6-year-olds...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Three men visiting Philadelphia in December were charged with a robbery spree that allegedly spanned several stores. Perhaps luckily for them, they were quickly arrested. The police report noted that one of the victims (who had a gun waved in her face) was Terri Staino, 38, the owner of John Anthony Hair...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
A perp wanted on an arrest warrant has a powerful incentive to lie about his or her true identity if stopped by police, and sometimes bluffing with a bogus name works. However, twice in January, in Dallas and in Great Falls, Mont., perps gave other names, only to learn that people with those names...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
In December, Kyndric Wilson, 19, was being booked into jail on a misdemeanor charge in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., when a routine search revealed a bag of cocaine. As deputies started to process the more serious drug-possession charge, Wilson was heard saying, "(Expletive), I knew I shouldn't of brought that in…"
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...