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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
In December 2009, the New York Post reported on the 175-square-foot Manhattan apartment recently purchased by Christopher Prokop and his wife for $150,000, with $700 monthly maintenance fees. But residents of even smaller Manhattan digs told the Post they were unimpressed. For instance, Felice Cohen, 39, rents a 90-square-foot apartment ($700) with a loft bed, and said that she must sit sideways on the toilet...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
(1) In December, Daniel Gable, 61, was arrested for breaking and entering a neighbor's apartment in Fargo, N.D. Gable allegedly triggered the resident's "burglar alarm," which consists of a stack of empty beer cans the resident places just inside his front door every night. (2) In Morehead, Ky., in December, two men, ages 44 and 18, were charged with theft for allegedly swiping...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
In December, a prominent online game player who goes by the name of Buzz Erik Lightyear won an auction for the ownership of a virtual space station in a game called Planet Calypso. Lightyear paid 3.3 million Project Entropia Dollars (PEDs), which at various points entered the game’s economy at an actual out-of-pocket cost...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
Natives of the Erromango section of Vanuatu, an island nation in the Pacific, recently held a formal "reconciliation ceremony" with the great-great-grandson of a British missionary. When the missionary, Rev. John Williams—regarded as one of the most famous Christian missionaries of the era—came ashore in 1839, islanders killed and ate him. Vanuatan legislator Ralph Regenvanu told BBC News that cannibalism was traditionally...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010
According to police, bandanna-clad Jason Zacchi, 27, was arrested in Dearborn Heights, Mich., in November after pointing a shotgun at a Wendy’s employee at the drive-in window and demanding money. Moments later, the shift manager angrily approached the window and yelled at Zacchi, “What the hell are you doing?” The manager recognized Zacchi through his bandanna—Zacchi is her son...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009
A 55-year-old British man whose bowel was ruptured in a nearly catastrophic traffic accident has been fitted with a bionic sphincter that opens and closes with a remote control. Ged Galvin, who originally endured a dozen surgeries in a 13-week hospital stay, had grown frustrated with using a colostomy bag. That’s when surgeon Norman Williams of the Royal London Hospital...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009
In July, motorist Charles Diez spotted a bicyclist and 3-year-old boy (also on the bike in a seat outfitted for children) out for a ride on a busy street in Asheville, N.C. Diez pulled over and confronted the cyclist about the dangers of riding his bike with a child during times of high traffic. When the cyclist started to walk away, Diez pulled a gun and shot at the man. A bullet...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
Applicants to top colleges and graduate schools often take test-preparation courses from private companies. Recently, those hoping to gain admission to prestigious private high schools and grade schools have also gone the route of corporate course prep. Now, according to a November New York Times report, such courses and private coaching are increasingly important for...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
In October, Poland’s Polskie Radio reported an end to the 18-month legal battle between two neighbors in Mikowice over a plastic bucket worth about $4.50. One neighbor accused the other of ruining the bucket by kicking it, and wanted compensation for the bucket. The respondent offered proof of innocence by submitting video of the neighbor continuing...