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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
In Ogden, Utah, in October, Adam Manning, 30, accompanied his pregnant girlfriend to the McKay-Dee Hospital emergency room as she was going into labor. According to witnesses, as a nurse attended to the woman, Manning began flirting with her, complimenting the nurse’s looks and attempting to give her a neck rub. When Manning allegedly groped...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
“Ultrarunning,” a sport that features marathons of 50 miles, 100 miles or even longer, takes such a degree of commitment that an estimated 5% to 10% of participants have permanently removed their toenails in order to eliminate one of the potential sources of discomfort during a race. A sports podiatrist told The New York Times in October...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Though the Phoenix area, like most places in the country, has been hit by the recession, surprisingly the down economy has largely spared one "profession": psychics. An October Arizona Republic report found that while longtime clients were often reducing their use of astrology and related fields, that lost business was being replaced by...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
As a promotion for Charmin bath tissue, Procter & Gamble announced in October that it would once again create and host a public restroom for the holiday season in New York City’s Times Square. Last year’s installation included specially outfitted toilet facilities, but this year Proctor & Gamble will upgrade the event by hiring five...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Zach Schultz of Denver recently put his health at risk by smoking—but this time, it cost him his car. Schultz tossed a lit cigarette out the window of his car while driving down Colorado Boulevard in July, but the cigarette blew back into the car and...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009
Dozens of people live in flood tunnels beneath luxury hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, according to a September dispatch for London’s The Sun. Some of them search for leftover change in casino slot machines, while others work odd jobs as they become available. The correspondent gained the trust of a...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
A commercial lounge in La Paz, Bolivia, is believed to be the world’s only bar to openly serve cocaine. (However, the owners of “Route 36” often have to change locations, with the frequency of moves depending on the moods of bribed authorities.) An August dispatch in London’s The Guardian reported...
Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
If zombies ever attacked society, mankind would probably be doomed—and quickly. That was the conclusion of two university researchers in Ottawa, Ontario, who set up mathematical models for hypothetical zombie attacks based on well-known characteristics of zombie biology from...