Express Milwaukee - Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-16-1-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23729-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Facial recognition software, increasingly important to global anti-terrorism operations, is being brought to…cats. Taiwanese developer Mu-Chi Sung announced in July plans for marketing the software as part of a cat health device so that owners, especially those with multiple cats, can

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23699-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The leader of the devout Sunni jihadist group Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, making a rare, solemn appearance in July, wore a flashy silver wristwatch that various video analysts described as either a Rolex or an Omega Seafarer or a feature-laden Saudi Arabian-made timepiece that

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23651-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Enric Girona recently donated his prototype pet commode to the town of El Vendrell, Spain, hoping to spark worldwide interest. Conscientious owners would train their dogs on the station—a hole in the ground with a flush handle—which is connected to the sewer system, as is the drain

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23623-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Prominent theoretical chemist David Glowacki was ejected from a classical music concert at England’s Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel’s Messiah by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage. Dr. Glowacki, an expert in non-equilibrium molecular reaction

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23592-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23555-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Omaha, Neb., trying to be helpful, he said, advised female lawyers appearing in his courtroom to lower their hemlines and cover their cleavage because males, including Judge Kopf himself, are “pigs.” Writing in his personal blog in March, he said, “I have

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23531-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Marking Japan’s latest unfathomable social trend, two paperback photo books—both consisting only of portraits of the rear ends of hamsters—have experienced surprising and still-growing printing runs. Japanese society has long seemed easily captured by anything

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23453-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Thirty thousand spiders, led by members of the British Tarantula Society, gathered in Coventry on May 18 for the annual BTS exhibition, with a Socotra Island blue baboon spider taking Best in Show for first-time entrant Mike Dawkins. According to news reports, judges ignore spiders

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23416-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Vanellope, Rydder, Jceion and Burklee head the latest annual list of the most common baby names on the Social Security Administration register of first-time-appearing names. There were 63 Vanellopes (girls), but only 10 each for Rydder and Jceion, the most popular debut names for boys.

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23377-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In April, Anton Purisima filed a claim in Federal District Court in New York City that the Lowering The Bar blog calculated was for the largest monetary demand ever made in a lawsuit—“$2,000 decillion” (or 2 followed by 36 zeroes, which of course is many times more money than exists

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23339-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Skylar King, 28, filed a lawsuit in Clayton, Mo., in April against dentist Mark Meyers (and his Same Day Dentures clinic) for a 2009 session in which Meyers somehow obtained King's consent to extract all 32 of his teeth and provide dentures, promptly after obtaining $5,235 on King’s

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23299-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp. (and the world’s fifth-richest person, according to Forbes magazine), is a big basketball fan and was reported in April to have an interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. An Ellison associate told the Wall Street Journal, for

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23248-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23224-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Drunk Logic: Wendy Simpson, 25, explaining her DUI arrest during a March incident in Huddersfield, England, pointed out that she had just minutes earlier walked to a McDonald’s for a late-night meal because she knew she was too inebriated to drive. However, the dining room was

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23186-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The tax software company Vertex reported in March, via the Tax Foundation, that tax-hating American states have somehow organized themselves into nearly 10,000 sales/use-tax jurisdictions with distinct rules, coverages or exemptions. Ironically, states criticized as tax profligates

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23140-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The billion-dollar deer-farming industry in America produces generations of bucks growing progressively larger racks of antlers mainly for eventual bragging rights by the so-called “hunters” who will pay large fees to kill them

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23105-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The Formula One circuit is generally thought to attract fans as a showcase of motorcar technology and racing skill, but organizers of the Australian Grand Prix (the first of the 19 races on the annual circuit) threatened a lawsuit in

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23066-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22975-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In tribe-controlled areas of India, children who disrespect their families by marrying outside their castes are still, occasionally, put to death despite strong national laws. However, enlightenment is advancing, and Sidhnath Sharma recently filed a lawsuit instead against his caste

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22881-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The ecology-conscious city (having recently encouraged routine composting of dinner leftovers) is now considering environment-friendly public urinals such as the P Planter created by engineer Brent Bucknum. Users urinate into a ceramic basin and flush the waste with run-off

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22840-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Logical: John Rogers of Geneva, Fla., recently acquitted in a shooting death (using Florida’s “stand your ground” defense), convinced a judge in February to return his guns, which police had confiscated when they arrested him. Rogers said he needs the guns for protection because he is

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22772-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The Drug Users Resource Center in Vancouver, British Columbia (heralded previously for a vending machine dispensing 25-cent crack-cocaine pipes to discourage addicts from committing crimes to fund their habit), launched a program in August to supply alcoholics with beer-brewing and

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22731-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The Super Bowl may be the “holy grail” for Las Vegas sports gambling, but outside the United States, horse racing, soccer and, surprisingly, pro tennis dominate. Tennis provides bettors with 19,000 matches a year (compared to 1,200 NBA games, 2,400 Major League Baseball games

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22698-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Beijing Genomics Institute scientists are closing in on a technology to allow parents to choose, from several embryos, the one most likely to yield the smartest offspring. London’s Daily Mail (in January, referencing recent work in Wired, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker) explained

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22653-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22615-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The convenience beverage market got jumbled recently when, first, Oregon-based Union Wine Co. announced in November that it would soon sell its Underwood pinot gris and pinot noir in 12-ounce cans and, second, the London department store Selfridges unveiled a champagne

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22573-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Happy New Year: In the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrants apparently decided to abandon an ensconced tradition and not hurl furniture from high-rise apartments. (The Hillbrow custom was highlighted on one social-networking website, along with the

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22541-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Everyone’s Above Average: Ask Americans how they stand compared to their fellow countrymen, and in survey after survey, the vast majority rank themselves “above average” in such areas as driving skill, sexual prowess and general honesty. A recent study of English prisoners

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22496-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Florida’s second-most populous county, Broward, announced in December it was removing the agricultural tax break for 127 properties because it appeared their “farming” work was a sham. Broward’s property appraiser estimated the county had lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” over the

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22453-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  At least two U.S. medical schools so far are early adopters of Dr. Benjamin Lok and Dr. Carla Pugh’s “Robot Butt” for teaching doctors-in-training to properly (and compassionately) administer prostate exams. The robot, bent over a desk to simulate the patient profile, has sensors to alert the

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