Express Milwaukee - Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-16-1-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EDT en hourly 1 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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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22430-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Equality Under Law: (1) In December, Fort Worth, Texas, judge Jean Boyd sentenced teenager Ethan Couch to probation with no jail time for drunkenly killing four people in a car crash—apparently accepting Couch's “defense” that his affluent, permissive childhood had taught

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22403-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html America’s foremost advocate for frontal lobotomies as “treatment” for mental disorder, the late Dr. Walter Freeman, performed an estimated 3,500 lobotomies during the 1940s and 1950s before opposition finally solidified against him, according to a December 2013 investigation by The Wall 

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22352-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Redneck Geek: Edward Teller, the famous theoretical physicist known as the “father of the hydrogen bomb” for his work on the World War II-era Manhattan Project, died in 2003, but his daughter Rene told The Free Press of Kinston, N.C., in November that she had recently discovered two

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22315-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  (1) A young woman, accosted by a robber on Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill in October, told the man she was a low-paid intern—but an intern for the National Security Agency, and that within minutes of robbing her, the man would be tracked down by ubiquitous NSA surveillance. She said

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22279-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Is the signature smell of Texas A&M University more “Italian lemon, bergamot and iced pineapple” (that open into “a body of vivid florals, raw nutmeg and cinnamon”) or more “bat feces” and “chilifest stink”? The two commentaries were contrasted in a November Wall Street Journal

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22233-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In October, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro created a “Deputy Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness” to coordinate the welfare programs begun by the late President Hugo Chavez. Critics charged, however, that there is much to be unhappy about, given the

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22097-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  “For Japanese boys, the train driver sits alongside footballer, doctor and policeman as a dream job,” according to a September Agence France-Presse dispatch, and consequently, the system for the Tokyo metro area (covering 35 million people) runs with the “precision of a finely crafted

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22059-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”)

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22022-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Land developers for the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. (famous as the inspiration for the hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining), announced recently that they need more space and thus will dig up and move the hotel’s 12-gravesite pet cemetery. Neighbors told the Fort Collins Coloradoan in September that

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21985-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21946-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  It is well known that hospitals charge for medical supplies far in excess of what the products would cost at drug stores, but an August New York Times investigation of “saline drips” vividly demonstrated the disconnect. Though Medicare reimburses $1.07 for a 1-liter

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21900-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  American Exceptionalism: Which is more characteristically American—that a Texas company could invent an ordinary rifle that mimics a machine gun or that America’s incomparable legal minds could find a loophole in existing anti-machine gun laws to permit it to be manufactured

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21855-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In August, the Mother Nature Network website showcased an array of camping gear seemingly designed for the daintiest of those ostensibly “roughing” it. The Blofield outdoor couch inflates in minutes to produce a facsimile of a Las Vegas lounge sofa. The Rolla

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21825-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Unclear on the Concept: Among people earnestly devoted to palmistry (the foretelling of the future by “expert” examination of the inner surface of the hand), a few in Japan have resorted to what seems like

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21771-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Beginning in 2011, about three dozen people in Tokyo have been meeting every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on a mission to scrub down, one by one, the city’s grungiest public restrooms. “By 7:30,” according to an

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