Shepherd Express - Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-16-1-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26381-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Muslim clerics complain of the commercialization of the holy city of Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimages, but for Pope Francis’ visits to New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia in mid-September, shameless street vendors and entrepreneurs already]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26345-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html British director Missouri Williams brought an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear to the London Courtyard art facility in August for a one-week run, centered on a human actor struggling to stage the play using only sheep]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26308-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html The distress across the western world in July over the big-game killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe was apparently misdirected, according to veteran “animal communicator” Karen Anderson of Elk, Wash., who told Facebook and ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-26273-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html “The worshipful treatment of pets may be the thing that unites all Americans,” wrote an Atlantic Magazine blogger in July, describing the luxury terminal for animals under construction at New York’s JFK airport. 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The National Gallery of Australia hosted a special series of tours of “James Turrell: A Retrospective” in early April—in which all guests were nude. The tours were staged by Australian artist Stuart Ringholt, who introduced the concept earlier at the Museum of Contemporary Art (and was nude, himself, for the Turrell

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25481-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html On Feb. 9 a single traffic stop in Alderson, W.V., resulted in the arrest of six people from the same family, trafficking in stolen power tools (including one man who traded a leaf blower, hedge trimmer and weed trimmer for Percocet pills). However, a month later, members of an even more charming family were caught ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25355-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25314-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html India Justice: Since News of the Weird last visited the judicial backlog in India (2013), the problem has worsened. The open caseload grew to 31,367,915 by the end of that year—a quantity that, if all of the country’s judges, working around the clock, each resolved 100 cases an hour, it would still take 35 years to]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25271-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Even dangerous felons sometimes serve short sentences, but Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58—guilty of nothing—has been locked up for nearly 900 days (as of early March) as a “material witness” in a Washington County, Ore., murder case. The prosecutor is convinced that Vasquez-Hernandez saw his own son, Eloy]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25195-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25151-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html The annual National Basketball Association All-Star game in February provided a windfall for the co-host arena's proprietor, James L. Dolan, whose family owns not only Madison Square Garden but also the NBA’s second-richest franchise (the Knicks), hockey’s second-richest (the Rangers) and the New York ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25117-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25068-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html A Saratoga Springs, N.Y., resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for a relaxed weekend that includes divorce, bringing to America a concept already successful in six European cities. The Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa charges $5,000 for a couple to check in on a Friday, married, but leave ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25024-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24897-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24809-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html The Project Theater Board at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., decided in January to cancel its upcoming annual presentation of the feminist classic Vagina Monologues. The all-women’s college recently declared it would admit males who lived and “identified” as female (regardless of genitalia), and ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24763-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24729-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s RealSense system is a cocktail dress from Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht that not only senses the wearer’s “mood,” but also acts to repel (or encourage) strangers who might approach the wearer. Sensors (including small LED monitors)]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24689-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a British man paid a veterinarian the equivalent of about $450 to perform delicate surgery on a sick office goldfish (typical pet store “replacement” price: $1 to $5). Vet Faye Bethell of North Walsham, England, this month told the Eastern Daily Press that ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24663-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Richard Rosario is in year 18 of a 25-to-life sentence for murder, even though 13 alibi witnesses have tried to tell authorities that he was with them—1,000 miles away—at the time of the crime. (Among the 13 are a sheriff’s deputy, a pastor and a federal corrections officer.) The “evidence” against him: Two ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24631-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html For her Advanced Placement World History class at Magnolia (Texas) West High School in December, Reagan Hardin constructed an elaborate diorama of a Middle Ages farm—which her dog ate on the night before it was due. Veterinarian Carl Southern performed the necessary scoping-out on Roscoe, extracting the]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24564-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Britain’s Home Office revealed in November (by releasing archived documents from 1982) that among the contingency suggestions for worst-case nuclear attack on the country was commissioning “psychopaths” to help keep order. They are “very good in crises,” an advocate wrote, because “they have no feelings ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24529-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or professions in the U.K. may believe it difficult to reach “like-minded” suitors. Hence, Carla Valentine established Dead Meet earlier this year and told vice.com in October that she has drawn 5,000 sign-ups among morticians, coroners]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24492-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 separate deficiencies) defense of double-murder suspect Phillip Cheatham in 2005 (which led to a new trial for Cheatham). 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November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreude”…“opening the door for a

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24367-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team left standing, rewarded for months of grueling practices, to the cheers of adoring, frenzied fans. The “world series” of professional team computer games was settled on a stage in a packed, 40,000-seat stadium in Seoul before three ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24305-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html In October, at the annual 10-day Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand (ostensibly promoting abstinence from eating meat), dozens of men pierced and sliced their mouths, cheeks and arms in religious devotion in a spectacle which, though blood-drenched, was supposedly free of pain (and subsequent scars) because ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24267-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24235-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24195-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24152-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24089-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24068-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24021-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23927-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23895-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Toronto Star report. While hydrants are usually located at curbside to facilitate fire-engine access, the]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23844-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html L’Espresso magazine as the owner of an ineffectively pseudonymous Facebook page showing off his muscled, bare-chested body and perhaps recruiting members. One fan asked, “Do I need to send]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23821-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html The Boston Globe reported that Grossman “fervently answered questions on everything from transgender rights [to] sex education [and] issues facing [the]]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23773-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Jeff Mizanskey, 61, is a poster child for one well-known criticism of mandatory-minimum sentencing laws—that nonviolent marijuana users (and small-time sellers) may wind up doing decades of hard time and in fact more time than some sociopathic offenders serve for heinous offenses

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.com/article-23592-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.com/article-23248-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.com/article-23066-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.com/article-22653-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.com/article-21985-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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://shepherdexpress.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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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21737-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Loco Parentis: First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21693-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, whose construction was financed in 1964 by borrowing $25 million (and untold more as part of a subway expansion to service the stadium), was demolished in 2004 and

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21661-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced from $8 to $16 a bottle (except for a $12

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21626-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  At age 20, Kyle Kandilian of Dearborn, Mich., has created a start-up business to fund his college expenses, but it involves a roomful (in the family home) of nearly 200,000 cockroaches. The environmental science

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21594-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse,” wrote propublica.org in July, with “machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second”—but

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21554-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  For “beach season” in Qingdao, China, recently, middle-aged ladies returned to the shore of the Yellow Sea sporting their relatively revealing (though age-appropriate) bathing suits—but wearing

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21510-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Carnivorous Vegetation: It was a special occasion in Surrey, England, in June as a rare plant prepared to bloom. The Puya chilensis, native to Chile, features neon-bright greenish-yellow flowers with

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21482-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  At a June hearing, a Philadelphia judge became so exasperated at defendant Robert Williams’ (aka Meek Mill) seeming cluelessness about his need to keep his probation

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21437-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Suspicions Confirmed: A warehouse in Landover, Md., maintained by a company working on contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contained “secret rooms” of furniture and equipment

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21409-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  As many as 50 exam monitors were forced to take cover at a high school in Zhongxiang, China, in June, fending off outraged students (and some parents) who hurled insults and stones at them after the monitors

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21377-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Chengdu, China, barber Liu Deyuan, 53, is one of the few who still provide traditional “eye shaving,” in which he holds the eye open and runs a razor across the lids’ inner surfaces. Then, using a thin metal

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21338-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Orestes De La Paz's exhibit at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in May recalled Chuck Palahniuk's novel and film Fight Club, in which lead character Tyler Durden's principal

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21279-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The Food and Drug Administration proposed recently to limit the quantity of tiny "mites" that could occupy imported cheese, even though living, crawling mites are a feature desired by aficionados. ("Cheese is

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21242-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Creative Smuggling: Abdullah Riyaz, 50, was arrested at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, in April after he appeared to be uncomfortable sitting in the waiting area. Officials

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21155-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The Department of Agriculture reported recently that in four of America's largest cities—New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Denver—nearly one home out of 100 keeps

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21077-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Caribou Baby, a Brooklyn, N.Y., "eco-friendly maternity, baby and lifestyle store," has recently been hosting gatherings at which parents exchange tips on "elimination communication"—the weaning of infants without benefit

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21045-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In March, twin sisters Louise and Martine Fokkens, 70, announced their joint retirement after more than 50 years each on the job—as Amsterdam prostitutes. (In February, the minimum age for prostitutes in the Netherlands was

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20960-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  
To counter the now-well-publicized culture of rape in India, three engineers in Chennai recently said that they are about to market women's anti-rape lingerie, which will provide both a stun gun-sized blast of electricity against

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20935-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In some jurisdictions, a driver can be presumed impaired with a blood alcohol reading as low as .07 (and suggestively impaired at a reading below that), but according to a WMAQ-TV investigation in February

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20894-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Wait…what? A startup company in Austin, Texas, also serving San Francisco, promises to take its customers' incoming U.S. mail three times a week, photograph it and deliver it back to the customers

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20845-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In March, Microsoft was fined 561 million euros (about $725 million) by the European Commission after, apparently, a programmer carelessly left out just one line of code in Microsoft's Service Pack 1 of the European

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20810-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  One of the many decisions greeting Pope Francis, as salon.com pointed out, is whether to officially recognize a Patron Saint of Handgunners—as urged by a U.S. organization of activists for more than 20 years. According to

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20782-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  
Leaders of the ice-fishing community, aiming for official Olympics recognition as a sport, have begun the process by asking the World Anti-Doping Agency to randomly test its "athletes" for performance-enhancing drugs

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20738-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  One of Britain's most famous "madams" announced in January that she was coming out of retirement to set up a brothel exclusively catering to disabled people and the terminally ill. An ordinary brothel would be

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20705-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html An Arizona appeals court ruled in February that someone can be guilty of driving under the influence of marijuana even when its psychoactive ingredient has long ago left his/her system. Since tests of marijuana measure both

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20625-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  An estimated 3.2 million kids under 13 take mixed-martial arts classes, training to administer beat-downs modeled after the adults' Ultimate Fighting Championships, according to a January report in ESPN

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20560-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  California activist Jonathan Frieman finally got his day in court in January, but a Marin County judge quickly rejected his argument that he is entitled to use the state's carpool lanes accompanied only by a sheaf of corporate

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20404-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Update: Gary Medrow, 68, has periodically surfaced in News of the Weird since 1991 for his unique behavior of using a false identity to persuade Milwaukee-area strangers over the phone to lift other strangers off the ground

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20371-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  The head of the Perse School in Cambridge, England, recently instituted a "10-Second Rule" for minor disciplinary infractions: Students could avoid punishment if they quickly produced a clever explanation

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20357-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Plastic surgeons in Turkey and France told CNN in November that mustache implants have suddenly surged in popularity as Middle Eastern men use their increased lip bushiness to convey power and prestige

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20329-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  If an asteroid is ever on a collision course with Earth, it is feasible that the planet could be saved by firing paintballs at it, according to an MIT graduate student whose detailed plan won the 2012 Move an Asteroid

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20194-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20138-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  "Coming Up Next! The Resurrection! Live!" "If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible," wrote the Los Angeles Times in an October dispatch from Jerusalem, the two largest Christian television

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20111-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Equestrian show jumping has long been an Olympic sport. For the last 10 years, however, equestrians have been performing in "horseless" show jumping, in which human “riders” run through the courses on foot. According

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Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20012-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html China, Japan and Taiwan each claim ownership of the uninhabited South China Sea islands of Senkaku (as they are known in Japan), or Diaoyu (as China calls them)...]]> Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19995-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  Dakoda Garren, 19, was arrested in Vancouver, Wash., in September on suspicion of stealing an antique coin collection in May that was estimated to be worth $100,000. Garren and his girlfriend were identified...

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19949-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In June, the two aspiring criminals arrested for trying to rob Zhen Yang's convenience store in Gatineau, Quebec, were immortalized by the store's surveillance video. As Yang resisted the masked, knife-wielding men...

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Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19921-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News Of The Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19872-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html  In July, Lowell Turpin, 40, was arrested in Anderson County, Tenn., after he became jealous of a stranger's photo on his live-in girlfriend's Facebook page and, demanding to know the identity of the man...

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The Gao...]]> They’ll Never Know http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6209-theyrsll-never-know.html Eye Spy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6128-eye-spy.html A Family Affair http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6049-a-family-affair.html The Key Is Subtlety http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5962-the-key-is-subtlety.html Solving the Real Problems http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5886-solving-the-real-problems.html This Place Is Bugged http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5807-this-place-is-bugged.html While working on a Pentagon contract in January, University of California researchers announced their success at rigging a live flower beetle with electrodes and a radio receiver to enable scientists to control the insect's flight remotely. Pulses sent to the bug's muscles and optic lobes can command it to take off, turn...]]> Did She See Us? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5725-did-she-see-us.html Freedom of What? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5645-freedom-of-what.html Life Imitates Low Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5563-life-imitates-low-art.html Respect the Railroad http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5469-respect-the-railroad.html (1) While investigating a robbery at The Beer Store in January, Toronto police officers said they parked their cruiser by some nearby railroad tracks. Later, after a train had crushed the cruiser, they admitted that it had probably been parked "a little bit on the tracks." (2) A 68-year-old driver got stuck on railroad tracks...]]> Tongue-Tied Kids http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5404-tongue-tied-kids.html Heroic Efforts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5331-heroic-efforts.html In several dozen cities across the country, certain men and women have taken to dressing in homemade superhero costumes and patrolling marginal neighborhoods in an effort to deter crime. Phoenix's Green Scorpion, New York City's Terrifica, Orlando's Master Legend and Indianapolis' Mr. Silent... ]]> It’s Just Entertainment http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5252-itrss-just-entertainment.html Where’s the Manager? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5175-whererss-the-manager.html A Foul Notion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5092-a-foul-notion.html King Me! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4979-king-me_.html Nativity Relief http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4893-nativity-relief.html For three centuries, the Nativity scenes in Spain’s Catalonia region have not only featured Mary and the Three Wise Men, but also the “caganer,” who is portrayed with pants down while answering a call of nature (and often so hidden in the scene as to popularize a game in which children try to be the first to spot it).]]> Informed Voters http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4806-informed-voters.html In November, the voters of Sodaville, Ore. (population 290), elected Thomas Brady Harrington, 33, as mayor, even though he is a convicted felon with a criminal record that includes drug possession, robbery, assault and eluding a police officer. Some upset voters now claim they thought they were voting for Harrington's...]]> Just Doing My Job http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4673-just-doing-my-job.html The police force in Beaumont, Texas, suspended officer Keith Breiner for crossing the line during an undercover prostitution sting, in that he actually had sex with a prostitute. During an August hearing, Breiner defended his actions by saying, “It was a job, sir. I didn’t have pleasure doing this.” It was, he added, "something...]]> Crime Hurts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4561-crime-hurts.html Discrimination, Methinks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4473-discrimination-methinks.html Look, Ma: I Can Fly! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4388-look-ma-i-can-fly_.html In July, a parachutist taking part in an Army ceremony at Fort Riley, Kan., was blown 50 yards off course and crashed into the band, injuring three musicians and destroying two tubas. And in August, as Duke University’s football team was preparing for the kickoff against James Madison University in Durham...]]> Let Me Pick Your Brain http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4311-let-me-pick-your-brain.html Traditional Values http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4218-traditional-values.html Like Father, Like Son http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4133-like-father-like-son.html David Norris never knew his father, who left home when Norris was 5 months old. Now 22, Norris is serving a minimum-12-year sentence for killing a man after an earlier rape conviction and is housed in Peterhead Prison, which is the primary lockup for Scotland’s sex criminals. Soon after his arrival, according to a...]]> To a Certain Degree http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4020-to-a-certain-degree.html Bernard LeCorn, running against two others for the school board in Ocala, Fla., declared himself the best qualified of the three candidates because of his “doctorate,” but the Ocala Star-Banner discovered that his degree came from a well-known diploma mill and only cost $249. (In a diploma-mill fraud indictment...]]> Hip-Hop Granny http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3934-hip-hop-granny.html Voting Mayhem, Again http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3844-voting-mayhem-again.html Knee-Deep in Trouble http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3717-knee-deep-in-trouble.html Anything Goes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3626-anything-goes.html The Value of Having Hair http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3529-the-value-of-having-hair.html What was once a gentleman’s hobby among a few dozen enthusiasts at the turn of the 20th century has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry,” wrote The New York Times in July, in a story about collecting strands of hair from famous people. Mastro Auctions of Chicago sells about $100,000 worth of hair a year;]]> Negative Cash Flow http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3433-negative-cash-flow.html A man dressed as a woman escaped authorities after a robbery attempt at Joe's Cafe‚ in Metairie, La., in July, but he lost money in the process. As a ruse to get the clerk to open the cash register, he handed over a $5 bill to pay for two doughnuts. Then, with the register open for change, he pulled a gun and demanded the contents. The clerk immediately became hysterical and started screaming. The robber, frightened by the clerk’s reaction, fled the restaurant without his $5 or his dough nuts. ]]> News of the Weird http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3366-news-of-the-weird.html God’s Music http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3272-godrss-music.html The Hazards of Burglary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3194-the-hazards-of-burglary.html Fruit Fascists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3108-fruit-fascists.html The European Union allows fruits and vegetables to be sold only in prescribed sizes and colors. For instance, it has 35 pages of regulations governing 250 varieties of the apple, as well as rules that cucumbers must be straight and bananas curved. ]]> Don’t Order the Turtle http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3010-donrst-order-the-turtle.html Bombs Away http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2914-bombs-away.html After languishing for two years in the Irish legislature, the Nuclear Test Ban Bill of 2006 was recently rethought and refurbished, according to a June report in the Irish Independent. Originally, the bill codified the U.N. Test Ban Treaty and added some provisions specific to Ireland...]]> Prepare for the Rapture http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2837-prepare-for-the-rapture.html A company called You’ve Been Left Behind LLC has begun offering an e-mail service to Christians who are preparing for the Rapture, in which all “true” Christians ascend to heaven to meet their Lord. The company, knowing that some Christians believe that the Rapture could occur suddenly, offers a way for customers to...]]> Your True Value http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2757-your-true-value.html In May, the minor league Calgary Vipers, of the inde pendent Golden Baseball League, traded pitcher John Odom to the Laredo Broncos of the independent United League. Originally, the trade was sup posed to bring another player, but the Broncos’ player balked at leaving the United States for a Canadian team... ]]> Good Eating http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2657-good-eating.html A prominent chef once wrote, “If you’re going to kill the animal, it seems only polite to use the whole thing,” and recently restaurants specializing in such “nose-to-tail” cuisine have opened in several cities, according to a May report in Toronto’s National Post. The hamburger at New York City’s Tasting Room includes cow heart, liver,...]]> For the Birds http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2581-for-the-birds.html Given the rising costs of synthetic fertilizers and organic foods, the collection of bird droppings (for use as organic fertilizer) has intensified on 20 islands off the coast of Peru, where 12-inch-thick seabird guano coats the land. In the 19th century, China fought with Peru on the high seas for the right to mine the guano...]]> Recurring Themes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2493-recurring-themes.html In what would be a modern record for the lapse of time between a death and its notice, neighbors found the mummified body of a Croatian woman in her Zagreb apartment in May, and police said no one remembered seeing her alive after 1973. (A Croatian news organization said the last sighting was in 1967.) ]]> Guantanamo Resort http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2385-guantanamo-resort.html The U.S. military operates a beachfront site at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility where military personnel and their families can vacation. The resort offers air-conditioned suites, surfing, boat rides, a golf course, a bowling alley and even a gift shop. One T-shirt for sale reads, “The Taliban Towers at Guantanamo...]]> The Customer Isn’t Always Right http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2298-the-customer-isnrst-always-right.html In April, according to police in Fort Pierce, Fla., Amity Joy Doss, 24, grabbed a young McDonald’s employee by her shirt to emphasize her dissatisfaction with the service. Doss then asked the manager to fire the employee. 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Some kids remain friends after pummeling each other inside the cage, and even head off to play video games afterward. ]]> Cosmetic Changes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2057-cosmetic-changes.html Many of my young patients think about getting plastic surgery the way they’d think about getting their hair done,” said Dr. David Alessi of Beverly Hills, Calif. Alessi said he is amazed at women’s willingness to endure extreme cosmetic alterations, including “vaginal rejuvenation” (labiaplasty), “forehead implants,"...]]> Just Waiting Around http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1953-just-waiting-around.html In February, graduate art student Matthew Keeney unveiled his latest piece of performance art, called “The Waiting Project.” The performance consists of Keeney standing on streets in Syracuse, N.Y., waiting for someone to ask him about “The Waiting Project.” ]]> Gas Leak http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1864-gas-leak.html A patient who showed up for an appointment with dentist Norman Rubin in Smithtown, N.Y., in March told the New York Post that he found Rubin passed out in his office, drooling, with a gas mask on his face. 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According to an Associated Press report, the entire play takes place in a bathroom in Central Park, portraying “the seedy underside of 1950s Dublin.” ]]> March Meatiness http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1501-march-meatiness.html While NCAA basketball’s March Madness dominates intercollegiate athletics, another group of collegians is also working out amid coaches’ whistles, enduring bloody, 12-hour practices and cheering on teammates: This group is preparing for the national championship in meat-judging, in which about 40 colleges...]]> Pure Beauty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1395-pure-beauty.html In February, Dakota Abbott, 16, edged Samantha Phillips, 17, to become Miss Outdoors 2008 in the annual beauty-contest-andmuskrat-skinning festival in Maryland’s Eastern Shore region. The two were the only beauty contestants (out of eight) who entered both competitions. ]]> Brand-Name Obsession http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1292-brand-name-obsession.html India’s middle class is humming with “brand freaks” obsessed with luxury labels like Prada and Louis Vuitton, according to a February Washington Post dispatch, even though more than half of the country lives in “abject poverty.” ]]> Evidence is Overrated http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1215-evidence-is-overrated.html In February, based on DNA evidence, a Mississippi judge released two convicted rapists who had each been in prison for more than 12 years. The men had been convicted primarily due to the “bite mark” analysis of since-discredited dentist Dr. Michael West, who used iridescent lights and yellow goggles...]]> ’Til Death Do Them Part http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1134-rstil-death-do-them-part.html A Real Slap in the Face http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1044-a-real-slap-in-the-face.html The Future of Great Literature http://shepherdexpress.com/article-954-the-future-of-great-literature.html It’s a Sport, By Jiminy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-862-itrss-a-sport-by-jiminy.html News of the Weird - I Didn't Do It http://shepherdexpress.com/article-772-news-of-the-weird-i-didnt-do-it.html News of the Weird - Smells Like Love http://shepherdexpress.com/article-689-news-of-the-weird-smells-like-love.html A startup dating service from Massachusetts offers the usual questionnaires about likes and dislikes, but bases compatibility specifically on how one person smells to another. Eric Holzle’s ScientificMatch.com claims to test each person’s “major histocompatibility complex” (MHC) genes... ]]> News of the Weird - A Costly Stunt http://shepherdexpress.com/article-621-news-of-the-weird-a-costly-stunt.html Ronald Stach, 41, climbed to the roof of the Canton Station bar in Baltimore on Dec. 11 and remained until Christmas Day, protesting the poor showing of the Baltimore Ravens football team. ]]> A Deal’s a Deal - C H U C K S H E P H E R D ' S http://shepherdexpress.com/article-562-a-dealrss-a-deal-c-h-u-c-k-s-h-e-p-h-e-r-d-s.html Love that Smell http://shepherdexpress.com/article-108-love-that-smell.html Important Safety Lesson http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16-important-safety-lesson.html