Express Milwaukee - Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-16-1-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24456-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24405-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html

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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24267-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24235-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24195-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24152-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24089-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24068-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24021-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23927-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html

(1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness world record for most body piercings (453), said he was upset to be denied entrance into United Arab Emirates in August to fulfill a performance of sorts at Dubai’s Fairmont Hotel. Buchholz said officials gave no explanation, although in

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Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://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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