Express Milwaukee - Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-16-1-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24763-chuck-shepherds-news-of-the-weird.html ]]> Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird http://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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://expressmilwaukee.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). Hawver had admitted to the jury that his client was a “shooter of people” (a previous manslaughter conviction]]> 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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