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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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. (Rubin later told the Post that, in his defense, it was his lunch hour.)
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
James McDonough took over the Florida Department of Corrections in 2006 because of rampant mismanagement. Former officials admitted to contract kickbacks and frequent taxpayer-funded “orgies” (ultimately, 40 officials were charged with crimes, 90 were fired and 280 were demoted).
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Irish director/playwright Paul Walker’s production of Ladies & Gents opened for a March run in New York City, about 29 blocks north of Broadway—in a public restroom. According to an Associated Press report, the entire play takes place in a bathroom in Central Park, portraying “the seedy underside of 1950s Dublin.”
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
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...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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.”
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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...
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The divorce of Anton Popazov and his wife, Nataliya, is about to be finalized, but they are still contractually committed to the Moscow State Circus, where their act includes Nataliya shooting an apple off of Anton’s head with a crossbow.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008
Five of the 10 best-selling novels in Japan in 2007 were originally composed on cell phones. They were typed out using a phone’s keypad by women who had never before written novels, and were mostly intended for readers who had never before read one.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008
China’s fascination with crickets has recently been exhibited in cricket beauty contests, singing competitions and prizefights, according to a January Los Angeles Times dispatch. The events have even led to increasing vigilance against cheating, as accusations fly about crickets being given performance-enhancing drugs.