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Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Among the few commercially successful enterprises in North Korea is the video game unit in its General Federation of Science and Technology, which has produced popular items like a bowling game based on the American cult classic movie The Big Lebowski and a game based on the Men in Black film series...
Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Librarian Graham Barker, 45, of Perth, Australia, revealed to a reporter in October that his hobby of 26 years—harvesting his own navel lint daily, just before he showers—has now won acclaim in the Guinness Book of World Records. His three-jar collection (a fourth is in progress) has been sold to a museum...
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Paula Wolf, 41, was arrested in Stevens Point, Wis., and charged with hitting four random pedestrians with projectiles on April 21. In Wolf's car, police found a blowgun, a slingshot and a bucket of rocks. After being questioned, Wolf told police that she just "liked to hear people say 'ouch.'"
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
In March, leaders of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wis., voted to fire the principal of the church’s elementary and middle school because he had questioned the church's teachings—though church leaders would not specify what it was he had questioned. Some in the community think it had to do with questions regarding Lutheran doctrine that states women shall not have authority over men...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Anybody can help those in need. The Florida Legislature, under the guise that business is faltering in the yacht industry, decided to cap the sales tax on purchases of yachts. Rather than tax the entire selling price, the sales tax would be capped after $18,000 (the amount currently paid for a $300,000 yacht). As an example, this tax cap would give a “beleaguered” yacht buyer a $42,000 break on the overall price of a $1 million boat...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The day before Liam Francis, a 26-year-old chef for the British army, arrived at his forward operating base in Afghanistan, the Taliban shot down the helicopter ferrying in food rations. This meant that Francis had to make do with the supplies already on hand—a pantry consisting only of seasonings and hundreds of tins of Spam. For six weeks, Francis...
Monday, March 1, 2010
Last April, Guido Boldini and his mother Constance Boldini pleaded guilty to soliciting a hit man to kill Guido's ex-girlfriend, Michelle Hudon, after a contentious child-custody battle in Keene, N.H. The "hit man" was, of course, an undercover cop, and the son and mother are now serving a combined 12 to 35 years in prison.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010
Some Japanese citizens have become obsessed with Love Plus, a Nintendo DS dating simulation that presents them with a young, attractive, mouthy, digital "girlfriend" who begs for attention. The touch-screen lover demands to hold hands, kiss and have sweet nothings whispered in her ear. How can men so easily become addicted to such...
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010
In December 2009, the New York Post reported on the 175-square-foot Manhattan apartment recently purchased by Christopher Prokop and his wife for $150,000, with $700 monthly maintenance fees. But residents of even smaller Manhattan digs told the Post they were unimpressed. For instance, Felice Cohen, 39, rents a 90-square-foot apartment ($700) with a loft bed, and said that she must sit sideways on the toilet...

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