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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
(1) In December, Daniel Gable, 61, was arrested for breaking and entering a neighbor's apartment in Fargo, N.D. Gable allegedly triggered the resident's "burglar alarm," which consists of a stack of empty beer cans the resident places just inside his front door every night. (2) In Morehead, Ky., in December, two men, ages 44 and 18, were charged with theft for allegedly swiping...
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
In December, a prominent online game player who goes by the name of Buzz Erik Lightyear won an auction for the ownership of a virtual space station in a game called Planet Calypso. Lightyear paid 3.3 million Project Entropia Dollars (PEDs), which at various points entered the game’s economy at an actual out-of-pocket cost...
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010
Natives of the Erromango section of Vanuatu, an island nation in the Pacific, recently held a formal "reconciliation ceremony" with the great-great-grandson of a British missionary. When the missionary, Rev. John Williams—regarded as one of the most famous Christian missionaries of the era—came ashore in 1839, islanders killed and ate him. Vanuatan legislator Ralph Regenvanu told BBC News that cannibalism was traditionally...
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009
A 55-year-old British man whose bowel was ruptured in a nearly catastrophic traffic accident has been fitted with a bionic sphincter that opens and closes with a remote control. Ged Galvin, who originally endured a dozen surgeries in a 13-week hospital stay, had grown frustrated with using a colostomy bag. That’s when surgeon Norman Williams of the Royal London Hospital...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009
In July, motorist Charles Diez spotted a bicyclist and 3-year-old boy (also on the bike in a seat outfitted for children) out for a ride on a busy street in Asheville, N.C. Diez pulled over and confronted the cyclist about the dangers of riding his bike with a child during times of high traffic. When the cyclist started to walk away, Diez pulled a gun and shot at the man. A bullet...
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
Applicants to top colleges and graduate schools often take test-preparation courses from private companies. Recently, those hoping to gain admission to prestigious private high schools and grade schools have also gone the route of corporate course prep. Now, according to a November New York Times report, such courses and private coaching are increasingly important for...
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
In October, Poland’s Polskie Radio reported an end to the 18-month legal battle between two neighbors in Mikowice over a plastic bucket worth about $4.50. One neighbor accused the other of ruining the bucket by kicking it, and wanted compensation for the bucket. The respondent offered proof of innocence by submitting video of the neighbor continuing...
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
In Ogden, Utah, in October, Adam Manning, 30, accompanied his pregnant girlfriend to the McKay-Dee Hospital emergency room as she was going into labor. According to witnesses, as a nurse attended to the woman, Manning began flirting with her, complimenting the nurse’s looks and attempting to give her a neck rub. When Manning allegedly groped...
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
“Ultrarunning,” a sport that features marathons of 50 miles, 100 miles or even longer, takes such a degree of commitment that an estimated 5% to 10% of participants have permanently removed their toenails in order to eliminate one of the potential sources of discomfort during a race. A sports podiatrist told The New York Times in October...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
Though the Phoenix area, like most places in the country, has been hit by the recession, surprisingly the down economy has largely spared one "profession": psychics. An October Arizona Republic report found that while longtime clients were often reducing their use of astrology and related fields, that lost business was being replaced by...

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