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In 2007, News of the Weird reported what looked like the bizarre dreams of an attention-seeking Muslim cleric: that contrary to popular belief, strict, Wahhabi Islam allows unrelated people of the opp...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

In Two Cradles of Bizarre Politics


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Russia: On television in May, the governor of the Russian republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, recounted that he had been abducted in a spaceship in 1997 and forced to communicate with aliens tel...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Great Art!


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At a June concert in Australia's Sydney Opera House, American musicians Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed performed Anderson's 20-minute, very-high-pitched composition, "Music for Dogs," an arrangement lik...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Government in Action


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Labor unions' sweet, recession-proof contract with the New York City area's severely cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year provided 8,074 blue-collar workers (conductors, engin...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fine Points of the Law


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In Rehoboth Beach, Del., it is illegal for men and women to publicly reveal their genitals and for women to reveal their breasts, but Police Chief Keith Banks, confronted in June with complaints about...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Counterintuitive


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A severe but underappreciated American drug problem (sometimes deadly and often expensive) is patients' failure to take prescribed medications " even to save their own lives (such as with anti-coagula...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Professional All the Way


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In May, the chief media spokesman of the Nye County, Nev., sheriff's office, Det. David Boruchowitz, announced to the press the arrest of a man charged with burglary and assault. The suspect's name, h...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

A News of the Weird Classic (March 2006)


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Reeking Is His Business Model: Homeless New Jersey man Richard Kreimer said in February (2006) that he had settled, on undisclosed terms, part of his most recent lawsuit, against a transit company and...
 
Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Jesus and Mary World Tour (all-new)


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Recent Playdates: (1) Old Forge, Pa., February (Jesus appearing in a bucket of sauce at Brownie's Famous Pizzeria). (2) Lockport, N.Y., December (joint appearance of Jesus and Mary in an orange, slice...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

The District(s) of Calamity


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Washington, D.C., Attorney General Peter Nickles ordered an investigation in June after learning that the city's payroll office had, over a seven-year period, failed to remit the life-insurance premiu...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Continuing Crisis


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Stories of epic sportsmanship warm the public's heart, but there is also epic "cutthroat," such as by Monrovia (Calif.) High School girls' track coach Mike Knowles. Knowles' team had just been defeate...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Aristocrats!


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In the space of about 30 minutes on a June morning, according to a Dayton Daily News report, Brian Horst, 35, shoplifted several packages of meat and a jug of Mad Dog 20/20 wine from a store, inexplic...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stuff you never knew existed


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In the midst of World Cup fever, readers might have missed Germany's win over host Barbados in June for the Woz Challenge Cup, following an eight-team polo tournament with players not on horses but Se...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Politicians Who Need to Wash Their Mouths Out With Soap


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(1) At a public meeting of the Dixon, Calif., City Council in May, Councilman Michael Ceremello refused to yield the floor to a colleague ("(Y)ou don't have the floor. Please sit back and shut the (F-...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010

Great Expectorations


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People who live or work in New York City believe themselves to be among the world's toughest and hardiest, but at least 51 of them are apparently legendarily soft: the 51 city bus drivers who between ...
 
Thursday, July 1, 2010
 
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