Weird News Shorts for this Week

Here is some really strange – odd – weird news shorts from around the world.

-A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of having posted a video of himself on YouTube driving at speeds of more than 140 mph.

Real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will for her dog Trouble but cut out two of her four grandchildren entirely.  I love that one.

-China’s Shaolin Temple, the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is demanding an apology from an Internet user who said its monks had once been beaten in unarmed combat by a Japanese ninja, Chinese media reported.

-Hungry visitors to next summer’s Beijing Olympics won’t have to choose between “steamed crap” and “virgin chicken” if Chinese authorities succeed in ridding restaurant menus of mangled English translations.

Weird News Today

Here are a few weird news headlines from around the world.

-A Chinese couple tried to name their baby “@”, claiming the character used in e-mail addresses echoed their love for the child.  The unusual name stands out especially in Chinese, which has no alphabet and instead uses tens of thousands of multi-stroke characters to represent words.

-A U.S. judge appealed his $54 million (27 million pounds) lawsuit on Tuesday against the dry-cleaning shop that misplaced his trousers, shrugging off legal setbacks and international ridicule.

Judge Roy Pearson filed a notice of appeal with the District of Columbia Superior Court, indicating that he won’t abandon the crusade that has turned him into a symbol of America’s lawsuit-happy legal culture.

Pearson asked his neighbourhood dry cleaners to pay him $1,150 when they misplaced a pair of trousers he brought in for a $10.50 alteration in May 2005. The owners of Custom Cleaners said they located the garment a few days later, but Pearson said the pair they offered him was not his.

Claiming that the shop’s “satisfaction guaranteed” sign misled customers who, like him, were dissatisfied with their experience, Pearson sought $1,500 for every day that Custom Cleaners displayed the sign over a four-year period, multiplied by the three members of the Chung family, who owned the business.

He also sought $15,000 to rent a car to take his clothes to another cleaner for 10 years.  Talk about abuse of power, only in the US.

-A South African man shot three weeks ago was told to “walk the pain off” and is still trying to persuade hospitals to remove the bullet lodged in his side.

The bullet passed through his elbow and entered his body just above the hip, missed his vital organs and stopped beneath the skin on the opposite side of his body, the Star said.

Mashiane told the paper he was turned away by one private hospital because he could not afford the bills while a public hospital took X-rays and kept him in for observation before patching him up and sending him home with painkillers.  When he returned a doctor told him to “walk the pain off.”

Free Poker Decks for Inmates

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Here is something weird, strange and quite interesting.  Poker cards to help solve cold-cases!

On July 24, 2007, Florida’s 93,000 state inmates started getting one of two decks that between them highlight 104 of the state’s most troubling unsolved murder and missing persons cases.  It is an effort to get inmates talking and gossiping about these cases, hoping it will lead to getting some of them solved.

These are of course inspired by the now famous most-wanted deck of Saddam Husien and other fugitives issued to U.S. troops shortly after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 

For the state program, authorities printed 85,000 decks featuring the first 52 cases, and started handing them out Tuesday to inmates at Wakulla Correctional Institution in the Panhandle town of Crawfordville.  In a few weeks, 15,000 decks with 52 different cases will be distributed.

The King of Spades in one deck is Tiffany Sessions, a 20-year-old UoF sophomore who disappeared on Feb. 9, 1989. The Queen of Diamonds in that deck is 12-year-old Jennifer Odom, a girl whose body was found on Feb. 25, 1993, six days after she disappeared.

Sessions’ card features her smiling face. Odom’s card has a picture of a sweat shirt and her book bag because authorities didn’t want to give the state’s sex offenders pictures of children.

The state attorney general’s Crime Stoppers Fund is paying the $75,000 cost of the program — about $68,000 to produce the cards and $7,000 for rewards, an agency spokeswoman said. The Polk County deck was produced with help from the local Crime Stoppers program.

Odd News Shorts from Around the World

Here is some little tidbits of weird news from around the world:

– In Palermo, Italy a teacher who forced a pupil to write “I am a retard” 100 times was acquitted by an Italian court on Wednesday of abuse charges.

– In Ottawa, Canadan Canadians will install surveillance cameras around the National War Memorial in Ottawa after three youths urinated on the base of the monument late on the July 1 Canada Day holiday last year.

– In Seoul, Korea one of South Korea’s top banks has rolled out a new credit card for Protestant clergy that will give them breaks on Bible purchases and allow them to gather bonus points they can turn into donations for their churches.

Working there is Enough

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Here is a bit of weird news involving WalMart.  Judge Kenneth Robertson of Attalla, Ala. recently ordered two convicted shoplifters a bit of a embarassing sentence.  They are to stand outside of the WalMart store they stole from with signs reading “I am a thief, I stole from Wal-Mart.”

In a strange decision WalMart is arguing that this type of sentence is not good for business and if they really want to embarass these criminals they should just have them work as WalMart greeters.

State Department on Borat’s Side

The State department’s annual human rights report criticizes Kazakhstan for taking action against the satirical Web site of Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of the fictional Kazakh journalist in the film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

They charged that he was denied a web address from them and they also planted propoganda against him in chat room, monitored his email and purposely slowed down his website for their users.

Borat Rules!

Pee-Pee Helper for Women

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Of course this product is something every woman has always dreamed of, the Pee-Mate!

In Glastonbury they call it the female urinal from P-Company ‘She-pee’.  Once you have used it, you can’t do without it.The P-Mate gives you more freedom, safety and hygiene. It is developed in connection with the experiences of thousands of women who have tested the P-Mate at grand events, both nationally and internationally.

No toilets available when in desperate need of one?
Dirty toilets?
Always standing in the wrong line?

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