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News of the Weird: Shipping container enthusiasts and golf cart chop shops

News of the Weird: Shipping container enthusiasts and golf cart chop shops

The Continuing Crisis Demit Strato of New York took to Facebook on June 26 from his throne room to excoriate his local Starbucks for making his venti iced coffee with regular milk instead of soy milk, as he ordered it. “I’ve pooped 11 times since the A.M. My bottom hurts from all the wiping. Do […]

News of the Weird: An overreaction over french fries and avocado thieves

News of the Weird: An overreaction over french fries and avocado thieves

Smooth Reactions 1.) Did you say french fries or FRESH fries? Eiram Chanel Amir Dixson, 25, made a point of ordering fresh french fries at a Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Wendy’s drive-thru in May. When the exchange between the dissatisfied Dixson and a Wendy’s worker escalated, the employee threw a soda at Dixson, and Dixson fired […]

News of the Weird: Sleepovers with sloths and hunting from hot air balloons

News of the Weird: Sleepovers with sloths and hunting from hot air balloons

The Firearm Fetish Texas passed the “pork-chopper” bill in 2011 allowing aerial hunting of feral hogs, and in May, legislators approved hunting from hot-air balloons, which are quieter and give hunters a steadier shot. Pre-Existing Condition Enterprising mother Jeannine Isom in Cedar Hills, Utah, took her 7-year-old son’s dental care into her own hands in […]

News of the Weird: A hoarder, a conservative county and Shirley MacLain

News of the Weird: A hoarder, a conservative county and Shirley MacLain

Playing the Hits Weird News is forever, but this is my last “News of the Weird” column, as I am now exhausted after almost 30 years in the racket. In this final edition, I remember a few of my favorites. My deep thanks to Andrews McMeel Syndication and to readers, who started me up and […]

News of the Weird: A litigious drunk and a python with health insurance

News of the Weird: A litigious drunk and a python with health insurance

Update Three weeks ago, News of the Weird touted the “genderless,” extraterrestrial-appearing Hollywood makeup artist known as Vinny Ohh, but then Marcela Iglesias announced (following a leaked TV clip) that she had formed an agency for would-be celebrities who had radically transformed their bodies (and that Vinny is now a client). Iglesias’ Plastics of Hollywood […]

News of the Weird: Dinner with rats and a beer pipeline at a music festival

News of the Weird: Dinner with rats and a beer pipeline at a music festival

Advertisers Are Coming for You The New York Times reported in May that the “sophistication” of Google’s and Facebook’s ability to identify potential customers of advertisements is “capable of targeting ads … so narrow that they can pinpoint, say, Idaho residents in long-distance relationships who are contemplating buying a minivan.” Facebook’s ad manager told the […]

News of the Weird: Nap pods, a house full of clowns and ‘therapists’ for men

News of the Weird: Nap pods, a house full of clowns and ‘therapists’ for men

The New Power Nap If high-schoolers seem stressed by active lifestyles and competitive pressures, and consequently fail to sleep the recommended nine to 10 hours a day, it must be a good idea for the federal government to give grants (including to Las Cruces High School in New Mexico) to purchase comfy, $14,000 “nap pods” […]

News of the Weird: Expensive broken knees and the blessing of the asparagus

News of the Weird: Expensive broken knees and the blessing of the asparagus

Can’t Possibly Be True 1.) The inexplicable ease with which foreign hackers attack U.S. computers and security systems is finally grabbing the attention of officials. In a March Washington Post report, a technology expert from Britain’s King’s College London told a reporter of his astonishment to realize that the “security chips” on Congressional staff members’ […]

News of the Weird: Brain-stimulating headsets may have a side effect

News of the Weird: Brain-stimulating headsets may have a side effect

Rare Fetish News Jordan Haskins, 26, was sentenced to probation and sex counseling in May after pleading guilty to eight charges arising from two auto accidents in Saginaw, Mich. Prosecutors said Haskins described “cranking,” in which he would remove a vehicle’s spark-plug wires to make it “run rough,” which supposedly improves his chances for a […]

News of the Weird: Maybe do some research into that car before stealing it

News of the Weird: Maybe do some research into that car before stealing it

Pedestrian Calming Officials in charge of a Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed “speed bumps,” similar to those familiar to Americans driving residential streets — but on a pedestrian walkway, with row upon row of risers to resemble a washboard. A Western travel writer, along with editors of People’s Daily China, suggested that officials […]

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