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News of the Weird: An exhibitionist and the death of ‘new car smell’ in China

News of the Weird: An exhibitionist and the death of ‘new car smell’ in China

Eclipsing Weird A California man with European heritage “strong and pure” placed an ad on Craigslist in advance of the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, seeking a “worthy female” to have sex with him in Oregon and “conceive a child that will be on the next level of human evolution.” “Everything will be aligned in […]

News of the Weird: Murder witness with wings and anti-pervert flamethrowers

News of the Weird: Murder witness with wings and anti-pervert flamethrowers

Inexplicable Odessa, Texas, resident Ernesto Baeza Acosta, 34, has legally changed his name to Ernesto Trump and declared himself the son of President Trump. His NSFW Facebook page features photographs of Ernesto wearing a Trump-like wig and asks viewers to “Please share this so that my Dad your president can see this and spend time […]

News of the Weird: Umbrellas for rent and a naked drug addict in Walmart

News of the Weird: Umbrellas for rent and a naked drug addict in Walmart

With Friends Like These … Robert Kanoff, 49, celebrated Independence Day in an unusual way: High on drugs, he was dropped off in his birthday suit at a Tempe, Arizona, Walmart by two people who thought it would be “funny to see him naked,” said police. There he walked around the store wearing only shoes […]

News of the Weird: Ghostbusters in Thailand and elephants on the loose

News of the Weird: Ghostbusters in Thailand and elephants on the loose

Bright Ideas In New Hampshire on June 29, a state police officer stopped the 57-year-old driver of a Honda Odyssey minivan who had piled a Beverly Hillbillies-esque stack of belongings on top of his car. The collection, which was about as tall as the minivan, included a wooden chest, a bike, a floor lamp, a […]

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 […]