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News of the weird: Pig Latin not the best crime code, unusual storage for glass pipes and a not-so-bullet proof vest

News of the weird: Pig Latin not the best crime code, unusual storage for glass pipes and a not-so-bullet proof vest

Ecret-Say Ode-Kay American gangsters traditionally use euphemisms and nicknames (“Chin,” “The Nose”) to disguise criminal activities, but among details revealed at a November murder trial in Sydney, Australia, was that members of the “Brothers 4 Life” gang might have used “pig latin.” In a phone-tapped conversation played in court, one of the men on trial […]

News of the weird: In Ireland, some folks allowed to drive drunk; ‘ecosexuals’ get busy with some trees and even baking soda can wind you up in jail

News of the weird: In Ireland, some folks allowed to drive drunk; ‘ecosexuals’ get busy with some trees and even baking soda can wind you up in jail

Even Baking Soda Is Dangerous Almost all law enforcement agencies in America use the Scott Reagent field test when they discover powder that looks like cocaine, but the several agencies that have actually conducted tests for “false positives” say they happen up to half the time. In October, the latest victims (husband-and-wife truck drivers with […]

News of the weird: A duck on a plane, youth pastors partnering with the devil and a vigilante judge

News of the weird: A duck on a plane, youth pastors partnering with the devil and a vigilante judge

Can’t Possibly Be True Kids as young as 6 who live on a cliff top in China’s Atule’er village in Sichuan province will no longer have to use flexible vine-based ladders to climb down and up the 2,600-foot descent from their homes to school. Beijing News disclosed in October, in a report carried by CNN, […]

News of the weird: Buddhist monks via Amazon, a roadkill cooking festival and rent in the form of ‘a knife, an axe … and 61 nails’

Religion Adapts to Technology A network of freelance Buddhist priests in Japan last year began offering in-home, a la carte services (for those adherents who shun temples) through Amazon, quoting fixed fees and bypassing the usual awkward deliberation over “donations.” And in September, Pastor David Taylor of Joshua Media Ministries International (St. Louis, Missouri) announced, […]

News of the weird: The new sex ed in England, a true Bronx fight club and a 1,500-year jail sentence top this week’s stories

News of the weird: The new sex ed in England, a true Bronx fight club and a 1,500-year jail sentence top this week’s stories

The Nanny State New York City officially began licensing professional fire eaters earlier this year, and classes have sprung up to teach the art so that the city’s Fire Department Explosives Unit can test for competence (if not “judgment”) and issue the “E29” certificates. In the “bad old (license-less) days,” a veteran fire eater told […]

News of the weird: Clueless criminals, attempt to free Alaskan souls and flammable farts top this week’s list

News of the weird: Clueless criminals, attempt to free Alaskan souls and flammable farts top this week’s list

Democracy in Action While “democracy” in most of America means electing representatives to run government, on Nov. 8 in San Francisco it also expected voters to decide 43 often vague, densely worded “issues” that, according to critics, could better be handled by the professionals who are, after all, elected by those very same voters. Except […]

News of the weird: Jet packs, an elk strikes back and a baby born twice top this week’s list

News of the weird: Jet packs, an elk strikes back and a baby born twice top this week’s list

Future of Travel Australian aviator David Mayman has promised investors that his personal jet packs will hit the market by mid-2017, though early adopters will pay about $250,000 for one, to fly a person at up to 60 mph for 10 minutes. The JB-10 (developed by Mayman and designer Nelson Tyler) has made about 400 […]

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