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News of the Weird: These social workers didn’t know it was wrong to lie under oath

News of the Weird: These social workers didn’t know it was wrong to lie under oath

Post-Truth Society In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals finally pulled the plug on Orange County, California, social workers who had been arguing in court for 16 years that they were not guilty of lying under oath because, after all, they did not understand that lying under oath in court is wrong. The social workers […]

News of the Weird: How much would you pay for one of Stephen Curry’s used mouthguards?

News of the Weird: How much would you pay for one of Stephen Curry’s used mouthguards?

Leading Economic Indicator The salary the Golden State Warriors pay to basketball whiz Stephen Curry may be a bargain at $12 million a year, but the economics is weirder about the prices Curry’s fans pay on the street for one of his used mouthguards retrieved from the arena floor after a game. One used, sticky, […]

News of the Weird: A Siberian winter reality TV show, licensed camels and important classes for men top this week’s list

News of the Weird: A Siberian winter reality TV show, licensed camels and important classes for men top this week’s list

Too-Much-Reality TV Russian producers are planning the so-far-ultimate survivors’ show — in the Siberian wilderness for nine months (temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), with 30 contestants selected after signing liability waivers that protect the show even if someone is raped or murdered. (Police may come arrest the perpetrators, but the producers are […]

News of the Weird: How monkeys recognize each other, 30 trillion tons of stuff and a big-screen TV theft gone wrong

News of the Weird: How monkeys recognize each other, 30 trillion tons of stuff and a big-screen TV theft gone wrong

Oh-So-Sweet Dreams The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-to-order $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs, “slow-growing” pine, multiple layers of flax, horsehair lining (braided by hand, then unwound to ensure extra spring), and […]

News of the Weird: A fight club for kids, a make-shift police car and recalling discarded liquor

News of the Weird: A fight club for kids, a make-shift police car and recalling discarded liquor

Interesting collaborations Radical dentistry was on display in November in London’s Science Gallery, where installations offered “art-science collaborations” — including Taiwan artist Kuang-Yi Ku’s “Fellatio Modification Project.” Former dentist Ku, complaining that textbooks on mouths tragically under-regard their value in sex, created (the ordinary way) a custom retainer for the client’s mouth but then added […]

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 […]