Andrew J. Hewett

Sunday, November 30, 2014

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1046)



 “TURN YOUR BEAK AND COUGH”
To celebrate People's Republic of China’s 65thanniversary, Oct. 1, 2014, before 10,000 doves were released at Tiananmen Square, each-and-every-bird had to be carefully “frisked.” Government security was so afraid the birds might carry dangerous materials, not only were their feathers carefully examined, but also the insides of their rears. The Beijing News said 850,000 citizens were mobilized to help protect this city of some 20 million people.
KFC OVERKILL
October 2, 2014 – Several days after 920 chickens were found beaten to death with a golf club at Foster Farms near Fresno, Calif., 4 individuals were arrested. (http://perezhilton.com/teddyhilton/2014-10-03-teens-who-killed-900-chickens-golf-club-arrested-fresno-california#.VDJvZBZAo24)
THEY SHOULD SUE THEMSELVES
(1) In June 2014, Robert Pullar, 30, of Minot, North Dakota, was charged with DUI, after falling out of his car and being run over by it. (2) In July 2014, Joseph Karl, 48, jumped from his truck to confront another driver in a road rage incident in Gainesville, Florida, and was run over by his own car he’d left in gear. (3) In July 2014, in St. Petersburg, Florida, a 54-year old operator of a street sweeper fell off and was hurt badly attempting to climb back on… the machine ran over his upper body. (KXMC-TV/Minot, 6-23-14)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1045)



FOOT DOCTOR BRAIN SURGEONS
The Associated press (Oct. 1, 2014), quote: “UNITED NATIONS – Iceland is announcing a U.N. conference on women and gender equality, but only men are invited.” Foreign Affairs Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson says the meeting will focus on violence against women. – But apparently not equality?
911 FOR THE WRONG REASONS
A recent study found up to 40% of 911 calls are placed by accident, commonly called “butt dials.” Clyde Hobbs, though, was arrested for calling 911 some 17 times just to talk “nasty” to the operators, while Joshua Basso, age 32, called 911 with a simple request. He wanted a female deputy sent to his home to share his sexual fantasies. And, finally, Everett Lages was arrested for calling 911 after being forbidden to bring his kitten inside a strip club. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/01/outrageous-911-flies-norm-clausen_n_5915526.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
“SHOWING” FAITH IN HER TEAM
A Scottish woman, Heather McCartney, was occupying a corporate box at an Australian Football League game in Melbourne, when she made an unusual statement: “If Hawthorn wins I’m getting naked.” And they did, and she did. Though admitting she’d had too many free drinks provided, the 26-year-old was still arrested after biting police, and fined $300 Australian -about $262 U.S. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/30/woman-strips-australian-football_n_5908446.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

Friday, November 28, 2014

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1044)



OPERATING WITH MOZART
If a patient undergoing open-brain surgery to correct a neurological condition, such as hand tremors, has musical talent, they may be asked to entertain their doctors during the operation. Concert violinist Naomi Elishuv played for her surgeons at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, so they could locate the exact spot in her brain to insert a pacemaker to control her hand-trembling, which had stopped Naomi’s career 20-years earlier. (New York Times, 9-16-14)
CAN THEY WEAR IT 24/7?
Sonette Ehlers, of South Africa, the rape capital country of the world, has invented an anti-rape device that goes by the name Rape-aXe. Primarily, it’s a female condom with teeth lining the inside that work like protective spikes in a parking garage. According to Ms. Ehlers, "the device will need to be surgically removed at a hospital, which will lead to the capture of the rapist."  (Read more at http://www.snopes.com/photos/crime/rapex.asp#vBBLh92Zl8h2CK8c.99)
ARE YOU HARD-UP FOR TLC?
The Skin chair, priced the equivalent of about $2,500 US, is offered by designer Gigi Barker, at London’s Design Festival. Though made of leather, it has a "pheromone-impregnated silicone base" making it feel (and smell) kind of like "lounging in the fleshy, comforting folds of a man's belly." (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/27/furniture-human-skin_n_5624573.html)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1043)



SCREW-UP AND YOU’RE COVERED
According to a September 2014 Reuters dispatch from Hong Kong, China's insurance companies offer the world's most “unusual” policies. One company, People's Insurance Group, pays if a customer’s children display "mischievous and destructive" habits,  while the Ancheng company covers those who burn their mouths eating “hotpot.” Best of all, one offers an "accidental pregnancy before honeymoon" policy, while three offer compensation in case a marriage is disrupted by a "concubine."  (Business Insider, 9-1-14)
NEEDED TO GET AWAY FOR A WHILE
Nobody, what-so-ever, missed 19-year-old Rhyan Vasquez for a couple of days ....until his attorney dropped by for a visit to his Marysville City Jail cell, north of Seattle, where he faced robbery allegation. Video showed Rhyan backed away while a group of inmates were returning from a Bible study class. (http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140930/NEWS01/140939974)  
RELIGION ANCHORING SOULS
As you probably know, Buddhists don’t believe in hurting any living creature, no matter how large or small. A recent example was reported by the New York Times dispatch from Yushu, China. Ever since a 2010 earthquake killed many, locals are especially careful not to hamper in any way river shrimp, the size of fingernail clippings, which "could very well be the reincarnated souls of relatives." (New York Times, 7-25-14)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1042)



10-MONTHS EQUAL 10-MONTHS
A 33-year-old man was sentenced in September 2014 to 10 months in prison for harassing his ex-girlfriend for 10 months; even though he told a court in Rhone, France, all he wanted was a “thank you” for remodeling her apartment. Downside is, during those months he’d texted or called her 21,807 times – averaging 73 times daily. (The Guardian/London, 9-5-14)
GET OFF KNEES! GET ON THE JOB!
Christian-based Lifeway Research, surveying 1,000 Protestant pastors, found those speaking about domestic violence did so only once or less each year. And, 72% of those pastors say domestic violence is a community problem; while only 25% say it’s a church problem. Meantime, one-in-four women report having suffered domestic violence in their lives... and each year in the USA 2,000,000 women are injured in domestic violence, 1,300 murdered by those who are supposed to love them. (http://www.clicktoempower.org/domestic-violence-facts)
“YOUR HONOR,” MY BUTT
Yolanda King, a New Orleans Juvenile Court Judge, already indicted for falsifying her home address in her 2013 campaign for office, was caught by a Times-Picayune reporter on Aug. 20, 2014, filing three registration papers for the Nov. 4 election in which she swore - under oath - using three different addresses. Her attorney claimed she had "misinterpreted" the instructions. (Times-Picayune, 8-21-2014)