Andrew J. Hewett

Monday, February 23, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1129)



CREATIVE WAY AROUND A TAX
Bloomberg Business Week (12-1-14) reported Spain’s large tax increase on entertainment such as sports, movies and live theater, caused an all-women theatre group in Madrid to find a way around it, selling old issues of pornographic magazines for 16-Euro ($20-USD) -- with a "free" ticket to its latest stage production inside. Doing so saved “ticket buyers” 19% on sales tax. (http://www.msn.com/en-za/news/other/womens-theatre-sells-porn-to-bypass-spanish-tax-hike/ar-BBgn3gw)  
NO “MIDDLE-MAN” REQUIRED
An Amarillo gynecologist, Dr. Douglas Shelton, according to the Texas Medical Board, offered a more “personal” treatment for a patient wishing to conceive a baby. According to them, rather than artificial insemination, Shelton offered the natural way to conceive by simply having sex with him. Good point: He didn’t bill her for infertility treatment, co-pays or deductibles. (http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-12-27/medical-board-holds-closing-arguments-shelton-hearing)
ONE LADY CLAIMED “SQUIGGLY”
In late 2014 a trend was found on dating websites, where many looking for love described their sexuality other than male, female, gay or heterosexual. A survey by OkCupid.com found terms such as  "asexual," "androgynous," "genderqueer" (evidently not the same as "gay"), "queer" (not quite gay either), "questioning," "trans man," "transsexual," "transmasculine," "heteroflexible" and "sapiosexual" - turned on by "intelligence". (NPR, 12-4-14)

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