Andrew J. Hewett

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1313)



SUICIDAL DOGS?
For reasons no one has been able to explain, the century-old bridge next to Gothic castle Overtoun House, in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, attracts  suicides ... by dogs. Of some 600 animals which have jumped from that bridge, about 50 died. (http://www.latest-news-headlines.eu/article/mystery-as-600-dogs-jump-from-039-haunted-suicide-bridge-039-leaving-many-dead/1116420)   
TOO BIG FOR YOUR BRITCHES?
Do you wear tight jeans? Doctors in Australia report a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized for four days after experiencing muscle damage, swelling, and nerve blockages in her legs, after squatting several hours while wearing tight-fitting denims. Tight jeans have previously been reported to cause nerve lesions in the groin but not the kind of nerve problems in the lower leg and severe muscle damage they saw in this patient. They believe her condition was caused by the combination of squatting and tight jeans. (http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-skinny-jeans-health-hazard-20150622-story.html)
HE NEEDS TO GET A LIFE
At 4:00 am, August 26, 2015, Charles Troutman, turned on his red and blue flashing lights and pulled over a motorist on Interstate 30, in Dallas, Texas. Problem was, Troutman is a non-policeman; but the driver he pulled over was. He was arrested, charged with impersonating a public servant and possession of marijuana. (http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/dallas-police-22-year-old-in-dirty-pickup-tried-to-pull-over-a-real-officer-at-4-in-the-morning.html/)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1312)



LIGHTS-OUT DURING INTIMACY?
Ladies, would you rather have a handsome, dishonest, unfaithful mate, or an ugly, loving, good-hearted man? Perhaps the most unattractive man in all of Uganda, Godfrey Baguma, 47, said when he met his wife to be, Kate Namanda, now 30, she was 18. Fearing his homely face would make her family separate them, the couple was not publicly married until 2013; though they produced six children. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/22/ugandas-ugliest-man-has-become-a-father-for-the-eighth-time-5257601/)
MISC. NEWSPAPER MIS-WORDINGS
(A)  “A printing error last week caused confusion. The price for this smartly modemized semi-detached horse is $53,000.” (B) “It is said that there are more golf curses per square mile in North Carolina than anywhere else in the world.” (C)  “Guilt, vengeance, and bitterness can be emotionally destructive to you and your children. You must get rid of them.”
STRAIGHT FROM ‘SPIGOT’ BETTER?
A growing market on the internet is human breast milk. From an article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, specialists say there is little evidence supporting claims that human milk is some kind of super food which boost health and fitness and wards off disease.  It could even be unhealthy, exposing consumers to infectious diseases like hepatitis, HIV and syphilis. Fetishes were not mentioned. (http://news.yahoo.com/online-human-breast-milk-craze-serious-health-risks-230725328.html)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1311)



HE HAS VERY STICKY-FINGERS
Englishman Michael Claydon apparently has absolutely no scruples when it comes to stealing. On May 16, 2015, he broke into his sister’s home and swiped £10 and perfume from her, then took £3 from his five-year old nephew’s savings, in his Batman wallet. Before that, he’d taken: cash from a toilet vending machine; 24 cans of beer from a shop; sunglasses, clothes and aftershave from a parked car; money and aftershave from his mother’s home. So far, at age 23, he has 43 offences on record. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/meanest-man-britain-uncle-jailed-5922167)
AN OVER-CROWDED INFANT
A baby born in Guangzhou, China, April 15, 2014, weighed 3 kilograms (6.6 Lbs.). But after surgery removed 0.6 kilograms (1.3 Lbs.), the infant only weighed 5.3 Lbs. What was removed? The baby born suffered a “parasitic fetus”—a conjoined twin without a head. That extra weight was two extra arms and two extra legs. (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/854259.shtml#.U01OkuZdWDE)
MISC. NEWSPAPER MIS-WORDINGS
(A) “People who use birth control methods that smoke a lot are in danger having retarded children.” (B) “Political insiders call them emotional issues like social security for Democrats and capital punishment for Republicans.” (C) “Katherine Innes, as the virgin in this year's production of the Passion Play, has already started her rehearsal. She is the first blond virgin for a century.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1310)



“FLASHERS” BY THE DOZENS

On a cold April 1999 morning, New York City artist Spencer Tunick, 32, was arrested and his camera confiscated. That’s because he’d convinced 150 people to pose nude for him in Times Square. He was charged with unlawful assembly, which means he failed to have proper permits for a parade or demonstration. Mr. Tunick claimed he was working on what he called the Naked States Tour, where he persuades volunteers to pose nude in public. (http://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/26/nyregion/artist-arrested-after-150-people-pose-nude-for-him-in-times-sq.html)

MISC. NEWSPAPER MIS-WORDINGS

(A) “Mr. Benjamin Porter visited the school yesterday and lectured on ‘Destructive Pests.’ A large number were present.” (B) Columbia, Tennessee, which calls itself the largest outdoor mule market in the world, held a mule parade yesterday headed by the Governor. (C) Zimbabwe Rhodesian guerrilla leaders demanded Monday that a Commonwealth peace-keeping force of several thousand men - one with teeth - be sent to enforce a cease-fire in the war against their forces.

70 SHEEP/30 GOATS= 100 SENATORS
Felix Kiprono, a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya, has his eye on someone special: President Obama's daughter Malia, who has Kenyan roots. He has offered the President 50 cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats. "People might say I am after the family's money, which is not the case. My love is real," he told the Nairobian newspaper. (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/27/living/feat-malia-obama-kenyan-lawyer/)