- More Strange News from Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton. The couple
recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and exchanged unique
gifts. Jolie bought his and hers cemetery plots in Alpine, Arkansas, which
are reportedly next to Thornton's brother who died when he was 30. In
return, Thornton had a nurse draw some of his blood and painted some pictures
in it for his wife. He told the London Telegraph, "We're not the
types to give each other candy or a bunch of flowers."
Burglar With Sweet Tooth Busted
and Getting Away With It
Scotland - Textile artist Susie Freeman and Bristol GP Liz Lee have designed
a ball gown out of 6,000 contraceptive pills. It's part of a project looking
at how art can highlight medical issues. According to Freeman, "There
is a supply of the pill on the dress to last a woman 26 years, and there
is also one contraceptive coil which was used by a woman. It is in a joking
context but there is a serious message behind it." Freeman claims
she got the idea when talking with her friend about how hard it is to
get men and women to think about forms of contraception other than the
pill. The gown is now on display in Glasgow.
Birthday Party Shocker
4, 2001 - A manhunt started on August 24 in the Czech city Brno after
postal workers found a human arm and leg in a foul smelling package which
no one had collected. Another package was found a day later. According
to police spokeswoman Dagmar Bartonikova, a man suspected of murdering
his girlfriend and mailing parts of her body to fictitious addresses has
been arrested by police in the Czech capital Prague. The woman, born in
1969, had apparently gone missing earlier in August and police had talked
to friends and relatives to help find the suspect. "(Police suspect)
he killed her and mailed parts of her body to Brno in packages from various
Prague post offices. Parts of her remains were found in Prague, and some
parts are still being searched for," Bartonikova concluded.
- Doctors in New Delhi discovered a six-year-old girl had a jaw growing
in her chest during exploratory surgery. The jaw was reportedly putting
pressure on the young girl's heart and lungs and causing her much pain.
According to Doctor Yogesh Kumar Sarin, who headed the operation, "It
must have been growing inside the child since she was born. It had well-developed
teeth and even a tongue." Sarin went on to explain that the condition,
known as Incomplete Twinning, happens when a few growth cells remain in
a person's body after birth. Had it not been detected, the jaw could have
continued growing for up to 30 years and become cancerous.
Urine Making a Big Splash in India
MYERS, Florida - Religion is supposed to save your soul, but apparently
it can save your life as well. At least for this 16-year-old boy when
his mother allegedly shot at him and his six-year-old brother. The younger
boy was killed, but the older was only slightly injured when a Bible the
teen had in his coat caught the bullet. The younger boy was shot at the
family home. The woman then reportedly drove to the church her older son
was attending and shot him there, at close range. So far police report
no motive for the attacks.
When news broke about a little boy who was born with his heart outside
his chest cavity needing extensive surgery, businessman Mike Glenn decided
to help. Reflecting on the joy he experienced with his own three healthy
sons, Glenn purchased a Plymouth Neon for the boy's mother so she could
transport him for doctor's visits. The car is worth approximately $10,000
and was offered with no strings attached. The gift tremendously helped
the financially-stricken family. A newspaper reported that the boy's mother
cried when hearing about the gift, and she said, "I didn't really
think people did that kind of thing."
Man Trapped In Manhole 3 Days
Million Children Create British Earthquake
Friends Like This You Don't Need Enemies
Maryland - A woman awakened late one night last week when she heard strange
noises. After she searched her house, she concluded that she was alone.
She woke up early in the morning, however, when she felt someone or something
brush up against her hand. She realized an unidentified man had slept
on the floor next to her bed all night and immediately went in the kitchen
to call the police. When she was unable to get her phone to work, she
ran outside for help. Police say they think the man was drunk.
approached a group of tourists on a Spanish beach, they realized the visitors
were engaged in an orgy. Not only that, but they were filming themselves,
too! The group, ranging in ages from 22 to 40, included a British couple,
a French man and two Swiss. A local newspaper indicated they were arrested
for exhibitionism and were taken to the police station. But the party
doesn't end there, folks. One officer said, "When we opened the doors,
the women was pleasing the men again!"
Extinguishes Car Fire With His Own 'Hose'
Mile Cell Phone Call Saves the Day
Metal Detector Makes Quite a Find
Like Half a Pound of Maggots, Please
KENYA - A
dozen biologists in rural Kenya actually ran away from naked women that
were chasing them. The 12 were apparently conducting a census of the endangered
Tana River Colobus monkey - a project funded by the World Bank - when
more than 300 women stripped and charged at them. Authorities believe
the angry horde of women, who were from the village of Baoma, were protesting
against a plan to turn the area into a nature reserve for the primates.
The plan involves relocating about 2,000 families outside the proposed
reserve. According to the local police chief, the women were forced to
retreat when police officers arrived and fired shots over their heads.
No arrests were reportedly made, however, security was tightened.
1, 2001 - According to police in Cape Coral, Florida, a 75-year-old woman
who got her arm caught in a sofa bed and was just inches from a telephone
and a whistle died after being stuck for at least two days. Police reportedly
found Stocksdale on Saturday after getting a call from a friend who was
worried that the woman hadn't been heard from for a few days. Police spokesman
Angelo Bitsis stated that it was unclear how Stocksdale got stuck, but
she could have been trying to retrieve something that may have fallen
under the sofa.
Parshall's landlord decided to cut down a tree in front of their apartment
building. To take the chore off his hands, Parshall cut the tree for him
and carved the two-meter stump into the shape of a penis. The 'artist'
said, "I was sitting there one day thinking, 'I know what I can make
out of that.' No one ever says anything to me. The kids drive past and
honk and whistle." Neighbors are complaining, though. One lady said,
"I take my daughter to school down that road every day. It's not
something a six-year-old needs to view." But, authorities indicate
there's nothing they can do: "People have the right to poor taste.
We don't have a county ordinance that I know of that says you can't carve
your tree into a penis," said Thurston County Sheriff Captain Dan
Kimball. Let freedom ring...
- Carol Dukes helped her son pack for his school trip to the isolated
island Iona to learn how to live without modern amenities. So which item
was the most important on her list for him? His Gameboy. But, she forgot
to include the electronic toy in his bags and ended up traveling 900 miles
to get it to him in time. She spent $220 on planes and taxis and finally
caught up with her son near Glasgow, Scotland. The relieved mom said,
"If you decide to do something, you do it and worry about the money
later, but I think everyone was quite surprised to see me." She later
admitted her son seemed a little embarrassed by her surprised, hurried
trip in front of all his friends.
Are you looking
for a good place to "piss your time away?" Than here is the
place for you. At Urinal Net, one can check out a gallery of urinal photos,
visit a message board, shop and even look at a US urinal map so you and
the kids can take a road trip to visit them all. One of its founders,
Joe U Rinator, of San Francisco, says he and his friends were inspired
after coming across many different urinals while touring Europe. So just
where are the best urinals? According to the site, a female urinal at
Dairy Queen, in Port Charlotte, Florida ranks among the top five.
a Room With a Sheep Getting Harder
Pennsylvania - The Altoona state police received tips that a local massage
parlor was offering oral sex to clients for $60. What's an officer to
do but investigate? State troopers went "undercover" as massage
customers, paid for the extra service with taxpayer money, and then arrested
the 44-year-old masseuse. Department officials are supposedly surprised
at such actions and plan to institute a rule saying troopers cannot engage
in sex to gather evidence "except in a lifesaving situation or where
officers' lives are at stake." The director of the state police's
Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Maj. Ralph Periandi, said of the troopers
"their heart was in the right place."
Australia - A group of elderly Tasmanian women have reportedly bared all
in a nude calendar to raise money for their local community center. These
feisty seniors, aged 65 to 82, told officials the hall needed sprucing
up so they decided to launch a "Bare to be Different" calendar
to raise funds. According to 70-year-old grandmother and featured model
Dot Kelly, the calendar was inspired by an English Women's Institute calendar
published in 1999 as a fund-raiser for leukemia sufferers featuring women
in their 40s and 50s. The calendar shows elderly women in nothing more
than hats and jewelry doing everything from playing cards to knitting.
The first print run of 1,000 copies has already sold out.
2000 - There is an old proverb goes "Don't bite the hand the feeds
you, but it obviously doesn't include biting the hand that feeds YOU to
OTHERS. This was the case for this food-stall owner on Hainan Island,
China. While preparing his special snake dishes, the man was killed by
two snakes he'd just beheaded. As he went to pick up the severed
heads, they both sank their fangs into his hand and he died of the poisonous
Connecticut - Lucson Aladin, 32, allegedly burnt a teddy bear because
he believed it was possessed. Aladin told police he burned the plush toy
in his back yard as part of a voodoo ritual to rid it of its evil spirit.
Firefighters had responded to a report of a brush fire at Aladin's house
and found the teddy bear burning in the back yard. Aladin was charged
with reckless burning.
- Could Mr. Potato Head become an international sex symbol? The British
Potato Council thinks so. They are undertaking and advertising campaign
to promote the potato as being sexy. Advertising agency Naked Communication
apparently wants to use magazine ads to promote the potato's aphrodisiac
qualities. Katherine Race, Potato Council marketing manager, told reporters,
"We want to tap into people's mind sets when they are feeling stressed,
tired hungry or romantic and offer them the variety they need to suit
those different moods."
We all know that some people have engaged in questionable, if not downright dangerous actions t get into the record books or have their two minutes of fame on TV. Now, the 2002 edition of the Guinness World Records lists some records that just make you wonder. Here are three examples of daring do, all carried out by U.K. citizens.
Just for fun: Vic Gallucci holds the record for the most appearances by an actor in a TV series. He's appeared more than 800 times as a detective in the police drama "The Bill" over the years.
And stranger still: A former British rat catcher now holds the record for eating cockroaches. He downed 36 medium sized ones in one minute, last spring, for his page in the book.
Guinness book also notes that another Brit, Paul Hunn, has the loudest
documented burp on record -- as loud as a plane taking off.
Anderson is having trouble sleeping. Ever since she found a stalker, a
lesbian stalker, sleeping in her bed, Anderson has been having nightmares.
The obsessed fan hid in the house for three days before they found her
curled up on Pamela's own bed. Pamela says, "My nanny went to prepare
the guest room and when she came back she said, 'Pamela, there's someone
sleeping in the bed'. The moral of the story is, if someone can live in
your house for three days without you knowing it, your house is too big
As TV's top-paid
child actor in the late '70s and early '80s, Gary Coleman was pulling
down a high-end, five-figure weekly salary. By 1990, his TV fortune amounted
to an estimated $7 million. It didn't last. Closing out a decade of spotty
employment and bad luck, Coleman filed for bankruptcy, listing more than
$72,000 in debts - approximately what he once earned in a single week
on Diff'rent Strokes. What makes this story particularly strange is that
an Internet company launched a 14-day Gary Coleman Web-a-thon to raise
funds for the cash-strapped tube icon via the sale of Coleman-branded,
commemorative plates, stickers and T-shirts.
The Ig Nobel
Prizes honor people whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced."
The Igs are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative --
and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Here
are some of last year's winners.
for Gold' has earned Dr. Chittaranjan Andrade a 2001 IgNobel award at
Harvard University in the U.S. Dr. Andrade, from Bangalore, based his
adolescent nose picking research on general behavior in the population
and hypothesized if there is any possible pathological behavior in it.
"Somatic habits amounting to psychiatric disorders have long been
recognized," explained Dr. Andrade. "Nail biting (onychophagia)
and twisting and twirling of hair (trichotillomania) until it comes off
from the scalp are common among children and adults," he concluded.
Matt Le Blanc was paying for a little attention at a Los Angeles strip
club recently when a topless dancer started getting over-friendly with
the celebrity. Le Blanc suddenly found himself wrestling with the dancer
after he refused her advances. The actor was enjoying a night out with
friends at the SPEARMINT RHINO CLUB when the incident occurred. When Matt
told her to 'Get lost' the busty brunette threw a drink over his head.
One onlooker says, "She was trying to punch him when she was pulled
off by security." Furious Matt later stormed out of the club, shouting,
"She poured a beer on my head!" An unconfirmed source quoted
one of Le Blanc's friends as saying, "Could she BE any more nuts?"
UTAH - A
group of paranormalists chasing ghosts in Utah's old penitentiary buildings
claims to have documented proof that ghosts actually exist. The group
supposedly recorded strange glowing orbs and voices while going through
the buildings, and six members of The Ghost Investigators Society say
they photographed the phenomena. They claim to have heard voices saying
"Dr. White can" and "fall guy." The group reported
Great Britain - Who says only cats have nine lives? Obviously not Henry,
a retriever that fell 140 feet off the Seven Sisters cliffs in Eastbourne,
Great Britain. The playful pooch went over the edge of the cliff while
chasing a seagull. Owner Louise Chavannes obviously feared the worst as
she ran down hundreds of steps and along half a mile of beach to reach
him. "I couldn't bear the thought of his body floating in the sea
and I was convinced he was dead. But when I got to the point where he
had jumped I saw his body moving and he was swimming to the shore. I just
could not believe it," Chavannes gushed. Henry suffered a broken
leg in the fall and had to have a metal plate and artificial tendons in
his front right leg.
2001 - A Christchurch arts student failed to cheat death a second time
while visiting a mountain range in New Zealand. Joshua Grant, 22, had
hit a guard rail at Candys Bend, but walked away from the crash without
injury and hitched a ride to Arthurs Pass village to arrange for a tow
truck to retrieve his car. On returning to the accident scene with the
tow truck driver, Grant decided to relieve himself at the Candys Bend
lookout. In order not to be seen, police say he stepped beyond a car park
guard rail and fell over the edge. Grant, who was in his final week of
work towards his art degree, plunged 60m and ended what was said to be
a promising career in photography and art.
An e-mail campaign convinced more than 10,000 fans of the enduring science-fiction
films to list Jedi as their religion on Britain's 2001 census. Apparently
that was enough for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) because
the grouping of Jedi was given its own code and will appear in the
2002 census. A spokesman for ONS explained that all data is encoded because
a large group of people have entered it on their forms, but doesn't mean
that Jedi has become an official religion.
Florida - 28-year-old Bryan Loudermilk was a hard man to please, so much
so that devoted wife Stephanie crushed him to death in an effort to satisfy
his sexual desires. Loudermilk's body was found trapped beneath a board,
which was underneath a rear wheel of his sport utility vehicle. Police
believe Bryan enjoyed erotic thrills from being driven over. Stephanie
also had videotapes of herself stomping rabbits and mice, which Bryan
had been selling on the Internet.
to United Press International, the Rocklin, Calif., Unified School District
and the ACLU are fighting over a "God Bless America" sign posted
outside Breen Elementary after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. ACLU
says the posting of the phrase on a school building marquee is unconstitutional
and that the words send a "hurtful, divisive message." The school
district, however, supported Breen's actions and did not ask the school
to remove the sign.
- Some people might think that trying to raise 12 children would be somewhat
of a circus. But acrobat Wilmer Granda Vega is banking on it. The 28-old
is conducting a plan that includes having his future partner sign a legal
document agreeing to have a dozen children. Wilmer, 28, claims he will
teach his children all his skills. He performs as an acrobat, trick motorcyclist,
trapeze artiste, magician, dancer and clown. "It is my dream to found
the first family circus in the whole of the Americas. It will be spectacular
when I finally achieve my dream," Vega concluded.
Four youths attacked a Turkish bus driver on his regular route at Antalya
and stole his mobile phone and some money. And then they cut off
his ear. The injured driver, Recep Yavrucu, answered questions from the
police, but refused to be taken to the hospital. Yavrucu simply bought
some super glue and glued the ear back to its proper place. He said, "I've
never been to a doctor, and I'm not likely to start now. I have this fear
of doctors and I've always treated my own wounds. Having a piece of my
ear cut off was not that serious and I fixed it myself with super glue."
Germany has experienced an increase in wild pigs lately, but farmers are
not allowed to shoot them: they are a protected species. Farmer Herrmann-Josef
Becker concluded that the only way to get rid of the pigs was to scare
them off with music. First he tried Madonna and then European sensation
Robbie Williams. The farmer said, "Madonna didn't work too well,
Robbie Williams was a dead loss but they can't stand Britney Spears. When
I switch on 'Oops!...I Did It Again...the pigs come snorting out and running
for the woods." The strategy worked so well other farmers have adopted
the method, too.
Chris Bostock, head of the government-funded Institute of Animal Health,
told the BBC that the government's veterinary laboratory -- the VLA --
had sent him an e-mail admitting mistakes had been made. Bostock led a
study by the Edinburgh-based Institute of Animal Health of samples of
2,867 sheep to determine whether bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or
"mad cow" disease, was present in British sheep. The government
had already developed a contingency plan for the destruction of 40 million
sheep and lambs if necessary. The results of the IAH study indicated that
up to 1 percent of the sheep had been infected by BSE. But two days before
the report was to be submitted to a key meeting of the government's BSE
Advisory Committee, scientists discovered they had spent nearly half a
decade and $312,000 studying cows' brains -- not sheep. Peter Smith, the
committee's chairman, said, "It appears to have been a dreadful mistake."
Italy - A 30-year-old "Italian Stallion" was put out to pasture
after a prostitute told him he'd taken too long to have sex. The man was
so upset, that he called police officers to convince the woman to carry
on their session since he had already paid her. The authorities responded
by charging him with indecent exposure.
While Masturbating in Another Man's Yard
Indiana - 47-year-old Steven Brummett was quite upset about being constipated
and ended up in a shootout with a Monroe County sheriff's deputy. Brummett
reportedly fired several shots from a pistol and a rifle at the officer,
surrendering only after he was shot in the abdomen. According to Sheriff
Steve Sharp, Brummett was in police custody at Bloomington Hospital after
undergoing surgery and was in stable condition. He is charged with two
counts of attempted murder and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
- Michael Pottenger from Santa Monica has invented an electronic bra that
will stop sportswomen's breasts bouncing and keep them warm. According
to Pottenger, piezoelectric strips are woven into the cups. When the switch
is activated electricity goes to a resistor which stiffens the bra's cups,
which in turn steadies the movement of the breasts and warms them up.
The switch is said to also power separate piezo strips to more actively
counteract breast movement.
- A Norwegian taxi driver escaped injury from a 19-year-old delinquent
passenger who was packing meat - frozen hamburger patties that is. The
incident reportedly happened outside a petrol station and shop in Bergen
after the passenger refused to pay. The young man apparently raided the
store's frozen food counter and started throwing items at the driver.
He was later arrested.
31, 2000 - Taiwan doctors operating on a 76-year-old woman discovered
a "fossilized" fetus in her abdomen conceived 49 years ago -
a phenomenon recorded only three times in history, hospital sources said
on Wednesday. The Veterans General Hospital said doctors on December 31
found a .7 ounce lithopaedion, the rocklike remains of a fetus hardened
by calcium buildup, in the abdominal cavity of a woman named Wu. The baby
appeared to have died in the 20th week of Wu's pregnancy when the fetus
moved from her womb to her abdomen.
Michigan - Christian Silbereis, 17, wanted his Halloween costume to be
educational. So he came to school dressed at a giant vagina. The costume
was created by his mother, to wear at his school's Halloween fancy dress
contest. School officials did not feel the pink cape decorated with wig
hair, satin and lace was appropriate, however, and they suspended the
student for the remainder of the week. Silbereis's mother warned him that
the costume might make some people uncomfortable, but he still won first
prize in the contest. Silbereis defended his choice saying, "It's
anatomically correct. It's just another body part - they teach us about
it in school. I mean, what if I was wearing an elbow costume? That's part
of the body. Would they suspend me then?" A petition is being passed
around to students objecting his suspension. High School officials refuse
to comment on the reason for the suspension.
Harris, 71, recently tried the anti-impotence drug Viagra only to discover
it works a little too well. He tried the drug and after entertaining a
lady friend, he attempted to take her out to dinner. As he put it, "I
wouldn't use Viagra again. Your heart has to be good to take it. It worked
too well. I was taking this woman out to dinner after- wards and I couldn't
zip up my trousers." Now there's a prob- lem to have. Harris will
next appear in the upcoming movie "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's
Stone" as Headmaster Albus Dumbledore.
England - Researchers at Cambridge University have been attacked by animal
rights groups for cruel and unusual music. The study examines how loud
dance music increases the effects of speed, specifically methamphetamine.
In the study, scientists drugged 238 mice and them forced them to endure
fatal doses of loud dance music. Wendy Higgins of the British Union for
the Abolition of Vivisection said, "These sick experiments are absolutely
despicable. Just because people choose to take drugs and go to raves doesn't
justify subjecting animals to suffering and death in a laboratory."
The overall conclusion was that the loud music strengthened the effects
of the methamphetamine in animals.
I am sure we have all said our own little prayers to help get us out of
a bind, but never quite like this. Motorists in south-west Poland can
now escape fines for traffic violations as long as they pray with a priest
working with the police. Local police are hoping the priest's presence
on the road will be an effective preventive measure, which will help to
reduce the number of offences. According to Sergeant Sebastian Kuzmiak,
he admits he can not escape the feeling that someone is always watching
them from above. The only downturn for him is that offenders often escape
unpunished. "I am powerless in the priest's presence. After he talks
to the offender, I simply can not issue a fine ticket," Kuzmiak confessed.
actor Jack Nicholson is reportedly fuming over the sale of his missing
teeth. His baby teeth and adult molars are being auctioned as a collectible
set of 11 teeth. The auction is scheduled to begin on December 10th on
Sky digital show Auction World Dot TV. The teeth have been available separately
for years, but this is the first time they have ever been sold as a set.
Producers have already received offers for the collection. But Nicholson
wants the teeth returned. His agent said, "My client obviously feels
more than a little uneasy about his missing molars going up for sale,
we're eager to strike a deal with the channel's people to get the teeth
back." I guess he better place a bid.
- So you thought that the US was the only place with outlandish game shows?
Well how about the Japanese game show that has scantily clad women in
bikinis who take turns crushing aluminum cans with their breasts. The
last round of "sweeps" in Japan had this show among the most
heavily viewed shows in prime time.
Australian widow has had her husband's ashes injected into her breast
implants, a British newspaper has reported. Sydney woman Sandi Canesco,
26, took the bizarre step after her husband Dustin was killed in a car
accident, the tabloid the Daily Star reported. "It dawned on me that
if I carried Dustin's cremated remains in my breast implants, I'd never
really have to part with him at all," the paper quoted Canesco as
saying, under the headline "Dust to bust."
- Phyllis DeForrest is suing for loss of dignity after colleagues drew
a heart on her buttocks with the message "I love Dr. Shaffer"
while she had a rectal exam. When DeForrest woke after the procedure,
one of the nurses reportedly showed her a photo of her backside which
her colleagues had taken with an endoscope, a special camera used in the
procedure. She says the group also showed the photo around the hospital
and made jokes about her new "tattoo". Although representatives
from the health center claim that the incident was merely a practical
joke between friends, DeForrest fails to see the humor in the situation.
"It's not a practical joke when you're put to sleep. It's a bit like
date rape as far as I'm concerned," DeForrest concluded.
TEXAS - Nintendo
inspired the craziest, most die-hard fans with its "What Would You
Do for a Nintendo GameCube?" contest. Texan teenager Corey Olcsvary,
19, defeated four other finalists to become the grand prize winner with
the wackiest stunt. For becoming a human "Pikmin," Olcsvary
received a Nintendo GameCube (they don't go on sale until later this month),
a Game Boy Advance a video game software package, and $5000 in cash. The
teenager shaved his head, donned a leaf, and painted himself blue. He
then munched on a bowl of typical "Pikmin food" including live
worms and crickets. Other finalists' stunts included a teenage girl from
Arizona who ate a Nintendo GameCube-sized replica of chocolate syrup,
cat food and uncooked Spam, a man dressed as Nintendo's Mario who proposed
to his girlfriend wearing a Princess Peach costume, and others.
- For a while, you couldn't turn on the television without hearing something
about Jennifer Lopez's rear end. Her buttocks were the topic of every
comedian's rants, and now they have inspired a surgery phenomenon. Her
bottom is increasing interest in silicone buttock implants. According
to plastic surgeon Bruce Nadler, most people simply didn't know the option
was available. He explained, though, that the trend is dependent on J-Lo's
continued success. The surgeon says the famous Latina singer/actress has
done for the derriere what Pamela Anderson did for the breast.
AZ - Certainly you've heard the phrase, "Duct tape solves any problem."
A Phoenix resident took this axiom a bit too literally when he employed
a roll of duct tape to bind his wife to her legal obligations. To ensure
his wife showed up for her court date, Robert Horton bound her arms, legs
and mouth with duct tape and drove her to Maricopa County Superior Court
in Phoenix. He dropped her off at the security officer's desk in a very
matter-of-fact manner. Wife Belinda was arrested several days prior for
aggravated assault and resisting arrest, but was unwilling to talk this
time even after the tape was removed. Authorities are still considering
whether to bring charges against Robert.
in Toilet Turns Out to be Vibrator
Israel - The Holy Land is credited with being the birthplace of all three
monotheistic religions. But in recent years, it has become a magnet for
unorthodox interpretations of scripture. That's where Rabbi David Batzri
comes in. It seems that the Rabbi recently began advertising his services
to a special group of sinners. He specializes in blessings designed to
save obsessive masturbators from being possessed by the devil.
international governing body, FIFA, has a problem with one South Korean
custom. Since South Korea is going to host the 2002 soccer World Cup finals
FIFA wants the country to improve its international image by curbing its
habit of animal cruelty. South Koreans beat dogs with bats to soften the
flesh before slaughter. "I have told FIFA that it should not raise
concerns about that," said Chung Mongjoon, the head of the Korean
Organizing Committee. "It is impossible to forcibly end people's
dietary traditions for a sports event." Handlers say it is not even
an issue any more since they now kill "meat dogs" swiftly with
electric shock, and not with bats.
- Flavia D'Angelo, 20, will be the first woman to ever be pregnant for
12 consecutive months. The woman will give birth to a baby girl, whom
she will name Denise, but she will be back in the hospital in three months.
She will then deliver THREE more babies, a girl and two boys. She called
the double pregnancy a "gift from God, " and said she was both
"happy" and "scared." She told reporters, "I
am scared because I still don't know how the deliveries will work."
Her partner, Riccardo Tarquini, reacted a different way. In fact, the
news almost gave him the giggles. Tarquini said, "My first reaction
was to burst out laughing, while she burst into tears and asked the doctor
to take a closer look." There has been only one precedent for this
case when a woman kept ovulating after her first pregnancy. For D'Angelo,
though, becoming pregnant with three more babies has been called a "one
in two million event."
Minnesota - On his way to work Wednesday, Keith Obraske stopped by an
ATM machine to withdraw $20 for soda and cigarettes. But the machine didn't
stop at $20. It kept pumping out bills until he had $5,580. "I felt
like I'd won the lottery," said Obraske. "I just kept scooping
- We've all seen them... Those uncomfortable guys pacing anxiously in
the corner of a boutique while holding a cute little leather purse as
their wives and girlfriends are hitting every clearance rack in the joint.
Representatives from the Brae- head Shopping Center in Glasgow feel their
pain and are in the process of testing a scheme which lets women drop
off their partners and borrow "a fresh new shopping-friendly specimen
for a few hours." The Shopping Boyfriend is said to be the ultimate
retail therapist: enthusiastic, attentive, admiring and complimentary.
"He'll even say her bum looks small," says Carol-Ann Stewart,
the brains behind this scheme. According to Stewart, she got the idea
after viewing the results of an NOP poll that showed "shopping"
was one of the most dreaded words for young British men -- coming just
- Clothing from a vending machine will soon be the next fashion craze.
At least that's the hope of designer Helena Rosen who offers disposable
T-shirts, dresses, bags and skirts that have no seams, zips, or buttons.
She is currently working on making disposable trousers, too. The clothes
will come flatpacked in the vending machine, and the consumer would need
to properly fold, assemble, and tuck the garment and perhaps tug on a
cord. As she designed her "AnyWear" collection, Rosen marveled
at its simplicity: "I was amazed to realize how much can be achieved
by simple folding, cutting, and gathering techniques." Though the
sales plan is still in development, her goal is to someday have her vending
machines in airports, train stations, and hotels for those on the go.
T-shirts will be $14.80, and the other products may be a bit more expensive.
Germany - Doctors at Giessen University near Frankfurt wanted to prove
men are more fertile if their crotch is kept cool, so they have rigged
up an air conditioning system for underpants. The system works by clipping
a battery-powered fan on to a belt around the waist. This pumps air into
tubes which lead to the groin while nozzles direct the airflow. Straps
attached to the belt go around the legs like a climbing belt, keeping
the tubes and nozzles in place. "It works," says head researcher
Andreas Jung. "Not only is the amount of sperm increased but it is
faster-moving too. And that adds up to more chance of fathering a child."
Alabama - Last week Emmett Ayers II needed to get to the Sheriff's department
to pick up his suspended driver's license. Problem was he couldn't drive
there without that license. So he allegedly enlisted his 4-year-old nephew
to drive the car. The chief jailer and other deputies said they saw the
car pull up with the boy standing on the driver's seat while Ayers worked
the gas and brake from the passenger's seat.
Minnesota - Kathleen Healy was minding her own business as she tried on
jeans at Marshall Field's. When she entered the dressing room, she found
a money clip full of cash. Though she could see a $50 and $100 bill, she
didn't count it all because "it wasn't my money," she said.
She then gave the wad to the clerk and refused any reward. The sales clerk
"screamed and said 'Oh, a customer's been looking all over for this.'"
The frantic customer burst into tears of relief when they returned the
cash to her, but Healy still refused a reward. The sales clerk insisted
she take a box of Marshall Field's signature chocolates, Frango Mints.
When Healy opened the box, a note was enclosed indicating she had won
$10,000. As part of their "Win a Mint" game. "I've never
won anything before. I've never won a toaster," the ecstatic winner
- It may be small potatoes to some, but it's a big issue to Tampa radio
broadcaster "Dave the Dwarf." He is going to court to overturn
Florida's ban on "dwarf tossing." 3-foot-2 inch David Flood
believes he should be able to earn money by allowing bar patrons to hurl
him through the air onto mattresses. Flood said. "I don't have a
mental handicap. I don't like the government telling me what I can and
cannot do." But overturning the 1989 law will be a tall order. Cara
Egan, vice president of public relations for Little People of America
called Flood's lawsuit a publicity stunt. "There are plenty of other
ways for him to make a fool out of himself that are legal," she said.
Connecticut - Maybe instead of a cauldron, this aspiring witch should
keep a fire extinguisher handy. Mary Palmieri is now homeless after she
allowed her pagan friends to perform a ritual in her house to "burn
her troubles away." The witchcraft ritual involved burning a piece
of paper with Mary's problems written on it. The flames got out of control
and set fire to the house. Mary's bedroom was gutted and the house suffered
extensive smoke and water damage. Mary says next time she will talk to
her priest instead.
oldest profession has won limited approval from the European Union's highest
court. The Court of Justice in Luxembourg has ruled that a group of Eastern
European women has the right to work as prostitutes in the Netherlands.
The case involved 6 Polish, Czech women who work as window prostitutes
in Amsterdam. They're denied residence permits that would've allowed them
to work on a self-employed basis, on the grounds that prostitution is
not a regular job or a profession. The court said prostitutes could work
in EU countries where selling sex is tolerated - if they have sufficient
financial resources for carrying out their activity and a reasonable chance
of success. According to the ruling, prostitution in a self-employed capacity
can be regarded as "a service provided for remuneration."
N.Y. - Nintendo will stop making a Pokemon card featuring a reverse image
of a swastika due to pressure from the Anti-Defamation League. The manji
is an ancient Asian symbol of good fortune rooted in Buddhist culture,
but the boys in Japan failed to consider the impact a symbol so closely
resembling Nazi Germany's flag would have on American buyers. The irony
is that the original, Japanese-language cards were not even meant for
the U.S. market. Collectors were so eager to get their hands on them,
many cards were imported without Nintendo's approval, the company said.