Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday’s Creme de la Weird

Britain’s Royal Air Force blew up, er, 237 tons of marijuana confiscated in Afghanistan
Two football fields’ worth, street value of almost a half a billion dollars, using 1,000-lb. bombs. The Sun (London)

Oregon man accused of nancy-kerriganing his daughter with a hammer so she’d get pain pills that he could swipe
KIRO-TV (Seattle)

America’s immigration-policy shame
The problem is that only 349 H-1B visas (out of 85,000 available) went to fashion models, but U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner introduced a bill calling for at least 1,000, since, as everybody knows, America somehow lacks homegrown beautiful people. CBS News

Pennsylvania restaurant inspector said he was speechless when he looked in the sink and saw a snapping turtle
The Panda Chinese Kitchen in York, er, failed inspection. They had plenty of other violations, but Panda’s owner said he was just trying to save the turtle’s life after finding it outside. York Daily Record

A madrassa in Virginia
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, examining the textbooks used by the Islamic Saudi Academy (campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax, Va.), found references to hardline Wahabi Muslim preachings, e.g., OK to murder Jews and other infidels. Associated Press via Star Tribune

North Carolina judge censured for delay in deciding a case (nearly 4 yrs, after a 6-day trial)
Greensboro News-Record

Dallas-area high school coach with a pawnshop habit
He hocked 270 items over a 15-month period, including school property (though apparently he went back and got those out). So far, there is no explanation because he was given the chance to quietly retire. Dallas Morning News

People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
A 36-year-old man in Singapore was sentenced to 14 yrs in the slammer (but only after receiving 18 lashes) after a conviction for assaulting 23 women by sniffing their armpits without permission. Reuters

Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict based on mugshot only]
Robert Turecek, arrested for setting his own house on fire, twice, because he figured that would “get back” at his ex-wife (even though she had already moved out) KDVR-TV (Denver)

Professor Music’s Weird Links
Behold the Reptoids Research Center: We are not alone, John Rhodes says, but the strangers are not from up there but from down there. Reptilian-Humanoid beings, native to Earth, retreated to underground caverns during environmental cataclysms long ago and continue to thrive and evolve (and are secretly interacting with humans!).

NOTW, The Blog
(1) A woman in Valley City, N.D., said the storm was so bad Wednesday morning that she’s sure she "seen" a cow fly past her window. (One cow had to be put down from injury after the storm passed, so maybe . . ..) Yr Editor loves stories of flying cows, though usually only cows falling from the sky are involved, most recently NOTW 956, 6-4-2006, and NOTW M012, 7-1-2007. (2) Doctors in Bangladesh removed a 93-lb. benign tumor from a man, thus making lots of world news. This genre, of course, has been No Longer Weirded since 2001. The world record, as far as Yr Editor can determine, remains the 303-lb. tumor removed at Stanford Medical Center in 1991 [NOTW 205, 1-10-1992]. (The patient weighed 513 lbs. when she was wheeled into the O/R, 210 coming out; the gurney bringing out the tumor was heavier than the gurney bringing out the patient.) Before it achieved NLW status, the big-tumor/cyst problem was reported in NOTW 583, 4-9-1999 (80 lbs., size of a beach ball, in Baltimore) and NOTW 698, 6-24-2001 (100-lb. job in Cairo, Egypt).

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