Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday’s Creme de la Weird

Hot chick wins Miss Headscarf title on Copenhagen TV
Denmark stirs the pot one more time. It was a fashion show, not a beauty contest, they said, and Ms. Huda Falah, 18, won for her scarf’s kinda Carolina blue color. (This explanation will not be widely accepted in the Muslim world.) Daily Telegraph (London)

Evan Ramsey swears that, when he was 16, he didn’t realize the people he shot would be killed
He’s the guy who opened fire in his Alaska school in 1997 and killed two people (and is now serving 210 yrs). “Ramsey said his naivete left him unable to grasp that firing a gun in the real world is different from firing one in a video game,” wrote ABC News. “I didn’t realize that you shoot somebody, they die,” he said. ABC News

“Plants have a secret social life.”
That was from researcher Susan Dudley of McMaster University (Hamilton, Ont.), who found that the Great Lakes sea rocket plant identifies nearby plants and doesn’t fight for nutrition as much if the plant is related to it as it does if it’s a stranger. New York Times

And Judge Alex Kozinski has a secret life, too
The high-ranking federal judge about to conduct the extreme-porno trial in Los Angeles was found to have naughty pictures on a then-publicly-accessible website and will have to withdraw from the case. He also had accessible mp3 files on it (potentially illegal). The pages are no longer public so we may not be able to know how gross the photos were. A Los Angeles Times reporter, who broke the story, described a couple of them, but Yr Editor thinks they can’t be the worst. Kozinski says to chill out, that they were just jokes and things. Los Angeles Times

The Aristocrat!
All the elements: the F State, road rage, redneck, “bitch,” Faith Independent Baptist Church, crotch-wiping. Northwest Florida Daily News

Man in three-vehicle crash told police he was just driving around until he sobered up enough to go home
Asbury Park Press

“Cold, Wet Spring Threatens British Columbia Pot Crop”
There are of course no “official” crop figures, but one “farmer” said it might be a billion dollars’ worth of dope that’s rotting in the ground. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News

People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
Benjamin Baker, 27, was arrested in Corio, Australia, for sexually harassing a woman by sending her video mail of himself wanking, including the last one he sent, which was received on the woman’s phone while she was in the police station making her complaint. Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict based on mugshot only]
Randy Stanaford, 31, charged with trying to abduct a little girl (and remember, in the U.S. justice system, a person is innocent until his mugshot is posted) Kentucky Post

Professor Music’s Weird Links
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