Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday’s Creme de la Weird

Somebody in China is selling little bags of goldfish as (unofficial) Olympics souvenir keyrings
Daily Telegraph (London)

Makes $82k, has $54 savings, somehow can’t figure out why
They don’t make accountants like they used to. It’s not Wi-Fi waves that rot yer brain; it’s cooties from those plastic cards ya carry around, and the Debtors Anonymous groups are proliferating. Wall Street Journal

The Americanization of Japan (continued): Previously humble parents now jump up teachers’ asses
At a recent school performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, there were 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs, no wicked witch. “After a relentless campaign of bullying, hectoring, and nuisance phone calls, the monster parents had cowered the teachers into submission, forcing the school to admit to the injustice of selecting just one girl to play the title role.” The Times (London)

Y’all watch out on Thursday: The House of Yahweh says nuclear world war will start then
His holiness Yisrayl Hawkins has been wrong before, though, and has lost a few of his humiliated followers around the world. On the other hand (according to the story’s Commenters), House of Yahweh conveniently sells all the survival supplies you’ll need during those dark days ahead. (Bonus: If he’s wrong again, his trial in Texas on bigamy charges [30 wives!] will start in September.) Abilene Reporter News / Wikipedia entry

Church of Sweden priest, sacked for committing adultery with a parishioner, sued the Church, gets his job back
(Bonus: In Quebec, an appeals court just affirmed an arbitrator’s 2006 decision giving a convicted murderer his job back as a public school teacher.)
TheLocal.se (Stockholm) / The Globe and Mail

South Korea’s hardcore virtual-golf obsession
It’s one thing to play, another for a society like the U.S. to devote so much grass and water to it, another to develop virtual golf so you can play indoors, and another to create “tournaments” out of virtual golf, but now . . they put those virtual tournaments on television. (Bonus: People watch!) New York Times

The lonely vigil of a lathered-up 9-11 “truth” guy
Arizona Republic

Your Daily Loser
They don’t know his name, but he left his torn-up t-shirt behind, after he tried to burglarize the house where Cromwell, the 300-lb. mastiff, lives. Daily Mail (London)

Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict based on mugshot only]
Vernon Weiske, accused of animal cruelty and domestic violence

Think your local gov’t has budget problems? A 100-yr-old school in Scotland [CORRECTION: Ireland] still uses “outside toilet facilities” . . . . . In Ontario now, porn’s on the open shelves, but cigarettes have to be kept under the counter . . . . . Inexplicable: “The head of one of [Australia’s] elite private schools has questioned whether English should be compulsory for the senior years, saying the courses being taught are beyond the intellectual ability of most students” [from The Australian].

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