Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wednesday’s Creme de la Weird

Update: NY Times, Wall St Journal report the French court decision to grant a Muslim man an annulment when he discovered his wife was not a virgin
News of the May court ruling [NOTW Daily, 6-2-2008] has not only stirred up French secularists but rejuvenated the hymen-restoration surgery market, so that brides get a kinda certificate of virginity. New York Times / Wall Street Journal

“People have no idea how graphic the images are”
An ACLU technology guy said the new generation of high-tech body scanners (now going into 10 major U.S. airports) can see sex organ and breast size, colostomy bags, penile implants, etc. All faces are blurred, and the images can’t be copied or stored because, well, that’s the protocol, protocols are always followed! Agence France-Presse

Just as U.S. ISP’s agree to block child porn websites, France ups the ante by agreeing to block “hate” sites, too
Ya pretty much know what “child porn” is, and it has no positive social value, but deciding what kind of “hate” is “offensive” depends on who’s asking and who’s answering. (Bonus: Hamas announced that Gaza’s only ISP would start blocking all porn, but there’s now widespread unrest because the filter they’re using drags down the connect time) AP via San Francisco Chronicle / Agence France-Presse

Still more on the pornography front: The Tampa jury that convicted producer Max Hardcore last week told reporters they plan to write a book on the trial
This is otherwise known as “begging an appeals court for a new trial for Max” (on the ground of conflict of interest, since it was well-known to the judge that the jurors were badly split for a couple of days before agreeing on the conviction). Tampa Tribune

The Human Condition Today

Sydney District Court just wasted about A$1m on a 66-day trial because several jurors were playing sudoku during testimony
Jury miscondict, new trial. Observers at first assumed they were merely taking notes, but then, why would they be writing vertically? Australian Associated Press via

Couple in throes of passion knock cellphone on floor, where it auto-dials the woman’s other boyfriend
He has a temper, and it didn’t take him long to get there. Daily Telegraph (London)

British policeman accidentally shot dead during training exercise
No wonder bobbies don’t carry guns. The Times (London)

People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
He invited two male friends over to watch him have sex with his advanced-stage-dementia wife, but, he said, he was confident that if she had been of sound mind, she wouldn’t have minded.

A Shawnee, Kan., man is feeling great after a nail-gun accident because a Johnson County Med-Act medic, rushing him to the hospital, pulled the nail out with a claw hammer (“It went in like that. We can pull it out like that.”) . . . . . For the exceptionally lazy Brit, a £5.75 ($11.27) rotating ice-cream cup, which is like a cone that you don’t have to lick but rather just hold out your tongue for, and the ice cream rotates on its own . . . . . Readers’ Choice: In Simsbury, Conn., they found a pipe bomb on the side of the road, stuffed into a grocery-store whole chicken . . . . . And here’s your story of the day, from Britain’s The Sun: “Baby Born with Penis on Back,” in rural China (er, no, I don't think so).

That kid in Yemen who marched into the courthouse by herself to demand a divorce from her arranged, much-older husband [NOTW Daily, 4-16-2008] gets a full takeout on the front page of the Los Angeles Times this morning.

Professor Music’s Weird Links
The original Warner Bros. studio made hundreds of short cartoon features to run just before the feature film in theaters, from 1935 to 1964, and apparently every time a specific product had to be drawn for the story (that wasn’t obviously identifiable by its mere image), its brand name was “Acme,” e.g., “Acme Indestructible Steel Ball.” This guy, for some reason, decided to compile all the products into a browsable catalog.

NOTW, The Blog
The news from Weird Central is that “Colbert Report” staffers hung around for a couple of days asking teachers and administrators, on camera, where were the “wizards.” That refers to the wholly bogus news story, NOTW Daily, 5-6-2008, in which a teacher who got canned called up the press and termed the reason for his dismissal that he did a magic trick in class and that the administrators thought that made him a “wizard.” And once a version gets out on the series of tubes, it just doesn’t matter what really happened (i.e., that he was a screw-up). Yr Editor tries to protect you from things like that because for, well, almost 30 yrs, it’s been about the faith that true things are more interesting than made-up things.

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