Wednesday, May 23, 2012

News of the Weird 2.0
(Almost) Daily, Since May 21, 2012

Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
May 23, 2012
(datelines from May 18 or later) (links correct as of May 23)
© 2012 by Chuck Shepherd.  All rights reserved.

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London:  Great Art plays itself out on June 12th, when a Hayward Gallery show opens featuring 50 "invisible" works, by Warhol and others, i.e., some of the works are just, y'know, blanks with descriptions, and you're supposed to conjure up something.  One was actually drawn (they say), but with invisible ink.  Said a Gallery source, art is about "firing the imagination."   Daily Telegraph

Weird People

Michael McShane, 55, with nearly 300 flasher-related arrests on his sheet, thought he had a solution.  This last time he went carousing, he thought to wear two pairs of pants so that he'd still be unexposed if he dropped trou.  However, even though he was drunk, he got 'em both down over his buttocks before he passed out.  Carlisle News & Star (Carlisle, England)

"U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!"

New York City:  An indoor parking space on East 11th Street in Manhattan (12x23x15 feet high), with its own deed, will go on the market soon for $1m.  New York Post

Fine Points of U.S. Law:  The U.S. Court of Appeals (San Francisco) ruled that Minute Maid can continue to call one of its beverages "Pomegranate Blueberry" even though it's 99.5 percent  apple and grape juice.  Mmmm!  The Law!  San Francisco Chronicle

Perspective:  What's it worth to two workers for an aviation company not to have a convenient restroom for an isolated runway job (i.e., gotta pee in a bucket)?  A Portland, Ore., jury decided on Monday:  $332,000.  And then here we are in Zinder, Niger, where a New York Times dispatch describes how valuable it is for villagers to have kids because they can always skip school and walk the hours necessary to fill up their water cans for the family's next-day survival.  The Oregonian   ///   New York Times

Funny Old World*

Johannesburg:  Artist Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery showed their ballz by hanging Murray's painting of President Jacob Zuma with his junk hanging out.  (Update:  Goodman closed for a while as they think this through.)  BBC News   ///   3News.co.nz [Not Safe For Work]

Your Daily Jury Duty
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . until the mug shot is released]:

Jerald Reiter, 55, arrested for DUI in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday night.  Telltale sign alerting cops:  His pals (a parrot and a zebra) were along for the ride.  WQAD-TV (Moline, Ill.)

Thanks to Gerald Sacks and Cindy Hildebrand, and the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors.  (* stolen from Private Eye; [Chuck's editor: Stolen? You're better than that.] [Chuck: I'm not.])