Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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

Underreported News, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
June 5, 2012
(datelines from June 1 or later) (links correct as of June 5)
Copyright 2012 by Chuck Shepherd.  All rights reserved.

People

The aberrant aberrant:  The latest alleged massive child pornography distributor is a mansion-dwelling 41-yr-old Dallas, Tex., socialite.  WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Channeling Andy Kaufman:  Former British politician Lembit Opik, 46, tried to be a professional wrestler (tag team match) but lasted only 2 minutes (except for the suspected broken ribs, expected to take a while to heal).  Daily Telegraph

Medical Marvels:  The World's Greatest Newspaper continues to drop its trawl to snare the unfortunate.  Here's a 2-yr-old girl born with half her skull missing (Adams-Oliver Syndrome, n=130 in the world).  And this Pakistani gentleman has a particularly severe Proteus syndrome (giant head, feet, hands).  World's Greatest Newspaper   ///  World's Greatest Newspaper

From a book review in Sunday's New York Times:  Annabel Chong, "famous" for a 1995 sex film in which she took on at least 70 men at one sitting lying, reported that she retired in 2003 and "embark[ed] on a career in coding and Web design," leading a "boring Republican lifestyle consisting of stocks, golf, and home improvement projects."   New York Times (scroll down)

Funny Old World*

Criteria for marriage in India:  caste, complexion, horoscope, height, character, family, love.  Enter now the "love commandos," acting like a sort-of U.S. Civil War-era underground railroad shepherding lovers to the altar--unless the families can track the couple down and teach them with fists and rocks just what "marriage" is all about.   BBC News

In a Gloucestershire village, the renewal of the four-century-old Shin-Kicking Championships.  ITN (London)

An environmental panel and an administrative bureau have both turned down pleas by neighbors of a man in southern Sweden who moans "louder than an animal" when he masturbates.  "[I]t affects my state of mind," said one neighbor.  The Local (Stockholm)

News of the Weird 1.0

Update:  The home of William Lyttle, the disturbed Brit who spent the last 40 yrs of his life digging tunnels under his upscale property in Hackney [NOTW, 9-3-2006, 9-23-2001] (to store junk, including four cars), has been fixed up (the holes cemented) and is expected to fetch the equivalent of about $1.15m.  World's Greatest Newspaper   //   NewsoftheWeird.com (scroll down)

Again:  This has been No Longer Weird'ed, except that Sr. Vicente Benito might be the new world record holder . . for dying at home and not having one's body discovered for the longest time.  So far, authorities in Canizal, Spain, fix the death (discovered last week) as about 15 to 20 yrs ago.  Man sure enough kept to himself.   The Guardian (London)

Editor's Notes

I guess by now everyone has seen the radio-controlled helicopter made of the beautiful carcass of a guy's dead cat.  If you haven't, hop on over immediately.  (Stare long enough, and you'll never look at a cat the same way again.)  World's Greatest Newspaper

Thanks to the mighty NOTW Board of Editorial Advisors.  (* stolen from Private Eye)