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Old 03-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #376
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Okay...recent "News of the Weird"





LEAD STORY -- In Northern Vietnam, Much Rides on a Man's Phallic Aim
An annual spring fertility festival in Vietnam's Phu Tho province is capped by a symbolic X-rated ceremony rendered G-rated by wooden stand-ins. At midnight on the 12th day of the lunar new year, a man holding a wooden phallus-like object stands in total darkness alongside a woman holding a wooden plank with a hole in it, and the act is attempted. As the tradition goes, if the man is successful at penetration, then there will be good crops. Following the ceremony, villagers are ordered to "go and be free," which, according to a February report by Thanh Nien News Service, means uninhibited friskiness during the lights-out period. [Thanh Nien News (Ho Chi Minh City), 2-9-2012]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #377
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Cultural Diversity

-- In the remote state of Meghalaya, India, a matrilineal system endows the women with wealth and property rights and relegates the men to slow-moving campaigns for equality. A men's rights advocate, interviewed by BBC News in January, lamented even the language's favoring of women, noting that "useful" nouns seem all to be female. The system, he said, breeds generations of men "who feel useless," falling into alcoholism and drug abuse. In maternity wards, he said, the sound of cheering greets baby girls, and if it's a boy, the prevailing sentiment is "Whatever God gives us is quite all right." The husband of one woman interviewed said, meekly, that he "likes" the current system -- or at least that's what his wife's translation said he said. [BBC News, 1-19-2012]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:08 PM   #378
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-- Each year, the town of Chumbivilcas, Peru, celebrates the new year with what to Americans might seem "Festivus"-inspired (from the Seinfeld TV show), but is actually drawn from Incan tradition. For "Takanakuy," with a background of singing and dancing, all townspeople with grudges from the previous 12 months (men, women, children) settle them with sometimes-bloody fistfights so that they start the new year clean. Said one villager to a Reuters reporter, "Everything is solved here, and after(ward) we are all friends." [Reuters via CBS News, 12-14-2011]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:10 PM   #379
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So tired of looking at that tattoo.
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Latest Religious Messages

-- Prophet Warren Jeffs, of a breakaway Mormon cult, is serving life (plus 20 years) in a Texas prison for raping two underage parishioners, but insists that his power has not been diminished. He was disciplined in December for making a phone call to his congregation announcing several decrees, including barring marriages from taking place until he can return to "seal" them and prohibiting everyone from having sex. (Since Jeffs retains his "messiah" status among many church members, and since life-plus-20 is a long time to wait, and since the cult is reclusive, it is difficult for outsiders to assess the level of sexual frustration in the compound.) [Daily Mail (London), 12-31-2011; Deseret News (Salt Lake City), 12-30-2011]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:11 PM   #380
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Questionable Judgments

-- According to a municipal street sign in front of Lakewood Elementary School in White Lake, Mich. (filmed in February by Detroit's WJBK-TV), the speed limit drops to 25 mph on "school days only," but just from "6:49-7:15 a.m., 7:52-8:22 a.m., 8:37-9:07 a.m., 2:03-2:33 p.m., 3:04-3:34 p.m. (and) 3:59-4:29 p.m." [WJBK-TV, 2-15-2012]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:12 PM   #381
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A Special Place in Hell

(1) John Morgan, 34, was charged in February in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with embezzling over $40,000 from a trust fund that had been established for his daughter, who has special needs because of cerebral palsy. Because of the theft, she is unable to have dental work necessitated because a care provider failed to lock her wheelchair, sending her sprawling face-first. (2) Police officer Skeeter Manos, 34, was charged in February in Seattle with embezzling over $120,000 from a fund for the families of four colleagues who had been shot to death in the line of duty. Manos' alleged expenditures included several trips to Las Vegas. [WPTV (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 2-6-2012] [Associated Press via WHBF-TV (Rock Island, Ill.), 2-8-2012]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:13 PM   #382
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What Do You Mean, I'm Not Mentally Stable: Ms. Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, filed a federal lawsuit against New York City's Administration for Children's Services because it had taken away her kids (aged 13 and 10 at the time) in 2008 for questions about Ogunbayo's mental stability. The lawsuit, for "recklessly disregard(ing)" her "right to family integrity," asks the city to pay her $900,000,000,000,000 (trillion). [Staten Island Advance, 2-7-2012]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:13 PM   #383
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Lightbulb oh! oh! oh! I thought of something

((Brynn, this image is for you
remember, in your dream you saw a beaded charismaic
woman next to a guy in a tux??
imagine my big smile when i came across this: )

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/201...ATEDINNER.html


now that i think about it it doesn't really go in this thread
does it?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:20 PM   #384
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ahhhh....okay, I get it now!
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Least Competent People

LaDondrell Montgomery, 36, had been sentenced in November in Houston to life in prison for armed robbery despite his vigorous protestations of innocence, and about a week later, in December, he was exonerated in fact. Although he had testified at his trial, he had not mentioned that he had an ironclad alibi -- that he had been in jail during the time the robbery was committed. Once jail records were reviewed, Montgomery was freed. The prosecutor hadn't checked the records before trial, and neither had Montgomery's attorney, but then neither had Montgomery ever mentioned it (because, he had told his lawyers, he had been in and out of jail so many times in his life that he just could not remember if he had been locked up at the time of the armed robbery). [Houston Chronicle, 12-9-2011]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:21 PM   #386
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Update

Sherwin Shayegan of Bothell, Wash., has apparently been acting out again. News of the Weird first mentioned, in 2007, an adult "troll" who hung out at high schools and befriended male students, especially athletes, ultimately beseeching them for piggyback rides. In some cases, he jumped on without permission and was arrested and ordered to get treatment and to stay away from schools. He reportedly began his piggyback "career" in 2004 with incidents in Washington and Oregon, and though there were periods of dormancy, it flared up again recently as he traveled to Montana, Bismarck, N.D., and Minneapolis (perhaps to outrun restraining orders). (Fondness for piggyback rides is not a widely practiced obsession, though the legendary illustrator R. Crumb liked to receive them in lieu of sex, according to an ex-girlfriend in the 1994 movie "Crumb.") [Associated Press via KOMO-TV (Seattle), 2-16-2012]
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:22 PM   #387
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I give up. That's all I've got.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:41 PM   #388
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Wait...



"Makes Sense To Me" News Story of the Day:
People Keep Dressing Dogs Up in Clothes And Posting Them On the Internet

3/21/12 - PORTLAND
Apparently, people keep dressing up adorable dogs in uncomfortable human clothes, take a picture of them, and then post them for laughs on the internet. Here is a picture of a dog dressed in a poodle skirt, posed as if the canine is participating in a dance class. One can only hope that the dog is undressed in a timely fashion once the photographer has been satisfied. Here, the humor is derived from the fact that the dog is dressed in a "poodle" skirt, thus creating a visual pun.

Authorities on the subject speculated as to whether or not the photographer originally had hoped to cast an actual poodle for the scenario, but was unable to locate one, opting instead for a dog of indeterminate breed. When asked about it, photographer Ellery Fragmore stated "I dunno. I guess I did look around for a poodle at first, but then something about my neighbor's dog Mr. Wiggles just put the whole thing into cute overload, so I decided to go with it. Besides, he looks like he kind of wants to be a poodle, wearing that skirt and everything, so it added an extra layer of meaning for me."
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:50 PM   #389
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Oh it's still there.

Okay. I'll interview myself.

Yes I wrote that news item because it makes sense to me.
It probably does not make sense to post it in this thread. No, I am not on any meds or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the moment.
Yes I am procrastinating.
No it doesn't actually make sense to me.
No I have never dressed up a dog and taken a picture of it.
Yes, I am lying about that. Once I dressed up my very cute, fluffy, black and white Shztzu-Pomeranian mix of a dog in a little gray jogging outfit with little yellow stripes down the leg, but only because he was freezing because he had recently suffered some hair loss and was embarrassed. However, he was more embarrassed to be wearing a doggie jogging outfit, so I took him out of it after just a couple of snaps.
No I will never do that again.
Yes I might post it here later in an attempt to get that hideous tattoo picture off the top of the page. I've been looking at it for months and months and I'm tired of it, and it turned out not to be a real news story anyway, and it's all just so very embarrassing in general.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:01 PM   #390
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In hell that tattoo picture is on every billboard.
I know, wrong thread.
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