All posts by Chuck Shepherd

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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.24.17

    Pedestrian Calming Officials in charge of a Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed “speed bumps,” similar to those familiar to Americans driving residential streets—but on a pedestrian walkway, with row upon row of risers to resemble...

    • Posted May 24, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.10.17

    Entrepreneurial Spirit A San Francisco startup recently introduced a countertop gadget to squeeze fruit and vegetables for you so that your hands don’t get sore. However, the Juicero (a) requires that the fruit and veggies be pre-sliced...

    • Posted May 9, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.3.17

    Mother of Invention Robotic models of living organisms are useful to scientists, who can study the effects of stimuli without risk to actual people. Northwestern University researchers announced in March that its laboratory model of the “female...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.19.17

    Try, Try Again Samuel West announced in April that his Museum of Failure will open in Helsingborg, Sweden, in June, to commemorate innovation missteps that might serve as inspiration for future successes. Among the initial exhibits: coffee-infused...

    • Posted April 18, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.12.17

    World’s Coolest City Recently, in Dubai (the largest city in the United Arab Emirates), Dubai Civil Defense started using water jetpacks that lift firefighters off the ground to hover in advantageous positions as they work the hoses....

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.5.17

    TP Goes High Tech JACKSON HOLE, WY – China’s public-park restrooms have for years suffered toilet-paper theft by local residents who raid dispensers for their own homes (a cultural habit, wrote Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post,...

    • Posted April 4, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.29.17

    Location, Location, Location A highlight of the recent upmarket surge in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a residential and retail favorite, was the asking price for an ordinary parking space in the garage at 845 Union Street in the...

    • Posted March 28, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.22.17

    Entrepreneurial Spirit Perhaps there are parents who, according to the Cinepolis movie chain, long to watch movies in theaters while their children (age 3 and up) frolic in front in a jungle-gym playground inside the same auditorium....

    • Posted March 21, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.8.17

    Updates of Previous Characters—and Some Recurring Themes Tammy Felbaum surfaced in News of the Weird in 2001 when she, originally Mr. Tommy Wyda, consensually castrated James Felbaum (her sixth husband), but he died of complications, resulting in...

    • Posted March 8, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.1.17

    U-S-A! U-S-A! Although discouraging the marriage of children in developing nations has been U.S. foreign policy for years, a data-collecting watchdog group in America disclosed in February that 27 U.S. states have no minimum marriage ages and...

    • Posted March 1, 2017
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