All posts by Chuck Shepherd

  • 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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  • THE NEWS OF THE WEIRD 2.22.17

    The Man With the Golden Mop San Francisco’s best-paid janitor earned more than a quarter-million dollars cleaning stations for Bay Area Rapid Transit in 2015, according to a recent investigation by Oakland’s KTVU. Liang Zhao Zhang cleared...

    • Posted February 21, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 2.15.17

    EWWWW! On Jan. 31, doctors at Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, India, removed a live, full-grown cockroach from the nasal cavity of a 42-year-old woman whose nose had been “itchy” earlier in the day. Two...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 2.8.17

    Work of a Researcher “Field work is always challenging,” explained Courtney Marneweck of South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal in a recent journal article, but studying the sociology of a white rhino’s dung meant developing a “pattern-recognition algorithm”...

    • Posted February 7, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 1.18.17

    Leading Economic Indicator The salary the Golden State Warriors pay to basketball whiz Stephen Curry may be a bargain at $12 million a year, but the economics is weirder about the prices Curry’s fans pay on the...

    • Posted January 18, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 1.11.17

    Roundup From the World’s Press Too-Much-Reality TV Russian producers are planning the so-far-ultimate survivors’ show—in the Siberian wilderness for nine months (temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), with 30 contestants selected after signing liability waivers...

    • Posted January 10, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 1.4.16

    Oh-So-Sweet Dreams The Hastens workshop in Koping, Sweden, liberally using the phrase “master artisans” recently, unveiled its made-to-order $149,900 mattress. Bloomberg News reported in December on Hastens’ use of superior construction materials such as pure steel springs,...

    • Posted January 3, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 12.28.16

    Holes Against Humanity The rebellion against the absurdities of Black Friday this year by the organization Cards Against Humanity came in the form of raising money to dig a pointless hole in the ground. During the last...

    • Posted December 28, 2016
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