All posts by Chuck Shepherd

  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 12.14.16

    Ecret-Say Ode-Kay American gangsters traditionally use euphemisms and nicknames (“Chin,” “The Nose”) to disguise criminal activities, but among details revealed at a November murder trial in Sydney, Australia, was that members of the “Brothers 4 Life” gang...

    • Posted December 13, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 12.7.16

    Even Baking Soda Is Dangerous Almost all law enforcement agencies in America use the Scott Reagent field test when they discover powder that looks like cocaine, but the several agencies that have actually conducted tests for “false...

    • Posted December 6, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 11.30.16

    Future of Travel Australian aviator David Mayman has promised investors that his personal jet packs will hit the market by mid-2017, though early adopters will pay about $250,000 for one, to fly a person at up to...

    • Posted November 29, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 11.23.16

    Democracy in Action While “democracy” in most of America means electing representatives to run government, on Nov. 8 in San Francisco it also expected voters to decide 43 often vague, densely worded “issues” that, according to critics,...

    • Posted November 22, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 11.9.16

    Can’t Possibly Be True Kids as young as 6 who live on a cliff top in China’s Atule’er village in Sichuan province will no longer have to use flexible vine-based ladders to climb down and up the...

    • Posted November 8, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 10.19.16

    Extreme Hobbies John Weigel and Olaf Danielson are engaged in a frenzied battle of “extreme birdwatching,” each hoping to close out 2016 as the new North American champ of the American Birding Association, and a September Smithsonian...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 10.12.16

    Frontiers of Science Large kidney stones typically mean eye-watering pain and sudden urinary blockage until the stone “passes” (often requiring expensive sound-wave treatment to break up a large stone). Michigan State University urologist David Wartinger told The...

    • Posted October 11, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 10.5.16

    Foul-Feathered Friends In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noting a recent uptick in cases of “live-poultry-associated salmonella,” repeated its earlier (apparently largely ignored) alert that people should not be kissing chickens (or ducks or...

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 9.21.16

    What Goes Around, Comes Around JACKSON HOLE, WY – One of the Islamic State’s first reforms in captured territory has been to require adult women to dress devoutly—including the face-covering burka robe, which, in Western democracies famously...

    • Posted September 20, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 9.14.16

    These Shoes Weren’t Made for Walkin’ JACKSON HOLE, WY – The upscale clothier Barneys New York recently introduced $585 “Distressed Superstar Sneakers” (from the high-end brand Golden Goose) that were purposely designed to look scuffed, well-worn and...

    • Posted September 13, 2016
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