All posts by Chuck Shepherd

  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 9.7.16

    Outstanding in Their Fields The recently concluded Olympics included a few of the more obscure athletic endeavors (such as dressage for horses and steeplechase for humans), but U.S. colleges compete in even less-heralded “sports,” such as wood...

    • Posted September 6, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 8.31.16

    Virtual Fandom The phenomenal Japanese singer Hatsune Miku (100 million YouTube hits) is coming off of a sold-out, 10-city North American concert tour with high-energy audiences (blocks-long lines to get in; raucous crowd participation; hefty souvenir sales),...

    • Posted August 31, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 8.24.16

    Latest Religious Messages India has supposedly outlawed the “baby-tossing” religious test popular among Hindus and Muslims in rural villages in Maharashtra and Karnataka states, but a July New York Times report suggested that parents were still allowing...

    • Posted August 23, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 8.17.16

    Designer Leather JACKSON HOLE, WY – The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen (who dabbled in macabre collections, himself), might appreciate the work of acolyte Tina Gorjanc: She will grow McQueen’s skin (from DNA off his hair) in...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 8.10.16

    Frontiers of Fashion As Americans’ fascination with guns grows, so, too, does the market for protection against all those flying bullets. Texan John Adrain has introduced an upscale sofa whose cushions can stop up to a .44...

    • Posted August 9, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 8.3.16

    Trompe l’Oeil Jungle A conservation biologist at Australia’s University of New South Wales said in July that his team was headed to Botswana to paint eyeballs on cows’ rear ends. It’s a solution to the problem of...

    • Posted August 2, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 7.27.16

    Weird Numbers Making the News Recently The Transportation Security Administration announced in May that it had collected $765,000 in loose change left behind in airport scanner trays during 2015—an average “haul” for the agency of $2,100 a...

    • Posted July 26, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 7.20.16

    Fashion Challenges Beautician Sarah Bryan, 28, of Wakefield, England, who garnered worldwide notoriety last year when she introduced a wearable dress made of 3,000 Skittles, returned this summer with a wearable skirt and bra made of donated...

    • Posted July 20, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 7.13.16

    Blessings, Guaranteed More and more churches (“hundreds,” according to a June Christianity Today report) offer hesitant parishioners a “money-back guarantee” if they tithe 10 percent (or more) of their income for 90 days—but then feel that God...

    • Posted July 12, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 7.6.16

    Longtime Recurring Theme Peaks JACKSON HOLE, WY – In May, an apparently devout woman named Katy Vasquez of Winter Park, Fla., posted a sincerely written entry on Facebook (and told Huffington Post in an interview) that she...

    • Posted July 5, 2016
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