William C, Caldwell III showed up at Southgate Mall in An Atlanta suburb and got in line for a picture with Santa. When he got up to Santa Caldwell claimed to have a bomb. Santa called the police who arrested Caldwell. Apparently claiming to have a bomb, even if you do not have one, is a crime as well. I guess he should have asked Santa for soap on a rope this year. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091204/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_santa_bomb
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A British couple have decided on a unique way to earn enough money for a destination wedding in Cancun. They are making pornographic films and selling them. The pair have already earned over $2,000 from three movies they have released and they plan on making four more. The subject matter is varied, group sex, hot wax and spanking are included. Fortunately, saving themselves for marriage was not an issue as they have four children. I bet when the kids are grown up they will just looove finding mom and dad's stuff while surfing porn on the net. http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/12/02/Couple-make-porn-to-pay-for-wedding/UPI-28281259790256/
A Vietnamese man recently got a little publicity for sleeping with his wife. Normally that would not be all that notable, but seeing as how she died in 2003 it caused some concern. After his wife died he began sleeping on her grave, which he continued to do for some 20 months. Then the man decided to dig a tunnel to the grave so as to sleep there and avoid the weather. At this point his children found out and stopped him from going there every night. Well then, apparently deciding, if you can't bring Mohamed to the mountain then bring the mountain to Mohamed he dug her up and took her home. Using clay to hold the remains in the form of a woman he then spent the next 5 years sleeping with her every night. In fact, she's still there. http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2009/11/27/11953631-reuters.html
Because of the U.S. holiday, last week was slow, at least for U.S. news, and I had to stretch my standards to produce a regular-length Pro Edition. After staring for two days at the "Extra" stories I had for follow-up release today, I have concluded that they're too lame to go out under my banner. See ya next Monday morning.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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