November 23, 2009

Weird Divorce

It’s been a weird week for divorcees, starting with an Indian couple from Pune near Mumbai. After years of arguments over the wife’s penchant for Hindi soap operas, the husband finally barred her from watching them any more. She promptly filed for a divorce, which was granted on the grounds of his “cruel treatment” of her (World News AU).

Next is the case of the divorce granted to the Chinese couple who had not seen each other since their wedding, three years previously. The ceremony took place in China’s Machong district and was the result of an arranged marriage by the parents of the couple, called Ma and Mo, who were good friends. But Ma, the groom, left for a job elsewhere straight after and the newlyweds did not even try to stay in touch. With no children or property to argue over, the divorce went fairly uneventfully (China Daily).

Staying in China for a moment, Shoutsee Li and Han Fucheng of that country’s Mentougou district are hoping a judge will annul their marriage so they can marry again, this time legally. The couple originally married in 2006 after meeting nine years earlier, but Li was in China under false papers and now faces deportation. But while the police don’t recognise Han and Li’s marriage, the registrar does, and will not let them remarry until their current marriage is dissolved (People’s Daily).

Not so likely to remarry are recently separated couple Robin Williams and Anthony Hull of Kingsfold in England. Attempts to reach an agreement on how to divide their £500,000 ($850k) house have stalled amid arguments over who keeps the cheese grater and whether paint pots are communal property. The couple have now taken their grievances to Britain’s High Court (Daily Express).

Also in court this week was Stanley G. Hilton of Hillsborough, CA who is suing San Francisco, its airport, every airline that uses it, and the manufacturers of the airplanes landing there for $15 million each for ruining his marriage. All in all Hilton, a former attorney (now disbarred), cites 37 parties as contributing to the breakdown of relations with his wife, which amounts to a cool $555 million in the unlikely event that he wins (Wired).

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Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Nov 23, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Eccentrics, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Government, Regulations, Religion, Lawsuits, Divorce

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (11-23-2009)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
November 23, 2009
(ludicrous and/or disquieting news from November 14-21)

Weekly Gold

And Gen. McChrystal Thinks He Has a Tough Job: "We want [buzkashi] to become an Olympic sport," said the head of the Buzkashi Foundation, who is the promoter-in-chief of Afghans' traditional national sport. The main problem, though, is that the game is basically anarchy. One horseback rider needs to hand-carry a goat carcass the length of the field, around a flag, and back before other riders, using any tactic short of homicide, stop him. The time limits vary, and frequently the boundary lines are disrespected, sending spectators fleeing. The Foundation wants to corporatize the sport, with businessmen entertaining clients at matches like U.S. executives do in stadiums' luxury suites. USA Today

(Totally) Unclear on the Concept: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded money for bonuses (up to $3,000 each) to excellent teachers, including about 200 in Boston, but the Boston Teachers Union says the 200 can't take the cash. The union's rationale goes something like this: Oh, we're for excellence, too, but if you're basing that on whether students succeed, and thus reward their teachers, you have to understand that successful kids have had many other teachers, too. Therefore, bonuses must be given to all teachers. Boston Herald

The State of Scholarship, 2009: "Experts" at England's Leeds University, fastidiously documenting their observations, can now conclude, as cutting-edge academic research, that women seeking to attract men socially should dress baring about 40 percent of their bodies. More than that, too slutty; less than that, priggish. 40 percent. Daily Telegraph

The Way The World Works (why the African people are still dirt-poor despite the continent's rich natural resources): (1) The president of Senegal has decided the best way to help his people is to build a huge bronze statue in Dakar that celebrates "African renaissance" and is so impressive that tourists and businesses will flock to it, creating commercial opportunities. And even though he came up with the idea, President Wade selflessly is only going to take 35% of the income the site generates, in perpetuity. (2) U.S. law could not be clearer that any foreigner whom we strongly suspect of corruption affecting natural resources (conviction not necessary, just good evidence) cannot get a U.S. visa. The Justice Department has a super-compelling dossier on the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, but the State Dept. still lets him come kick back at his $35 million coastal estate in Malibu. Equatorial Guinea . . has oil reserves. BBC News /// New York Times

People want to be accepted to the best schools, so, of course there are prep courses for law school admissions tests and for College Boards. There are even prep courses on how to impress admissions officers at elite high schools and elite grade schools. Now, in New York City, there are prep courses for 3- and 4-year-olds, to get into elite kindergartens. Seriously. New York Times

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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Nov 23, 2009 - Comments (1)

November 22, 2009

Sounds Like A Joke

Some horny Zimbabwean women are apparently running a catch and release program for hot 18 year old guys. At least that is what happened to one young man at 3 pm on Tuesday at a shopping center in Chitungwitza. The fellow was running errands for his boss when he pulled into a parking space in the parking lot of the shopping center. Next 3 women pulled up beside him and forced him into their cream colored Toyota Corrolla. The women took him to Harare's Roman Catholic church where they locked him in a room and left. One of the 3 returned at 8pm and forced the young man to have sex with her, after which she called his employer's wife to tell the wife not to worry about where the teenager was. At 7am the next morning the women forced him into their car once again and released him at a different shopping center. The young man reported the kidnapping and rape to the police and they are still investigating. Now, before y'all tell me that a young fellow being molested at a catholic church is no longer weird I'll call two things to your attention. First, the guy was young but NOT underage and second,the molester was both female and not a priest. (they are mutually exclusive as you may know.)

Posted By: patty - Sun Nov 22, 2009 - Comments (5)

Super Crazy Weird Trailers 4: Wapakman

Posted By: mdb777 - Sun Nov 22, 2009 - Comments (6)
Category: Movies, Video, Asia

Passing Wind

Subtle Butt flatulence neutralizing pads, I swear, I couldn't make something like that up! The link has a story on it and another link where you can order these and some other odor control related products.

Posted By: patty - Sun Nov 22, 2009 - Comments (4)

November 21, 2009

Bathing Suit Day

In 1952, the town of Myrtle Beach, SC, decreed "Bathing Suit Day," during which non-compliers would be "arrested" and "jailed."

Click on each photo for details.

All from the Life archives.

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Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 21, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, 1950's

Very Cool

Please read and comment on the very interesting article at the link below. It concerns both computer hacking and global warming.

Posted By: patty - Sat Nov 21, 2009 - Comments (10)

November 20, 2009

1950’s All Terrain Vehicle

Here's another 1950's prototype ATV, which probably gets 3 miles per gallon. But you've got to admit this would be fun to have. Bonus beatnik 50's music!!

I wonder how it does against road side bombs?

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Nov 20, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: 1950's

Murdered For Fat

Police in Lima, Peru have arrested some members of a gang who murdered people for their fat. Dozens of people have been killed, the fat removed from the bodies and sold for use in cosmetics. The investigation began when police got word that a shipment of human fat was coming into Lima by bus from the mountains. Now they are continuing to search for more gang members and the buyers. Police are also looking at 60 disappearances in the area the gang was running to see how many of them could be traced back to the human fat traffickers. No vacationing in Peru unless your anorexic people!

Posted By: patty - Fri Nov 20, 2009 - Comments (6)

Giant Aussie Earthworms

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 20, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Australia, Natural Wonders

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