Chuck’s Hand-Picked Overnight Weird News for Friday

Fight club in Fayetteville, Ark., in the, uh, church pre-school
The problem is, the kids (ages 3 and 4) talked about the fight club, causing two teachers to be fired, though the teachers denied the fighting was their idea. If kids want to fight, they said, ya can't stop 'em. (We beg to differ, explained the bruised-up kids.) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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Blasphemous frog riles the Pope
Benedict XVI wrote a letter to a Bolzano, Italy, art gallery asking it to remove a frog-on-a-cross by German artist Martin Klippenberger (Bonus: frog was holding a beer), but the curator stood firm. It's not a slur on religion, he said, but rather just an expression of the artist during a personal crisis (which, actually, can pretty much be said about all the art reported in News of the Weird). Reuters via Yahoo
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Snot roils Tasmanian rivers
Well, it's "Rock Snot," aka Didymo, a hazardous algae, and it's reported to you here not just because of its cool name but because there's a photo, and it's the biggest, most fabulous loogie you ever saw. Australian Broadcasting Corp. News
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Your Daily Loser
Two guys tried to rob Brighton Mini Mart in Chicago on Monday and got away, but one was wounded and later arrested when he showed up at a hospital ER. Seems that not only did he accidentally shoot himself in the foot while he was in the store, but then the owner grabbed a knife and stabbed him as he was running out. Chicago Tribune
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People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
Driving instructor David Zitcovich is on trial this week in Rock Hill, S.C., after five girls, count 'em, five, said he was dispensing lessons from the passenger seat while his stuff was "accidentally" creeping out of his shorts. The Herald (Rock Hill)
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Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
Here are three Ohioans in the news this week (two for sex crimes, one a racist), and, y'know, three people from the same state is kinda odd, so, come on, one of 'em's bound to be innocent, OK? Is it Jose Ortiz, or is it Daniel Fowler, or is it David Tuason? Plain Dealer (Cleveland) // WBNS-TV (Columbus) // Plain Dealer
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Eyewitness News
[news videos goin' around]
British kid sets Guinness Book record for holding the most snails on her face at one time (Bonus: There was actually a former record for this.) Chester Chronicle // [story] [Link from Arbroath blog]
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More Things to Worry About on Friday
Tourism officials in Baghdad have done lost their minds because they're now requesting design proposals for a 650-ft-high amusement park ferris wheel in downtown . . . . . German scientists, via Google Earth, discovered that 2/3 of the world's cows at any one time are pointing north (Bonus: A California dairy farmer, when asked if he ever noticed such a thing: "I don't spend a lot of time worrying about stuff like that") . . . . . A 78-yr-old woman got confused at the self-service check-in area at Stockholm's Arlanda airport, lay down on the carousel, and was whisked down the baggage chute . . . . . Two former F State mayors got into an election-night fight, and since they both have heart conditions, both wound up in the hospital . . . . . A scientist at the U.S.'s world-class research institution, Cal Tech, has figured out the best way to, er, swat a fly (hint: Aim at where they'll be, not where they are). Today's Newsrangers: Harry Farkas, Keith MacKenzie, Erik Paul Leff, Emory Kimbrough, Joe Weckbacher
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Editor's Note
Reminder: No post tomorrow (or Sunday), but back again Monday, and regular posting begins again Wednesday.
     Posted By: Chuck - Fri Aug 29, 2008
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