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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
New Delhi: U.S. government in disrepute? What about India's? A respected political action group said 162 out of 552 members of the lower Parliament face criminal charges (up to rape), 6 state legislators face rape charges, and 36 other local pols are charged with crimes against women. Wall Street Journal
Cincinnati: Ms. Aubrey Ireland, 21, a music prodigy at the Univ. of Cincinnati, went to court for a keep-away order against two stalkers who were constantly harassing her: her parents. They hung out on campus and spread rumors that she put out and had mental issues. Evidence is the brain is on the other foot. Cincinnati.com
Tokyo: Japan’s pornography industry, which somehow remains robust even though required to pixelate all thingers and hoo-hahs, treats its stars at least as well as America’s B-list actresses, so when Uta Kohaku asked her fans to send her vials of their bodily essence for her latest oeuvre Semen Collection 2, many shamelessly responded--more than the 100 she expected. “I will care for them as if it were my own child,” she said, reassuringly. DigitalJournal.com
Zadar, Croatia: It isn’t yet the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, but ya never can tell. When unranked Bulgarian chess player Borislav Ivanov beat three Croatian grandmasters in a tournament last week, officials strip-searched him. They didn’t find anything, but Bulgarians weren’t happy. Sofia News Agency (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Ibi, Spain: Let’s get this straight. The European Union is still teetering on collapse in large part because Spain can’t balance a checkbook, and still, it has ceremonial food fights? The August La Tomatina festival is the most famous, but each December 28th, the “Enfarinats” “take over” the town, institute some strange laws, and then “La Oposicio” runs them off by throwing food at them (mostly flour bombs). New York Daily News
Error: In this week’s NOTW M299 (12-30-2012)*, please change Mr. Jason Schall’s fishing experience from a “lake” behind his home to some sort of saltwater body behind his home. (I don’t think it’s a “fjord,” but I do long to use “fjord” in a story.) (Also, I wrote “brain on the other foot” just to see if anyone reads my posts.) [* On 1-6-2013, this link changes to this one.]
There, That Was Easy: Next week’s NOTW (M300, 1-6-2013) will be the, umm, 1,300th (i.e., Roman M plus 300), which factors to 52 times 25, which means birthday number 25. Yr Editor would be prouder of that if it weren’t for the fact that when I started, I had so many options for my life but at this moment, News of the Weird is absolutely the only thing I know how to do. Thus, I won’t be stopping . . . ever.
Dessert: Year-end news-sorting brings forth the September arrest of recidivist exposure cutie Lee Hazen Williamson, 57, at the Chalet Motel in Lakeport, Calif. The Smoking Gun
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