News of the Weird / Plus, May 26, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus
May 26 2015 (Part 2) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday]

Des Cartes De Fidélité: Drug competition on the street in Marseilles, France, is so keen that more than one dealer has now begun to offer "loyalty cards," where a buyer can get a 10-euro discount after 10 purchases (getting all 10 squares punched). One buyer told La Provence, "I thought I was hallucinating. I thought I was at a pizzeria or something." The Local (Paris)

Hostage negotiators are good in North Wales, UK. Spent 90 minutes convincing two guys to come down . . from a one-story roof 8 ft off the ground (with a photo!). (Seriously. Couldn’t have hurt themselves if they tried.) South Wales Evening Post

So he’s about to go under for LASIK surgery in Lake Oswego, Ore., without his glasses, of course, and they shove a liability disclaimer form in his hands to sign . . in, of course, small font. The Oregonian

Feminists get all hysterical about the casual use of “hysterical” to describe hysterical women, but here we have the delightfully named Ms. Heather Hironimus, mother of a once-to-be-circumcised boy and who has lost state case after state case (OK, it was in the F State, but still, we have standards), and she won’t give it up. (Understand: We don’t know what the kid wants; we only know that the dad parent says snip him, and the mother parent says leave him intact, and they’ve been almost knife-fighting about this for years.) (Further Understand: Before Weird Universe hears from the “inactivists” who think circumcision is like female genital mutilation: OK, OK, but Ms. Hironimus has had her day and day and day and day in court. Give it up; there’s the possibility in a democracy that y’all are wrong.) Associated Press via ABC News

At Valencia State College in Orlando, medical-assistant students learn various procedures that are important, and the “transvaginal probes” would be an important skill to have. Valencia says, Best way to learn how to do it is to have one done to you (even if you might have to be "stimulated" in order for the probe to be inserted comfortably). Agreed. Except that since it involves a sensitive (if not sacred) area, it seems a little awkward to force students go through it. CNN

A hygiene-concerned gentleman in China’s Nanyang City, Henan, was recently photographed carefully river-bathing . . his inflatable sex doll . . and give him credit for ignoring onlookers (photos!).

Bright Ideas: In America, we fret about the sensitive way to collect debts from deadbeats. Respect the lender, but also respect the poor debtor. What to do? In Russia, apparently, they simply go confiscate the debtor’s cat. Moscow Times

A study reported on worried about all the dead links in online reference citations for “scientific” journal articles. Unaddressed by the authors were two superior points: (1) There is roughly 10 times as much “research” as is important in journals, anyway. (2) Nobody reads all that crap, except 4 or 5 people who, of course, always complain when a link is broken.
     Posted By: Chuck - Tue May 26, 2015

Loyalty cards- So if someone is caught with a card can they be charged with drug use? Can the card be fingerprinted to get the drug dealer?

8ft- A great training exersize.

LASIK-Bet that doc's lawyer did a facepalm when he/she heard about this.

Circumcision- Listen up you foreskin lovers: female circumcision is the COMPLETE REMOVAL OF THE CLITORIS. It is done to destroy the young girls ability to enjoy sex ever in her life. It is done to insure she will not cheat on the husband her family decide she must marry. Even worse often times, in third world countries, it is done with no anesthetic and under unclean conditions. The outer labia is then sewn together with only a small space to allow the woman to urinate and menstrate. This makes it not just pleasure free but horribly painful when her husband has sex with her. That is if she doesn't get some horrible infection from procedure and die. So please stop comparing it to a little snip of foreskin that has to do with religion or simply with the ability keep clean.

Transvaginal probes- If you are going to order it for patients then perhaps you should know what's involved. On the other hand surgeons are not forced to have appendectomies in order to learn to do them.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/26/15 at 04:26 PM

Info to back up the above comment on female circumcision.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/26/15 at 04:33 PM
@Patty .. was a nice visit this weekend .. glad you were not "allergic" :red:
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 05/26/15 at 07:07 PM
Aww, you left out the best part about the Russian debt collectors -- the woman who ate her pig to prevent it from being seized.
Posted by ges on 05/26/15 at 07:50 PM
Yeah, let's just assume that there's nothing misguided about chopping off part of a baby's body. I mean, why not, right?
Posted by zeph on 05/27/15 at 12:56 AM
>> Before Weird Universe hears from the “inactivists”...

I think you mean "intactivists."
Posted by mindful webworker on 05/27/15 at 12:09 PM
"Y'all" is singular. "All y'all" is plural.
Posted by Virtual on 05/27/15 at 06:04 PM
Well who doesn't know that Expat?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/27/15 at 06:37 PM
@Patty, please do some research because circumcision is not just a little snip. It takes all of the protective covering around the glans and down the sex organ. Do a web search and you can see pictures of just how much is taken. (It's sold to medical supply companies and skincare companies, which is big business.) The result of circumcision is callousing of the glans' head, and a decrease of sensitivity, with some men later in life experiencing erectile dysfunction.

Circumcision was done to prevent men from masturbating. It is just as horrible as female circumcision.

The majority of men in the world are not circumcised and they clean themselves properly without a problem. Many women who have been with both circumcised and uncircumcised men report that the former does not feel as good as the latter - not even close.

Only the U.S. has doctors and nurses who don't know how to properly care for an intact member, and that's where the problems happen due to forced retraction. Retraction naturally occurs all the way up to around 10 years old, but many doctors - even urologists - force retraction even on infants, which can cause permanent scarring and the need for surgery.

200 baby boys die a year from complications, the usual being loss of blood after the surgery. Not to mention, the surgery is done without anesthesia or painkillers, which would be given if the boy were to have elective surgery later in life.

As for the posting here, we DO know what the 5 year old wants done regarding his sexual organ. He has told both his mother and his father that he doesn't want to have the surgery. I think the judge was wrong and that the child should've been allowed to grow up and then decide for himself whether he wanted a crucial part of his anatomy to be sliced off.

And last but not least, "y'all" means two or more people. "All y'all" means three or more people. There is no singular "y'all" because it means "you all."
Posted by Jag on 06/05/15 at 02:36 AM
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