The Super Sniffer, the Denture-Snatcher, and the $14,000,000,000,000 Man
News of the Weird / Pro Edition
June 22, 2009 (news from June 13-20)
The Human Carpet
"Georgio T." is a 48-yr-old immigrant from Malta, whose scene is working the floors of New York City bars dressed as a rug and available for stomping upon. He doesn't actually, y'know, come when he gets stomped, but still, he says it's very pleasurable. He has a custom rug rig he can slip into and then lies face down, praying for stilettos. He's been this way since childhood: "[One of my playmates] wanted to be the doctor, [another] wanted to be the carpenter, and I would want to be the carpet." New York Times
Tex-Ass Justice in the F State
John Preston's CSI-ready genius dog, Harass II, has contributed to around 60 convictions, they say, with his amazing ability to find specific people's scents on the faintest of crime-scene evidence, even old, old evidence. One of Harass II's IDs went to death row, and many got decades in prison. Turns out Harass II was the Bernie Madoff of crime evidence, making it up as he went along. In fact, when a judge finally tested Harass II's nose, the result was a disgrace to the German shepherd breed. So, judge after judge has been eating this "evidence" up for a couple of years, and anyway, how to you cross-examine a dog's reaction to something? [Oh, right, OK . . pet psychics.]
The cover's off now only because in three of Harass II's cases so far, DNA evidence finally has shown that the suspects didn't do it. So, how many of the five dozen behind bars were wrongly convicted? F State law enforcement (including the governor and the attorney general) aren't much concerned. Orlando Sentinel
Glorious Small-Town America
(1) The County Board in Lincoln, Neb., debated whether to pay a claim for missing pants (which should have been returned to a jail inmate but were nowhere around) at $10 rather than $12. ($12 won, by a 2-1 vote) (2) Mayor Julian Mullis of redneck Mulberry, Fla., is expected to survive, physically and politically, after being beaten up by his girlfriend, who is really his cross-dressing boyfriend, who lives with the mayor and the mayor's two young kids. (3) The City Attorney in Jeffersonville, Ind., turned up one morning, head-first inside a garbage can, sleeping off a bender. Journal Star
(Lincoln) /// WTSP-TV
(St. Petersburg) /// News and Tribune
(New Albany, Ind.)
Jonathon Keats Update
The latest project from the San Francisco artist whose mind is either way ahead of ours, or way behind ours, but definitely not even-up with ours: In the era of hyperspeed media, we need to slow down, and thus enters Jonathon with a story in print that'll take about 1,000 yrs to finish. It's nine words long and published in an interactive multimedia print magazine and, according to the instructions, the ink will reveal itself, slowly, taking about a century per word. OK, well, Jonathon's got other stuff to look at, too. Wired.com
/// Jonathon Keats
Crime Is Their Profession
(1) Victor Delfi was arrested in Chicago for knocking off the Lincoln Park Savings Bank, foiled when he tried to deposit some of the red-stained cash into his own account in another bank. (2) Marlon Moore, 38, was indicted in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where police said he was working on deals to swindle IRS out of, er, 14 trillion dollars. [Marlon's probably thinking, Damn, I was so close!]
(3) A robber escaped in Salt Lake City with some computers from a store, but that's probably not what he came for. It was the Black Diamond Equipment store, and the employee said the guy seemed deflated to find out that they didn't actually sell diamonds or gold (but rather, high-end ski and climbing accessories). Chicago Tribune
/// South Florida Sun-Sentinel /// KSL-TV
(Salt Lake City) [UPDATE: More, details, and a link that actually works, on ol' Marlon's grant scheme
. Miami New Times
People With Worse Sex Lives Than You
Augustus Hudgins, 41, was arrested in a downtown park in Memphis for indecent exposure, or as he tried to explain (according to the cop), "giving [his] penis some air." The Smoking Gun
[In America, you're presumed innocent . . . until the mug shot is released]
Evansville, Ind., police say that Marcus Bailey, 25, took time-out in the middle of getting braids to step outside the salon and move some cocaine. They say they nabbed him closing the deal. Ya think? Evansville Courier & Press
More Angst & Confusion from Last Week
In southern California, a full-grown mountain lion, rummaging around a garage, was kept at bay for 45 minutes (until animal control arrived) by the homeowner's, er, three mouthy, evolution-rules-defying chihuahuas. KTLA-TV
Those local British Councils are keeping Yr Editor's news inventory up. (1) The Brighton and Hove City Council evicted a nature guy from his cave home of 16 yrs . . because it lacks a fire exit. (2) A survey of Council websites shows they spend £50m ($82.4m) a year translating their pamphlets and stuff into languages like Albanian, Bengali, Kurdish, Somali, Gujarati, and Punjabi, when notoriously few people have ever read the damn things in English in the first place. Daily Telegraph
/// Daily Telegraph
Actually, gov't labor contracts in the U.S. keep the inventory up, too. Like the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's subway contract, where they pay about $29m a yr to keep a second attendant at the rear of each Red Line train, to open and close the doors (a process that's automated on almost all other rapid-transit systems and on MBTA's own Blue Line for the last 10 yrs). Boston Globe
The Golden and District Search and Rescue company, saving the asses of holidaygoers who get in trouble around the ski resort in Golden, British Columbia, pulled out and left the stupid skiiers on their own. That's because one dainty vacationer from Quebec is suing them because they didn't find him fast enough when he and his wife got lost in February. Calgary Sun
Ms. Shifa Patel, 28, a somewhat butch-looking secretary at Britain's Al-Isiah Muslim Girls School, was hounded out of her job by a small group of rabid parents who insisted she is a man. (She always gets robed-and-veiled up at work, but, of course, not on her Facebook page!) She even went to the trouble of getting certification from a gyno, but the parents thought it was faked. Daily Mail
Quirks: Todd Hall was ordered to prison for a year in Arkansas after a judge found fault with his manner of disciplining his 6-yr-old son: habitually biting him, mostly on the toes. And Robert Stahl, 64, was convicted in Muncie, Ind., in the second separate incident of resolving disputes by reaching into men's mouths and yanking out their dentures. Northwest Arkansas News
/// Star Press
Readers' Choice: Belgian Kimberly Vlaminck, 18, is raising hell after she fell asleep in the tattooist's chair and woke up with 56 stars on the left side of her face when she said she expected to see only 3. Tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz said Kimberly wasn't asleep [How easy is it to fall asleep with 56 needles digging into your face?]
and knew full well what she wanted, but that when she got home and saw her friends' and family's reaction, she dropped a log. Daily Mail
BBC News interviewed the man with the world's most hopeless job: head of the navy in Somalia. No sailors, no boats, no ability to stop the pirates. Yet optimistic! BBC News
More Sub-Prime Americans
A 27-yr-old man in Mesa, Ariz., planned to take The Only Way Out by rigging a 24-inch sword to his steering wheel, pointed at his chest, and then crashing his car into a brick wall. He's still with us, though. They make air bags stronger than you think these days, and the car swerved off the road, into a swimming pool. East Valley Tribune
Readers' Choice: Thomas Prusik-Parkin, 49, was busted after a six-year run of bravo-type acting performances, starring as his mother, in a wig, appearing at various social agencies around New York City so they would keep sending her gov't checks to her (him) (which she wasn't entitled so, in that she had died). Yr Editor isn't exactly sure which school of acting influenced Thomas here, but he told the arresting officer, "I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother." New York Daily News
It's tough being a reporter covering women's Mixed Martial Arts 'cause the gals don't think you respect 'em . . that is . . until they show they can choke out a reporter in three seconds. The Sun
(London) [link to video]
Meth Capital of America? The Tulsa World
settles that argument! Tulsa World [interactive map of all Tulsa meth busts since January 2008]
A celebratory nude rugby match in New Zealand, interrupted by . . of course . . a fully-clothed streaker [sic]. The Guardian
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, who famously suggested dealing with airport noise complaints by encouraging deaf people to move close to the airport, is also a master diplomat, shown here breaking apart fighting teenagers, aka Fatso, Tubby, and Fat Ass. WTOL-TV
(Toledo) /// YouTube video
Newsrangers: John Valentine, Dave Bonan, Kathryn Wood, Cindy Denny, John Holsinger, Richard Schneider, Tim Lindvig, Alice Sullivan, Perry Levin, Sandy Pearlman, Peter Swank, and the News of the Weird Board of Editorial Advisors
Listed in chronological order. Newest comments at the end.
Admiral of Somali Navy - I will never complain about my job again.
Nude rugby match - those damn streakers need to stop ruining good sporting events
Meth capital - something to be proud of?
Kimberley Vlaminck - First of all, nothing says "I want to be successful in life" like a face tattoo(sarcasm). Second, how the hell do you fall asleep during that? It would be like falling asleep while a cat with a mouth full of angry bees clawed you face.
Posted by Matt in Florida on 06/22/09 at 09:26 AM
Teen tattoo genius: unless she was knocked out with drugs, there is no WAY a person could fall asleep getting a facial tattoo. Plus, the artist, assuming he is at least a minimally responsible professional, would not spend the time doing unnecessary tattoos - especially on someone's FACE. Due to the taboo of facial tattoos (even in the tattoo/body mod world) very, very few artists will even agree to do one, and I will bet every dollar I have that the girl signed a slew of waivers and other documents signing off on the design. Sounds like an unlikely load of crap to me!
Posted by numb in Philadelphia on 06/22/09 at 12:49 PM
the dog- let the people imprisoned by the dog 'evidence' out. the whole thing is bs.
mountain lion- those are the coolest chihuahuas on the planet!!!
airing out the junk- hey i like to give the girls some air from time to time, but not in public!
naked rugby in nz? ooo gettin' naughty down there df!
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 06/22/09 at 09:30 PM
update on teen tattoo: she has now admitted that she asked for all the stars, LOVED all the stars, and then her dad flipped out...and she made up the story about being asleep. Obviously, she did not ace her creative writing class...
Posted by numb in Philadelphia on 06/23/09 at 01:09 PM
she deliberately disfigured herself, not a genius. but really, did you guys see the tattoo artist? omg he just looks like a freak. his bottom lip especially!
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 06/23/09 at 02:23 PM
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