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October 2010

October 11, 2010

What Makes a Good Party

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 11, 2010 - Comments (3)
Category: Sexuality, Teenagers, 1950s

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (October 11, 2010)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
You're Still Not Cynical Enough

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
October 11, 2010
(datelines October 2-October 9) (links correct as of October 11)

Grandpa Does What for a Living? Plus Doggers' Rights and More Blind Obedience to the GPS God

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Japanese "Elder Porn": Shigeo Tokuda took up acting at age 71 and has become a movie star with a body of work numbering 350 (all adult films, including hard-core porn). He's 76 now and says he doesn't even need Viagra. He was discovered for the big screen when a producer saw him and decided he had "a pervert's face." Only recently did his family learn of his secret life. (Bonus: One of his films paired him with Ms. Fujiko Ito, 71.) Globe & Mail (Toronto)

What Year Is This? Mississippi state judge Talmadge Littlejohn put a lawyer in jail for criminal contempt of court because he declined to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Can't Possibly Be True (I): New York City court . . Juvenile counselor pleaded to three counts of rape of juvie girls . . Got probation . . One of the victims, "Ashley," age 15, who had been charged with lying to police, got a year's detention. New York Daily News

Can't Possibly Be True (II): In a village in India's Madhya Pradesh state, a lady found out that a bottom-caste Dalit woman had fed scraps of bread to her dog. Now the dog's in rehab (purgatory?) (touched by an untouchable!), and the lady has taken the Dalit woman to court. BBC News [Sept. 24]

Great Art!: Opening in June 2011 will be "Lullaby," a London theater production that presumes the audience will be rendered drowsy by the actors' soothing performances. Thus, the ticket price includes overnight lounging in the seats and a shower the next morning. Seriously. Wear your 'jammies. Reuters via Yahoo News



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Oct 11, 2010 - Comments (8)
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October 10, 2010

les fĂȘtes Ă©tranges

Awhile back I posted a link on here to an article about strange places to visit. More recently I wrote about unusual contests. Now I can combine the two! Men's magazine askmen.com has created a list of what they think are the top ten weird festivals held around the globe each year. For example, there's the Cow Painting Festival held in Luxembourg each summer. And you probably shouldn't miss the Moose Dropping Festival in Talkeetna, Alaska in July. Plus there's the So Joo Festival in Porto, Portugal in June - bring a hammer! You can see the entire list here.

Posted By: Nethie - Sun Oct 10, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Customs, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Magazines, Parades and Festivals

Breakfast Of Champions


An LA drug bust recovered pot laced breakfast cereal, candy bars and other foodstuffs. Why are they busting medical marijuana joints in California anyway, I thought it was legal there.

Posted By: patty - Sun Oct 10, 2010 - Comments (9)
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October 9, 2010

Horny Humans



Not Safe for Stomachs.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 09, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Body, Skin and Skin Conditions, Medicine

Tragedy


Read a tragic story here.

Posted By: patty - Sat Oct 09, 2010 - Comments (8)
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October 8, 2010

Funny Cut

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Last week I was in Hamburg, Germany, for a literary conference. I snapped this foto at the Dammtor train station.

I am not sure of the wisdom of getting one's hair styled at a place with this name.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 08, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Hair Styling, Europe, Mistranslations

Funny Toilet Facts


Check out a great graph full of fun toilet facts. Scroll down past the first article at the link to see the graph.

Posted By: patty - Fri Oct 08, 2010 - Comments (5)
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October 7, 2010

What’s The Loss Of Your Hair Worth?

When I saw the words 'hair insurance', I thought "What a great idea! Finally people who suffer from any type of genetic baldness can relax." So I was disappointed when I followed the link and read the article. Turns out it's not some fabulous hair loss coverage plan. Instead, Troy Polamalu (who plays Football for the Pittsburgh Steelers) has gotten his long, flowing locks insured for one million dollars. The insurance is covered by Lloyd's of London and was purchased by shampoo brand Head and Shoulders. You can read more about it here.

Posted By: Nethie - Thu Oct 07, 2010 - Comments (5)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body, Eccentrics, Sports, Hair Styling

See A Thief, Catch A Thief

I don't know about you but I've been looking for a new job lately and have not had much luck. But I got excited when I saw this article today - a company in Britain is going to start streaming video feeds from surveillance cameras in the hopes that "armchair cops" can help catch thieves in the act. Participants can earn up to $1,000 pounds when offenders are caught. Of course there has been some criticism about the scheme. You can read more about it here.

Posted By: Nethie - Thu Oct 07, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Cops, Crime, Government, Jobs and Occupations, Video, More Things To Worry About

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