Backstage (May 7, 2013)

(in the Weird News Community)
[Chuck Talks Shop]
May 7, 2013

The Classic Middle Name: No, "Dwayne" doesn’t count, and manslaughter doesn’t count, nor attempted murder, and it doesn’t even count when your own daddy (Russell Staley, talking about his son Daniel W. Staley) tells police, “Danny is going to kill someone. It’s just a matter of time.” WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Baghdad's "Bomb Detectors": NOTW made a big deal back in 2009 (.M137) that a British scam artist had convinced Iraqi military officials to buy 1,600 each of what were basically dowsing rods that detected bombs moving through Baghdad and that despite repeated U.S. warnings, the lead Iraqi general would not give it up, spending $100 million of our money on them, even though when they inevitably failed to reveal bombs entering neighborhood checkpoints, Iraqis got blown up. The Brit, James McCormick, was finally convicted last week, but The Guardian rounded up some scientists who explained that the Iraqi general was only human, that the “ideomotor effect” is kinda hard to resist if the scene is set right. Whether it's dead spirits moving the table at a seance or a wand moving over potential bombs, a bystander-victim's experience can be wholly involuntary. The Guardian

One Weird News Evergreen Goes Full-Circle: A long line of entry-level news editors has been newly fascinated upon learning that an Indonesian company once thought to run coffee beans through a digestive tract, wash them off, and sell them upscale as an exquisite-tasting gourmet java treat (Kopi Luwak). And not just any digestive tract. It must be the digestive tract of the Asian Palm civet (cat). Yr Editor came a little late to the game, in 1993, but has mostly resisted the fresh-faced editors who seemed to discover it at least once a year and splash it all over the Internet. Originally, farmers would scour the forests checking piles of civet caca. Now, Kopi Luwak is so lucrative that several civet species are threatened by farmers’ caging and feeding them to assure that no bowel movement is ever beanless. Wikipedia /// (San Francisco)

Errorors: In News of the Weird .M316 (4-28-2013), Yr Editor described a British flapjack as a “pancake,” but it’s more a sorta-biscuit shaped thingy. I’m told that you get the wrong impression of the story if you imagine “pancake.” (At the link, scroll way down to see the original.)
     Posted By: Chuck - Tue May 07, 2013

Ideomotor Effect OK, ladies! We men now have a legitimate excuse for
the things we do.

Baghdad's "Bomb Detectors (I know...) Poor Richard once said, A fool and his money are soon parted.

Errorors Biscuit or flapjack it's weird either way.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/07/13 at 10:19 AM
i somehow was registered to news of the weird and i want this stopped as it is using up all my ink and paper. how do i get it stopped from going to my printer? can you help me i am 70 years old and on $$ disability income $$
Posted by thomas yaudas on 05/07/13 at 04:47 PM
I will let someone who knows more than I do about such things answer Thomas.

potential killer- Its a damn shame if that guy has to kill someone before anything can be done about him.

ideomotor effect- Yeah or stupidity. (I vote stupidity)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/07/13 at 08:48 PM
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