History, Chutzpah, Humping

and the Morning Edition of Chuck's News of the Weird Daily for Monday

Historic Obama? How about Stu Rasmussen?
Stu was elected mayor of Silverton, Ore. (pop. 7,400, about 15 miles east of Salem). He's all-man, except that he always wears women's clothes and hairstyles (and a bra over his implants): America's first openly transgendered mayor. Apparently, his girlfriend's OK with that. KGW-TV (Portland)
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People Whose Sex Lives Are Worse Than Yours
Mr. Cody Williams, who was discovered in Avila Beach, Calif., naked, face down over the windshield of an occupied taxicab, practicing movements that he'd be using in the (unlikely) event he ever got a girlfriend. San Luis Obispo Tribune [2nd story]
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Your Daily Jury Duty
[no fair examining the evidence; verdict must be based on mugshot only]
They say Carl Johnson, 68, was carrying several weapons that can't be carried on high school grounds, but it's possible there's just a misunderstanding. Austin American-Statesman
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More Things to Worry About on Monday

The Terrell Tribune (in Terrell, Tex., pop. 13,000, 30 miles east of Dallas) made the news last week by (a) not reporting Obama's historic victory atop page 1 but (b) instead headlining a county commissioner's race ("We run a newspaper, not a memory book service," said the publisher). WFAA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)

In Turkey, Obama's victory was bad for sheep: 44 got the knife because, of course, some Muslims celebrate by sacrificing animals. Associated Press via Fox News

To end complaints about discrimination, Sweden will start furnishing free prosthetic penii to F-to-M transsexuals just like the health service furnishes free breasts and wigs to M-to-F's. (Negative bonus: The prosthetics are just for show; they don't actually work) The Local (Stockholm)

Looks like Mark Castillo, awaiting trial for drowning his three kids, is holding up his wife's pending divorce . . over the matter of his "share" of all the sympathy money the public has been sending her. Washington Post

A police federation official in Britain complained about the paperwork, including a 7-page form for starting surveillance on someone, even if you're just watching him with binoculars. Daily Telegraph

The British academic publisher Routledge announced a new scholarly journal and blog, Celebrity Studies, for pieces like what impact do celebrity suicides have on society, and, y'know, why in the world would "Jessica Alba" get more search hits than "Chuck Shepherd"? Daily Telegraph

It has long been No Longer Weird, but still, having one expired relative in the back room that you don't get around to acknowledging is different from having three expired relatives in the back room (one since the 1970s). Chicago Tribune

There might be something to those Third World cultural beliefs that your name is your destiny because the murder victim, in a Richmond, Va., drug shooting, was Mr. Marijuana Thompson. WWBT-TV (Richmond)

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     Posted By: Chuck - Mon Nov 10, 2008

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