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‘Amanda’ would be so proud

Sheryl Urzedowski, 38, was cited for DUI in Orland Park, Ill., after failing a field sobriety test to walk a straight line.

January 30, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Business wasn’t sorry enough

Chadwick St.-OHarra, 59, and Steve Righetti, 59, filed lawsuits in small claims court in San Rafael, Calif., against the Seafood Peddler restaurant for "injuries."

January 28, 2011 | | News of the Weird


So that’s where I left it!

Sheriff's deputies in Manatee County, Fla., arrested two men in October after a traffic stop when, following a thorough search of the car's trunk, they found marijuana.

January 23, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Nothing new in old New Orleans

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, Congress underwrote $7.9 billion in tax-free bonds that Louisiana could sell in order to rehabilitate the area.

January 21, 2011 | | News of the Weird


It’s their money to waste

The collapse of the economy in 2008 might have reached the far corners of Earth, but evidently not to Planet Calypso, the make-believe asteroid containing make-believe real estate in the multiplayer online game Entropia Universe, where resort entrepreneur Jon Jacobs recently cashed out his properties for $635,000 - in real (not make-believe) U.S. dollars.

January 19, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Plastic bag foils ‘clever’ criminal

A Phoenix convenience store robber escaped with the money, but like many others, inadvertently stuck his face directly in front of the surveillance camera.

January 18, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Hunh? No, really Hunh?

Acting on a citizen complaint, officials in Plymouth, England, ruled that army cadets (ages 12 to 18), who practice precision drills with their rifles, could not handle them during the public parade on Britain's Remembrance Day (Veterans Day).

January 16, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Shell fish lead to hardened criminals

More than 4,450 activities are federal crimes, and 300,000 federal regulations carry potential criminal penalties, according to a feature by McClatchy Newspapers.

January 14, 2011 | | News of the Weird


At least they are paying their own way

Safari World, the well-known and controversial zoo on the outskirts of Bangkok, has previously stupefied the world (and News of the Weird readers) by training orangutans to play basketball, ride motorbikes and kickbox (while outfitted in martial-arts trunks).

January 13, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Decision impacts kids for life

Stacey Herald, 36, of Dry Ridge, Ky., is 28 inches tall, with a rare condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta, which causes brittle bones and underdeveloped organs - provoking doctors' warnings that childbirth could cause the fetus to crush Stacey's lungs and heart (and produce a baby susceptible for life to broken legs and arms).

January 12, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Haven’t we all wondered about this puzzle?

Sixty-two percent of the 12 million people of Mumbai, India, live in slums, but the city is also home to Mukesh Ambani's 27-story private residence (37,000 square feet, 600 employees serving a family of five), reported to cost about $1 billion.

January 11, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Two's not enough and four's too many

Researchers at University of Manchester have devised a mathematical formula for the perfect handshake.

January 09, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Famous last words

At a conference in Vancouver, University of California, San Francisco researcher Charles Chiu disclosed that a never-before-detected virus that partially wiped out a monkey colony in a lab in Davis, Calif., recently appeared to have "jumped" from its species onto a human scientist at the facility.

January 07, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Some folks have too much time

David Rees draws the political cartoon "Get Your War On," but in his new day job, he is an artisan - of pencil-sharpening.

January 06, 2011 | | News of the Weird


It's like playing Capone

Bolivia's president Evo Morales - the former union leader and coca farmer known for hard-nosed political combat - is also a fanatical soccer player and drew worldwide video attention for an incident during a supposedly friendly match between his pals and a team headed by the mayor of La Paz.

January 05, 2011 | Nick Grubbe | News of the Weird


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