Ingrid Paulicivic filed a lawsuit against Laguna Beach, Calif., gynecologist Red Alinsod over leg burns she bafflingly acquired during her 2009 hysterectomy - a procedure that was topped off by the doctor's nearly gratuitous name-"branding" of her uterus with his electrocautery tool.
The Romanian senate rejected a proposal by two legislators to regulate, and tax, fortune-tellers and "witches," even though the government is otherwise desperately seeking new sources of revenue.
To most, the toilet is a functional appliance, but to thoughtful people, it can be an instrument upon which creativity blossoms.
On an ABC-TV "Nightline," professor Matt Frerking of Oregon Health and Science University allowed cameras to record his narcolepsy-like "cataplexy," which causes temporary muscle paralysis each time he contemplates romantic love (hugging or holding hands with his wife, viewing wedding pictures, witnessing affectionate couples).
This past summer, the prominent BrewDog brewery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, began producing the world's strongest (and most expensive) beer, called The End of History, which is 55 percent alcohol and sells for 500 pounds ($780) a bottle.
"Tom Tom," a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier, was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Ark., this spring, even though he was in good health.
Gerald Maxwell, 39, a convicted burglar who was caught breaking into the same Sarasota, Fla., home he had broken into last year, quickly tried to explain his innocence to officers.
After an historic site along the lower Jordan River was closed for a day this summer for public health reasons, an environmental group, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth (Middle East), called for a permanent suspension until the governments of Israel and Jordan (on either side of the river) assure that it is safe from agricultural discharge and untreated sewage.
Justine Winter, 17 - who was badly injured in a car crash in Flathead County, Mont., in March, 2009 - has filed a lawsuit against the pregnant driver, whom she had hit and killed (along with the woman's 13-year-old son, not to mention her unborn child).
Three self-described bisexual men filed a federal lawsuit against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance for disqualifying them from the Gay Softball World Series in Seattle in 2008 because they were not "sufficiently gay."
Police in Bonita Springs, Fla., charged Randall James Baker, 45, with aggravated battery, in August, 1998, for shooting his friend Robert Callahan in the head, sending him to the hospital.
Veteran criminal Nathan Pugh, 49, walked in to a Wells Fargo bank in Dallas and presented his holdup note to a teller - claiming to have a "bom."
Joseph Wheeler filed a $12 million lawsuit against Prince George's Hospital in Upper Marlboro, Md., over its treatment following a car accident.
Wisconsin law permits independent candidates five-word statements to accompany their names on the ballot, to signal voters just as the words "Republican" and "Democrat" are signals, but Milwaukee Assembly candidate Ieshuh Griffin was ruled this summer to have gone too far with her statement ("NOT the 'whiteman's bitch'") (her capitalization and punctuation).
The Los Angeles Unified School District has laid off nearly 3,000 teachers in the last two years, faces a $640 million annual shortfall, and runs some of the country's worst-performing classrooms.