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Some people are so touchy

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.

November 05, 2010 | | News of the Weird


Eeney meeney chili beaney

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.

November 03, 2010 | | News of the Weird


His thoughts weren't THAT great

To most, the toilet is a functional appliance, but to thoughtful people, it can be an instrument upon which creativity blossoms.

November 02, 2010 | | News of the Weird


Work's what's kept him happy

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).

October 31, 2010 | | News of the Weird


What on Earth do you mean?

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.

October 29, 2010 | | News of the Weird


So much for 'lucky dog'

"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.

October 27, 2010 | | News of the Weird


He was just trying to say thank you

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.

October 26, 2010 | | News of the Weird


All John worried about was the Herods

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.

October 24, 2010 | | News of the Weird


Killer of three sues victim's estate

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).

October 21, 2010 | | News of the Weird


Abner Doubleday never saw this coming

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."

October 20, 2010 | | News of the Weird


Imagine, booze was involved in shooting

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.

October 19, 2010 | | News of the Weird


I have a gub, abt natural

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."

October 17, 2010 | | News of the Weird


These guys make their own business

Joseph Wheeler filed a $12 million lawsuit against Prince George's Hospital in Upper Marlboro, Md., over its treatment following a car accident.

October 15, 2010 | | News of the Weird


'The man' keeps cramping her 'style'

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).

October 14, 2010 | | News of the Weird


Don't forget about the lavish offices

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.

October 13, 2010 | | News of the Weird


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