At a high school basketball game in February, 1992, Oklahoma City police officer Eldridge Wyatt became dissatisfied that no fouls were being called on "No. 21" and walked onto the court to point out the player's elbowing to the officials.
Basically, "Toto" is to sophisticated toilets in Japan as "Apple" is to consumer electronics in America.
In Malone, N.Y., Clyde Gardner, 57, was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for trying to murder his ex-girlfriend twice.
At least 300 professional clowns from Mexico and Central America, in Mexico City for a convention, demonstrated against the country's drug-cartel violence by laughing, in unison, nonstop, for 15 minutes.
The Military Times news service, reporting from Afghanistan in August, disclosed a U.S. Marines command directive ordering troops to restrain their audible flatus because, apparently, Afghan soldiers and civilians complained of being offended.
"You eat meat, so why not blood?" asked The Globe and Mail, which sampled several Toronto restaurants' sanguinary haute cuisines, including the Italian eatery Buca's spaghetti with blood-blackened noodles and torta di sanguinaccio (figs, almonds, buffalo-milk creme, on a base custard of dark chocolate and slow-cooked pig's blood).
The North Koreans called it a "cruise ship" and tried to establish a business model to attract wealthy tourists from China, but to the New York Times reporter on board, the 40-year-old boat was more like a "tramp steamer" on which "vacationers" paid the equivalent of $470 to "enjoy" five days and nights at sea.
In Charlotte, N.C., a female motorist was arrested for ramming another woman's car after that woman said "Good morning" to the motorist's boyfriend as the women dropped kids off at school.
Astate court in Frankfurt, Germany, awarded 3,000 euros - about $4,200 - to Magnus Gaefgen, 36, on his claim that during a 2002 police interrogation, officers "threatened violence" against him if he did not disclose what he knew about a missing 11-year-old boy who was later found dead.
Apparently, officials at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport felt the need for professional guidance on rebranding their facility to (as one put it) "carry it into the modern era," and so hired the creative talents of Big Communications of Birmingham, Ala., to help.
Mohamed Bishr, an Egyptian man bearing a remarkable resemblance to the late Iraqi dictator, claimed that he had been briefly kidnapped after spurning an offer to portray Saddam in a porn video.
Soon, it might be absolutely impossible to get hurt in Britain - because of stringent health and safety rules.
For the 10-year remembrances of Sept. 11 this year, many cities recalled the tragedy with monuments and public events, including Washington Township, N.J., about 20 miles from ground zero.
Sheriff's deputies in Bergholz, Ohio, arrested three Amish men and charged them in incidents in which other Amish men and women had their homes invaded and their hair - and men's beards - cut off, which are grave insults.
In America, the quest for perfectly straight teeth can lead to orthodontia bills of thousands of dollars, but in Japan, a dental "defect" -- slightly crooked canine teeth -- makes young women more fetching, even "adorable," say many men.