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In-bred lawyer joke goes here:

Though a university study linked birth defects to the controversial mining industry practice of mountain top removal, lawyers for the National Mining Association offered a quick, industry-friendly rebuttal:

October 20, 2011 | | News of the Weird

They know what causes it now

In March, 1998, trial began in Lesli Szabo's $1.7 million lawsuit against a Hamilton, Ontario, Canada hospital for not making her 1993 childbirth pain-free.

October 19, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Wow! Makes you think

News of the Weird has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls manufactured in fine detail with human features (e.g., the "Real Doll," as one brand is called), which are as different from the plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is to $2-a-bottle rotgut.

October 18, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Here’s the system that you want

Alison Murray purchased her first-ever home, in Aberdeen, Scotland, but was informed that she has to relocate, temporarily, because the house has become infested with bats, which cannot be disturbed, under Scottish and European law, once they settle in. Conservation officials advised her that she could probably move back in November, when the bats leave to hibernate.

October 16, 2011 | | News of the Weird

And they are the smart ones?

The Omaha, Neb. public school system spent $130,000 of its stimulus grant recently just to buy 8,000 copies of the book "The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change."

October 14, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Garage sales sure pay off

When deputies in Monroe County, Tenn., arrested a woman for theft, they learned that one of the items stolen was a 150-year-old Vatican-certified holy relic based on the Veil of Veronica - venerated for having been used to wipe Jesus' face before the crucifixion.

October 13, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Suing will solve it all

Arkansas time machine, back to the 1950s: In McGehee, a town of 4,200 in southeastern Arkansas, a black girl (Kym Wimberly) who had finished first in her senior class was named only "co-"valedictorian after officials at McGehee High changed the rules to avoid what one called a potential "big mess."

October 12, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Never have enough abuse

Berjuan Toys is already selling its Breast Milk Baby online ($70) and expects to have it in stores later this year.

October 11, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Eric needs lots of help

In June, Eric Carrier, 23, of Hooksett, N.H., became the most recent person arrested for running a scam on a home-health care worker by pretending to be disabled and in need of someone to change his adult diapers. Carrier first told the woman that he was the father of a man disabled by a brain injury.

October 09, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News of the Weird

He’d have wanted it that way

Roy Miracle, 80, of Newark, Ohio, passed away in July, and his family honored him and his years of service as a prankster and superfan of the Ohio State Buckeyes with a commemorative photo of three of Miracle's fellow obsessives making contorted-body representations of "O," "H" and "O" for their traditional visual cheer.

October 07, 2011 | | News of the Weird

That goes for the Scotchmen, too

The elegant, expansive, gleaming new glass-and-concrete indoor stairway at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, opened recently, to mostly rave reviews for its sense of space and light, creating the feeling of walking suspended on air.

October 06, 2011 | | News of the Weird

The joke would just be too easy

"Hundreds" of blondes paraded through Riga, Latvia at the third annual "March of the Blondes" festival designed to lift the country's spirits following a rough stretch for the economy.

October 04, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Do that voo-doo that you do so well

Thomas Heathfield was a well-paid banking consultant with a promising career in Maidenhead, England, but gave it up this year to move to South Africa and endure rigorous training as a "sangoma" ("witch doctor").

October 02, 2011 | | News of the Weird

It’s more like a resort, really

News of the Weird has mentioned various overseas prisons where crime kingpins serve time in relative comfort (through bribery or fear), but according to a New York Times dispatch, Venezuela's San Antonio prison (which houses the country's drug traffickers) is in a class of its own.

September 30, 2011 | | News of the Weird

This will really hurt

Self-described Las Vegas "performer" Staysha Randall took 3,200 different piercings in her body during the same sitting to break the Guinness world record by 100 prickings.

September 29, 2011 | | News of the Weird

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