North Korea's World Cup adventure began auspiciously with a hard-fought 2-1 loss to a superior Brazil team, leading the government to release photographs of the North Korean coach supposedly receiving long-distance telepathic strategy signals during the game from Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il.
Widely-feared Jamaican drug king pin Christopher "Dudus" Coke was arrested this summer and extradited to New York City, after being picked up wearing women's clothes and a 1970s-style Afro wig - too small for his head, with a pink wig on standby.
A team of anglers from Hatteras, N.C., had first place wrapped up in the prestigious Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament this summer, salivating over their $1,231,575 prize money - including a bonus for single-largest catch - when judges discovered that one member of the Hatteras crew, Peter Wann, had not gotten a $30 North Carolina coastal recreational fishing license before their boat pushed off that day. Under the rules, the entire team was disqualified, and the runner-up, from Cape Carteret, N.C., got the money.
Shirley Anderson, 71, is suing her son Ken, 46, in Vancouver, British Columbia, for parental support - even though she and his father had abandoned him when he was 15, having one day just picked up and moved and, as in Woody Allen's joke, "left no forwarding address."
Mark Seamands, 39, went to trial in May in Port Angeles, Wash., accused of second-degree assault and two lesser charges for the hot-iron "branding" of his three children, aged 13, 15 and 18.
Inmate Carlos Medina-Bailon, 30, who was awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges in El Paso, Texas, escaped in July by hiding in the jail's garbage-collection system.
Steven Kyle took about $75,000 worth of merchandise from Cline Custom Jewelers in Edmonds, Wash., but as he left the store, employees shouted to passers-by, several of whom began to chase Kyle.
Labor unions' sweet, recession-proof contract with the New York City area's severely cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority last year provided 8,074 blue-collar workers - conductors, engineers, repairmen, and others - with six-figure compensation, including about 50 who earned $200,000 or more.