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No, let’s torture him instead

A court in Ottawa, Ontario, sentenced pornography collector Richard Osborn, 46, to a year in jail on several charges, but dismissed the more serious child porn counts.

December 28, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Don’t bet your life on it

In an art-science collaboration, Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi and Utah State researcher Randy Lewis produced a prototype bulletproof skin - or at least skin that would limit a .22-caliber bullet to only about 2 inches' penetration into a simulated human body. Genetically engineered spider silk - reputed to be five times stronger than steel - was grafted between layers of dermis and epidermis.

December 27, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Soylent Green will be cheaper

Artificial meat - grown in a test tube from animal stem cells - has been theoretically planned for about 10 years, but a European Science Foundation audience heard predictions that lab-grown sausage might be available as soon as next year.

December 24, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Here's the real economic indicator

The world's real economy may be flagging, but not necessarily the make-believe economy of online multiplayer games, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal and the website Singularity Hub.

December 23, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Oops, you’ve a nipple showing

London Fashion Week usually brings forth a shock or two from cutting-edge designers, but a creation by Rachel Freire might have raised the bar: a floor-length dress made from 3,000 cow nipples (designed to resemble roses).

December 22, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Don’t quit your day job

Jeffrey Lluis, 27, who performed stand-up comedy at clubs around Tampa, apparently held a day job as bank robber.

December 20, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Facts really piled up

Dog walker Kimberly Zakrzewski was found not guilty in October of violating the poop-scooping ordinance of Fairfax County, Va., despite photographic "evidence" of dog piles submitted by neighbors Virginia and Christine Cornell (who had previously been feuding with Zakrzewski).

December 18, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Dang,that is really low

In a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution, a judge found a "strong" likelihood that EPA agent Keith Phillips "deliberately" set up a hazardous-waste enforcement case against Hubert Vidrine for the purpose of facilitating his own work/sex relationship with a female EPA agent.

December 16, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Let’s just bring them all home

The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has reached "the nadir of absurdity," wrote "Wired.com," after a report in The Atlantic revealed that Pakistan "secures" its tactical nuclear weapons by moving them around the country in ordinary unmarked vans "without noticeable defenses."

December 15, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Crazy is as crazy does

Stung by criticism in 2007 that they were neglecting severely wounded service members, the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs have now gone extreme the other way, routinely providing at least a half-dozen (and as many as two dozen) caseworkers per patient.

December 14, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Threats don't make the sport

Over enthusiastic parent/sports involvement make the news:

December 13, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Well, that’s what they said!

Pennsylvania state Rep. Michael Sturla, an opponent of increased natural-gas drilling in his district, warned that one effect of the drilling would be an increase of sexually transmitted diseases "amongst the women-folk."

December 11, 2011 | | News of the Weird


He fits right in Illinois politics

Cicero, Ill., Town President Larry Dominick, the defendant in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two female employees, gave depositions in the cases, in March 2009 and February 2011, but provided challenging answers on one issue.

December 09, 2011 | | News of the Weird


It can’t be her fault, you know

Diane Schuler, with a 0.19 blood-alcohol reading (and marijuana in her system), drove the wrong way for two miles on a New York freeway, finally crashing into another car, killing three people and herself.

December 08, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Nuts are, well,‘nuts’

A small number of environmental and animal rights activists employ violence and physical threats in attempts to achieve their goals, and similar tactics have recently been used by another group bent on intimidating scientists: sufferers of "chronic fatigue syndrome." London's Observer reported that medical researchers who even suggest that the illness might have a "psychological" component have been subject to vitriolic abuse, stalking, disruptions to the scientists' workplaces, and even death threats.

December 07, 2011 | | News of the Weird


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