Glenn Crawley, 55, who describes himself as a "man of the water," flipped his catamaran off the coast of Newquay, England, for the 13th time and had to be rescued, running the costs of attending to his miscues to the equivalent of nearly $50,000.
Late last year, outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist initiated pardon proceedings - granted in December - excusing now-deceased singer Jim Morrison of The Doors for his 1969 indecent-exposure conviction in Miami Beach.
Bonnie Usher, 43, was arrested in Manchester, N.H., and charged with robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy after being spotted in her car fleeing the store's parking lot.
Parents of the 450 pupils (aged 3 to 11) at Applecroft primary school in Welwyn Garden City, England, were given individualized yearbooks recently with all the children's faces obscured by black bars over the eyes - except for photos of the recipient's own children, which had no obstructions.
Researchers learned from reports in early 2010 of a new monkey species in Myanmar, with a nose so recessed that it habitually collects rainfall and constantly sneezes.
"Dr." Berlyn Aussieahshowna, 37, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, and charged with practicing medicine without a license after she convinced at least two women to let her fondle their breasts under the guise that she was performing a breast "exam."
Singapore's Information Ministry denounced the country's water polo team for wearing swim trunks in a likeness of the nation's flag.
Though the death and injury rates for motorbikers in Nigeria are high, compliance with a helmet law is notoriously bad - because so many riders fear "juju," which is the presence of supernatural spirits inside head coverings.
The Cabral Chrysler dealership in Manteca, Calif., was so desperate for a sale that one of its employees picked up potential customer Donald Davis, 67, at his nursing home, brought the pajamas-and-slippers-clad, dementia-suffering resident in to sign papers.
Researchers at the University of Queensland revealed that parrot fish, which reside on Australia's reefs and need protection from blood-sucking, lice-like parasites, shelter themselves at bedtime with blankets of "snot." Typically, the fish's mouth-slobber, once it starts dribbling out, takes about an hour to ooze into place.
"Sovereign" citizens - militia types - continue to insist that their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution is superior to that of virtually every American historian, judge, legislator, governor and law professor who ever studied it.
Because two different laws operate, New York state prisoners, when they win lawsuits against guards who have injured them, keep the entire amount of the award, but when New York state mental patients win similar lawsuits, the hospitals can claim a large portion of the money back, as repayment for the daily cost of providing "care."
British researchers, writing in the journal "Evolution," described a species of birds in Africa's Kalahari Desert that appear to acquire food by running a "protection racket" for other birds.
The notoriously isolated North Korean economy only permits new products to be sold as needs arise, and in December (according to a report by Agence France-Presse), the ministries began allowing Western-style "skinny jeans" (having relaxed the rule requiring female workers to wear skirts).
Introduced at a New York food fair - and planned for U.S. distribution later this year - Great Scot International's potato-like chips in the "flavor" of Scotland's "national delicacy."