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But they are, Glenn, they are!

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.

February 27, 2011 | | News of the Weird

At least The Doors are off the hook

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.

February 25, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Bonnie, you’re making it too easy

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.

February 24, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Better lock these kids away

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.

February 23, 2011 | Nick Grubbe | News of the Weird

It was delicious with mustard!

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.

February 22, 2011 | | News of the Weird

It’s a new outreach breast exam

"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."

February 18, 2011 | | News of the Weird

He argued all the way to the block

Singapore's Information Ministry denounced the country's water polo team for wearing swim trunks in a likeness of the nation's flag.

February 17, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Ju-ju suppose it works?

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.

February 16, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Just a natural born salesman

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.

February 15, 2011 | | News of the Weird

In case you were wondering

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.

February 10, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Like this case is typical

"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.

February 08, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Man, that’s just crazy

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."

February 06, 2011 | | News of the Weird

No sign of design in these birds

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.

February 04, 2011 | | News of the Weird

They’re both on aisle three

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).

February 02, 2011 | | News of the Weird

Haggis chips just like mom made

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."

February 01, 2011 | | News of the Weird

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