Ingrid Paulicivic filed a lawsuit against Laguna Beach, Calif., gynecologist Red Alinsod over leg burns she bafflingly acquired during her 2009 hysterectomy - a procedure that was topped off by the doctor's nearly gratuitous name-"branding" of her uterus with his electrocautery tool.
On an ABC-TV "Nightline," professor Matt Frerking of Oregon Health and Science University allowed cameras to record his narcolepsy-like "cataplexy," which causes temporary muscle paralysis each time he contemplates romantic love (hugging or holding hands with his wife, viewing wedding pictures, witnessing affectionate couples).
This past summer, the prominent BrewDog brewery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, began producing the world's strongest (and most expensive) beer, called The End of History, which is 55 percent alcohol and sells for 500 pounds ($780) a bottle.
After an historic site along the lower Jordan River was closed for a day this summer for public health reasons, an environmental group, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth (Middle East), called for a permanent suspension until the governments of Israel and Jordan (on either side of the river) assure that it is safe from agricultural discharge and untreated sewage.
Justine Winter, 17 - who was badly injured in a car crash in Flathead County, Mont., in March, 2009 - has filed a lawsuit against the pregnant driver, whom she had hit and killed (along with the woman's 13-year-old son, not to mention her unborn child).
Three self-described bisexual men filed a federal lawsuit against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance for disqualifying them from the Gay Softball World Series in Seattle in 2008 because they were not "sufficiently gay."
Wisconsin law permits independent candidates five-word statements to accompany their names on the ballot, to signal voters just as the words "Republican" and "Democrat" are signals, but Milwaukee Assembly candidate Ieshuh Griffin was ruled this summer to have gone too far with her statement ("NOT the 'whiteman's bitch'") (her capitalization and punctuation).