Texas State Rep. Joe Driver, an 18-year House veteran whose website notes his opposition to "big spending habits of liberals in government," was revealed this summer to have been routinely double-billing the government for travel expenses and to have been genuinely surprised to learn that voters and colleagues might find that improper.
In several regions of the African nation of Cameroon, parents try to keep maturing daughters off the market by "ironing" their breasts - pressing them with heated stones and leaves to make them flatter and the girls thus less desirable for sex.
Oklahoma City bomber-helper Terry Nichols, serving a life sentence at the "Super Max" federal prison in Colorado, recently ended what he said was his third hunger strike of 2010 to protest food quality.
Americans continue to agonize over government "giveaways," but as News of the Weird has noted several times, somehow federal farm subsidies continue unabated - even though much of the money no longer goes to "family farms" but to rich urban industrialists who hardly know a plow from a sow.
Gail Posner - the widow of legendary hostile-takeover executive Victor Posner - died in March in south Florida but left a will that endowed her beloved Chihuahua, Conchita, and two other, less-loved dogs, a $3 million trust fund plus the run of her $8.3 million mansion for their remaining dog years.
Iconic female beauty in Mauritania - and in a few other African societies, as News of the Weird has reported - regards "rolling layers of fat" as the height of sexiness, according to a dispatch by Marie Claire magazine.
After surveying 374 waitresses, professor Michael Lynn, who teaches marketing and tourism at Cornell University, concluded that customers left larger tips to those with certain physical characteristics such as being slender, being blond or having big breasts.
It is common knowledge that American corporations avoid taxes by running U.S. profits through off shore "tax havens" like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, but a recent Bloomberg Business Week investigation traced the specific steps that the pharmaceutical company Forest Labs takes to short the U.S. Treasury.
A Treasury Department inspector general reported this summer that, out of 2.6 million applicants for federal mortgage relief, 14,000 "home buyers" wrongly received tax credits and that in fact, 1,300 of them were living in prison at the time of filing, including 241 serving life sentences. Sixty-seven of the 14,000 received tax credits for the same house, and 87 more potentially fraudulent tax-credit applications were filed by Internal Revenue Service employees.
A recent surge of neo-Nazism in several countries - including, improbably, Israel, and Mongolia (where some dark-skinned natives are rabidly anti-Chinese) - has generally been denounced, but Corinna Burt credited it with rescuing her from a life of acting in pornographic videos.