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Classic parenting skills displayed

After her fourth-grade son was allegedly slapped by his teacher at a Kansas City, Mo., elementary school - son, black; teacher, white - Lisa Henry Bowen submitted a 40-page list of reparations she expects from President Obama and two dozen other officials.

December 31, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Don't tell us we can't poison ourselves

The city government in Seoul, South Korea, warned in October that the local delicacy "octopus head" contains toxic amounts of cadmium and recommended a two-head-per-week maximum.

December 29, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Talk about having a double standard

Last June, the Mexican government filed a brief in Arizona challenging the constitutionality of that state's proposed law that required police to check the immigration status of detainees, which, according to its Foreign Ministry, "violates inalienable human rights."

December 28, 2010 | | News of the Weird

She's a he at least for now

In Afghanistan, as in many less-developed countries, boy babies are much preferred to girls for economic reasons and social status.

December 24, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Smoke your way out of the recession

Russia's finance minister publicly urged citizens to step up their smoking and drinking, in that the government's new "sin" taxes mean more revenue.

December 22, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Bet Obama didn't get one of these

Two University of Sydney researchers reported recently that the food-acquisition "strategy" of the brainless, single-cell slime mold appeared to resemble one of the strategies familiar to us so-called brain-containing humans, specifically, making a selection only after comparing it to readily available alternatives.

December 21, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Modern miracles boggle the mind

Janis Ollson, 31, of Balmoral, Manitoba, is recovering nicely after being almost completely sawed in half in 2007 by Mayo Clinic surgeons, who concluded that they could remove her bone cancer no other way.

December 19, 2010 | | News of the Weird

That is why they go in our yard

In a journal article, University of East Anglia professor Brett Mills denounced the 2009 British TV documentary series "Nature's Great Events" on the ground that the program's omnipresent and intrusive video cameras violated animals' privacy.

December 14, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Just forget he did a lousy job

An Iowa administrative law judge ruled that former police officer William Bowker of Fort Madison deserved worker's compensation even though he had not been "laid off" but rather fired - for having an affair with the wife of the chief of police.

December 12, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Playing golf is his symptom

Firefighter Richard Gawlik Jr. was terminated by Allentown, Pa., for abusing sick leave after he posted his daily golf scores on a public website during three days in which he had called off from work.

December 10, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Burgers even flunk the maggot test

New York City artist Sally Davies recently offered the latest evidence of how unattractive today's fast foods are to bacteria and maggots.

December 09, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Santa must have gotten the trick by now

A 49-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., doctor, whose relationship with her boyfriend was described as "on-again, off-again," was killed when, after he had locked her out of his house, she tried to enter by sliding down the chimney, where she got stuck and asphyxiated.

December 08, 2010 | | News of the Weird

Isn't it oil that is in the ground?

When Ms. Nomatter Tagarira was sentenced to 39 months in jail for fraud, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and several officials were hoping to close the book on an embarrassing episode.

December 07, 2010 | | News of the Weird

So much for trusting doctors

Among the Medicare billings only recently discovered as fraudulent after being paid:

December 03, 2010 | | News of the Weird

He should let them know he's coming

The ski-mask-wearing armed robber who knocked off a Wendy's in Atlanta this past summer has not been apprehended, but police said he later called the store to ridicule the staff for having so little cash.

December 02, 2010 | | News of the Weird

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