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UFO injuries have their own code

An update of the official index for classifying medical conditions - for research and quality control, and for insurance claims - was released recently, to take effect in October, 2013.

December 06, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Better try oxygen instead

The convenience store clerk, Ms. Falguni Patel, was giving testimony in the trial of Morgan Armstrong (charged with robbing her in Hudson, Fla., in 2009) when she began shaking and then passed out while seated in the witness box.

December 02, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Here's why we're in trouble

The Securities and Exchange Commission's inspector general revealed that a $1,200 cash award was paid by the agency in 2010 to one of the very employees who had been specifically singled out for allowing Bernard Madoff to talk his way out of SEC inquiries in 2005 and 2006, before his epic Ponzi scheme was exposed in 2008.

November 30, 2011 | | News of the Weird


How we have advanced!

An option for suicide "with elegance and euphoria" is how Lithuanian-born Ph.D. candidate Julijonas Urbonas (London's Royal College of Art) described his "Euthanasia Roller Coaster," currently on the drawing board.

November 29, 2011 | | News of the Weird


It’s all Wally world’s fault

Travis Keen, 28, was arrested in Ouachita Parish, La., and charged with indecent exposure while driving around the parking lot at a Walmart. According to the police report, Keen explained that, based on experience, "when he comes to Walmart, he gets aroused."

November 25, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Honest, I was aiming at the dog

Betty Walker, allegedly firing at the pit bull that she saw lunging at some children, hit the dog with one shot and her husband, 53, with a second shot, killing him in Jackson, Miss.

November 24, 2011 | | News of the Weird


It’s how Dillinger started out

In Jackson, Minn., Andrew Espey was sentenced to 90 days in jail for improperly shingling the roof of his house.

November 23, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Maybe the lawyer just forgot

Chicago massage therapist Liudmyla Ksenych, testifying for the prosecution in a sex-trafficking trial, happened to notice from the witness stand that the defense lawyer, Douglas Rathe, was formerly a client of hers.

November 22, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Sort of like ice cream

Orlando-area cosmetic surgeon Jeffrey Hartog inaugurated Liquid Gold, a storehouse for patients' frozen liposuctioned fat, charging $900 to safe keep a coffee-cup-sized portion and $200 per year storage - in case the fat is needed later, as for smoothing facial wrinkles.

November 20, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Cow drug used in sex crime

Mennonites, a famously patriarchal, closed-sect religion, often live in colonies such as the one in Bolivia founded by a group from Manitoba, Canada.

November 18, 2011 | | News of the Weird


He had a dirty stinking name

A New York Times obituary for former lead singer Jani Lane of the heavy metal band Warrant revealed that Mr. Lane's birth name (he was born a year after Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy) was John Kennedy Oswald.

November 17, 2011 | | News of the Weird


This is health system we want

Obviously intense about potential child-trafficking, the government of Quebec, Canada, requires strict proof of a live birth, certified by a doctor or licensed midwife.

November 16, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Lineup wasn’t fat enough

Four hundred pound Eric Kenley, 48, won a new trial for his two New York City robbery convictions after appeals court judges realized that the police lineup that identified him was unfair, in that he was apparently much fatter than the other men in his lineup.

November 15, 2011 | | News of the Weird


Topeka makes the news again

Things you didn't think existed, but they do ...

November 13, 2011 | | News of the Weird


This is allegedly a true story

The medical establishment generally regards placentas (afterbirth) as biohazardous waste, but to New York City placenta chef Jennifer Mayer, they are a nutrient-laden meat that can alleviate postpartum depression and aid in breast milk production (among other so-far-unverified benefits).

November 11, 2011 | | News of the Weird


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