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Posted April 30, 2014in News of the Weird

Florida’s battle of the alter egos First-term U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida is already among the House’s most conservative members, but his Republican primary challenger claims to be even more so as a quixotic, longtime hobby as a costumed, role-playing “gamer.” Challenger Jake Rush (in his day job, a

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Posted April 23, 2014in News of the Weird

DOWN ON THE DEER FARM The billion-dollar deer-farming industry in America produces generations of bucks growing progressively larger racks of antlers mainly for eventual bragging rights by the so-called “hunters” who will pay large fees to kill them in fenced-in fields just so they can hang the grotesque antlers in

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Posted April 16, 2014in News of the Weird

NOISE IS GOLDEN The Formula One circuit is generally thought to attract fans as a showcase of motorcar technology and racing skill, but organizers of the Australian Grand Prix (the first of the 19 races on the annual circuit) threatened a lawsuit in March against Formula One management because the

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Posted April 09, 2014in News of the Weird

JOB SECURITY IN THE PAPERWORK MINE “The trucks full of paperwork come every day,” wrote The Washington Post in March, down a country road in Boyers, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, and descend “into the earth” to deliver federal retiree applications to the eight “supermarket”-sized caverns 230 feet below ground where

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Posted April 02, 2014in News of the Weird

SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY Kevin Walters, 21, staged an emotional, though unsuccessful, one-man, chained-to-the-door protest in March to prevent the closing of a commercial rest stop along the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near Des Plaines, Ill. Ultimately, the Des Plaines Oasis, housing shops and fast-food restaurants, will be demolished as part of

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Posted March 26, 2014in News of the Weird

San Francisco’s No. 1 Problem The ecology-conscious city (having recently encouraged routine composting of dinner leftovers) is now considering environment-friendly public urinals such as the PPlanter created by engineer Brent Bucknum. Users urinate into a ceramic basin and flush the waste with run-off hand-washing water into a bed of bamboo

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Posted March 19, 2014in News of the Weird

Sobering Signs In February, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that David Bell could not avoid being charged with driving under the influence merely because he had been sober enough to pass all six “field sobriety tests” administered during a traffic stop. It was enough, the court said, that he had

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Posted March 12, 2014in News of the Weird

Teach a Man to Fish … The Drug Users Resource Center in Vancouver, British Columbia (heralded previously in News of the Weird for a vending machine dispensing 25-cent crack-cocaine pipes to discourage addicts from committing crimes to fund their habit), launched a program in August to supply alcoholics with beer-brewing

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Posted March 05, 2014in News of the Weird

Prison Blues Norway’s prison system is regarded as among the most inmate-friendly in the world, but convicted mass murderer Anders Breivik is still not impressed. Breivik, serving 21 years for bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 77 people in 2011, may already enjoy amenities unheard of for a comparable American murderer. Still

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Posted February 26, 2014in News of the Weird

Find That Genius! Beijing Genomics Institute scientists are closing in on a technology to allow parents to choose, from several embryos, the one most likely to yield the smartest offspring. London’s Daily Mail (in January, referencing recent work in Wired, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker) explained that

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