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Posted May 13, 2015in News of the Weird

Donating for dollars

Already, healthy people can donate blood, sperm and eggs, but now the nonprofit OpenBiome offers donors $40 for bowel movements — to supply “fecal transplants” for patients with nasty C. [...]

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Posted May 06, 2015in News of the Weird

Marital enhancement

Saudi Arabia’s very first sex accessory shop (in the holy city of Mecca) should be opening soon, according to news reports — operated by a Moroccan Muslim, backed by the [...]

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Posted April 29, 2015in News of the Weird

World’s worst sculptor

It seemed like a good idea when the town of Celoron, New York, agreed in 2009 to pay for a bronze statue honoring the village’s only celebrity. Lucille Ball had [...]

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Posted April 22, 2015in News of the Weird

Hard-hitting numbers

In March, offensive lineman John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens added to his curriculum vitae by co-authoring the latest of his several peer-reviewed academic articles — “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm [...]

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Posted April 15, 2015in News of the Weird

The importance of family

On Feb. 9 a single traffic stop in Alderson, West Virginia, resulted in the arrest of six people from the same family, trafficking in stolen power tools (including one man [...]

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Posted April 08, 2015in News of the Weird

Wait, what?

An unarmed man, suspected of no crime, who three years ago was shot 16 times by police while lying in his bed, told a Seattle Times reporter in March that [...]

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Posted March 31, 2015in News of the Weird

Man’s best friend

Researchers are now preparing a study seeking to confirm that dog slobber, by itself (and not just the psychological advantages of playing with and petting a dog), might provide human [...]

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Posted March 25, 2015in News of the Weird

Witness protection

Even dangerous felons sometimes serve short sentences, but Benito Vasquez-Hernandez, 58 — guilty of nothing — has been locked up for nearly 900 days (as of early March) as a [...]

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Posted March 18, 2015in News of the Weird

Anatomy class in court

“This will be upsetting,” cautioned Justice Robert Graesser, addressing jurors in February in the Edmonton, Alberta, murder trial of Brad Barton. At issue was the cause of the victim’s having [...]

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Posted March 11, 2015in News of the Weird

Fine points of the law

Shooting “upskirt” photos of a 13-year-old girl is not illegal in Oregon, declared Judge Eric Butterfield in February, thus acquitting Patrick Buono, 61, of the crimes of invasion of privacy [...]

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