All posts by Chuck Shepherd

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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 7.5.17

    Playing the Hits Weird News is forever, but this is my last “News of the Weird” column, as I am now exhausted after almost 30 years in the racket. In this final edition, I remember a few...

    • Posted July 5, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 6.7.17

    Troubling Airwaves A country-and-western radio station in Benson (near Tucson), Ariz., owned by Paul Lotsof, has periodically run “public service announcements” about one of Lotsof’s pet peeves: the harsh sentences usually given to mere “collectors” of child...

    • Posted June 7, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.31.17

    Breaking News (Rare Fetish!) Jordan Haskins, 26, was sentenced to probation and sex counseling in May after pleading guilty to eight charges arising from two auto accidents in Saginaw, Michigan. Prosecutors said Haskins described “cranking,” in which...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.24.17

    Pedestrian Calming Officials in charge of a Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed “speed bumps,” similar to those familiar to Americans driving residential streets—but on a pedestrian walkway, with row upon row of risers to resemble...

    • Posted May 24, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.10.17

    Entrepreneurial Spirit A San Francisco startup recently introduced a countertop gadget to squeeze fruit and vegetables for you so that your hands don’t get sore. However, the Juicero (a) requires that the fruit and veggies be pre-sliced...

    • Posted May 9, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.3.17

    Mother of Invention Robotic models of living organisms are useful to scientists, who can study the effects of stimuli without risk to actual people. Northwestern University researchers announced in March that its laboratory model of the “female...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.19.17

    Try, Try Again Samuel West announced in April that his Museum of Failure will open in Helsingborg, Sweden, in June, to commemorate innovation missteps that might serve as inspiration for future successes. Among the initial exhibits: coffee-infused...

    • Posted April 18, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.12.17

    World’s Coolest City Recently, in Dubai (the largest city in the United Arab Emirates), Dubai Civil Defense started using water jetpacks that lift firefighters off the ground to hover in advantageous positions as they work the hoses....

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.5.17

    TP Goes High Tech JACKSON HOLE, WY – China’s public-park restrooms have for years suffered toilet-paper theft by local residents who raid dispensers for their own homes (a cultural habit, wrote Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post,...

    • Posted April 4, 2017
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.29.17

    Location, Location, Location A highlight of the recent upmarket surge in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a residential and retail favorite, was the asking price for an ordinary parking space in the garage at 845 Union Street in the...

    • Posted March 28, 2017
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