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YOU CAN BE TOO RICH Wednesday, May 14
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corp. (and the world's fifth-richest person, according to Forbes) is a big basketball fan. In April, it was reported he had an interest in buying the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. An associate told the Wall Street …
OVERKILL Wednesday, May 14
Speaking on a popular Christian Internet podcast in March (reported by Houston's KHOU-TV), Pastor John Benefiel of Oklahoma City's Church on the Rock described how, in a 2007 blessing, he might've prayed "too hard." He was trying to help …
HUSH, HUSH Wednesday, May 14
In his March 23 sermon (according to The Huffington Post), Phoenix, Arizona, pastor Steven Anderson of Faithful World Baptist Church explained in detail why women in the congregation must refrain from speaking during services. Citing 1 Timothy 2:11 …
I WANT CANDY Wednesday, May 14
At a Hindu temple in India's Kerala state, the religious gift of choice — for offerings to deity Lord Muruga and for distribution from the deity to devotees — is a chocolate candy bar, which visitors bring in cartons, according to a March item …
DETAILS! Wednesday, May 14
After convicted murderer Loren Larson Jr. filed a federal lawsuit in Anchorage, Alaska, claiming his prison wristband ID "defil[ed]" him religiously because it was a "mark of the devil," a Goose Creek Correctional Center official lectured him on the …
WHAT FORCE? Wednesday, May 14
An unnamed British inmate published a letter in a prison newspaper in April alleging continuous religious discrimination against him by guards and officials. The man claims he's a practicing Jedi (and of course can't reveal his name because he fears …
MORE HAMSTER BUTTS! Wednesday, June 18
Noting Japan's latest social trend, two paperback photo books — both with portraits of hamsters' rear ends — have experienced surprising and still-growing printing runs. Japanese society has long seemed easily captured by anything kawaii (or …
INHUMANE SOCIETY Wednesday, May 14
Denmark's Copenhagen Zoo aroused worldwide ire in February when it slaughtered and publicly dismembered a healthy young giraffe ("Marius") to feed a hungry lion. Then, in March, the Zoo killed four healthy lions to make room for a new male. By …
SHOULDA BOUGHT A CITYBEAM Wednesday, June 18
Another driver died after being unable to dodge his own vehicle. A 58-year-old man was hit by his SUV in New York City in June after he double-parked and was opening the door on the passenger side and realized that the vehicle was still in reverse …
TASTES LIKE CHICKEN Wednesday, May 14
Manhattan's New York Sushi Ko is only the most recent sophisticated restaurant to feature creative dishes made with Hormel Spam, and foodies and hipsters in fashionable neighborhoods have flocked to the foods. Spam is a well-known delicacy in …
 
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