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DYING TO GET A DATE Wednesday, December 17
Like many in society's subgroups, people who work in "death" industries or professions in the U.K. may believe it difficult to reach "like-minded" suitors. Hence, Carla Valentine established Dead Meet earlier this year and told Vice.com in October …
BARREN TRUTH Wednesday, December 17
India's Orissa state has established "health camps" to facilitate mass sterilizations to help control the booming population, but procedures were halted in November when Dr. Mahesh Chandra Rout matter-of-factly told BBC News that camps routinely …
DAMN HARD DESSERT Wednesday, December 17
The Food and Veterinary Administration of Denmark shut down the food supplier Nordic Ingredients in November after learning that it used an ordinary cement mixer to prepare gelatin products for nursing home and hospital patients unable to swallow …
QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENT Wednesday, December 17
Maryland's Assistant Attorney General Karen Straughn issued an official warning for consumers to watch out for what may be called "the $100 bill on the windshield" scam, i.e., if you see a $100 bill tucked under your wiper, do not try to retrieve …
CIVIC LESSON Wednesday, December 17
North Hempstead, New York, enforces its dog-littering ordinance with steep $250 fines and street-sign warnings displaying the amount. However, insiders have long known that the signs are wrong — that the written regulation calls for fines of only …
SO NOT PUNNY Wednesday, December 17
A November order from China's State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television appears to impose a ban on the use of all idioms — including puns — as part of the government's crackdown on nonstandard language, especially …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, December 17
A 34-year-old man was arrested at a Tesco supermarket in Bar Hill, England, on Nov. 12 when he entered the store and threatened employees by showing them a photograph of a gun.
FARM-TO-TABLE-TO-MORTUARY Wednesday, December 17
As young professionals have embraced urban neighborhoods, locally grown produce has proliferated in community (and even backyard) gardens and is thought to be healthier than pesticide-laden commercial produce. However, the New York Post revealed in …
FILET OF DOG Wednesday, December 17
A passerby shooting video in November outside Lucky River Chinese restaurant in San Francisco caught an employee banging large slabs of frozen meat on the sidewalk, an effort, said the manager, to defrost them. A KPIX-TV reporter, visiting the …
WAIT, WHAT? Wednesday, December 17
In November, a clothing store on Yabao Road in Beijing was criticized for posting a sign, "Chinese Not Admitted," on its door. An employee told Beijing Youth Daily newspaper that no one should believe "we Chinese look down upon ourselves. But some …