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ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Wednesday, October 15
Doris Carvalho of Tampa, Florida, is raising venture capital to expand her hobby of crafting high-end handbags from groomed, recycled dog hair (two pounds’ worth for each bag). With investors, she could lower her costs and the $1,000 price tag, since it now takes 50 hours’ labor to make the yarn for her haute couture accessory.
OLD SCHOOL Wednesday, November 12
Sisters Martine and Louise Fokkens, 71, have finally retired as prostitutes in Amsterdam after 50-year careers. ("Fokkens" is their "stage" name, supposedly translated as "old whores" in Dutch.) Louise hasn't worked since 2010 because of arthritis, …
UPDATE Wednesday, October 15
In 1993, NOTW introduced readers to Kopi Luwak coffee — whose beans had first passed through the digestive tracts of Asian civet cats (to give them, supposedly, a certain tartness, as well as a certain hipster price tag). Canadian entrepreneur Blake Dinkin, 44, believes his Black Ivory Coffee tastes even better because his pre-digested beans are recovered from elephant dung in Thailand — and are less bitter, in that the pachyderms, unlike civets, are herbivores.
CHILD'S PLAY Wednesday, November 12
Ashley Tull, 30, was arrested in Selbyville, Delaware, in October after her 4-year-old daughter showed up at Hickory Tree Child Care Center with more than 200 baggies of heroin in her backpack, innocently sharing them with classmates.
NOTW CLASSIC (October 2010) Wednesday, October 15
Donald Denney and his father (also named Donald Denney) concocted a plan on the phone for Dad to smuggle a ball of black-tar heroin into the son’s Colorado prison during visiting hours, to be passed by mouth through a kiss from a female visitor. However, Dad failed to find a woman with a clean-enough rap sheet to be admitted as a visitor.
THAT DAMN CAT Wednesday, November 12
Chula Vista, California, police officers in August rescued a woman and her adult daughter, who called 911, screaming they were trapped in the mother's bedroom, unable to leave because her house cat had turned bad and was "guarding" the door. …
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 …
 
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