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CHARMING Wednesday, September 17
Sarah Espinosa, 22, crashed into a fire station in New Hyde Park, New York, on Aug. 4, notable for the involvement of two factors — alcohol and the python draped around her neck. She was charged with having just stolen the snake from a Petco …
NOTW CLASSIC, August 2010 Wednesday, September 17
They Don't Make "Drug Lords" Like They Used To: Widely feared Jamaican drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke was arrested in June 2010 and extradited to New York City after being picked up wearing women's clothes and a too-small 1970s-style Afro …
SPO-DEE-O-DEE DEGREE Wednesday, July 2
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo has a 350-student "viticulture and enology" program, preparing its majors for an industry critical to the state's economy (and with a venerable international cachet) — but state law …
CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE Wednesday, July 2
On dairy farms across the country, cows queue up, without prodding, to milk themselves by submitting to $250,000 robots that recently became the industry's salvation. According to an April New York Times item, this advance appears to be "win-win" …
SAY WHAT? Wednesday, July 2
Artist Diemut Strebe made a 3-D-printed re-creation of Vincent van Gogh's famous ear to display in June and July in a Karlsruhe, Germany, museum. He built it partially with genes from a great-great-grand-nephew of van Gogh's, in the same shape, …
MODERN WARFARE Wednesday, July 23
The leader of devout Sunni jihadist group Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, making a rare, solemn appearance in July, wore a flashy silver wristwatch various video analysts described as a Rolex, an Omega Seafarer or a feature-laden Saudi …
Polish Academy of Sciences researchers, writing recently in Zoo Biology, reported witnessing 28 acts of fellatio by two orphaned male bears at a sanctuary in Kuterevo, Croatia — the first-ever report of bear fellatio from 116 hours of scientific …
PAINT IT BLACK Wednesday, July 23
Clinton Tucker, who is black, sued Benjamin Moore paints in Essex County, New Jersey, in June for wrongful firing — after, he said, he'd tolerated years of workplace racial insults. In fact, Tucker said the company introduced two new paint shades …
WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Wednesday, July 2
Miles Jelfs of Bristol, England, sought financial help in April to cover surgery for his unlucky tortoise, Cedric, whose prolapsed penis (likely from a mating mishap) drags on the ground, partially erect. Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, 4-9-2014; …
HIPPO CAMPUS Wednesday, July 23
The African hippopotamus is not found in South America — except for an estimated 50 or so that, confusingly to natives, roam the Colombian countryside from Bogota to Medellin. The beasts are the progeny of four smuggled in 30 years ago by cocaine …
 
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