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Stand Your Ground Wednesday, October 8
Owen Reese, 22, was arrested in October in Sparta, Wisconsin, for reckless endangerment when he answered a knock on his door from fundraising Cub Scouts by swinging a sword wildly. Reese told police that he "always" answers the door with his sword …
CRY FOR HELP Wednesday, December 3
Mr. Jenya Bolotov, 26, a Russian, became an Internet sensation in November (on Facebook, YouTube and several news sites) by releasing photographs showing a seven-year obsession with modifying his face to resemble that of a platypus. He stretched …
TAKE A LOAD OFF Wednesday, October 8
University of Arizona Medical Center surgeons removed a 47-pound tumor from a woman’s stomach in April — not even close to being the largest ever mentioned here, but likely the only such large tumor held in the arms of a member of the surgical team, as pictured in a post-op photo.
LEAST COMPETENT SHERIFF'S EMPLOYEE Wednesday, December 3
After consulting with the FBI, military and state law-enforcement and security agencies, the sheriff of Dickson County, Tennessee, concluded his only option to rescue his departmental records database from malicious malware was to pay a $500 ransom …
WHAT’S THE MAGIC WORD? Wednesday, October 8
A September report from Rhone, France, tells of a 33-year-old man sentenced to prison for 10 months for harassing his ex-girlfriend with 21,807 phone calls and texts over the 10 months following the split (a daily average of 73). The man insisted he only wanted the woman to say thanks for carpentry work he’d done on her apartment.
HOLEY HAT Wednesday, December 3
In the U.S.'s fourth reported case, a state issued a driver's license even though the applicant was photographed wearing a colander (as a "religious covering," the only "hats" legally permitted in such photos). Jessica Steinhauser said the motor …
SIZE MATTERS (SOMETIMES) Wednesday, October 8
A court in Leer, Germany, ordered a medical examination of the manhood of Herbert O., 54, to help decide a criminal charge of exhibitionism. The man’s wife testified Herbert’s organ is “too short to hang out of [his] trousers,” as claimed by the victim of the flashing. The judge asked a local health official to make an exact measurement.
CLUES AT THE SCENE Wednesday, October 8
Alfred J. Shropshire III was charged in June with burglarizing a home in Lakewood, Washington, identified by his having accidentally dropped at the scene a plaque from a local Mazda dealer naming Alfred J. Shropshire III Salesperson of the Month.
BIONIC SHOES Wednesday, October 15
Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company’s signature “tosatsu shoes” — shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at home to ask them to hand in the shoes (but, out of fairness, said they wouldn’t cause trouble for customers who could produce a legitimate reason for needing to take photographs and video by pointing the shoe at something).
TMI Wednesday, December 10
Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 separate deficiencies) defense of double-murder suspect Phillip Cheatham in 2005 (Cheatham got a new trial). Hawver admitted to the jury his client was a "shooter of …
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