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In September, at the annual 10-day Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand (said to promote abstinence from eating meat), dozens of men pierced and sliced their mouths, cheeks and arms
PLAY HURT Wednesday, November 12
Brad Culpepper played defensive tackle for nine NFL seasons and applied for disability when he
CHUMP CHANGE Wednesday, November 12
Angry taxpayers and retail customers sometimes protest their debt by paying a bill with coins (especially pennies), but what if a company did that to a customer? A court had ruled Adriana's Insurance Services in Rancho Cucamonga, California, had …
WITHOUT A LEG TO STAND ON Wednesday, November 12
Several NOTW stories mentioned body dysmorphic disorder sufferers who sought the ultimate treatment: amputation of healthy body parts on irrationally aesthetic grounds, led by castration-desiring men. Now, 15-year-old Danielle Bradshaw of Tameside, …
TIRED (GET IT?) Wednesday, November 12
In a recent incident in which a driver actually ran over himself, a man in Aurora, Colorado, suffered life-threatening injuries on Oct. 26 when, as he backed out of his driveway, his front driver's side tire ran over his head. He had jumped out of …
STUCK ON YOU Wednesday, November 12
Stuck-in-chimney stories usually involve burglaries gone wrong, but when Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, was rescued by firefighters in a Thousand Oaks, California, chimney in October, it appeared she was trying to visit an ex-boyfriend. The police …
PERSPECTIVE Wednesday, November 12
The most recent "segregated sidewalks" dispute in a community with a large, strict Orthodox Jewish population was in September in the English town of Stamford Hill, when Haredi Jews, trying to remove temptations, placed sidewalk signs for an …
SEA MONKEYS Wednesday, November 12
Though Americans seem sensitive to the issue of government's use of "science" in policy-making, some Icelandic agencies believe it irrelevant (as NOTW mentioned in 2009: Alcoa was required to prove it was protecting Iceland's underground "hidden …
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, …
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.
 
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