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A NERD'S RHAPSODY Wednesday, September 17
Nicholas Felton's latest annual recap of his personal communications data is now available, for just $30. Key findings, graphically presented, of Nicholas' busy 2013 (according to a report by FiveThirtyEight.com): He received 44,041 texts and 31,769 …
CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE Wednesday, September 17
The U.K.'s Barnet Council got aggressive in August against a landlord in Hendon, in north London, who'd defied an earlier order to stop offering a too-small apartment for residential rental. Landlord Yaakov Marom said tenants were still eager for …
OOPSIE! Wednesday, September 17
When he was 19, Rene Lima-Marin (with a pal) robbed two Aurora, Colorado, video stores at gunpoint and, winning no favors from the judge, received back-to-back sentences totaling 98 years. In 2008, eight years into the sentence, Lima-Marin was …
WAIT … WHAT? Wednesday, September 17
Guests at the May wedding of Shona Carter-Brooks in Ripley, Tennessee, reported the bride's idea for including her month-old daughter in the ceremony consisted of tying her ("well-secured," she said later) to the long train of her wedding dress, …
HERE'S YOUR SIGN Wednesday, September 17
On Aug. 21 and 22, in front of Linwood Howe Elementary School in Culver City, California, traffic officials posted a towering parking regulation sign pole (reportedly, 15 feet high) with at least eight large white signs, one on top of the other — …
CLOSE ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT WORK Wednesday, September 17
Florida was one of 26 states to decline billions in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") to establish their own state insurance "exchanges" (including expanding their state Medicaid programs). Florida legislators chose instead …
FIRST-WORLD WOES Wednesday, September 17
Plastic surgeons, first in University of Missouri research in 2000 and recently in a study by Singapore doctors in the journal of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, have postulated that the "ideal" navel is vertically shaped with …
THE ARISTOCRATS! Wednesday, September 17
Inmate Corey McQueary, 33, passed away in Jessamine County, Kentucky, lockup in August of a methadone overdose. According to state police, another inmate had soaked a pair of underwear in methadone when he was out on release, then brought the …
PISSED OFF Wednesday, September 17
Ten years ago, New York City skyscraper heir Robert Durst beat a murder charge by claiming self-defense, and now lives more quietly in Houston. However, police in that city accused Durst in July of, "without provocation," urinating on a cash …
DRIVERS WHO RAN OVER THEMSELVES Wednesday, October 1
In June, Robert Pullar, 30, Minot, North Dakota, subsequently charged with DUI, fell out of his car and was run over by it. In July, Joseph Karl, 48, jumped out of his truck to confront another driver in a road rage incident in Gainesville. As he pounded on that driver’s window, his own truck (negligently left in gear) crept up and ran him over. In July, a 54-year-old St. Petersburg man was hurt badly when, trying to climb on the street sweeper he operates for the city, he fell off, and the machine ran over him.
 
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