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Old June 24th, 2002, 02:05 PM
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Folks, so often we come across some really weird news. Some of you have posted Darwin awards for the most stupid people too.

Well lets post all the weird news we hear of here.. (better than the usual religion bashing that some of you so enjoy)..

My forst contribution -

A Dutch livestock-breeding-device manufacturer recently began selling a $27 vibrator that supposedly relaxes sows during artificial insemination to increase the chances of fertilization. Said the sales manager at the company Schippers Bladel BV, "Once the vibrator is inserted, the pig's ears will go up and she will stand ready to be serviced." The company also makes a remote-controlled plastic pig whose movements, mating sounds and scents supposedly encourage the sow to be serviced.

Source: Bloomberg News, 5-24-02
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Old June 24th, 2002, 02:10 PM
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Which I happened to also read in my local newspaper:

According to police in Woodinville, Wash., when Anita Durrett, 42, tried to speed away in her car with $266 worth of groceries shoplifted from an Albertson's store, an employee pursued her in his car, and when Durrett lost control and crashed at 90 mph, her 9-year-old daughter, riding in the front seat, was killed. Though Durrett has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter, she filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in May against Albertson's, claiming that they should not have chased her. [Seattle Times, 4-16-02]
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Man knocked over but unhurt as stray bullet hits his jeans zip

A Brazilian says the zip on his jeans saved him when a stray bullet hit it.

The builder was at a street party in Sao Paulo when police and a kidnapping gang started firing at each other.

The man who hasn't been named says the force of the stray bullet knocked him to the floor.

He told the Agora SP newspaper: "Thank God it hit my zip and left me unhurt. I feel like I'm born again."

Police arrested the gang leader after he was shot in the back. Ten other people were hurt but there were no deaths.

Witness Maria do Socorro Nunes said of the gunfight: "People were screaming all over the place."
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'Urine man' sues police for £6m over 'unlawful arrest'

A South Carolina man who covers himself in urine whenever he's arrested is suing local authorities for the equivalent of £6m.

Dhurandhar Bhat from Yemassee claims he's been illegally imprisoned, defamed on police radio, emotionally distressed and assaulted by police.

He's suing his council, the mayor and police. He says he pours "stuff" on himself because the arrests are unlawful

The Carolina Morning News says he's been arrested around 20 times for trespassing.

The arrests have been made on property he claims he owns as a result of squatting on it for the past 10 years.

Yemassee police chief Sammy Rivers says he keeps buckets or bottles of waste around his property and dumps it on himself each time police try to arrest him.

"I can walk up to him right now and he'd run in the house and pour paint, urine and doo doo on him, whatever he can get his hands on," he said. "I try not to have no dealings with him."
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German women are hairy but the English aren't

German and Austrian women are the hairiest in Europe according to a new study.

It also found that British women are those most likely to shave.

Gillette looked into the habits of women in 13 European countries.

It found 75% of British women admitted to shaving their legs while only 33% of Germans said they regularly shaved.

Germany ranked equal last place alongside Austria - 67% of women in both countries said they did not remove their underarm hair.

Spanish and Italian women lie just behind the British with 70% regularly shaving.

Women in eastern European countries such as Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary are more or less equally divided over shaving.
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Male goat give miracle milk

People in an Indian village say a 13-year-old male goat has started giving milk.

It lives at a temple and is producing half a litre every day.

Residents of Gopegram in West Bengal believe the 'miracle milk' can cure any disease.

The temple caretaker started milking it after noticing the animal was limping because its glands had swollen to the size of an udder.

Shanti Sutradhar said: "The goat's milk is sweet but the same cannot he said about his nature. He is hot tempered and terribly strong for his age. It takes four people to control him while milking."

The newspaper Jagriti reports the milk was tested at a dairy and found to contain up to 5% fat.

Dairy official Tarun Sikdar said: "This one is betters cow's milk which usually has up to four and half per cent fat."

Sushanto Ray, a local doctor, said: "Before jumping into conclusions that the animal is God's gift to humanity people should allow it to be subjected to scientific scrutiny.

"It is possible that the goat may be secreting milk because of some hormonal changes."

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.

"It sounded almost like a firecracker," Clewer told Australian radio Friday.

"Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."

Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.

"There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building," said fire official Henry Barton.

Firefighters cut electricity to the building thinking the burns might have been caused by a power surge.

Clewer, who after leaving the building discovered he had scorched a piece of plastic on the floor of his car, returned to seek help from the firefighters.

"We tested his clothes with a static electricity field meter and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said.

"I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.

Firefighters took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the fire station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current.

David Gosden, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University, told Reuters that for a static electricity charge to ignite a carpet, conditions had to be perfect.

"Static electricity is a similar mechanism to lightning, where you have clouds rubbing together and then a spark generated by very dry air above them," said Gosden.

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40,000 volts!!!OMG....
someone shld tell Indian Govt...Electricity problem solved..
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Which I happened to also read in my local newspaper:

According to police in Woodinville, Wash., when Anita Durrett, 42, tried to speed away in her car with $266 worth of groceries shoplifted from an Albertson's store, an employee pursued her in his car, and when Durrett lost control and crashed at 90 mph, her 9-year-old daughter, riding in the front seat, was killed. Though Durrett has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter, she filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in May against Albertson's, claiming that they should not have chased her. [Seattle Times, 4-16-02]
chai pai more than weird this is quite sad............weird shud be unusual, like gali ka kutta bhaagta bhaagta heart attack se maara gaya....i often hear of poor ppl trying to steal and ending up ruining things :-|
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Minorities becoming closer to the majority

(CNN) -- More than 30 percent of the increase in the U.S. population last year was Hispanics born as American citizens, according to the Census Bureau, just one indicator that the influence of traditional minorities will continue to grow.

Bureau statistics released Tuesday show the U.S. population grew by 2.8 million between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005 Hispanics accounted for 1.3 million of that increase, with 800,000 attributable to natural causes -- births minus deaths -- rather than immigration.

Coupled with the high birth rate for Hispanics -- the Population Resource Center cites statistics showing the average Hispanic woman will have three children in her lifetime; it's 1.8 for non-Hispanic whites -- the number means Hispanics will make up an increasing share of the citizenry.

"It mutes the illegal versus legal debate," said Linda Jacobson, director of domestic programs for the Population Reference Bureau in Washington. "We need to be more focused on how we meet the needs of children in immigrant families who are citizens."fling them across the border

Census statistics also show:


45 percent of children under age 5 are from a racial or ethnic minority.


About a third of Hispanics were younger than 18, compared with a fourth of the population in general.


The median age for Hispanics -- the point at which half are older and half are younger -- was 27.2 years in 2005. It was 30.0 years for blacks and 40.3 years for white non-Hispanics.

Because there is only one death for every 8.2 Hispanic births in the U.S., according to Census estimates, the U.S.-born Hispanic population can only be expected to grow.

With growth will come increased economic clout.

"Already Hispanics are an economic force, and because they are growing in number that won't change," said Jacobson, who added that corporate America is taking notice.

Libbey Paul, a senior vice president of marketing for ACNielson, the marketing information company, told The Associated Press that supermarkets are looking to stock more of what large, young families need, items like toothpaste, and food companies are producing more products that cater to Hispanic tastes.

"They've become more politically and socially visible," she told AP. "It's never been this vocal."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/10/hispanics/index.html
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RIYADH: Surgeons have reattached the penis of a Saudi man who paid the price for trying to have sex with his Filipina maid and she attacked him with a knife, a hospital source said on Monday.

Earlier this month newspapers reported that the maid removed her employer's manhood when he tried to molest her in the middle of the night as his wife was sleeping. The maid is now in police custody.

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Minorities becoming closer to the majority

(CNN) -- More than 30 percent of the increase in the U.S. population last year was Hispanics born as American citizens, according to the Census Bureau, just one indicator that the influence of traditional minorities will continue to grow.

Bureau statistics released Tuesday show the U.S. population grew by 2.8 million between July 1, 2004, and July 1, 2005 Hispanics accounted for 1.3 million of that increase, with 800,000 attributable to natural causes -- births minus deaths -- rather than immigration.

Coupled with the high birth rate for Hispanics -- the Population Resource Center cites statistics showing the average Hispanic woman will have three children in her lifetime; it's 1.8 for non-Hispanic whites -- the number means Hispanics will make up an increasing share of the citizenry.

"It mutes the illegal versus legal debate," said Linda Jacobson, director of domestic programs for the Population Reference Bureau in Washington. "We need to be more focused on how we meet the needs of children in immigrant families who are citizens."fling them across the border

Census statistics also show:


45 percent of children under age 5 are from a racial or ethnic minority.


About a third of Hispanics were younger than 18, compared with a fourth of the population in general.


The median age for Hispanics -- the point at which half are older and half are younger -- was 27.2 years in 2005. It was 30.0 years for blacks and 40.3 years for white non-Hispanics.

Because there is only one death for every 8.2 Hispanic births in the U.S., according to Census estimates, the U.S.-born Hispanic population can only be expected to grow.

With growth will come increased economic clout.

"Already Hispanics are an economic force, and because they are growing in number that won't change," said Jacobson, who added that corporate America is taking notice.

Libbey Paul, a senior vice president of marketing for ACNielson, the marketing information company, told The Associated Press that supermarkets are looking to stock more of what large, young families need, items like toothpaste, and food companies are producing more products that cater to Hispanic tastes.

"They've become more politically and socially visible," she told AP. "It's never been this vocal."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/05/10/hispanics/index.html

Herndon, VA has taken a correct step in that the voters in the city tossed out the idea of immigration hiring center

Thursday, May 04, 2006
Did immigration rallies spur backlash?
For Phil Jones of Herndon, Virginia, the backlash against illegal immigration began last year when he took his teenage daughter to a convenience store near his home.

He says his car was mobbed by illegal immigrants looking for work as day laborers. He says they completely surrounded him and tried to climb into his car, and that when he indicated he was not hiring, they made obscene gestures at his daughter.

So when Jones heard that his town council in Herndon was going to establish a permanent hiring center for immigrants, including illegal immigrants, he began organizing opposition. And it worked.

On Tuesday, just one day after nationwide rallies against stricter immigration laws, Herndon voters tossed out the officials who supported the hiring center.

Across the nation, grassroots groups favoring stronger immigration controls and enforcement say they are benefiting from a backlash against illegal immigration after the pro-immigrant rallies earlier this week.

They say e-mails, phone calls, and even donations are on the rise, as legal American residents react to the demands that illegal immigrants be given amnesty and allowed to become citizens.

Since Jones began his campaign for tougher immigration policies, he says, his home has been egged and a pro-immigrant Web site posted his picture online, calling him a racist.

But Jones is not giving up the fight. He is convinced the immigrant rallies this week made many more Americans aware of what he sees as growing militancy among people who don't even have a right to be here.

He thinks the backlash has just begun. What do you think?
Posted By Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent: 5:12 PM

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/ande...oper.360/blog/
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(05-11) 14:33 PDT San Bernardino, Calif. (AP) --

Authorities said a woman who claimed she was a paraplegic and repeatedly filed claims and lawsuits for noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act was a con artist without any physical limitations.

After her arrest this month by Las Vegas police, Laura Lee Medley, 35, leaped from her wheelchair and ran for freedom, officials said.

Complaining earlier that she was having medical problems, police took the woman to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment, said David Wert, spokesman for San Bernardino County.

"That's where the great miracle occurred," he said. Medley "made a break for it," leading police on a brief foot pursuit before she was captured, Wert said.

Medley's claims against public entities — including San Bernardino County, South Pasadena and Long Beach — claimed a bus dropped her off near what she called a non-ADA compliant roadway or curb, causing her wheelchair to topple. She claimed three broken arms in eight weeks — two lefts and a right.

South Pasadena settled Medley's claim for $6,700 on Oct. 18, 2005.

Her questionable claims led to last week's arrest in Las Vegas.

Medley was charged with filing false documents, attempted grand theft and two counts of insurance fraud. She is in a Las Vegas jail awaiting extradition to San Bernardino.

Medley's alleged deception was discovered by San Bernardino County officials after she filed a complaint saying she fell and broke her left arm on Oct. 17, 2005.

County lawyer Mike Sachs said Medley called him in December to complain about treatment she was receiving from county employees. Medley claimed she was an ADA compliance expert and she threatened to organize a protest march, Sachs said.

"She was a very pushy lady, and anytime she wasn't happy with a response she was getting from someone at the county, she would try to go to the next highest person," Sachs said.

On Feb. 4, she filed a claim for $9,072 in medical expenses and lost wages. Medley then produced hospital medical records, documents that repeatedly misspelled Bernardino as Bernadino.

The hospital confirmed the documents were bogus.

Sachs said they learned Medley filed a nearly identical wheelchair-toppling claim seeking $5,200 from Long Beach. The claim was denied because the sidewalk was wheelchair accessible, Long Beach Deputy City Attorney Belinda Mayes said.

Medley then filed a federal lawsuit April 4 against Long Beach. That U.S. District Court suit is still pending and Mayes declined comment.

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