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News of the Weird 10/31/13

News of the Weird 10/31/13

by Chuck Shepherd Norway's Battle Against Chaos Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with "color commentary" on [...]

News of the Weird 10/24/13

News of the Weird 10/24/13

by Chuck Shepherd Imminent Swirling Vortex of Damnation Land developers for the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. (famous as the inspiration for the hotel in Stephen King's "The Shining") [...]

News of the Weird

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd The Bar Is Always Open A 61-year-old Texas man admitted to a hospital not long ago appearing to be falling-down-drunk, even though denying having had even a single drink, was [...]

News of the Weird 10/10/13

News of the Weird 10/10/13

by Chuck Shepherd Haute Couture A few still-primitive cultures inexplicably celebrate such female adornments as the stacking of metal neck rings and the inserting of saucer-size disks into pierced [...]

News of the Weird 10/3/13

News of the Weird 10/3/13

by Chuck Shepherd More Bang American Exceptionalism: Which is more characteristically American—that a Texas company could invent an ordinary rifle that mimics a machine gun or that America's [...]

News of the Weird 9/26/13

News of the Weird 9/26/13

by Chuck Shepherd Home Sweet Home "With its neatly cut lawns and luscious tropical vegetation," wrote a BBC News reporter in July, Miracle Village, Fla., is an "idyllic rural community" of 200 [...]

News of the Weird 9/19/13

News of the Weird 9/19/13

by Chuck Shepherd First Amendment Blues In the public libraries of Seattle (as in most public libraries), patrons are not allowed to eat or sleep (or even appear to be sleeping) or be shirtless or [...]

News of the Weird 9/12/13

News of the Weird 9/12/13

by Chuck Shepherd Happiness Is a Clean Toilet Beginning in 2011, about three dozen people in Tokyo have been meeting every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on a mission to scrub down, one by one, the [...]

News of the Weird 8/29/13

News of the Weird 8/29/13

by Chuck Shepherd Queen of the Night The conflicted double life of Israeli Orthodox Jew Shadar Hadar, 34, might be as formidable to manage as that of an international spy. Though deeply and [...]

News of the Weird 8/22/13

News of the Weird 8/22/13

by Chuck Shepherd Haute Water The upscale restaurant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced in August that it would soon add a 20-item selection of waters from around the world, priced [...]

News of the Weird

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Roach Motel At age 20, Kyle Kandilian of Dearborn, Mich., has created a start-up business to fund his college expenses, but it involves a roomful (in the family home) of nearly [...]

News of the Weird 8/8/13

News of the Weird 8/8/13

by Chuck Shepherd Government in Action The National Security Agency is a "supercomputing powerhouse," wrote ProPublica.org in July, with "machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands [...]

News of the Weird 7/18/13

News of the Weird 7/18/13

by Chuck Shepherd Priorities At a June hearing, a Philadelphia judge became so exasperated at defendant Robert Williams' seeming cluelessness about his need to keep his probation appointments that [...]

News of the Weird 7/11/13

News of the Weird 7/11/13

by Chuck Shepherd Community Activism Despite Chicago's recent crisis of gang-related street murders, the Roseland Community Hospital in a tough south-side neighborhood is on the verge of closing [...]

News of the Weird 7/4/13

by Chuck Shepherd SIEGING CHEATERS As many as 50 exam monitors were forced to take cover at a high school in Zhongxiang, China, in June, fending off outraged students (and some parents) who hurled [...]

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