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August 18-31
VOL.14 ISSUE. 26

News Quirks

Roland Sweet
Published Thursday July 23, 04:11 pm
She came in like a wrecking ball dissing a divorced dad’s tats

Photo Credit: Illustration by Myron Campbell

 After Carl McCoid, 42, got divorced in 2010, he covered his body with 29 Miley Cyrus tattoos. But after the performer told an American interviewer, “There’s a dude that holds a record of the most pictures of my face, he has like 18 pictures of my face and they’re really ugly,” the disappointed father of four in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, decided to have the tattoos removed by laser. “Right now, I have 29 tattoos done and have spent 2,800 pounds (US$4,300),” McCoid said. “I never thought I would regret it.” (Daily Mail)

Sticky Trouble

Turkish authorities accused two men of making counterfeit popsicle sticks, which could be used to claim free ice cream bars from vendors. The manufacturer making the legitimate offer complained to police that it received more free-popsicle sticks than it originally produced. Investigators who raided an office in Istanbul seized thousands of fake popsicle sticks marked “free” and arrested suspects Ahmet A., 35, and Cem S., 27. (Dogan News Agency)

Homeland Insecurity

White supremacists and anti-government radicals have killed more people in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, than Muslim jihadists have, according to Washington research centre New America. The score: 48 to 26. New America program associate David Sterman warned that white supremacy and anti-government idealism constitute an “ignored threat” because the government has instead focused its surveillance and data-collection efforts on domestic Islamic extremists. (The Washington Times)

Spare Change

Transit police who nabbed Timothy Chapman, 35, for evading a $2.10 subway fare in Boston found $7,000 in his pocket. (Boston Herald)

Blowed Up Real Good

At a Fourth of July celebration in Calais, Maine, Devon Staples, 22, decided to launch fireworks off the top of his head. He died instantly. “There was no rushing him to the hospital,” said his brother Cody Staples, 25, who was standing a few feet away when Devon placed a reloadable mortar tube on his head and ignited the fireworks. “There was no Devon left when I got there.” (Associated Press)

Pickled Pizza Perp

Pizza delivery driver Richard Dennany, 43, pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Murphysboro, Illinois, after he delivered a pizza to the county courthouse while visibly intoxicated. He was found to be three times over the legal limit. (Carbondale Times)

Don’t Touch My Toys

Administrators at Encinal High School in Alameda, California, insisted that a teacher was only joking when he assigned students to, according to parent Kimberly Cobene, “go into your parents’ private drawers or whatever to seek out sexual toys or condoms, or anything of that nature and to take a selfie with it.” Cobene and fellow mom Evangeline Garcia took him seriously and promptly mounted a campaign to have the school district fire him. (KPIX-TV)

One Of Our Torsos Is Missing

Someone threw a large rock through the window of the I Do! I Do! Wedding Boutique in Flagstaff, Arizona, according to police, who reported the only item stolen was a two-foot-long, 20-pound rubber adult toy modeled after a woman’s torso. It sold for $600. (Arizona Daily Sun)


The U.S. Internal Revenue Service notified Bill Levin, founder of the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis, that it has recognized the church as a tax-exempt religious organization. More than 600 members have paid between $4.20 and $1,000 to join the church, whose mission, Levin said, is to “proselytize the wonderfulness of the gift that this plant is to our human nature.” (Newsweek)

Deadly Weapons

The Boy Scouts of America has ordered a ban on water-gun fights. The organization’s revised National Shooting Manual also forbids Scouts from using “marshmallow shooters that require placing a straw or similar device in the mouth.” (The Washington Times)

Curses, Foiled Again

British police recovered a stolen car in Middleton when the two suspects tried driving it into the police station parking garage. Surveillance footage shows the 25-year-old and 26-year-old men thwarted by the security gate but unable to back up because two police vans were waiting behind them. Thinking the vans were pursuing them, the men fled on foot, said detective inspector Lee Hopwood, but officers tracked them down. (Manchester Evening News)

15 Minutes Of Fame

When a television news interview with accident witness Courtney Barnes went viral, as much for his hilarious account of events as for his green hair and giant green fingernails, the owner of a store in Ridgeland, Mississippi, recognized Barnes as a shoplifting suspect from surveillance video and notified police. (Jackson’s WLBT-TV)

Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

A public safety message intended to shock people was removed because it shocked people. The billboard, promoting bicycle safety in Bakersfield, California, depicted a bicycle and a victim chalk-outline, with the words, “See and be seen. Don’t be roadkill.” Rhonda Hiller complained of the wording and its location, near where her son died in a traffic crash. “My son’s not roadkill,” she declared. Kern Council of Governments official Susanne Campbell said the “roadkill” message would be changed on billboards and bus ads. (KBAK-TV)

When Guns Are Outlawed

Police arrested twin brothers Michael and James Remelius, 52, for throwing “deadly” bricks at each other during an argument in Orange City, Florida. According to the police report, Michael’s brick hit James in the leg, causing a small cut, while James’s brick hit Michael in the right eye, causing bleeding and swelling. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Punishing The Playa

A man in an assisted-living facility in Norristown, Pennsylvania, lost his housing subsidy after officials discovered a prostitute under his bed. Uri Z. Monson, the facility’s financial director, said the man, believed to be in his 70s, was a “more mobile gentleman” than other residents and bought alcohol for them, using his profits to pay for prostitutes. (Associated Press)

Compiled from mainstream news sources by Roland Sweet.

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