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MORE HAMSTER BUTTS! Wednesday, June 18
Noting Japan's latest social trend, two paperback photo books — both with portraits of hamsters' rear ends — have experienced surprising and still-growing printing runs. Japanese society has long seemed easily captured by anything kawaii (or …
SHOULDA BOUGHT A CITYBEAM Wednesday, June 18
Another driver died after being unable to dodge his own vehicle. A 58-year-old man was hit by his SUV in New York City in June after he double-parked and was opening the door on the passenger side and realized that the vehicle was still in reverse …
THE BIG SLEEP Wednesday, June 18
Dead or just in "deep meditation"? Renowned Hindu guru Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, in his 70s, passed away in January (so concluded police in Jalandhar, India), but His Holiness' disciples have refused to release the body, keeping it in a commercial …
After the U.S. Postal Service finalizes its purchase of "small-arms ammunition," it will be the most recent federal agency to make a large purchase of bullets for its armed agents (more numerous than the public realizes). In the last year or so, …
Robert Kiefer, 25, was arrested in Akron, Ohio, in February after losing his composure over an expected check that hadn't arrived in the mail. Rather than complain to the check issuer, Kiefer did as others have done in NOTW's experience — he …
BOYS WILL BE BOYS Wednesday, June 18
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, tracking down a call about a missing 3-year-old boy downtown, located him in the type of place where other toddlers have turned up after briefly escaping the sight of their parents: inside a toy vending machine. The boy …
POLICE YOURSELF, COPPER Wednesday, June 18
In the second such incident noted here in four months, an overenthusiastic police officer handcuffed and detained a firefighter working a 911 call, ostensibly because the firefighter refused to stop and move his fire truck to the officer's …
GIT ALONG, LITTLE SHLOMOS Wednesday, June 18
Orthodox Judaism requires a divorcing spouse to obtain the permission of the other via a document called a "get," leaving much power in the hands of the responding spouse — and leading to an occasional resort to trickery or violence to persuade an …
FOR THE BIRDS Wednesday, June 18
Emergency crews in the U.K. once again came under criticism in June when dozens of police and firefighters, in three trucks and using a cherry-picker, blocked off a busy street in Cheltenham for an hour so they could rescue and release a bird (a …
SAUCY TONGUES Wednesday, June 18
An historic, decades-old snit ended in May in the state of Tabasco, Mexico, where two men (now in their 70s) who were the very last living speakers of their village's Ayapaneco language resumed talking to each other, and through the efforts of …
 
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