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GO HOME, HANOVER, YOU'RE DRUNK Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Rural Municipality of Hanover, Manitoba, has prohibited alcohol sales for more than a century — or at least that’s what everyone in the community believed as recently as 2006, when the last attempt was made to repeal the ban (and failed by 30 votes).
Florida Selfies Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Spencer Toner, 79, was arrested for indecent exposure in a McDonald's parking lot in January in Bonita Springs, after a complainant said Toner was watching pornography on a laptop computer and masturbating (a downside of McDonald's early-on, …
FASHION FORWARD Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The Osiligi Maasai Warrior choir, from Kenya, in ornate, mystifying native costumes and uncalled-for headdresses, happened to be touring the U.K. this fall, coinciding with the recent Paris Fashion Week in which the most celebrated designers from the “developed” world exhibited their wares, which often seemed as excessive as the Maasais’.
WEIRD Patriotism Wednesday, November 26, 2014
November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreüde”
“OFFENDED!” (TIPTOEING IN AMERICA) Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Steve Soifer, CEO of an international support group for people with “shy bladders,” excoriated DirecTV in November for its series of commercials featuring Rob Lowe, whose “awkward” character in one ad stands at a urinal and says, “Fact: I can’t go with other people in the room.” Soifer says the ad ridicules a serious problem — and compared it to “making fun” of a man missing an arm or leg.
BLOOD FOR BUTTERCUP Wednesday, October 29, 2014
In September, Dr. Sean Perry of the Marathon (Florida) Veterinary Hospital saved the life of Buttercup, an orange tabby who needed blood — by giving him a transfusion from a West Palm Beach dog blood bank. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 62 cats have been known to receive such “xenotransfusions,” and cats are apparently the only animals (besides dogs) that can safely process dog blood.
THE POWER OF ONE SENSITIVE SOUL Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker was turned away from Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, in September by a guard who said a school official sent word that Baker wasn’t allowed in to discuss his daughter’s class schedule until he changed into civilian clothes — because “a student” might be offended by his military uniform. The Rochester school superintendent later apologized.
WE SAVED YOUR LIMEY ASS IN WWII Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., apologized twice in August, first a tongue-in-cheek “apology” for England’s War of 1812 attack on the White House and then for making that “apology” in the first place — because of a backlash on Twitter from Americans complaining the jokey “apology” was “offensive.”
BRIGHT IDEAS Wednesday, November 26, 2014
David Van Vleet asked for certain supposedly public records in Tacoma, Washington, and was forced into federal court when the city turned him down. Van Vleet wanted data from the city licenses of strip club employees (dancers’ stage and real names, date of birth, etc.) so he could pray for them individually, by name, to make his appeals more effective. In October, Judge Ronald Leighton denied Van Vleet a temporary restraining order against the city.
SPOUSAL SUPPORT Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Pauline Chai and her estranged husband, Khoo Kay Peng (a Laura Ashley executive), are battling in a London courtroom in a very expensive divorce, with the current issue to determine whether the English judge has jurisdiction instead of courts in the couple’s native Malaysia.