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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 …
PERSPECTIVE Wednesday, August 6
Jeff Mizanskey, 61, is a poster child for one well-known criticism of mandatory-minimum sentencing laws — that nonviolent marijuana users (and small-time sellers) may wind up doing decades of hard time and in fact more time than some sociopathic …
WHAT DICKS! Wednesday, June 18
If tiny Iceland has a worldly cultural showcase, it's the Icelandic Phallological Museum, founded in Reykjavik in 1997 and housing 300 penises and penile parts from 93 different animals. So far, however, it lacks an exhibition-worthy human penis. …
WEIRD OLD WORLD Wednesday, August 6
Unconventional Food Prep: Leaked photographs taken by an undercover health and safety officer at China's Tongcheng Rice Noodle Factory in Dongguan city in June show workers in street clothes casually walking back and forth atop piles of vermicelli …
UNCOMFORTABLE FOOD Wednesday, June 18
Former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle, 30, was convicted in 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and torture — and then cook and eat the corpses of — an unspecified number of women he had listed on a website called DarkFetishNet.com, even though he insists …
UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT Wednesday, August 6
Werner Purkhart, who's been running a "silent disco" in Salzburg, Austria, for four years, was denied renewal of his business permit in July, supposedly because his parties were too loud. At a silent disco, each dancer wears headphones to hear …
 
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