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A NOTW Classic (January 2010) Wednesday, August 13
In November 2009, a Chicago judge ruled former firefighter Jeffrey Boyle is entitled to his $50,000 annual pension even though he'd pleaded guilty to eight counts of arson and allegedly confessed to 12 more. Boyle is known locally as "Matches" Boyle …
DEMOCRACY IN ACTION Wednesday, May 28
During a regional session of Spain's parliament in February, a photographer from El Diario Montanes newspaper got a shot of legislator Miguel Angel Revilla looking at a picture of a nude woman (in a magazine hidden inside a folder). He later claimed …
MORE FLAWDUH Wednesday, May 28
In May, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida was captured on a C-SPAN camera during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, casually eating his earwax. In the sequence, described on a Time magazine blog, he dug into his ear, inspected the results, placed …
WHAT A JERK! PT. II Wednesday, May 28
Despite a 1971 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court declaring governments couldn't punish people who are merely "annoying," dozens of towns (according to a March Wall Street Journal item) continue to regard the behavior as criminal. The justices …
SPO-DEE-O-DEE DEGREE Wednesday, July 2
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo has a 350-student "viticulture and enology" program, preparing its majors for an industry critical to the state's economy (and with a venerable international cachet) — but state law …
CUTTING-EDGE SCIENCE Wednesday, July 2
On dairy farms across the country, cows queue up, without prodding, to milk themselves by submitting to $250,000 robots that recently became the industry's salvation. According to an April New York Times item, this advance appears to be "win-win" …
SAY WHAT? Wednesday, July 2
Artist Diemut Strebe made a 3-D-printed re-creation of Vincent van Gogh's famous ear to display in June and July in a Karlsruhe, Germany, museum. He built it partially with genes from a great-great-grand-nephew of van Gogh's, in the same shape, …
MODERN WARFARE Wednesday, July 23
The leader of devout Sunni jihadist group Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, making a rare, solemn appearance in July, wore a flashy silver wristwatch various video analysts described as a Rolex, an Omega Seafarer or a feature-laden Saudi …
Polish Academy of Sciences researchers, writing recently in Zoo Biology, reported witnessing 28 acts of fellatio by two orphaned male bears at a sanctuary in Kuterevo, Croatia — the first-ever report of bear fellatio from 116 hours of scientific …
PAINT IT BLACK Wednesday, July 23
Clinton Tucker, who is black, sued Benjamin Moore paints in Essex County, New Jersey, in June for wrongful firing — after, he said, he'd tolerated years of workplace racial insults. In fact, Tucker said the company introduced two new paint shades …
 
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