Archive for the ‘Odd’ Category

Michigan City Bans Being Annoying in Public

2009, Feb 17th

Brighton, MI — Ticking someone off could get you a ticket in one Michigan city. The Brighton City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing police in the Livingston County community to ticket and fine anyone who is annoying in public ”by word of mouth, sign or motions.”

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the measure is modeled on a similar ordinance in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak.

A city attorney says there could be situations where the measure would violate freedom of speech, but that those cases will be reviewed by the city.

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Woman Places Ad to Find Wife for Son

2009, Feb 17th

NewspaperTampa, FL — The mother of a 37-year-old Tampa man is so desperate to find him a wife that she paid $500 to put an ad in The Tampa Tribune.

Claudia, who didn’t want to give her last name for privacy reasons, says it’s sad that such a “good boy” is alone. The ad, which ran Nov. 30, says Jason is gainfully employed, kind and handsome. She’s hoping to find at least a few good candidates before Christmas.

Jason says he’s fine with his mother’s idea, figuring anything is worth a shot. He’s been looking for Mrs. Right since his 2003 divorce.

The University of South Florida graduate works as a software marketing manager. He also volunteers with teens with Down syndrome.

Responses for the ad were directed to a P.O. Box in Virginia, where the mother-in-law hopeful lives.

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Russian Businessman Trademarks ;-) Emoticon

2009, Feb 17th

Moscow — How much would you pay for a ;-)?

A Russian businessman has trademarked the emoticon — or combination of punctuation marks — used to convey a wink in text messages and e-mail.

Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone, said Thursday he doesn’t plan on tracking down individual users following the decision by the federal patent agency.

“I want to highlight that this is only directed at corporations, companies that are trying to make a profit without the permission of the trademark holder,” he said in comments to NTV.

Companies will be sent legal warnings if they use the symbol without his permission, he said.

“Legal use will be possible after buying an annual license from us,” he was quoted by Kommersant as saying. “It won’t cost that much — tens of thousands of dollars.”

He also said since other similar emoticons — :-) or ;) or :) — resemble the one he has trademarked, use of those symbols could also fall under his ownership.

Other Russian Internet entrepreneurs reacted to the effort predictably —

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“Make Some Extra Cash! Drug Use and Criminal Record OK”

2009, Feb 17th

SnitchAlbuquerque, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department has turned to the want ads for snitches.

An ad this week in the alternative newspaper The Alibi asks for “people who hang out with crooks” to do part-time work for the police.

It reads in part: “Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK.”

Capt. Joe Hudson says police received more than 30 responses in two days. He says one tip was a “big one” but won’t elaborate.

An informant whose tip helps officers arrest a drug dealer could earn $50. A tip about a murder suspect could bring up to $700.

It’s not the first time the department has run ads. In a program 10 years ago, police received so many calls they turned the phones off.

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Playboy Playmates on Snowboards Spur Protests

2009, Feb 17th

pb-snowboards1Breckenridge, CO — At the Mountain Wave Snowboard shop in Breckenridge, owner John George has gotten used to controversy in snowboarding over the years.

“They tend to push some buttons,” said George.

The latest line of Burton snowboards he carries is no different. They’re called Love boards and they are decorated with former Playboy playmates posing provocatively, but coming just short of showing everything.

“They’re in a black board case and so if someone comes in and wants to take a look at them, here you go,” said George.

Inside the store, the boards are stored high up and in black bags away from prying eyes, but on the slopes anyone can them, which is causing some controversy.

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Teen Gets Jail Time for Putting Grandma in Gangster Rap Video

2009, Feb 17th

West Palm Beach, FL — A Florida teenager was sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to elder abuse charges for coaxing his senile grandmother into a “gangster rap” video.

Michael Alfinez, age 18, made no comments in entering the guilty plea Tuesday. His family has said the case was blown out of proportion.

Alfinez’s 85-year-old grandmother can be seen in the video holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot “all the pigs.”

Alfinez was arrested in April after authorities seized the tape in a routine traffic stop, which also included footage of him and others shooting a pistol around town.

Alfinez also pleaded guilty to charges of firing out of a moving vehicle and into a building.

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Police Arrest Michigan Man For Car Wash Vacuum Sex

2009, Feb 17th

Thomas Township, Mich. — Police say a Michigan man has been arrested after “receiving sexual favors from a vacuum” at a car wash.

The Saginaw News reports the 29-year-old Swan Creek Township man was arrested Thursday in Saginaw County’s Thomas Township, about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.

Police Sgt. Gary Breidinger says a resident called to report suspicious activity at the car wash about 6:45 a.m. An officer approached on foot and caught the man in the act.

The suspect, whose name wasn’t immediately released, is being held in the Saginaw County Jail.

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Mom Who Joins Cheerleading Squad Pleads Insanity

2009, Feb 17th

Green Bay, WI — A 33-year-old woman accused of stealing her daughter’s identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading squad has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Wendy Brown faces a felony identity theft charge after enrolling in a Wisconsin high school as her 15-year-old daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown’s mother.

According to a federal complaint, Brown attended one day of classes, practiced with the cheerleading squad and went to a party at the coach’s house.

Brown also faces theft and forgery charges from an unrelated case, where she is accused of collecting money for an apartment she didn’t have authority to rent.

She could face up to nearly 13 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

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Man Offered Marijuana for McDonald’s Meal

2009, Feb 17th

onebillionstoned.gifVero Beach, FL — A McDonald’s cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.

A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.

Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

A Sheriff’s report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald’s or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana.

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Phone Book Typo Leads Customers To Phone Sex Line

2008, Apr 12th

WATERVILLE – A Postal Service spokesman said he wasn’t aware of any complaints from the public.

People calling the U.S. Postal Service using a toll-free number listed in a rural Maine phone book instead are connected to a sex line.

The incorrect number was published in the latest Somerset County-Moose River Valley edition of the EZ to Use Big Book. Instead of a postal employee, callers are routed to a sexually explicit recording.

According to Edward Kruger, general manager of the EZ to Use Big Book, a typo is to blame. He said about 20,000 phone books were printed with the error.

The phone books are produced by Pennsylvania-based Ogden Directories Inc., which publishes 73 phone directories in eight states.

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College Class Takes Field Trip To Vegas Brothel

2008, Apr 12th

chickenranch Pahrump, Nev. — Nicki Amouri hands her camera to a friend, throws her arm over another and smiles wide as she leans in for a shot with the monument her class came to visit.

It’s a typical field trip memento — except that Amouri is in a brothel. The monument is a fluffy, queen-sized bed in a Western-themed party room reserved for VIPs and big spenders.

Amouri was one of a dozen Randolph College students who toured the Chicken Ranch, a legal bordello in the desert 60 miles outside Las Vegas. Thursday’s class trip, which included seminars from the working girls, capped a course on American consumption and “the ideas that consume us.”

“I think it’s fascinating, this is fun for me,” said Amouri, a junior at the private liberal arts school in Lynchburg, Va., that until last year admitted only women. “Not many people get to do this.”

Academic and media inquiries are daily occurrences at many of Nevada’s 27 legal brothels. Some shy away from the scrutiny, others, like the Chicken Ranch, welcome the publicity.

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Collagen Hits The G-Spot

2008, Apr 12th

A collagen injection which is designed to enhance women’s pleasure around the G-spot is being launched in the UK.

The G-Shot, which is given under local anaesthetic and takes about half an hour, is being hailed as the latest lunchtime procedure.

A specially designed speculum is used to help direct the injection into the G-spot, with effects lasting around four months.

The £800 jab temporarily enlarges the G-spot to the size of a 10p in width and a quarter of an inch in height.

This makes the G-spot easier to locate and highly sensitive, which it is claimed could enhance sexual aousal and gratification.

The UK Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Centre in London’s Harley Street says it is the first in the UK to offer the jab.

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Oakland School Teaches How To Grow Pot

2008, Apr 12th

Another one for the masses ;POakland, Calif. – You know you’re in a different kind of college when a teaching assistant sets five marijuana plants down in the middle of a lab and no one blinks a bloodshot eye.

Welcome to Oaksterdam University, a new trade school where “higher education” takes on a whole new meaning.

The school prepares people for jobs in California’s thriving medical marijuana industry.

For $200 and the cost of two required textbooks, students learn how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government.

The only prerequisite for the course is a Politics/Legal Issues 101 class.

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Vacuum Screamer

2008, Mar 29th

Vacuum ScreamerA US mother-of-three has invented a sex toy that connects to a vacuum cleaner to give an orgasm in just ten seconds.

The gadget, called Vortex Vibrations, works by concentrating the air flow to create a rapid and gentle vibration, reports the Sun.

Inventor Joanne Drysdale claims it can give multiple, back-to-back orgasms lasting up to a minute a time – and it does not even touch the skin.

The 49-year-old former toolmaker was cleaning her carpets when she came up with the idea for Vortex, which sells for £35 through lovehoney.co.uk.

She saw how a piece of rubber that had got caught in the nozzle was gently resonating in the air flow. She also felt a soft stimulation to her fingertips as she tried to remove the rubber.

At the time Joanne, from Utah, had not had sex for 15 years following her divorce.

She said: “In my attempts to alleviate frustration, I began to think what I could do. I noticed how the rubber moved in the top of the vacuum.

“After several hours, I came up with the prototype. The first time I tried it I reached an orgasm within 10 seconds.

“That was when I knew I was on to something that could potentially bring pleasure to all women.”

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Secret Stasi Pornographic Films Found

2008, Mar 29th

Grainy pornographic films made for officers of the People’s Army of former Communist East Germany have surfaced in the Stasi files in Berlin.

Movies with titles like Glass Dreams, Private Werner’s Big Surprise and F***ing for the Fatherland were made by a secret unit set up within a barracks of the army in Biesdorf in East Berlin.

While the west fretted about the Cold War turning hot, soldiers based at Biesdorf were measured all over to see if they were well-enough endowed to play in the blue movies that mimicked those of the west in both style and substance.

Officially, to the overlords of the politburo, pornography was a disease of capitalism that held no place in the socialist paradise behind the Berlin Wall.

Unofficially, 160 officers and men beavered away with 16mm cameras to produce pornographic movies that were shown to top brass of the army in East Germany and for visiting generals from other Warsaw Pact nations.

According to the Stasi files, an “amateur film circle” was set up in Biesdorf in 1982 to make the films.

Dietmar Schuertze, 57, who now works as a media spokesman for the modern-day Bundeswehr, was back then both a sound assistant and actor in the parade ground productions.

“They were made, essentially, in secret but nothing got done in that man’s army without the approval of the brass,” he said. “They were made for their consumption anyway.”

From a small nucleus of 12 privates, officers and civilian staff, the Biesdorf blue movie factory grew to 160 people, churning out short pornographic movies – short in both running time and imaginative plots .

But what they lacked in artistic taste they made up for in explicit action, according to Stasi file workers who have seen some of them. “Officers held garden parties with the movies where they came along out of lust or simple curiosity,” added Schuertze.

The women in the films were mostly locals supplementing meagre wages or rations by performing in them.

Some of the less shocking segments of the movies were shown on MDR TV on Wednesday night in Germany.

“I didn’t recognise myself,” said one soldier “Neither did my wife, thank God.”

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Woman Files Lawsuit Against AMR Because Passenger Next To Her Masturbated While She Slept

2008, Mar 29th

A 21-year-old Harris County woman filed a $200,000 lawsuit against American Airlines alleging employees on a flight to Los Angeles from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport failed to protect her while she slept from another passenger who masturbated to her and ejaculated in her hair, according to a lawsuit she filed last week in Tarrant County.

The Harris County woman alleges employees knew of the risks associated with failing to “police the passengers to ensure that passengers do not hurt one another,” the suit states.
Airline officials did not return calls seeking comment. In a statement to a Houston television station last year, a spokesman said the company regretted the incident, but the flight crew took appropriate action.

The woman and her lawyer could not be reached for comment. The Star-Telegram does not identify victims of sexual crimes.

Destined for a Spring Break visit with family and friends March 19, the woman flew from Houston to DFW Airport and had settled into her seat for the last leg of flight 2074 to Los Angeles about 11 p.m., the suit states. The woman slept most of the flight, but awoke about 20 minutes before landing when the pilot announced the plane was on descent into Los Angeles. When the woman opened her eyes, she saw that an unknown man had moved into the seat next to her and was staring at her as he masturbated, the suit states.

The woman turned toward the window in embarrassment and in an act of nervousness began to run her fingers through her hair where she noticed “a substantial amount of an extremely sticky substance in her hair,” the suit states.

The woman began to cry and tried to get the attention of a flight attendant, but was unsuccessful, the suit states. Finally a passenger in the row in front of the woman comforted her and verified the semen in her hair, the suit states.

When the plane landed, employee called airport police and the man was arrested.
The suit alleges that the during the investigation, American Airlines employees told police they witnessed the man move from his assigned seat into the row where the woman was sleeping.
The woman is seeking punitive damages and a jury trial.

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Women In Jeans ‘Cannot Be Raped’

2008, Mar 29th

Italy’s highest court has ruled that a woman wearing jeans cannot be raped.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Rome on Wednesday overturned a rape conviction, saying that the supposed victim must have agreed to sex because her jeans could not have been removed without her consent.

A court in the southern town of Potenza had convicted a driving instructor of raping his 18-year-old pupil.

The instructor, aged 45 and identified only as Carmine, had been sentenced to 34 months’ jail.

His defence had argued that the young woman – identified as Rosa – had consented to sex, a version of events which the woman strongly denied.

The Supreme Court ruled that it was impossible to remove a pair of jeans “without the collaboration of the person wearing them”, and that the young woman must therefore have consented to sex.

In a judgement likely to anger women’s rights organisations, the rape conviction was reversed.

Driving instructors in Italy have a reputation, deserved or undeserved, for molesting young female pupils, and the case appeared at first to be a familiar story of sexual assault on a lonely country road.

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Girl’s Party Leaves Dog In Coma

2008, Mar 29th

A BRITISH teenager has made Corey Worthington look like an amateur after her internet advertised party got so out of hand her dog was comatose and her house completely trashed.15-year-old Gemma Anscomb told her parents she was having a few friends around for a video night. But instead she had advertised a party on social networking site Bebo and invited everyone she knew.

When Robert and Julia Anscomb arrived home the next day they found their dog Bailey unconscious. He had overdosed on ecstasy tablets. Their dining room floor was covered in four inches of beer, their lap-tops, iPods and jewellery had been stolen and they found handcauffs and underwear in their eight-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

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Polish Party Posts Nude Posters For Upcoming Election

2007, Oct 4th

Poland Political PartyWarsaw – A new Polish women’s political party risks shocking the majority Catholic country by plastering nude posters of their female candidates for the upcoming October 21 parliamentary election.

Seven women, including Women’s Party (Partia Kobiet, PK) founder and president, writer Manuela Gretkowska, have launched their campaign with nude posters of themselves with the logo “The Party of Women. Poland is a Woman” masking their private parts.

The poster also incorporates their electoral slogan: “Everything for the future… and nothing to hide.”

“This poster is intended to shatter stereotypes in the anachronistic world of politics, which is more often dominated by uncommunicative men with their black tie outfits,” Gretkowska told AFP.

“We are beautiful, nude, proud. We are true and sincere, body and soul. This is not pornography, there is nothing to see in terms of sex, our faces are intelligent, concerned, proud. We do not have our mouths open nor our eyes closed,” she said.

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Sixty Pint Beer Binge Leads To Four-Week Hangover

2007, Oct 4th

Beer MugsParis – It may be the longest hangover in the history of binge beer drinking. When a 37-year old man walked into a hospital emergency room in Glasgow, Scotland last October complaining of “wavy” vision and a non-stop headache that had lasted four weeks, doctors were at first stumped, the British journal The Lancet reported Friday.The unnamed patient “had no history of head injury or loss of consciousness; his past medical record was unremarkable, and he was taking no medications,” Zia Carrim and two other physicians from Southern General Hospital said in a case report.

Body temperature and blood pressure were both normal, and a neurological exam scanned negative. But when an eye specialist was called in, the fog began to clear, at least for the doctors.

The patient, said the ophthalmologist, had swollen optical discs, greatly enlarged blind spots and what eye doctors call “flame haemorrhages,” or bleeding nerve fibres.

“We sought a more detailed history” from the patient, noted Zia drly.

That is when the man revealed he had consumed some 60 pints — roughly 35 litres — of beer over a four day period, following a domestic crisis.

Severe dehydration caused the alcohol, the doctors guessed, had led to a rare condition called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). A scan of the brain’s blood vessels confirmed the diagnosis.

CVST — which can cause seizures, impaired consciousness, loss of vision and neurological damage — strikes three or four people per million, mainly children, every year in Britain. The cause is generally unknown.

It took more than six months of long-term blood-thinning treatment to restore the man’s normal vision — and to get rid of the headache, the doctors reported.

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