Strange But True Category
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DOGS. They eat pedigree dog food and treats. They also eat poo.
But the poo lying around in Berlin’s Treptow and Kreuzburg areas is human made. Much of it is contains traces of heroin and other illegal drugs.
MUG Shot Of the Week features the face of Dennis Lalime, 64, accused of operating his Buick Regal under the influence early on Sunday morning in Maine.
All those homophobes who think the whole things is wrong and immoral, turns out, are wildly wrong. They reckon it is unnatural? Well, you don’t get more natural than a bunch of insects all shtupping each other, regardless of gender. It seems that ‘beastly’ isn’t a slur at all!
TO shave or not to shave? What says the judge who oversaw a case costing £350,000 that hinged on whether a disabled 23-year-old Muslim woman should have shaved pubic hair?
Her parents wanted it shaved before she returned home to live with them. They said it was a Muslim matter. The council, which cares for the woman, said it was unsure if the woman understood what the procedure meant. So. It went to court.
POTO and Cabengo were Grace and Virginia Kennedy. In 1976, these San Diego twins were eight years old. Jean-Pierre Gorin created a study of the girls who spoke in their own secret language. Time magazine produced an extract of their dialogue:
Pinit, putahtraletungay”(Finish, potato salad hungry)
“Nis, Poto?” (This, Poto?)
“Liba Cabingoat, it”(Dear Cabengo, eat)
“la moa, Poto?” (Here more, Poto?)
But was it a secret language? Their father thought the girls’ gibbering fools, mentally negligible and not worthy of educating. He was wrong. Advised to place them in speech therapy, their teacher realised they were speaking a language only they understood.
In July 22, 1979, the LA Times Reported:
Gorin explained his film to Bomb magazine:
A low-budget independent film, shot in San Diego in 1979, in 16mm color negative. It’s an investigation, a film “around” an event—the case of the Kennedy twins. They were front page news at the time, as it was believed they had invented a “private language,” a private mode of communication, with a syntax and a vocabulary of its own. But this kind of an answer seems to frame Poto and Cabengo as a classical documentary…
I got hold of the event through the press. It was the middle of the summer and news was sparse. The Loch Ness monster had been nowhere in sight that year, and I suspect the journalists felt the twins would be a good substitute. They built up a case which reeked of Wild Child mystique. The very day I saw the first article on the twins, Eckardt Stein from ZDF was passing through town and I sold him the idea of a film. I lied through my teeth, told him that I had seen the twins, seen the therapists who took care of them at Children’s Hospital, secured the rights to the story. I assured Stein that they spoke a “private language.” He agreed to do the film. But when I saw the twins for the first time I immediately realized that the story as the press—and by then, myself—had cast it was not there. There was no private language and never had been. All along the twins had spoken a Creolized language, some densely unintelligible American/English, a patchwork of southern lingo spoken by their father and of the deformations imposed on the English language by their German-born mother.
The story had become bigger than the girls.
I got excited by the idea of inquiring about something which had never been there in the first place, which had been so completely misconstrued. It seemed like an eminently dramatic premise: two kids who moved and sounded like hummingbirds, who for years had been privately deciphering the world for each other, who did not know why they had suddenly become the object of so much attention, and who by now were for the therapists and linguists just two rather “ordinary” kids with banal problems of auditory information processing, while the press was still “Ripleying” their case to death. At the same time their parents were desperately hoping to convert their 15 minutes of Warholian celebrity into some hard cash. It seemed pretty interesting to try to unravel all these conflicting interests at work below the surface of this event. And don’t forget to add me, the filmmaker, to the stew: me, with my own agenda, trying to get a film out of this whole situation.
What happened to the girls?
The only clue is from a show about twins that aired on TLC around 2000, which reported that Virginia and Grace were still developmentally disabled. We are told this:
Now approaching 30, the twins continue to experience speech problems and mental delays. Grace, who has achieved a higher level of functioning than her sister, works at a McDonald’s cleaning tables and mopping. Virginia works at a job-training center and performs assembly-line work.
WHO donated a big bag of marijuana (2.5lbs) to a Seattle thrift store?
TREVOR Alexander Warren, 51, of Dundee Beach in the Northern Territory, Australia, told Bathurst Local Court he’d consumed “between 80 and 90 full strength cans of Melbourne Bitter beer“ before driving. He had eaten nothing.
When police pulled over Warren’s Holden utility, they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from the car.
JAKARTA Monkey Tour, Topeng Monyet, is a film by Christophe Abegg. A long tailed macaque is dressed like a human and performs with various accessories.Writes Abegg:
Although the monkey is chained, it is well treated and belongs to a human family as is shown in the movie. A debate is going at the moment to decide whether this monkey shows are a form of animal abuse and should be prohibited or it should be tolerated as a tradition? Beside monkey shows, no one should forget that about 5000 macaques are exported legally every year for the international market of laboratory animals and several other thousands are caught to become mere pet macaques, with a high mortality rate… What activities are representing the most severe animal abuses toward these monkeys? Our world is full of animal abuses, but where should we start to end them?
‘Gifted’ Bedfordshire Council Removes Circus Posters After Woman Complains They Make Her Too Scared To Walk
“WE take complaints on a case by case basis but this was a short-term, easily solvable problem,” says Leighton Buzzard Council’s Senior operations officer Lisa Jarvis. ”The circus is on the park which is our responsibility and we are responsible to our residents, so something like that is in our gift to fix, so we fixed it.”
WHO needs Doctor Doolittle when you have animals that can talk English? That’s what one lady was faced with in Dublin after her kitchen was invaded by a Devil Cat.
‘Caroline H’ filmed the feline hiding in her kitchen, tempted in by the smell of biscuits.
The moggy, when shooed, replied with what sounds like ‘go away’, before flashing its demon eyes at everyone and knocking everything flying in the kitchen. Caroline’s off-screen companion can be heard helpfully shouting: “He’ll jump on you, Caroline, he’ll jump on you!”.
The footage ends with the cat hanging from the window frame like a weirdo.
“No cat was harmed in the filming of this video,” she wrote on YouTube. “The cat safely left the house after I stopped filming. This cat was an invader after our cookies. Please keep all doors and windows closed to protect yourself against rogue angry cats.”
After the video went online, another resident came forward to claim the cat was hers, and that it certainly wasn’t a ‘devil cat’ as described.
“Henry isn’t lost. He does, however, have a secret life that I don’t question him about. We’re all entitled to our secrets,” Emily Coffey wrote.
IT could happen to anyone. A babysitter in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, dropped three children at school. It was 6pm.
Attending police say the child minder told them she thought it was morning. It was in whatever world she inhabits. But it was evening in Louisiana.
TO Tveta Church in Värmland County, Sweden, where the annual “elk hunt sermon” is being led by pastor Maria Carlsson wearing a elk head and antlers. Says she:
“I’ve been thinking about it all autumn. I wanted to do something fun and a little different. I really wanted it. I’m the only active pastor in the area who is also a licenced hunter, so it seemed fitting. I saw this elk mask in a costume shop and then it hit me, ‘That’s it! That’s what I’m going to do.’ But it was sort of hard to see with the mask on my head, so I was a big concerned I might trip and fall.”
WHEN Boogie, the Chocolate Labrador dog, ran this month’s YMCA Half Marathon in Evansville, Indiana, the Press saluted his bravery. With no training. Boogie had just joined in the run. He even got a medal.
With no training, Boogie, 8, ran the 13.1 mile race in two hours and 15 minutes.
HOW the Goblin Shark got its name:
WHAT news from Guernsey?
Police and GSPCA officers have located three hens in the men’s toilet at North Beach car park in St Peter Port.
How did they get in there? Seduced by treats?
The feathered foul were perched on the privy pecking at bread left in the lavvy.
WE told you the best way to eradicate invasive species is to eat them:
PS: Of course, this being the Daily Star, the story is that “little Ava Shephard” did not eat the “flesh-eating arachnid in Kennington, Kent. But she might have eaten a false black widow, and that’s why it’s front-page news…
PPS: No one has ever died of a spider bite in the UK.
Other than that the story is correct.
“People would see it and smile and take their kids to say ‘Hi’ to Gumby… It’s an American classic. He’s friendly. Everybody loves Gumby. I guess the people responsible loved him so much that they stole him.”
“IT seems a little strange, but the way the law reads we can’t deny them (a permit) just based on that one thing,” says Sgt. Jana Abens, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa, referring to blind person’s right to own and carry a gun. “In the past year, Polk County has issued permits to at least three people who were legally blind, or were unable to read the application form due to visual impairment.”
Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere adds:
“I’m not an expert in vision. At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.”
LI Hui is a cigarette tester. She tests them by smoking them. And she loves her job:
As one of hundreds of “tobacco appraisers” in China, Li Hui, a petite, pony-tailed mother, has been smoking up to 30 cigarettes a day for more than 20 years. “It’s my job, and I like it,” Li explained in a long profile in the Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper. “Besides, I haven’t seen anyone around me or my friends getting sick from smoking yet.”
Li’s attitude, and the fact that she works for an officially-sanctioned company, Heilongjiang Tobacco Industrial, encapsulate the paradoxes China faces in dealing with a smoking epidemic. The country has over 320 million smokers, more than the population of the United States and over one-third of the world’s total, and the government has been taking small steps to try to discourage smoking, as Quartz previously reported. But with the country’s tobacco regulator and much of the tobacco industry controlled by the state – and tobacco taxes making up as much as 10 percent of state revenues – it’s a tough battle.
ANYONE swimming off the coast of California, can look out for gigantic oarfish fish, like this one that washed up on the shores of Toyon Bay, Catalina Island.
TO Augusta, Maine, to see David Labbe’s garden of loos. Mr Labbe hoped to sell his property to Dunkin’ Donuts, who would have erected a drive-through eatery for people too lazy to get out of their cars to buy deep-fried sugar and fat.
But with the deal agreed, Augusta officials blocked the sale. Mr Labbes’ neighbours were pleased.
JAKRIT Mukpradab was arrested for offering to donate 11 methamphetamine pills at a flood victims’ relief tent in Chonburi province, Thailand.
He said the medics could sell the drugs and use the money to help the victims.
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