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Targeted ads, belligerent husbands, ghosting frogs and other weird news.


Why you shouldn't discourage your kids from picking their noses, and other updates.

Bless This Asparagus

This week's news quirks include an asparagus-praising church, outrageously unfair laws and a criminal with a bearded dragon in her bra.

Breaking News (Rare Fetish!)

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Jordan Haskins, 26, was sentenced to probation and sex counseling in May after pleading guilty to eight charges arising from two auto accidents in Saginaw, Mich.

Pedestrian Calming

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Officials in charge of a Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed "speed bumps."

Sweet, Sweet Revenge

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It is legal in China to sell electric "building shakers" whose primary purpose apparently is to wreak aural havoc on apartment-dwellers' unreasonably noisy neighbors.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

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A San Francisco startup recently introduced a countertop gadget to squeeze fruit and vegetables for you so that your hands don't get sore.

Mother of Invention

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Northwestern University researchers announced in March that its laboratory model of the “female reproductive system” has reached a milestone: its first menstrual period.

Training Day

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A June 2016 police raid on David Jessen's Fresno County, Calif., farmhouse caused a $150,000 mess.

Try, Try Again

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Samuel West announced in April that his Museum of Failure will open in Helsingborg, Sweden, in June, to commemorate innovation missteps that might serve as inspiration for future successes.

World's Coolest City

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Recently, in Dubai (the largest city in the United Arab Emirates), Dubai Civil Defense started using water jetpacks that lift firefighters off the ground to hover in advantageous positions as they work the hoses.

TP Goes High Tech

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>China's public-park restrooms have for years suffered toilet-paper theft by local residents who raid dispensers for their own homes—a cultural habit, wrote Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, expressing taxpayer feelings of "owning" public facilities—but the government recently fought back with technology. At Beijing's popular Temple of Heaven park, dispensers now have facial-recognition scanners beside the six toilets, with pre-cut paper (about 24 inches long) issued only to users who pose for a picture.

Location, Location, Location

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A highlight of the recent upmarket surge in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a residential and retail favorite, was the asking price for an ordinary parking space in the garage at 845 Union Street in the Park Slope neighborhood: $300,000 (also carrying a $240-a-month condominium fee and $50 monthly taxes).

News of the Pretentious

Why live with a cat if one cannot take it out for some wine together?
The latest on cat wine, "adhesive vaginal lipstick," an in-theater playground and other quirky news.

Exploiting Villains In February

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In February, two teams of South Korean researchers announced cancer-fighting breakthroughs.

Updates of Previous Characters

And Some Recurring Themes
Tammy Felbaum surfaced in News of the Weird in 2001

U-S-A! U-S-A!

Although discouraging the marriage of children in developing nations has been U.S. foreign policy for years, a data-collecting watchdog group in America disclosed in February that 27 U.S. states have no minimum marriage ages and estimates that an average of almost 25,000 children age 15 and under are permitted to marry every year

The Man With the Golden Mop

San Francisco's best-paid janitor earned more than a quarter-million dollars cleaning stations for Bay Area Rapid Transit in 2015, according to a recent investigation by Oakland's KTVU.


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