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The Threatened American Worker

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Criminal Farm

Bright Ideas, monkey business and quirky crimes.

Curious Crimes

Stolen toes, lactose-intolerance woes and quirky characters from around the globe.
If you visit Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory, you can't skip one of its famous traditions.

Oh, Canada

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Canadian company Bad Axe Throwing announced in June it is bringing its unusual entertainment concept to Denver.

Hog Hunt

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>Tourists and father-son duos looking for out-of-this-world bonding experiences are paying up to $50,000 for the opportunity to hunt feral hogs from helicopters in Texas, sometimes using machine guns.

Playing the Hits

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Weird news is forever, but this is my last "News of the Weird" column, as I am now exhausted after almost 30 years in the racket.

Friends for Rent

Animals with affordable health care, an indecent epidemic, strange smugglers and more.
Updates, recurring themes and other quirky news bits from around the globe.

Too Far?

Targeted ads, belligerent husbands, ghosting frogs and other weird news.
the technology Google and Facebook use to identify potential customers of advertisements is "capable of targeting ads ... so narrow that they can pinpoint, say, Idaho residents in long-distance relationships who are contemplating buying a minivan."


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

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.
His PSAs publicize tips for avoiding the police, such as saving child porn only on an external computer drive and hiding the drive securely.

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

News of the Weird: Recurring themes and updates on previous characters.
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.


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