xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Texas’ anti-marital-aid law, previously mentioned in News of the Weird, remains in force. In November, the county attorney in Burleson, Texas, filed a misdemeanor charge against Joanne Webb for selling two vibrators, which are illegal if they are intended for “stimulation.” Although many adult stores in Texas keep the police away by posting signs calling the inventory merely “novelties,” an officer in Burleson said Webb’s are certainly “obscene” because he can tell that just by looking. Mere possession of vibrators is not illegal unless a person has six or more. Webb sells the vibrators by staging Tupperware-type sales parties (“Passion Parties”) in private homes.
A man implicated in the 1992 crime that moved activists to push for California’s nation’s-first “three strikes” law was arrested for theft, which would be his third strike (Fresno).
A 4-foot-high, half-ton snowball fell on an 11-year-old boy on a school playground, pinning him until several teachers lifted it off (St. Catharines, Ontario).
To ease pressure on the judicial system, the Netherlands government announced it would no longer prosecute airport drug smugglers with less than three kilos of cocaine.
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