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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In November, according to the University of Chicago daily newspaper, Chicago Maroon, in a story about a protest by transsexual, gay and lesbian activists to designate more campus restrooms as unisex, an activist said he knew people who had contracted bladder infections from delaying their urination out of anxiety at being forced to choose between the “men’s” room or the “ladies'” room. Said a lesbian activist, of the often-used ladies’ room symbol of a silhouetted person wearing a dress: “Going into (that room) implies that we are willing to be associated with that image.”
About once a month, the owners of the Marina del Rey (Calif.) Sportfishing bait shop reap a windfall. According to a January Los Angeles Times story, a Tibetan Buddhist study group drops by in a caravan after meditating on the “liberation of beings” and plunks down $1,000 to $2,000 to buy as much live bait as they can, after which they go to Marina del Rey Harbor and, in their terms, free the bait (whereupon, of course, much of it is immediately eaten by fish, anyway).
In January, convicted murderer Paul Charles Denyer, who told police back when he was arrested that he had picked three women to kill because he “just hate(s) (women),” began the application process at Barwon Prison (near Lara, Australia) for hormone treatment and surgery to become a woman.
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