xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
(CORRECTIONS: Several weeks ago, I reported that serial killer Andrew Cunanan had been a “former lover” of Gianni Versace, when in fact no such relationship has ever been established, and I reported that an owl with cataracts had been fitted with “contact” lenses, when the owl had merely been surgically provided with “artificial” lenses. I apologize for the errors.)
Adding to the Disney-fanatic adults who have appeared in News of the Weird is George Reiger of Bethlehem, Pa., who has now been tattooed with Disney-related images 1,600 times, adding about one per week. Reiger said he spends $50,000 a year on his Disney habit, owns 19,000 items of memorabilia, and has fitted his house with Disney touches. In February, Reuters news service asked his opinion of chairman Michael Eisner and of potential Disney owner Comcast Corp., both of which Reiger denounced as indifferent to the original Disney magic. “A lot of people ask me,” Reiger said, “if I got (a tattoo of Eisner), where would I put it?”
A restaurant selling only dishes made with Hormel Spam opened in an upscale shopping mall in Manila, Philippines.
In December, on their second try, six men managed to set fire to a cross in the yard of a Dade County, Ga., white woman whose daughter was dating a biracial man, but then they couldn’t control the flames, which threatened an “innocent” white neighbor, provoking one of the men to call 911, leading eventually to their arrests. The county, in Georgia’s northwest corner, is known as the “state of Dade” for its isolation and insularity (99.4 percent white), but Sheriff Philip Street did bring himself to denounce cross-burning as “old school.”
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