xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In February, officials in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen established the world’s first formal stock-market-type arrangement in which farmers and producers can efficiently buy and sell liquid manure.
The London Evening Standard reported in March that soaring funeral prices in Germany have created markets for cost-saving services, including a thriving business in sending loved ones’ bodies to Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for disposal (a phenomenon known in the trade as “corpse tourism”).
From a November 2003 article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, on the fatal transmission of Rocky Mountain spotted fever from two dogs to their owner: “One man in Mississippi contracted Rocky Mountain spotted fever when he killed ticks he had removed from his dog by biting them with his teeth. This may seem unusual,” the veterinarian-authors wrote, “but we have since encountered other persons who claimed to kill ticks by biting them.”
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