xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Recent Alarming Headlines:
–“Man Says Tight Jeans Caused Aggravated Assault Charge” (Sean Duvall, arrested for pulling a gun on police in Belle Vernon, Pa., said he was holding it only because it was impossible to stuff it in his pants.(USA Today, December).
–“Man Arrested for Dumping Dirt in a Forest” (Federal law prohibits unloading anything on federal land, even soil being returned to the Earth for ecology’s sake; Associated Press dispatch from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, November).
–“Lawmakers Asked to Take Helm, Donate Sperm” (To relieve a shortage at Australian sperm banks, some younger state legislators were asked to become role models by giving; Associated Press dispatch, January).
News of the Weird recently mentioned the Sinulator, a vibrating device operated over the Internet that permits thrusting movements (typically, by a male) at one computer to be mimicked by an insertable wand (typically, for use of a female) at another computer. For less excitable people, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University recently developed The Hug, which allows one user (perhaps a grandparent) to squeeze a velour-covered, human-shaped pillow connected to a wireless phone and have that squeeze received (perhaps by a far-away grandchild) on his or her own human-shaped pillow, as if delivered by the grandparent in person. The pillow will also speak in the sender’s voice and warm itself up appropriately.
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