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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In May, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation made a $700,000 grant to a World Wildlife Fund program to protect the apparently gorgeous forests in the Himalayan nation of Bhutan even though (according to a 2003 report in National Geographic) the recipient of the attention, the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, was explicitly created to protect Bhutan’s version of “Bigfoot.” Bhutan’s “yeti” is called the “migoi” and is about 5 feet tall, covered with hair except for a face, smells horrible, and disguises its four-legged tracks by carefully making sure to leave only two prints.
In Kimberly, British Columbia, in July, trying to establish a Guinness Book record, 644 people at a music festival played their accordions simultaneously for half an hour.
In August, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald reported that business is strong for local resident John Flannery, who at age 78 still works 15 to 20 times a month posing for artists as a nude model.
Charbel Hamaty, of Lebanese descent, spent six months in jail in Raleigh, N.C., after being arrested last year for “molesting” his infant son, with the evidence consisting of family snapshots of Hamaty playfully kissing the nude tot’s belly button. Only after a protest campaign did a judge finally dismiss the charge, according to a July report by WRAL-TV.
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