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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Latest Step in Male Obsolescence: In September, Dr. Paul De Sousa and a research team at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, told a professional audience that they had just created human embryos from female eggs without using sperm. De Sousa’s team employed electrical shocks to “trick” 300 eggs into dividing as if fertilized and was successful six times, creating 50-cell “blastocysts” that could eventually produce stem cells. De Sousa denied that his embryos would be implanted into wombs to create female fetuses (and said his government license does not authorize that), but could grow replacement tissue for a faulty organ of the egg’s donor.
For 25 years, Multnomah County, Ore., has set aside 1 percent of public building construction money for art, meaning almost $600,000 worth for its new $58 million jailhouse. Critics of the program say that art won’t do much to battle crime in Multnomah, but on the other hand, so far, neither has the $58 million. The jail has been finished for a year, but as of September, it’s still empty because county officials have not found a way to pay the operating expenses. If they ever do, inmates and visitors will be treated to such works as Thomas Sayre’s concrete shipwreck sculpture.
Mayor Felipe Santolia of Espertantina, Brazil, declared last May 9 as “Orgasm Day,” pointing out that orgasms seem to make people happier and more productive.
Mayor Gabor Mitynan of a municipal district in Budapest, Hungary, declared in August that female workers should not wear revealing skirts to work unless they have “completely perfect legs,” nor crop tops unless they have “well-trained bellies.”
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