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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
–Broward County (Fla.) school board member Robin Bartleman, explaining in July why she finally accepted an elementary school’s new policy of no running on the playground: “To say ‘no running’ on the playground seems crazy, but your feelings change when you’re in a closed-door meeting with lawyers.”
–The costume designer for the new movie “Superman Returns,” explaining in September (in Newsweek) her toughest problem: “There was more discussion about Superman’s ‘package’ than anything else on the suit. Was it too big? Was it not big enough? Was it too pointy? Too round?”
— The child-targeted advertising slogan for Tomamasu Corp.’s new nonalcoholic beverage “Kidsbeer” (which looks and foams like beer but is actually a cola): “Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink.”
According to an August report in The Guardian, British UFO sightings have fallen dramatically in the last few years, say prominent extraterrestrial-watchers in Cumbria County, England (which has seen a drop-off from 40 sightings in 2004 to none in the first seven months of 2005, although sightings continue to come in from elsewhere in the country). Explanations include a post-Sept. 11 worry about Earthbound threats, as well as the end of the TV series “The X Files.”
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