xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Robert Norton starred in News of the Weird several times since 1988, owing to his habit of (and more than 20 arrests for) annoying his Pekin, Ill., neighbors by doing yardwork naked. (When, in 1999, a judge finally told him that he would go to jail if he did it again, Norton said, “I can’t (promise) anything.”) He passed away in July 2005, at age 82, and despite his wishes, family members made sure that he was wearing clothes when he was buried.
It was reported here not long ago as one of the “most frightening stories of the week,” but as it turns out, the story had already been topped. In July, 644 people had gotten together in Kimberly, British Columbia, and simultaneously played accordions for half an hour. Thanks to a proud News of the Weird reader, it can now be reported, shudderingly, that the next month at a St. John’s, Newfoundland, folk arts festival, the record was broken, by 989 accordionists.
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