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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The Official Shoe of Illegal Immigrants: Artist Judi Werthein’s high-top sneaker “Brinco” went on sale recently ($215 a pair) at boutiques in San Diego and New York City, with tiny accessories (compass and flashlight on the shoelaces, secret pocket in the shoe’s tongue), but she also gives away many pairs in Tijuana because she actually designed the shoe for Mexican migrants to wear when they sneak across the border into the United States. (The back of the shoe has a drawing of the country’s patron saint of migrants, and a removable foot support has a crude map of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a November Associated Press report).
Can’t Possibly Be True Until the policy was changed in October, cafeterias in the 18 schools of the North Penn School District (northwest of Philadelphia) had been supplying as eating utensils only plastic cutlery that was washed after each meal and reused, even though students had long expressed disgust at spoons and knives riddled with bite marks and had, defensively, taken to eating foods like yogurt and applesauce with their hands. (The district admitted that this recycling saved only $15,000 a year.)
Blond twins, Lamb and Lynx Gaede, age 13, of Bakersfield, Calif., sing professionally as Prussian Blue at white-supremacy concerts and rallies and on the white-nationalist Resistance Records label (with songs like “Sacrifice,” which is a tribute to Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess), according to an October ABC News story. The girls’ parents home-school them and are active in the Aryan movement (rancher-dad Ted Shaw’s cattle brand is a swastika). Said Lynx, “We want our people to stay white. (W)e don’t want to just be, you know, a big muddle.”
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