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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In October, the federal Department of Homeland Security announced a $36,300 grant to the state of Kentucky, earmarked to prevent terrorists from using charity bingo and other games of chance to raise money. (One astonished bingo worker in Frankfort told the Associated Press that the need to protect bingo parlors from terrorists “would never even enter my mind.”)
Also in October, the Tampa Tribune reported that two lower-tier Florida tourist attractions (the Weeki Wachee Springs mermaid show and Dinosaur World in Plant City) were on Homeland Security’s list of sites that the state had to “harden” against terrorist attacks, even though officials complained that major sports venues and more popular entertainment sites were not on the list.
The Hindustan Times revealed in September that the local New Delhi government’s 97 paid rat-catchers have not caught a single rodent since 1994. (And residents complain that rats are not difficult to find in New Delhi.)
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