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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
A new land speed record for a blind driver was set in September (Mr. Hein Wagner, 33, reached 160 mph in a Maserati V8 GranSport on an airstrip in Mafikeng, South Africa, with help of a navigator).
Harvard’s libraries contain at least four books bound in human skin, including a treatise on Spanish law with an inscription calling the binding “all that remains” of a fellow named Jonas Wright (according to research by student Dan Alban, writing in the Harvard Law Record in November).
In accord with Thailand’s cultural traditions and accompanied by much pomp and circumstance, officials married off Chuang Chuang and his gal Lin Lui, the country’s only giant pandas (at the Chaing Mai Zoo in November), and Thong Kham and his gal Thong Khaow, a pair of dwarf Brahman cattle in Sa Kaew province in July (both ceremonies before thousands of spectators).
In Roseville, Mich., in November, Susan Laurer spent $1,200 to marry off a pair of pug dogs, Bobby and Gracie, dressed in formal wedding wear before 70 guests at the Evangel Christian Church. (The maid of honor was a Chihuahua.)
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