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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
According to a 2004 study by Georgia State University researchers, based on public information, one “investor group” substantially outperforms not only the stock market as a whole but also financial houses’ top stock-pickers. That investor group is U.S. senators, who somehow between 1993 and 1998 beat the market by an average of 12 percent annually (whereas fund managers are regarded as “stars” if they beat the market by as little as 3 percent). The findings received heightened attention recently, following revelations that a prominent senator this year made a huge profit selling stock from his blind trust at just the right time.
David Smith Sr., who holds the world record for the longest flight of being shot from a cannon, was blasted about 150 feet in August from Tijuana, Mexico, into California, uninjured, as part of an art project about “dissolving borders.” (He showed his passport before blast-off.)
A November 2002 catapult shot of a 19-year-old Oxford University (England) biochemistry student (who was a member of Oxford’s extreme sports club) ended badly, as an inquest in October 2005 heard; he was propelled almost 100 yards, which was just short of his landing net.
News of the Weird has reported several times about hard-luck men who, believing they are biological fathers, agree to child support, only to learn via a DNA test that they are not, but whom judges will not let rescind those agreements. An even more ironic case emerged from the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in December. A man had originally agreed to support his new wife’s daughter, but then he and his wife divorced, and the court ruled he must continue to support the girl even though the wife has now married the man who is the girl’s biological father.
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