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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
With an Oakland Tribune reporter and 20 people looking on in November in a parking lot in Fremont, Calif., Tu Jin-Sheng, 50, “grandmaster” in one of the Chinese arts of Qigong, pulled a rental truck several yards using only a piece of fabric tied to the base of his genitals. Jin-Sheng is supposedly a leader of the branch of Qigong known as “Iron Crotch,” whose 60,000 adherents worldwide believe that strengthening the genitals increases energy. To warm up for the pull, Jin-Sheng had an assistant kick him hard between the legs.
BBC News reported in September that Sandra Luchian, 15, from Moldova, managed to hand-copy the 607-page “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” filling five notebooks, after borrowing it from a friend in the U.K. (since it was not available anywhere in Moldova and she couldn’t afford to have it shipped to her). She said it took her about a month.
The robber of a Fastrip store in Joplin, Mo., ignoring a “Use Other Door” sign pointing to an unlocked front door, spent valuable getaway time trying unsuccessfully to bash in the companion (but locked) front door with a chair, then finally bashed in a small window along a side wall and crawled out to escape (December).
Landon McQuilkin, 21, arrested in November in Jacksonville, Fla., after he allegedly abducted a man and said he would kill him, relented to his victim’s “last request” to visit his girlfriend before he died; with McQuilkin waiting in the car outside her house, the victim went in, locked the door and called police.
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