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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Even with the nation at war and casualties mounting, some Pentagon officials evidently believe that one way to reduce military families’ stress is to teach them to laugh. Its “laughter instructor,” retired Army Col. James Scott, holds therapeutic sessions around the country with National Guard families that feature walking like a penguin and blurting “ha ha hee hee and ho ho,” according to a January USA Today story. Said Scott, “The guiding principle is to laugh for no reason (which is) one of the reasons it works so well for military families.”
After her 11-year-old son was suspended for twice bringing a loaded handgun to school, Linnea C. Holdren, 43, said the matter was pretty much beyond her control. “I can’t lock up his guns,” she told police. “They belong to him, and he has a right to use them whenever he wants to use them.” (The boy was expelled in January, and Holdren, who is a teacher at her son’s Shickshinny, Pa., elementary school, has been charged with felony endangerment.)
Denmark’s government ruled in 2001 that institutionalized citizens have the right to have sex and that caregivers must even take them to visit prostitutes. (Prostitution is legal in Denmark.) According to a January dispatch from Aarhus, Denmark, in London’s Observer, Mr. Torben Vegener Hansen, 59, who has cerebral palsy and lives at home on government assistance, is challenging the government also to pay for prostitutes to make house calls, claiming that he is unable to have sex manually because of his illness and must be accorded this “human right” by a service similar to the government’s meals-on-wheels program.
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