xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
University of Colorado freshman Jonathan Baldino, caught by security personnel in November after he printed out a fake bar code, stuck it on a $149.99 iPod, and bought it for $4.99 at a Target store, immediately wrote a frenzied confession: “I will NEVER EVER DO THIS EVER AGAIN, and I am once more terribly sorry. I’m only a kid! Help me out! … Please! Please! Please!” (It didn’t help.)
After Seattle police chased a carjacking suspect into a tree in February, bystanders gathered around and laughed, but the suspect, still defiant, yelled at them, “It’s not funny!” (However, according to a KIRO-TV reporter, some in the crowd yelled back, “Yes it is!”)
Recent Alarming Headlines:
— “Australian Whale Vomit Find Worth a Fortune” (an Agence France-Presse dispatch from Sydney on a vacationing family’s discovery of a solid fatty substance somehow actually used in the fragrance industry and which was expected to bring the equivalent of about US$215,000) (January).
–“Why I Still Breastfeed My Eight-Year-Old Girl” (a News & Star of Carlisle, England, report on mothers who insist on breastfeeding as long as the child desires it) (February).
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