xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In 2003, News of the Weird reported that the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency had been Internet-monitoring a facility on Scotland’s Isle of Islay whose webcam was showing images suggesting a chemical weapons lab but that, after lengthy surveillance, the agency had found it to be a whiskey distillery. In February 2006, that distillery (Bruichladdich, one of the U.K.’s most adventurous) announced it is preparing to make a 92 percent-alcohol whiskey whose recommended dose is two spoonfuls. Said the managing director, “To be honest, I’m just hoping the distillery doesn’t explode.”
Police in a Columbus, Ohio, suburb arrested Alan Patton, 54, outside a movie theater restroom in February and later listened to him describe in detail his unusual behavior. According to police, Patton is obsessed with collecting and consuming the urine of young boys, which he said he has done for over 40 years. “I like it because it makes me closer to them like I’m drinking their youth.” His modus operandi is to shut off a urinal’s flush water, wait for a boy to finish, and then gather up the urine. “Listening to him describe it,” said one detective, “it’s like listening to a crack or cocaine addict. He’s addicted to children’s urine.”
The Continuing Jesus and Mary World Tour:
“Sightings” have been made in just the last months in:
–North Vernon, Ind. (Jesus on a wooden door);
–Jacksonville, Fla. (Jesus on a nacho-warming tray);
–Cozimel, Mexico (Jesus on a flower pot);
–Laredo, Texas (Jesus on a truck’s tailgate), Mexico, Maine (Mary on the charred wood of a burned-out home);
— Beachwood, Ohio (Jesus on a pancake), Manchester, Conn. (Jesus on a piece of sheet metal);
–Dallas (Mary on the bark of a tree);
— and airborne from New York City to Florida (Mary on a potato chip served by Jet Blue).
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