xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Arrested in February in Town Creek, Ala., on drug-related charges: University of North Alabama basketball player Reprobatus Bibbs (“reprobate,” in the dictionary, is “morally depraved” or “beyond hope of salvation”).
Victoria Lundy, 41, in custody in Chillicothe, Ohio, in January for a barroom shooting, apparently smuggled her gun into the jail at the time of her arrest by putting it inside her vagina. A shot was fired in a holding cell, and according to a fellow prisoner interviewed by the Chillicothe Gazette, the gun had gone off when Lundy sat down on a bench in the cell. (No one was hit.)
Russian president Vladimir Putin apparently surprised diplomatic observers in Britain in January when he declined to expel four U.K. diplomats who had been accused of espionage. Reasoned Putin, according to a January dispatch in Britain’s Guardian, these four weren’t smart enough to avoid getting caught, and if he expelled them, the U.K. would just send replacements who are more clever.
A February BBC News story, citing a local newspaper in Upper Nile state in Sudan, reported that village elders had required a Mr. Tombe, as punishment for having been caught having sex with a female goat, to pay a dowry to the goat’s owner and to care for the nanny as if they were “married.” (The story ran worldwide, with Australia’s News Limited’s Web site reporting it with a file photo of a goat, adorned with a black bar across its eyes, to protect its privacy.)
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