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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The Christian Diocese of Mizoram in northeast India, which was established by Welsh Presbyterian missionaries who worked the area from 1840 to around 1960, announced in March that it would send a missionary back to Wales because it was clear that the Welsh are in serious spiritual decline. “The Mizos,” said Rev. Zosang Colney, “have a burden to do something for their Mother Church in Wales,” since fewer than 1 in 10 Welsh regularly attend services.
England’s Norwich Union insurance company reached a settlement in January with its employee Linda Riley over her workplace injuries. Riley had tripped over a pile of claim forms in the office.
In July 2005, News of the Weird reported Jared Gipson’s extremely bad idea of trying to rob Blalock’s Beauty College in Shreveport, La. The 20 students and teachers inside (almost all women) beat him to a pulp with curling irons, hair dryers, chairs, a table leg, and their fists (leaving him with 21 cuts that had to be stitched). In March 2006, Gipson, 24, was sentenced for that attempted robbery, and as a recidivist, got 25 years in prison (and might have received more except that several of the women asked the judge for leniency).
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