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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Boutique wigmaker Ruth Regina of Miami is readying a line of hairpieces for “teacup” dogs and other over-pampered canines, at prices that range into the hundreds of dollars. Most promising include the “Yappy Hour” (a fluff of curls) and the “Peek a Bow Wow,” which (according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in August) “fall(s) down over part of a dog’s face, giving a glamorous look reminiscent of 1940s movie star Veronica Lake.” (It’s for dogs that feel sexy, said Regina. “There (are) some dogs that have the come-hither look.”)
Inmate Donny Johnson, serving three life terms in solitary confinement at the Pelican Bay State Prison in California, was the beneficiary of a showing of his acclaimed paintings at a gallery in the Mexican tourist village of San Miguel de Allende, according to a July New York Times report. Because of Johnson’s isolation, his only “brush” is made from strands of his own hair; his “canvases” consist of blank postcards; and his medium is colors from decomposed M&M candies. Nonetheless, at least six of the paintings, which the Times reporter called “powerful,” have sold for $500 each.
Martin Creed, a one-time winner of Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize, told the Guardian in July that his latest work, titled “Sick Film,” would open in London in October and that it includes 19 scenes of people vomiting on camera. Creed spoke to the Guardian from Los Angeles, where he is working on the next, similar project, entitled “Shit Film,” and has already been able to line up 15 “performers,” perhaps, he said, “because LA represents the extreme edge of the world.”
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