News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In October, Britain’s public health minister said she had been warned by counselors that some pregnant teenagers were purposely smoking in order to make their babies smaller so that childbirth would be less painful.
Australia’s Herald Sun reported in September that a Target store in Melbourne was selling padded “bralettes” from the child clothing and doll manufacturer Bratz Babyz, aimed at children aged 6 to 10.
Government air-travel rules against carry-on knives, guns, cigarette lighters and other potential weapons should be very well known by now, five years after Sept. 11, but airports continue to report almost comically widespread ignorance (or forgetfulness) by travelers. The Boston Globe reported in September that screeners at Logan International Airport confiscated about 12,000 items a week before the August 2006 restrictions drove more travelers to check their bags. Every few weeks, Logan officials take about a ton of confiscated items to a warehouse in Concord, N.H., where bargain-hunters buy them for pennies on the dollar.
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