News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The top administrator of Minnesota’s Freeborn County said in October that he would relinquish his personalized license plates after state officials threatened to investigate several complaints about them. Administrator Ron Gabrielsen said his FOAD1 plate stood for “Freedom Offers Americans Democracy” (No. 1 priority) (instead of what some understood to be “(word omitted) Off And Die”) and his HMFICFC stood for “Helping Minnesota Farmers Increase Crops in Freeborn County” (instead of what some understood to be “Head Mother (word omitted) In Charge of Freeborn County”).
The Problem Is Goats:
–A traffic officer in eastern Ontario, who ticketed a speeding motorist from Switzerland, said the driver blamed it on the lack of goats. He told the officer that he felt liberated to drive fast because, unlike in his country, there were no goats wandering onto the highway.
–Authorities in the Nigerian village of Isseluku arrested a man for killing his brother, but the man insisted that he had only tried to move a goat from his farm but that when it wouldn’t move, he hit it with an ax, at which point it turned into his brother (according to an Associated Press report).
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