News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Former New York City parking court judge Haskell Nussbaum published “Beat That Parking Ticket,” in which he advises that harried judges look for the slightest defect in a ticket, in that it’s the easiest way to move quickly through a docket. “Every ticket is worth fighting,” he told the New York Post in October.
James Joseph Dresnock, 65, a native of Norfolk, Va., who has lived the last 44 years in North Korea, again pledged his allegiance to Kim Jong-Il, whom he refers to as the “Great Leader” in scenes from a British documentary shown at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival in January. According to a New York Times report on the film, Dresnock (who defected from the U.S. Army in 1962) has probably lived a heartier life in Pyongyang than he would have lived in the United States, given his abandonment by his parents, his teenage turmoil and his limited education. Said Dresnock, “I wouldn’t trade (the North Korean) system for nuthin.'”
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