News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
The Texas Ethics Commission ruled in November that a public official in the Lone Star state, receiving money as a gift such as from a lobbyist, need disclose only that he received “a check” or “currency” and need not reveal the actual amount of money. Said the district attorney in Austin, who was outraged by the ruling, it is now “perfectly legal to report the gift of ‘a wheelbarrow’ without reporting that the wheelbarrow was filled with cash.”
Scamming the Horny Panda: One trick that zookeepers have used to get male pandas interested in mating with dowdier females is to let an attractive female roam around a pen, leaving her scent, and then, in darkness, with the male in the pen and frisky at the scent, to introduce the less attractive female into the pen, back-end first, so that the pre-excited male will quickly begin copulating. Said zookeeper Zhang Hemin, “When the males find out (that they’ve just mated with unintended partners), they get very angry and start fighting the female. We have had to use firecrackers and a water hose to separate them.”
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