News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Britain’s Darts Regulatory Authority announced in November that professional darts player Robbie “Kong” Green had been suspended for eight weeks after a positive drug test (marijuana).
The Federation of Black Cowboys, of Brooklyn, N.Y., with 35 members and 45 horses, lately must do its riding on city streets in traffic that was not a problem until urban sprawl enveloped their Cedar Lane Stables, according to an October New York Times profile.
Some British and German drivers have over-relied on their cars’ satellite-navigation devices, according to a December Reuters dispatch, sometimes with tragic (or hilarious) results. A 53-year-old German man thought the device’s instruction to turn “now” meant not at the next corner but right that second, and he crashed into a building. Another followed instructions but ignored a prominent “closed for construction” sign and plowed into a pile of sand. Said an exasperated German auto club spokesman, “It’s not as if people are driving in a tank with only a small slit to see out.” (In November, an ambulance in London went 400 miles to make a 20-minute trip, and in May another took 90 minutes to take a crash victim to a hospital 10 minutes away, both due to faulty “sat-nav” programming.)
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