News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Inner Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun, at 7-foot-9 reputed to be the world’s tallest man, was recruited by a commercial aquarium in Liaoning province, China, to reach into the stomachs of two dolphins to extract some plastic that they had swallowed and which was making them sick. Surgical instruments had irritated the dolphins’ stomach, but Bao’s 41-inch arm did the trick.
Neil Rodreick II, 29, shaved his body and posed as a 12-year-old boy, and then allegedly had sex with Lonnie Stiffler, 61, and Robert Snow, 43, in Chino Valley, Ariz., before all three were arrested in January (as the result of Stiffler’s attempt to enroll Rodreick in a charter school as a boy). The two men were said to have been quite upset when police told them Rodreick was not 12 years old.
The Bosnian town of Bijeljina proposed in November to build a giant cabbage monument to honor its most important crop. “We very much appreciate this vegetable,” said the director of the town’s tourism office.
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