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What is the strangest, true, news story that you have come across recently?

Asked by Blondesjon (31516 points ) January 8th, 2010

I plan on doing a news broadcast this evening and would love to get some input from the Collective I lurve best.

World? National? Local? Weather? Sports? Human Interest? What is the craziest story you’ve run into over the last couple of weeks?

Don’t forget the links.

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AnonymousWoman's avatar

I read something in the newspaper yesterday about cell phones being able to prevent Alzheimer’s. It was quite interesting. I found other things on the Internet that say the same thing. Here’s a link to one of them: http://www.j-alz.com/press/2010/20100106.html

trailsillustrated's avatar

the people that ring 911 from macca’s cause their burger aint right

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Well, there was that whole balloon boy fiasco, and all from my hometown too.
I’m just gonna go hang my head in shame for a while.

fireinthepriory's avatar

A TSA employee at LAX was arrested for acting strangely, including claiming to be God…

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Racism’s not all that strange but this story made me raise my eyebrows nonetheless
http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2009/10/29/pregnant-woman-request-all-white-delivery-staff/

wonderingwhy's avatar

I remember a story a few months ago about some guy who robbed a convenience store on the way to police station where he was to be questioned about another robbery. Not really strange I suppose but just loaded with mind bending stupidity. I wish I could find the link, but I did find these while looking for it…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100101/od_nm/us_prison_sicilian
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/01/07/Police-Home-invader-finds-own-kids/UPI-14561262903810/

mass_pike4's avatar

there was a couple in Kentucky who “accidentally” won the lottery for $128 million! Look it up

LeopardGecko's avatar

The B.C government needs its citizens to reduce traffic by 30% in 6 weeks.

fireinthepriory's avatar

Ooh! I remembered another!! Slovakia tried to test their airline security by placing explosive (REAL explosive material) into eight random, unsuspecting passengers’ bags. They found only seven of the eight during screening, and the eighth passenger actually got to his destination (his home in Ireland) with explosives in his bag!! Whoops, not the best plan, Slovakia… Here is the article in USA today.

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s parliament fined a national hockey player and two team officials for un-Islamic behavior after pictures circulated of them hugging a woman and apparently drinking alcohol in Argentina last month.

Pakistan is a conservative Muslim country where men hugging women in public is taboo and even men shaking hands with women is frowned upon. Drinking alcohol is illegal for Muslims.

National field hockey team player Rehan Butt was fined 100,000 rupees ($1,175) while coach Shahid Ali Khan and manager Asif Bajwa were fined 50,000 rupees ($600) each, the chairman of the National Assembly’s standing committee on sports said.

“Islamic culture does not allow us to hug a lady and have alcohol,” committee chairman Jamshed Ahmed Dasti told Reuters.

Pictures run by a Pakistani television channel and posted on the Internet showed one of the men hugging a woman and another apparently drinking a beer.

Another picture showed a group of men sitting at a table with glasses in front of them, apparently containing alcohol.

Bajwa told Dunya Television the woman in the photograph was a tournament liaison officer.

“All officials and players considered her as our sister,” Bajwa said before the fines were imposed.

The pictures were taken at the end of the tournament, after Pakistan lost in the final to New Zealand, and the woman had put the pictures on her Facebook page, he said.

Field hockey is Pakistan’s national sport although the team’s fortunes have waned since it won Olympic gold in 1984.

Dasti said the team’s failure at the tournament made the “disgusting” activities that much worse.

In 2007, Minister of Tourism Nilofar Bakhtiar handed in her resignation after religious hardliners raised a storm of criticism when a picture of her appeared hugging her parachute instructor after completing a jump for charity in France.

(Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Robert Birsel)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100108/od_nm/us_pakistan_fines

mass_pike4's avatar

oh I like this one too…98 year old murders 100 year old roommate. Apparently the 100 year old was “taking over the room” according to the 98 year old so she punched her. It was in a nursing home

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@mass_pike4 I read that one and was like ‘good lord, couldn’t you wait till the afterlife to duke this out?’

chyna's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities That was in your hometown? Sorry.

Austinlad's avatar

How about this week’s story about the Slovaks putting explosives into the backpack of an unspecting flyer bound for Ireland so they could test their bomb-sniffing dogs?

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Yeah, that really was crazy. Definitely one for a “Stupid Government Tricks” segment of a TV show… ;-)

HungryGuy's avatar

1.) A woman got arrested because her whole family came down with the flu and she bought more than the legal limit of cold medicine from a single pharmacy without realizing that there even was a legal limit. And the effing persecutor prosecutor told her that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

2.) NASA bombs the moon and finds water underground.

frdelrosario's avatar

The News-Times (Danbury, CT) reported Wednesday that a Bridgeport man was stabbed with a plastic snow shovel following a dispute over a game of chess.

News-Times reporter Noelle Frampton quoted Bridgeport police spokesman Keith Bryant: “These guys were fighting over a chess match that took place several weeks ago. It’s a bowl of beef stew.”

Er, what does that mean? Bryant analogized the matter as a “bowl of beef stew” — is that a euphemism that Bridgeport and Danbury residents use so often that it bears quoting but without explanation?

According to Frampton’s story: ”[The alleged shovel wielder] contended that [the victim] owes him money for the game … while [victim] claims he won fair and square.”

If this were a scholastic chess tournament — and who could argue that these two are not behaving like 6-year-olds — the game would be ruled a double forfeit. They didn’t call an arbiter to verify the result at the end of the game, so both of their winning claims are moot. At some kiddie events, they’d let the little pricks replay the game, but I don’t think that’s viable in this instance.

http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/In-dispute-over-chess-Bridgeport-man-stabs-310935.php

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Well, I heard this amazing story on Fox News Channel…

Oh, Oh you said NEWS story – they don’t do NEWS! You said it had to be TRUE. They don’t tell TRUE stories.

Well it was amazing.

Apparently they reported that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were Clinton’s fault and they happened while Obama was president!

Well Michelle Bachman does get creative with her declarations!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Yea and speaking of news story, I just found this one and was like, FAIL (again!)
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/h-m-and-wal-mart-destroy-and-trash-unsold-goods-562909/

galileogirl's avatar

One of the San Francisco city Supervisers, Chris Daly, made a New Year. resolution and posted it on Facebook.

Supervisor Daly has resolved to drop the F-bomb at every Board meeting for the rest of his term-60 weeks. His reasoning is that he has been reprimanded for insults and lies about his political opponents during public meetings he is going to amp things up.

When asked if this isn’t disrespectful to his electorate and the citizens of San Francisco, he responded with the political pseudo-apology “I’m sorry if anyone is offended…” Translation “I live by my rules and if they offend you-phhewww (giant raspberry)

Rude_Bear's avatar

In Jaffery NH an “Artist” is (aided by the ACLU) suing the state park system for violating his civil right. The park system removed him from the park, arrested him, and indefinitely banned him from reentering the park. At the time of his arrest, the “artist” was wearing a Big Foot costume and stomping around on second tier hiking trails in the park.

This made me rethink my entire Jersey Devil Project.

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