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Stranger Than Fiction

Sunday Dinner

The Gazette has a historical section "Back Pages" where they report what was news. This segment ran in 1919.

"'Take out the lost ad, I've found my ring,' [a lady] requested yesterday. 'Good! Did the Gazette help you?' she was asked. 'Not unless my hens read the paper. [The ring] was in the craw of a chicken we killed for Sunday dinner.' Gazette lost ads usually get results. They offered a reward for the return of the jewel. But did the chicken get it?"

Yes, the chicken got it...with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy....

I Read it on the Internet...

...so it must be true.

The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn!  "The ideal it represents are what make it a perfect fit as the national animal of Scotland because, like this proud beast, Scots would fight to remain unconquered."

News of/from/for the Weird

"An unnamed woman in Wichita Falls, TX was banned from Walmart after a store employee reported the woman ate half a cake from the bakery, then attempted to buy the other half (for half-price), saying she found the cake in that condition. In another Wichita Falls Walmart a woman rode an electric cart around the store's parking lot while guzzling wine from a Pringles can. She was also Walmart-shunned."

Two comments--I've lived in Wichita Falls. It's not that big. Two Walmarts seem excessive.

Ripped from the Headlines

"A woman chased after a flasher and pinned him down after he exposed himself to her during an early morning run because she 'was not ready to see his little nut.'

The mother of two was allegedly flashed twice by the same man while jogging near a river in the US city of Boston.But the man got more than he bargained for when the 6ft 1in Israeli military veteran sprinted after him and grabbed him as he tried to flee."

From US Independent and reprinted on Yahoo News

You go, girl!

Real Life

Last week a homeless guy wandered into our church to tell me about his conversation with Satan. I took notes because I am absolutely going to work this into a story someday. Here's what I've got:

Physical description: lean, leathery, neatly trimmed white beard and hair; estimated age sixty-ish; certainly does not "look" homeless/crazy/etc. He wore a wedding ring. His tee shirt was on inside-out and backwards because, he said, there was a picture of George W. Bush on the front. 

Who you gonna call?

"JBW of Webster, MA, got a free ride from police after refusing to leave a bar on May 5. But as he sat in the back seat, he repeatedly called 911. Finally the officers pulled over to make him stop, but he became uncooperative when officers tried to put handcuffs on. JBW was charged with misuse of the 911 system and interfering with an officer."

When the Headline Says it All....

"Sex Robot Molested At Electronics Festival, Creators Say.
'Because they did not understand the technology and did not have to pay for it, they treated the doll like barbarians.'”

Down the Drain

They say he was done in by his doodie. Police in Thousand Oaks, California, used DNA found in an unflushed toilet to finger a burglary suspect. Detectives managed to sniff out the suspect after they found some fecal matter in a toilet at the crime scene and had it tested for DNA.

“Most people don’t assume or don’t know thatDNA can be obtained by other thingsbesides hair and saliva,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tim Lohman said.

His mother must be so proud. How many times does she have to tell him to flush?

Accident? I'm not so sure....


A bizarre shooting incident in April in Lee County, Georgia, wasdetermined to be an accident. Larry McElroy fired a 9mm pistol at an armadillo in his yard. He could not foresee what happened next.
The bullet killed the animal, but also ricocheted off of it, hit a fence, went through the back door of his mother-in-law's mobile home, through a recliner she was sitting in, and into her back.According to a report, McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home at the time.
The mother-in-law, 74-year-old Carol Johnson, was taken to a hospital, but her injuries were minor.

Can't Make this Stuff Up


Sydney--A new Sydney Harbor ferry will be christened Ferry McFerryface--Sydney's 2nd-favorite choice after the now famous Boaty McBoatface.

And in another piece from today's Gazette: Police in Denmark say a man is suspected of stealing 12 of Copenhagan's green public benches.

Do you suppose he was redecorating?
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