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U.S. judge handed out condoms

Posted by on Oct 3, 2010 in WeIRD News | 0 comments

U.S. judge handed out condoms

By msnbc.com Police said a district judge from Intercourse, Pa., hid condoms inside acorns and handed them out to women in the state Capitol complex last week. A summary charge of disorderly conduct was filed Tuesday against Isaac H. Stoltzfus, who presides over low-level cases as a district judge in Lancaster County. The citation from Capitol Police said the 58-year-old jurist gave the acorns to unsuspecting women, who were offended when they discovered the contents. Stoltzfus’ office referred questions to defense attorney Heidi Eakin, who didn’t immediately return a phone...

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Man settles McDonalds sandwich burn suit

Posted by on Sep 26, 2010 in WeIRD News | 1 comment

Man settles McDonalds sandwich burn suit

By The Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Florida man has settled his $2 million lawsuit against a McDonald’s restaurant in southwest Virginia that allegedly served him a chicken sandwich that exploded with hot grease. Terms of the settlement entered Friday in Alexandria were not disclosed. The long-running case began in 2005 when carnival operator Frank Sutton of Brooksville, Fla., ordered a fried chicken sandwich at a McDonald’s in the Daniel Boone truck stop in Duffield, Va. He said he suffered burns to his mouth and lips when it spewed scalding grease after he bit into...

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Tricked: Husband says wife faked cancer for free goodies

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in WeIRD News | 0 comments

Tricked: Husband says wife faked cancer for free goodies

By MSNBC Residents of the city of Newburgh, N.Y., are feeling angered — and saddened — over news that they may have fallen for the worst kind of hoax. Back in April, the local paper ran a story about Jessica Vega, a bride-to-be in her early 20s who had less than a year to live. She said she had acute myeloid leukemia, and she wanted to marry her fiancé before she had to say goodbye to him and their 11-month-old baby girl. Her story generated an outpouring of sympathy and support from big-hearted locals. They donated a wedding dress, wedding rings, wedding flowers, wedding photos,...

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Cockroach brains help fight deadly human superbugs

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in WeIRD News | 1 comment

Cockroach brains help fight deadly human superbugs

By Wynne Parry Livescience In the battle against drug-resistant bacterial infections, researchers have identified two possible, if unlikely, allies: cockroaches and locusts. Cockroaches, widely considered a public health menace, were documented carrying almost two dozen pathogens that can infect humans by researchers in 1991. Locusts, meanwhile, are associated with a different sort of plague, as their crop-devouring swarms earned them a place in the Bible. But hidden in the brains and neural tissues of these insects, British researchers have found at least nine molecules that are...

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