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News of the Weird: Jungle gyms in movie theaters and pretentious food items

News of the Weird: Jungle gyms in movie theaters and pretentious food items

Entrepreneurial Spirit Perhaps there are parents who (according to the Cinepolis movie chain) long to watch movies in theaters while their children (aged 3 and up) frolic in front in a “jungle-gym” playground inside the same auditorium. If so, the company’s two “junior” movie houses (opening this very week in San Diego and Los Angeles) […]

News of the Weird: A town that’s closed on Sundays and dolphin communication

News of the Weird: A town that’s closed on Sundays and dolphin communication

Exploiting Villains In February, two teams of South Korean researchers announced cancer-fighting breakthroughs — by taking lessons from how two of medicine’s most vexing, destructive organisms (diarrhea-causing salmonella bacteria and the rabies virus) can access often-unconquerable cancer cells. In journal articles, biologist Jung-joon Min of Chonnam National University described how his team “weaponized” a cancer-fighting […]

News of the Weird: Professional castrators and stellar criminals

News of the Weird: Professional castrators and stellar criminals

Suspicions Confirmed Despite California’s 2015 law aimed at improving the fairness of its red-light cameras, the city of Fremont (pop. 214,000, just north of San Jose) reported earning an additional $190,000 more each month last year by shortening the yellow light by two-thirds of a second at just two intersections. Tickets went up 445 percent […]

News of the Weird: $4 billion bail, alarming headlines and some undignified deaths

News of the Weird: $4 billion bail, alarming headlines and some undignified deaths

U-S-A! U-S-A! Although discouraging the marriage of children in developing nations has been U.S. foreign policy for years, a data-collecting watchdog group in America disclosed in February that 27 U.S. states have no minimum marriage ages and estimates that an average of almost 25,000 children age 15 and under are permitted to marry every year […]

News of the Weird: A rich janitor, free booze and a snake trapped in an unusual hole

News of the Weird: A rich janitor, free booze and a snake trapped in an unusual hole

The man with the golden mop San Francisco’s best-paid janitor earned more than a quarter-million dollars cleaning stations for Bay Area Rapid Transit in 2015, according to a recent investigation by Oakland’s KTVU. Liang Zhao Zhang cleared almost $58,000 in base pay and $162,000 in overtime, and other benefits ran his total income to $271,243. […]

News of the Weird: ‘Pregnant people,’ a cockroach up a nose and living rent free for 6 years

News of the Weird: ‘Pregnant people,’ a cockroach up a nose and living rent free for 6 years

Ewwww! On Jan. 31, doctors at Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, India, removed a live, full-grown cockroach from the nasal cavity of a 42-year-old woman whose nose had been “itchy” earlier in the day. Two hospitals were unable to help her, but at Stanley, Dr. M N Shankar, chief of ear-nose-throat, used an […]

News of the Weird: Jersey Shore PA makes the news and a man fired for not smiling

News of the Weird: Jersey Shore PA makes the news and a man fired for not smiling

Work of a Researcher “Field work is always challenging,” said Courtney Marneweck of South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal in a recent journal article, but studying the sociology of a white rhino’s dung meant developing a “pattern-recognition algorithm” to figure out “smell profiles” of 150 animals’ feces — after tracking them individually to observe them in […]

News of the Weird: Don’t tip like the guy arrested at the Sands Casino

News of the Weird: Don’t tip like the guy arrested at the Sands Casino

Suspicions Confirmed Schools’ standardized tests are often criticized as harmfully rigid, and in the latest version of the Texas Education Agency’s STAAR test, poet Sara Holbrook said she flubbed the “correct” answer for “author motivation” — in two of her own poems that were on the test. Writing in Huffington Post in January, a disheartened […]

News of the Weird: These social workers didn’t know it was wrong to lie under oath

News of the Weird: These social workers didn’t know it was wrong to lie under oath

Post-Truth Society In January, the U.S. Court of Appeals finally pulled the plug on Orange County, California, social workers who had been arguing in court for 16 years that they were not guilty of lying under oath because, after all, they did not understand that lying under oath in court is wrong. The social workers […]

News of the Weird: How much would you pay for one of Stephen Curry’s used mouthguards?

News of the Weird: How much would you pay for one of Stephen Curry’s used mouthguards?

Leading Economic Indicator The salary the Golden State Warriors pay to basketball whiz Stephen Curry may be a bargain at $12 million a year, but the economics is weirder about the prices Curry’s fans pay on the street for one of his used mouthguards retrieved from the arena floor after a game. One used, sticky, […]