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  1. First ever "Weird, Wild & Wacky" compilation…

    First ever "Weird, Wild & Wacky" compilation

    A new feature of your Daily Dose

    Over time, I always seem to collect up a bunch of odd, weird, freaky or funny stories that really don't dovetail with very much of what I talk about regularly, and that don't warrant a full-sized feature -- yet nevertheless are so entertaining, provocative, or just plain mind-numbing that I just have to report them

    And so, I launch my new "Weird, Wild & Wacky" edition of Daily Dose, an issue I'll repeat from time to time as I accumulate appropriate material. Here goes:

    * Ain't nothin' but a pound dog -- A Missouri woman upset over the death of her new pure-bred Chihuahua pup forced her way into the breeder's home and pounded the poor lady repeatedly over the head with the corpse. After leaving the scene, waving the dead puppy from the sunroof of her car, she called and threatened the breeder and her family. Police are contemplating misdemeanor assault charges against the woman

    * Shake, battle and roll 'em -- A Florida nanny arrested on charges of infant abuse after being caught on videotape violently shaking a 5-month-old baby is suing the maker of the hidden camera that filmed her. Her defense: That because the film plays back in time-lapsed mode, it exaggerates the appearance of her movements with the child. Of course, the criminal charges have been dismissed, and her wrongful arrest and defamation suit rolls on

    * Exercise for the un-"cord"-inated - A Washington inventor has come up with the perfect piece of exercise equipment for the no-fault, liability-mongering world we now live in: A cordless jump-rope! The U.S. Patent office has actually awarded a patent to the 52-year-old inventor of the device, which consists of two plastic handles with a moving weight inside that simulates the sound and rhythm of a jump-rope when held in the hands of a jumping human. The inventor plans to market the device to clumsy people, folks with low ceilings, or those afraid of their kids tripping on the rope -- and to mental institutions and prisons where rope represents a risk of suicide or could be used as a weapon. And it may now be illegal to pretend to jump rope without paying this guy a royalty

    Oh, I'm not done

    * Cellular development targets tone-deaf teachers -- Kids facing classroom cell-phone bans are fighting back with ring tones so high-pitched teachers can't hear them. Now available for downloading to most cellular phones, the ring tones capitalize on a simple truth of biology: The fact that children and teens can detect higher-frequency sounds than adults. These new tones enable kids to merrily chat away in class through text messaging (like e-mail for phones), while teachers drone on obliviously. Ironically, the idea for the "kids-only" tones was pirated from high-frequency sound technology designed to drive loitering teens away from storefronts, but leave adult shoppers unaffected

    * Gut-check pinpoints prevarications -- A new form of lie detector test may soon be added to long-standing methods of rooting out fibs. Researchers at the University of Texas have pinpointed a way to accurately measure changes in gastro-physiology that point to lies more effectively that the standard polygraph. According to the research, changes in the electrical waves that pass between the brain and the gut more consistently betray falsehoods than even cardiac waves, heart rates, or other accepted measures. Looks like no one really has the stomach for lying after all

    Well, there you have it, my first collection of the weird, wild, and wacky tidbits and anecdotes I just can't keep to myself, but that may not qualify as standard, full-length Daily Dose fare.

    As you can see, though, all of these snippets point in some way or another -- socially, medically, criminally, whatever -- to where we're headed as a society. Whether or not that future place is a good one is up to you to decide

    Anyway, hope you enjoyed these. I'll send more along as I collect them.

    Reporting more oddball stories than you can swing a Chihuahua at,

    William Campbell Douglass II, MD

  2. Weird, wild, and wacky: The international edition

    Weird, wild, and wacky: The international edition

    For all the ridicule we Americans take in the worldwide media, it's refreshing to me (though some would call me sadistic for saying so) to learn that folks in other countries do ridiculous or absurd things, too. And that's the theme of today's edition of this ongoing series: Stupid foreigner tricks

    Bavarian Motor Jerks

    Many hail the rise of cars equipped with talking GPS-based satellite navigation systems as the greatest aid to driver safety since the air-bag. But what about when that friendly "sat-nav" voice orders you to turn where there's NO ROAD?

    According to Reuters, a 46-year-old German man driving through Bremen recently turned left when instructed to by his on-board navigation unit - and rolled over a curb to end up stuck on rail-tram tracks! According to German police, this is not an isolated incident. Several Bavarian motorists in recent months have ended up in roadside ditches or worse because of erroneous (or perhaps just too-literally interpreted) satellite navigation commands

    Crackpots Miss Jackpots

    As screwy as our judicial system is, this sounds like something you'd hear about in the U.S.: According to the Associated Press, a woman and her husband have sued the government of The Netherlands for emotional damages

    Because they didn't win that nation's version of the lottery! In the Dutch game, cash prizes of varying value are awarded to entrants in randomly chosen postal codes. In 2006, 7 lucky winners from her small town hit the big jackpot to the tune of over $18 million each. The woman claims that the media disturbance following the wins - and her neighbors' overly ostentatious displays of newfound wealth - have traumatized her. She claims she's become "obsessed" with the loss, and can't write her address anymore without emotional trauma

    An Amsterdam court has refused them a jackpot in court, too - especially since they HADN'T EVEN ENTERED THE CONTEST.

    And in some wacky goings-on a bit farther east

    Chinese Air Farce

    Gotta love the entrepreneurial spirit in booming Communo-capitalist China. According to the Associated Press, an enterprising Chinese company has lost its appeal in court to overturn the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce's rejection of their business-license application

    To sell BAGS OF AIR.

    Supposedly collected from the various stadiums that hosted the 2006 World Cup Soccer matches in Germany, the plastic bags were supposed to have been sold for the equivalent of around $7 each. But Beijing's Second Intermediate People's Court ruled that air is too vague a product to be commercially regulated.

    The company had been stripped of an earlier business license - for selling people acreage on the MOON

    There's more of the odd from abroad, of course, but space doesn't permit me to expand more now. But I'll get to it in the next Daily Dose.

  3. Bolts, dolts, and headwear that revolts

    The WWII veteran octogenarian belted the would-be bandit twice in the face - with an iceberg lettuce he grabbed off the shelf!
  4. A cornucopia of craziness…

    A UK advocacy group claims that the average woman who wears mainstream cosmetics may be absorbing as many as 175 toxic chemicals every day!
  5. Greetings from the land of misfit news…

    A white police officer from Arizona offered a pair of black men he'd just pulled over the chance to avoid a littering ticket if they performed an impromptu "rap" number about the incident

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