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News of the Weird, December 21, 2014

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M402, December 21, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Crusader for corporal punishment caned

Eric Wildman was a crusader for corporal punishment. He believed strongly that if you spare the rod, you'll spoil the child.

Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde

Caution: gratuitous bare female flesh for a few seconds at the start. Full movie below.

Santa still at large

A man dressed as Santa (or was it Santa himself?) recently robbed a Wells Fargo bank in downtown San Francisco.

Wood Apple Marriage in Nepal

This page semi-coherently explains: "...a ceremony in the Newar community in Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are 'married' to the bel fruit (wood apple), which is a symbol of the god Vishnu, ensuring that the girl becomes and remains fertile.

Meow Mansion

"Meow Mansion" is a large gingerbread house with a serious message — neuter your cat! The house, created by artist Kazz Morohashi, is home to (gingerbread) Kitty and Boots and their 65 kittens.

Follies of the Madmen #237

Original ad here.

His wife was his aunt

I can't quite figure out what dentist Jeffrey Gordon was up to. Was the plan to annul his marriage in order to remarry his wife to make their marriage fully legal?

Artificial Morale Booster

Queen Victoria in Goggles

Queen Victoria looked very steampunk when she had to wear goggles in 1899 in an attempt to cure her cataracts.

Christopher Paolini Reads “The Eye Of Argon”

The history of the tale.

White Goat Toilet Paper Machine

This was in the news a few years ago. But it was new to me, so perhaps new to you also. It's a machine, called White Goat, that transforms office paper into toilet paper, in only 30 minutes.

Uranium Dirt Sitting Houses

Briefly in the 1950s it became popular to sit in mildly radioactive dirt as a panacea for many ills. The house above in Rotan, TX, was one such establishment.

Wings and Prayer

Alabama pastor Wesley Savage has decided to start holding Sunday services at the local Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in order to reach people who ordinarily "wouldn't go to a church." He's promoting this with the tagline "Wings.

Christmas Villan Quiz

Take the Christmas Villain Quiz to see which villain you are. Share the results in extended.

One-Man Barbershop Quartet

Thanks to Sandy Pearlman.

News of the Weird, December 14, 2014

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M401, December 14, 2014 Copyright 2014 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved.

Mechanic kept flower in his mouth

I know that some people have the habit of holding a pen or pencil in their mouth while working. But that seems quite normal compared to holding a flower in your mouth almost continuously for 63 years.

From Hell It Came

This not taken from the Alan Moore graphic novel.

Butterick Tweety Sewing Pattern

Several currently for sale on Etsy and eBay. Thanks to Deborah Newton.