Category Archives: Weird

The $9 Million (Other) Woman

Did you know that in North Carolina you can sue the other woman (or man) if your spouse is cheating on you?  Believe it or not you can, and it can even work.  A woman just won a $9 million verdict against the younger woman with whom her husband was fooling around.  From the story:

On Tuesday , a jury awarded Cynthia Shackelford  money for alienation of affections, criminal conversation (legal speak for adultery) and intentionally or recklessly causing severe emotional distress.

North Carolina remains one of a few states that allow someone to sue the person who interferes in a marriage — called alienation of affection. More than 200  such cases are filed statewide in an average year, according to the Rosen  law firm in Raleigh.

Shackelford, 60 , now of Raleigh , sued Lundquist in 2007 , charging that the younger woman’s affair with her husband ruined their marriage.

DIY Gone Wrong

One of the more disturbing news stories you'll see:

A man with two wives who has fathered 14 children is on trial in Caldwell County on charges he circumcised his two sons with a utility knife…
According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office, Marlowe doesn't like hospitals and denied the women prenatal care in both cases, then circumcised the boys when they were 8 days old.

John Daly Passed Out Drunk at the Hooters in Winston-Salem

Pro Golfer John Daly, Mr. Grip It and Rip It, got sloshed at the Hooters on Hanes Square Circle and passed out in the restaurant.  The EMTs and police were called and after Daly refused to go to the hospital and the police realized he didn't have a ride they took him to the drunk tank for a 24-hour sober up session.  I have to ask: what was Daly doing in Winston-Salem? It's a great town, but it's not exactly a tourist mecca.  Also, how did he end up at Hooters without transportation?  I'm guessing whoever drove him there ditched him, but who knows.

Really sad.  I remember watching him fight a case of horrible DTs during one tournament and then watching the profile of him on 60 Minutes when he said that he was under control because he'd cut out hard liquor and was a beer-only guy now.  I guess that isn't working so well. 

Things Grandma Didn’t Have to Fret

I’m thinking of starting a new category on this blog called "Things Grandma Didn’t Have to Fret" that will feature news items that, quite simply, couldn’t exist two generations ago.  Case in point, one man impregnating 30 lesbians in Australia without ever meeting them, which in turn is leading to concerns over inadvertent incest.  FoxNews explains:

One of South Australia’s
foremost experts in reproductive technology – Andrew Dutney – said that
in one reported case, about 30 lesbians were impregnated by sperm from
one man, the Advertiser reported.

mothers then organised picnics with all the children, raising the fear
they might socialise with their half-siblings without realising they
were related.

In another case, a man’s sperm was used to produce 29 children, most of whom were living in Adelaide.

did not know who their half-siblings are, raising concerns that in a
"big country town" like Adelaide, they could accidentally commit incest.


Imagine if time travel was possible and someone who lived in the first half of the 20th century were to land on this day and read that story.

Standing in for the Winston-Salem Journal

So I woke up and flipped on the TV at the ungodly hour of 5:45 a.m. to check the weather on WXII and see what the youngest should wear to the bus stop.  Had I hesitated a mere three seconds to fully wake up I’d have realized the TV wasn’t necessary as it was raining so hard it sounded like Santa and his mangy reindeer were on my roof four months early and playing a game of soccer.

As I eased into full consciousness I realized that the anchors were talking about the Winston-Salem Journal and so I turned up the volume.  Seems that the Journal is having some issues with its printing press so they turned to WXII to let their five remaining subscribers, me among them, that they need not wade through their ponds yards in search of their paper since they won’t be delivered anytime before leaving for work.  Fully appreciating the irony, and wanting to help my homeys downtown in that bustling hive known as the WSJ newsroom, I’ve decided to provide my fellow readers with a faux-Journal until the Journal’s back on its feet.  Here goes:

  • The following government agencies had meetings last night.  This is what they talked about.  Don’t ask us what it means.
  • Someone robbed someone else.  Police are searching for some suspects, have found others, and will keep us posted.
  • Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is a big hospital and be sure to read our daily story about something to do with it.
  • Ask SAM features another question pulled from Life in Forsyth
  • Letters to the Editor Summary: If our leaders would just remember that everything they need to know is in the Bible then everything would be good.  Amen.
  • Editorials: Someone did something, and while we think they’re swell and all and we’re sure they’re trying their best, really they’re a bunch of flaming idiots.  Here’s what we think they should do and we know best because, you know, we’re editors. (Isn’t this deliciously ironic considering it’s being written by a guy who spouts off on an eponymous blog?)
  • Business: Krispy Kreme did something.  Reynolds did something.  Wachovia still afloat and really still our hometown bank.  What’s BB&T?  Here’s an AP article about some small business in San Diego, which we’re running because we don’t have any small businesses here.
  • People died.  Some have gone to be with their creator, others are walking peacefully with Jesus, and some are even dearly departed.
  • Virginia Foxx did something and we disagree with her.
  • Sports:  As always NASCAR’s our lead, but we’ll figure out which major development to run under the story about Brian France’s hemorrhoids.
  • Finally our question of the week: If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it does it really make a sound?

If this doesn’t do it for you I guess you could just go to the Journal’s website.

We’ve Come So Far in 40 Years

When you think of the ’60s what do you picture?  Flower Power? Vietnam? Peace Symbols? Free Love? Marijuana and LSD?  Forty years from now what do you think people will picture when they think of the ’00s?  Probably Iraq, terrorism, Freedom Fries, ribbon stickers on SUVs, Oxycontin and Chrystal Meth.  Heck, you might even think of anti-love.  Check out this story from Arizona about a middle school that is punishing students for hugs that last more than two seconds.  Maybe I mis-typed since really this story isn’t about anti-love, but conditional love.  So there we have it: the 00s are the decade of Iraq, terrorism, Freedom fries, ribbon stickers on SUVs, Oxycontin, Chrystal Meth and conditional love.  That’s what I call progress.

If Your 2 Year Old is Suddenly Very Huggy and Sweaty Here’s Why

According to this article a popular toy is being recalled in Australia because when ingested it metabolizes into GHB, better known as ecstasy:

The toy is produced by Melbourne company Moose and won this
year’s toy of the year award at the Melbourne Toy and Hobby Fair.
Bindeez consists of colourful craft beads that are joined together
to create designs. They are sprayed with water to fix them.

The company yesterday ordered a nationwide recall of the
Chinese-made product, saying a chemical had been substituted
without the company’s knowledge. The toy contains beads that have
been found to contain a chemical that the body metabolises into
gamma-hydroxy butyrate (GHB), also known as "grievous bodily harm".
It should instead contain a non-toxic glue.

The Chinese give us lead but give the Australians ecstasy.  They must still be holding that whole Taiwan thing against us.