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My All-Time Favorites

My All-Time Favorites

Chuck Shepherd August 17, 2017 Comments Off on My All-Time Favorites

Weird News is forever, but this is my last “News of the Weird” column, as I am now exhausted after almost 30 years in the racket. In this final edition, I remember a few

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United States Of Ranch

United States Of Ranch

Chuck Shepherd August 3, 2017 Comments Off on United States Of Ranch

The Twisted Ranch restaurant in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis saw crowds swell in March after it revamped its menu with more than two dozen items made with ranch dressing. These included a

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Took It Too Far

Took It Too Far

Chuck Shepherd July 20, 2017 Comments Off on Took It Too Far

The art house San Francisco Dungeon has planned a two-day experimental “Rat Cafe” for those who feel their coffee or tea is better sipped while rats (from the local rat rescue) scurry about the

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Stop Those Fan Blades

Stop Those Fan Blades

Chuck Shepherd July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Stop Those Fan Blades

In a competition in March, perennial Guinness Book records jockeys Zoe L’Amore and Ashrita Furman squared off over the record for stopping blades on an electric table fan the most times in one minute

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The Trees Started It, Your Honor

The Trees Started It, Your Honor

Chuck Shepherd June 22, 2017 Comments Off on The Trees Started It, Your Honor

Wesley Pettis, 24, charged with damaging 60 trees in West Jordan, Utah, in 2016, was ordered to probation and counseling in March, stemming from his defense that, well, the trees had hurt him “first.”

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Empty ATM Stolen

Empty ATM Stolen

Chuck Shepherd May 25, 2017 Comments Off on Empty ATM Stolen

Thieves attempted a smash-and-grab of an ATM at Mike and Reggie’s Beverages in Maple Heights, Ohio, in spite of the fact that the owners had left the ATM’s door wide open and put up

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Use Your Head

Use Your Head

Chuck Shepherd May 18, 2017 Comments Off on Use Your Head

In his third try of the year in January, Li Longlong of China surpassed his own Guinness Book record by climbing 36 stairs while walking on his hands (beating his previous 34). Among the

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Entombment And Egg Hatching

Entombment And Egg Hatching

Chuck Shepherd May 4, 2017 Comments Off on Entombment And Egg Hatching

French artist Abraham Poincheval told reporters in February that in his upcoming performance, he will entomb himself for a week in a limestone boulder at a Paris museum, and then, at the conclusion, sit

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‘I’ll Have The $5,000 Burger’

‘I’ll Have The $5,000 Burger’

Chuck Shepherd April 20, 2017 Comments Off on ‘I’ll Have The $5,000 Burger’

“I tried the $5,000 hamburger, and it was absolutely worth it,” wrote the apparently straight-faced CNBC reviewer Robert Frank in February, describing his meal at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay restaurant Fleur. (The burger

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One Tough Cookie

One Tough Cookie

Chuck Shepherd March 30, 2017 Comments Off on One Tough Cookie

Girl Scout Charlotte McCourt, 11, of South Orange, N.J., saw her cookie sales zoom recently when she posted brutally honest reviews of the Scouts’ cookies she was selling. She gave none of them a

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