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Weirdness [352] 4 Nov 1994

Date: Mon, 21 Nov 94 23:59:39 PST
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Subject: Weirdness [352] 4 Nov 1994

Excerpted-from: News of the Weird [352] - 4Nov94
by Chuck Shepherd

* A small part of the reason for excessive mail delays around Washington,
D. C., was revealed in October when "thousands of pieces" of undelivered
mail, stacked from floor to ceiling, were found in the upscale Washington
apartment of postal worker Robert William Boggs, 48.  Also found in the
apartment, and of more concern to his neighbors, were 58 live birds and
turtles and 30 dead ones, and large deposits of human and animal waste.
Neighbors had recently taken to calling Boggs, who was a loner, "Jeffrey
Dahmer" because of the scent that escaped when he opened his door.
Co-workers described Boggs as pleasant and well-groomed. [Washington Times,
10-19-94, 10-20-94]

* During a Republican political caucus in Grand Rapids, Mich., in August,
the proceedings were slow getting underway:  The participants could not
recite the Pledge of Allegiance because no one had brought a flag.  Party
member Jack Pettit then stood on a chair in the front of the room, wearing
a necktie that had a stars-and- stripes motif, while everyone placed hand
on heart and recited the Pledge. [Kalamazoo Gazette, 8-28-94]

* The Jones Lang Wootton company, which sells automobile parking spaces to
individuals in Hong Kong, announced in June that it would begin offering
spaces in Melbourne, Australia.  Melbourne spaces will retail for about
$14,000 to $24,000; JLW has recently sold spaces in Hong Kong for about
$500,000 each.  [Philadelphia Inquirer, 7-7-94]

* In February, according to Ogden, Utah, police Sgt.  Gary Petersen, a man
walked into the station to hand over his two rifles, asking that the police
store them until a doctor certified him as calm enough to handle them.  The
man had just that day been evicted from his home and feared he would shoot
the lawyer of the bank that held the mortgage. [Deseret News-AP, 2-21-94]

* The New York Times reported in June on Spain's most popular TV program,
"The Truth Machine," in which celebrity guests are hooked up to lie
detectors, which are monitored by "experts," and quizzed on aspects of their
scandals.  A recent guest was John Wayne Bobbitt, who was judged
"significant[ly] decept[ive]" when he denied hitting his wife Lorena and
forcing her to have sex. [New York Times, 6-19-94]

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[=] © 1994 Peter Langston []