Fun_People Archive
10 Feb
Weirdness #364

Date: Fri, 10 Feb 95 19:06:09 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Weirdness #364

Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.364 (News of the Weird, January 27, 1995)
by: Chuck Shepherd

* In Columbia, S. C., in December, Rev. Noel Vande Grift revealed plans to
expand his 20-member [Richard M.] Nixon Memorial Church, a congregation
blending Baptist and Quaker preachings.  Vande Grift said the inspiration
to name the church after the former president came during a prayer.  He told
reporters the church would be the largest in the South by the year 2010.
[The State (Columbia), 12-28-94]

* In August, Ohio gubernatorial candidate Billy Inmon collapsed and had to
be hospitalized after a 27-day hunger strike outside the Capitol in
Columbus.  He was trying to get incumbent George Voinovich to debate him,
but Voinovich never did.  However, 18 days into the strike, a man protesting
Inmon's anti-gay policies urinated on Inmon's tent, provoking Inmon to point
a gun at him.  [Canton Repository-AP, 8-29-94]

* In May, Richard Finney, 34, flunked his driver's license exam in Topeka,
Kan.  The next day he returned to the exam office, accompanied by his
mother, Gov. Joan Finney, who, according to a licensing employee "was mad.
She was real mad."  After the governor scolded the examiners, Richard Finney
was escorted to the front of the line and administered the exam again, by
the supervisor of the office.  He passed. [Topeka Capital-Journal- Kansas
City Star, May94]

* In the April election for city council in Ypsilanti, Mich., incumbent
Geoffrey Rose turned over his voter list to student Frank Houston, 18, who
had offered to help him get out the vote.  Armed with the list, Houston went
door to door and then won the election himself as a write-in candidate.  He
told reporters afterward that he did not deceive Rose:  "All I ever said
all along was that I was going to get people to vote." [Greenville (S.  C.)
News-AP, 4-7-94]

* In Rice, Minn., Virgil Nelson and Mitch Fiedler, who tied 90-90 in the
November election for a city council seat, settled the race by drawing
cards.  On the first try, both drew 8's, and on the second, both drew aces.
Then Nelson drew a 7, and Fiedler drew an 8 for the victory. [St. Cloud
Times-AP, 11-19-94, 11- 21-94]

* Annette Green, president of an association of perfume and cologne
manufacturers, on why some celebrity-named products sell well but not
others:  "As it turns out, people didn't necessarily want to smell like
Cher." [Chicago Sun-Times, 12- 28-94]

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