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Weirdness [418] - 9Feb96

Date: Fri, 23 Feb 96 18:07:19 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Weirdness [418] - 9Feb96

Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.418 (News of the Weird, February 9, 1996)
by Chuck Shepherd

* Questioned by local journalists in October about France's resumption of
south Pacific nuclear testing, the French ambassador to New Zealand, Jacques
Le Blanc, said a 110- kiloton bomb was technically not a bomb because it
was exploded underground and did not produce a mushroom cloud.  Rather, Le
Blanc said, "It is a device which is exploding." [Edmonton Sun, 10-11-95]

* A study published in a 1995 issue of the Journal of Urology estimated that
600,000 men in the U. S. are impotent from injuries to their crotches, about
40% of them from too-vigorous bicycling.  And in July, the Food and Drug
Administration appproved the first prescription drug to treat impotence,
Caverject, which is injected directly into the penis before intercourse.
An FDA warning issued with the approval advised patients to contact their
doctors immediately if the erection had not subsided within six hours.
[Boston Globe, 10-16-95] [New York Times, 7-8-95]

* In January, Phoenix, Ariz., radio personality Carla Foxx was ordered to
stand trial for a November hit-and-run death.  At a probable cause hearing,
an investigator testified that he found parts of two human fingers in the
grill of Foxx's car. [USA Today, 1-5-96]

* The London Independent reported in October that a Sony Corporation
division, Extra-Sensory Perception Excitation Research, claims it has proved
the existence of ESP and has developed a working diagnostic machine based
on use of the Oriental spiritual energy "ki" to identify health problems by
measuring the pulse.  So far, 400 leading businessmen and politicians in
Japan have been hooked up to the machine, and Sony claims a 20-30% success
rate in diagnosing serious diseases such as liver cancer. [San Francisco
Examiner-London Independent, 10-12-95]

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