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Weirdness [509] - 7Nov97

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Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.509 (News of the Weird, November 7, 1997)
		by Chuck Shepherd

* Wired magazine reported in its October issue that Jason Gorski, 39,
periodically stages concerts in San Francisco-area parks with surplus,
diesel-powered Coast Guard foghorns that yield a "stomach-clenching" 140
decibels of sound, thus enraging the neighbors.  Because of the overpowering
noise, Gorski is forced to wear head-to-toe, sound-insulating protective
clothing.  Local police have been dismayed to learn that Gorski does not
need a permit for his concerts because technically, he plays "acoustic."

* Adam Ismail, Mustafa Khalil, and Abdullah al-Umari filed a lawsuit in July
in their native Yemen against NASA, claiming that the Pathfinder Mars probe
is trespassing on the planet they "inherited from our ancestors 3,000 years

* Gregor Samsa (not his real name), 34, who failed his bar exam in 1994
(63.868 points, versus 65.000 for passing), sued the Oregon State Bar in
federal court in Portland in September, claiming that he would have passed
except for the incessant sound of a jackhammer doing repair work outside
the test site.  Samsa, unfortunately, also took the exam in 1997 without
a jackhammer and also failed, but he said he still would have passed in 1994.

[Yes, law students sue state bars all the time--it's called teething.  But  
while John Henry won the battle and lost the war (and did it right outside the  
test room window, apparently), ol' Gregor can now win the war by taking some  
more uplifting position like musician or community college teacher...  -psl]

	Copyright 1997 by Universal Press Syndicate.

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