Weirdness  - 14Nov97
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 97 14:35:59 -0800
Subject: Weirdness  - 14Nov97
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.510 (News of the Weird, November 14, 1997)
by Chuck Shepherd
* Another "Distinguishing Characteristic": According to an October Reuters
news report, a man who was fined for mooning German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
in a political protest two years ago near Salzburg, Vienna, has decided to
appeal his fine of about $357. The man has asked a court to require Kohl
to come back to Vienna, take a look at the protester's bare bottom, and
certify that he was not among the mooners.
* In September, Superior, Wis., administrative law judge Charles Schaefer
denied unemployment benefits to June Lauer, who had quit her job at Kentucky
Fried Chicken, disgusted by the prevalence of vile language in the
workplace. Schaefer ruled that Lauer did not have good cause to quit
because, he wrote, "Use of vulgar and obscene language and terms can serve
to promote group solidarity."
* Mary Samuel, 34, a food seller in Monrovia, Liberia, quoted in the New
York Times in July supporting eventual winner Charles Taylor in the
then-imminent national elections that were to end years of vicious civil
war: "He killed my mother, and he killed my father, and I don't care--I
love Charles Ghankay Taylor."
* In September, relatives of the late Donald Blaul, Sr., who died of cancer
in July, filed a lawsuit in Detroit against his fiancee, Joann Small, to
recover Blaul's two season tickets to University of Michigan football games
(face value, $448). Small said Blaul gave them to her; one suing relative
said, "It's a very serious and highly personal matter that is very painful
to the family."
Copyright 1997 by Universal Press Syndicate.
© 1997 Peter Langston