Weirdness  - 17Jan97
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 97 00:59:54 -0800
Subject: Weirdness  - 17Jan97
Excerpted-from: WEIRDNUZ.467 (News of the Weird, January 17, 1997)
by Chuck Shepherd
* After a trial in Alesund, Norway, in December, a 34-year-old man was
sentenced to 12 years in prison for repeatedly molesting seven boys he was
baby-sitting. Before now, no child molester in Norway had ever be sentenced
to longer than six years, and no one has ever been sentenced for longer than
21 years for any crime.
* In October, veteran San Francisco beauty-salon owner Carla Blair opened
another one, a full-service salon called "Crossers," catering exclusively
to cross-dressing men. Blair said she got the idea when she sensed more
and more men were not being taken seriously at women's clothing and cosmetic
counters. (She said the big tip-off for her was the number of men who
claimed to be looking for something for their wives and habitually said,
"She's about my size.")
* Janet Merel of Deerfield, Ill., recently introduced Diet Dirt (sterilized
soil that can be sprinkled over french fries, cake, etc., to make them taste
repugnant). Order $10 bags from 1-888-Diet Dirt.
* In September, Texas-based Electronic Data Systems (the company founded,
and later sold, by Ross Perot) won the contract to collect the unpaid
parking tickets for the city of Madrid, Spain. A few weeks later, the city
treasurer accused the company of creating as many as 73,000 bogus tickets
in order to collect more money on its contract.
Copyright 1997 by Universal Press Syndicate.
© 1997 Peter Langston