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1999 Stories by Chuck Shepherd

Archives: 1999 | 1998
  • News of the Weird

    published June 30, 1999

    * In April, the Unique Recoveries collection agency in Bombay, India, hired six eunuchs to go to the homes or offices of obstinate debtors to... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published June 16, 1999

    * Professor Kevin Warwick of Reading (England) University told the Times of London in May that "several" firms had approached him about surgically... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published June 9, 1999

    * Students in the pornography course (COL 289 in the catalog) at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., submitted as final graded projects... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published June 2, 1999

    * According to a May Boston Globe report, the town of Sydney, Nova Scotia, is the country's most polluted place (arsenic, naphthalene, lead, PCBs,... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published May 26, 1999

    * Vincent E. Rudolph, 36, was arrested in York, Pa., in March and charged with three robberies, in at least one of which he allegedly used a... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published May 19, 1999

    * Frenchman Richard Moureau upset Brit Terry Burrows in the European Window Cleaning Championship in Paris in March by wetting and streaklessly... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published May 12, 1999

    * According to an April Associated Press report, the University of Illinois managed to find women to fill all 15 laboratory positions in which the... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published May 5, 1999

    * New Scientist magazine reported in April on how weaker males in two animal species end up fathering almost as many offspring as their studly... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published April 28, 1999

    * According to an April New York Times report, the purchase price in Japan of giant stag beetles has dropped recently to about $300 from a typical... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published April 21, 1999

    * England's Plymouth University announced in March that it would offer an "academically rigorous" bachelor's degree in surfing beginning in... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published April 14, 1999

    * The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority in Glasgow, Scotland, announced a cutback in services in March because there was only one sperm... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published April 7, 1999

    * Catholic officials in Brazil attribute the recent 250 percent increase in church attendance to the popularity of priest Marcelo Rossi, 31, a... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published March 31, 1999

    * The Times of London reported in March that a convicted rapist in his 30s has been recommended for British-government-provided Viagra to treat a... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published March 24, 1999

    * In February, on the basis of a prosecutor's complaint that a boy, Ayman Khadari, had roughed up a 2-year-old neighbor girl, a judge in... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published March 17, 1999

    * In January, North Dakota legislators decided against a proposal to crack down on impatient motorists who relieve themselves while driving and... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published March 10, 1999

    * In February, Eastern Illinois University officials declined to refund $364 in tuition to April Hixson for the course "Nonwestern Music," which... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published March 3, 1999

    * According to a January report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the percentage of gay men who have risky sex without condoms ("barebackers") is... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published February 24, 1999

    * The Japanese firm Matsushita announced in December that the Tokyo government would soon begin distributing to elderly people the company's new... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published February 17, 1999

    * The Denny's restaurant chain, which paid $45 million in 1994 to settle a lawsuit by black customers who claimed they were denied service,... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published February 10, 1999

    * Joe Firmage, 28, multimillionaire founder of the high-profile Internet consulting firm USWeb, resigned in January out of fear that the company's... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published February 3, 1999

    * According to a December report in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana brings his own utensils to a Capitol... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published January 27, 1999

    * Since July, the Totenko Chinese restaurant in Tokyo has been offering the all- you-can-eat luncheon buffet (regularly about $16) to the first 30... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published January 20, 1999

    * In November, Wichita, Kan., police removed four children from their parents' animal-feces-littered mobile home. When police arrived, they... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published January 13, 1999

    * In December, a deer hunter on upscale Nantucket Island, Mass., stumbled across the hatch that leads to the 8-by-8-by-7-foot-deep underground... More >>

  • News of the Weird

    published January 6, 1999

    * Great Britain's premier art award, the Turner Prize, was won in December by painter Chris Ofili, whose signature finishing touch on his work is... More >>

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