Saturday, July 19, 2003

Just another Saturday

I received an ecard from my sister (thanks!) on July 14 for Sister's Day. I'd never heard about it, so I did a search on the net & saw it listed on August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, depending on whose site it was. Very interesting. ... Then I went to the home page on this computer and saw this article: France bans the use of the word "e-mail." Bizarre. So, then I decided to do a search on the web and find out what other weird or unusual things were happening in the world.

Here is what I found.
News of the Weird reports weekly on the strange happenings in the US. You can search by state, too, and I found the following among news reports for Massachusetts. Maybe it was a slow news day?
1994 -- In April in Easthampton, Mass., a four-foot-long iguana got free from its cage in a car being driven by Joann Colby, causing her to lose control and allow the car to fall down a 25-foot embankment. She and the iguana received only minor injuries. In nearby Northampton, Mass., the next week, another iguana left its terrarium on a jaunt through Sheri A. Dilks' apartment and en route, accidentally triggered an alarm that brought firefighters.

Bizarre News reports on weird news from around the world and also lists unusual holidays. For instance, did you know ...
July is National Ice Cream Month?
July is also National Hitchhiking Month?
July 18 is National Ice Cream Day?
July 19 is Flitch Day? (um, what's a "flitch"?)
July 26 is All or Nothing Day?
July 27 is Take Your Pants for a Walk Day? (I suddenly have visions of Nick Park's "The Wrong Trousers")
July 29 is Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day? (huh?)

This Is True takes stories off of Reuters and from other sources. It's a weekly publication with links to sample stories, like the 40 year old woman who's marrying herself. (is that legal?) Commentary's included.

A news article about cloning woolly mammonths from The Guardian in the UK. I don't know how reliable The Guardian is or if it's a tabloid, but why would you want to do this is the first place?

Oh, and this one from the BBC regarding claims that lasagna is British in origin.

And lastly, NewsBop! has a host of odd news headlines from around the world with links to the full story. One of the stories listed has to do with Europe's favorite pastime, another with the subway performer arrested, with his cat, by NYC police. Also, of note is the Armed robbers steal bags of rubbish story.

I learn something new every day. ;-)

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