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    andrewlin

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    weird news

    Post  andrewlin on Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:49 am

    1. Late last month, prospective Washington Redskins cheerleader Desiree Jennings of Ashburn, Virginia experienced one of the more bizarre adverse reactions to the H1N1 flu vaccine. About two weeks after being inoculated, Jennings became unable to speak or walk normally, except, curiously, when walking backwards. She was diagnosed with what doctors call dystonia, a neurological condition brought on by various environmental cues, or in her case medication.
    2. On Nov. 5 in Oklahoma, a man drove his SUV into the side of an elephant. It apparently had been hiding in the bushes next to a major freeway and decided to come out at the wrong time. Fortunately, both parties emerged without serious injury from the accident. On a related note, road-killed indigenous peacocks no longer seem so bizarre.
    3. In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, a man visited his own funeral, alive. Officials incorrectly identified the badly disfigured body that had been dressed in similar clothing.
    4. Hallucinations and disorganized thought are considered the hallmarks of schizophrenia. A recent study published in the scientific journal Nature analyzes the genetic data of 8,000 Europeans with schizophrenia and concludes only a handful of genetic markers have some albeit weak level of influence. Some researchers view this and other similar studies to be proof that schizophrenia is in fact environmentally derived. For example, another recent study suggests residents of urban centers have a higher incidence of schizophrenia than their rural or even suburban counterparts. Possible explanations of why the condition is less prevalent in less densely populated areas is that the toxins and disease traditionally associated with crowded areas predisposes for schizophrenia and that the social cohesion of a smaller, more intimate community acts as a safeguard. Thus continues the long debate between nature and nurture.
    5. On Thursday, Nov. 5, police raided a home in Phoenix and found approximately 1,000 stolen luggage bags, 25 guns, clothing, locked safes, medical equipment, and electronics. The couple to which the home belonged had ostensibly stolen and collected the bags from airport baggage claims over the course of about a year. What’s more surprising is that neighbors had apparently not given much thought to the fact that the couple had been hosting luggage garage sales over the past year. Then again, I don’t care where my cheap garage sale goods come from either.
    6. For those of you who love irony: last month, one Pow Wow News writer received food poisoning after sampling a restaurant reviewed in the Pow Wow. “The pain was unbelievable,” explained senior Andrew Chang, “You never understand how painful food poisoning is until you actually have it.”
    7. A 68-year-old South Korean woman recently passed her written driver’s exam on her 950th try. In related news, a 68-year-old Korean woman recently broke the record for most negative driving stereotypes fulfilled in single day.
    8. On Nov. 4, police arrested a woman from Albertville, Alabama for allowing her teenage daughter to ride in a box atop her van. The 37-year-old mother admitted guilty to charges of being the coolest mom in the world.
    9. On Nov. 3, a man from Edgewater, Colorado admitted to fabricating and staging his own knife attack to miss work. The man was found with a number of shallow cuts on his legs and body and told authorities that he was attacked either by a gang of skinheads or Hispanics. How it could “maybe” be both is a mystery.

    reginaliu

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    Post  reginaliu on Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:55 pm

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    1. Late last month, prospective Washington Redskins cheerleader Desiree Jennings of Ashburn, Virginia experienced one of the more bizarre adverse reactions to the H1N1 flu vaccine. About two weeks after being inoculated, Jennings became unable to speak or walk normally, except, curiously, when walking backwards. She was diagnosed with what doctors call dystonia, a neurological condition brought on by various environmental cues, or in her case medication.
    2. On Nov. 5 in Oklahoma, a man drove his SUV into the side of an elephant. It apparently had been hiding in the bushes next to a major freeway and decided to come out at the wrong time. Fortunately, both parties emerged without serious injury from the accident. On a related note, road-killed indigenous peacocks no longer seem so bizarre.
    3. In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, a man visited his own funeral, alive. Officials incorrectly identified the badly disfigured body that had been dressed in similar clothing.
    4. Hallucinations and disorganized thought are considered the hallmarks of schizophrenia. A recent study published in the scientific journal Nature analyzes the genetic data of 8,000 Europeans with schizophrenia and concludes only a handful of genetic markers have some albeit weak level of influence. Some researchers view this and other similar studies to be proof that schizophrenia is in fact environmentally derived. For example, another recent study suggests residents of urban centers have a higher incidence of schizophrenia than their rural or even suburban counterparts. Possible explanations of why the condition is less prevalent in less densely populated areas is that the toxins and disease traditionally associated with crowded areas predisposes for schizophrenia and that the social cohesion of a smaller, more intimate community acts as a safeguard. Thus continues the long debate between nature and nurture.
    5. On Thursday, Nov. 5, police raided a home in Phoenix and found approximately 1,000 stolen luggage bags, 25 guns, clothing, locked safes, medical equipment, and electronics. The couple to which the home belonged had ostensibly stolen and collected the bags from airport baggage claims over the course of about a year. What’s more surprising is that neighbors had apparently not given much thought to the fact that the couple had been hosting luggage garage sales over the past year. Then again, I don’t care where my cheap garage sale goods come from either.
    6. For those of you who love irony: last month, one Pow Wow News writer received food poisoning after sampling a restaurant reviewed in the Pow Wow. “The pain was unbelievable,” explained senior Andrew Chang, “You never understand how painful food poisoning is until you actually have it.”
    7. A 68-year-old South Korean woman recently passed her written driver’s exam on her 950th try. In related news, a 68-year-old Korean woman recently broke the record for most negative driving stereotypes fulfilled in single day.
    8. On Nov. 4, police arrested a woman from Albertville, Alabama for allowing her teenage daughter to ride in a box atop her van. The 37-year-old mother admitted guilty to charges of being the coolest mom in the world.
    9. On Nov. 3, a man from Edgewater, Colorado admitted to fabricating and staging his own knife attack to miss work. The man was found with a number of shallow cuts on his legs and body and told authorities that he was attacked either by a gang of skinheads or Hispanics. How it could “maybe” be both is a mystery.

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    Post  andrewlin on Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:46 pm

    1. Late last month, prospective Washington Redskins cheerleader Desiree Jennings of Ashburn, Virginia experienced one of the more bizarre adverse reactions to the H1N1 flu vaccine. About two weeks after being inoculated, Jennings became unable to speak or walk normally, except, curiously, when walking backwards. She was diagnosed with what doctors call dystonia, a neurological condition brought on by various environmental cues, or in her case medication.
    2. On Nov. 5 in Oklahoma, a man drove his SUV into the side of an elephant. It apparently had been hiding in the bushes next to a major freeway and decided to come out at the wrong time. Fortunately, both parties emerged without serious injury from the accident. Road-killed peacocks no longer seem so bizarre.
    3. In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, a man visited his own funeral, alive. Officials incorrectly identified the badly disfigured body that had been dressed in similar clothing.
    4. On Thursday, Nov. 5, police raided a home in Phoenix and found approximately 1,000 stolen luggage bags, 25 guns, clothing, locked safes, medical equipment, and electronics. The couple to which the home belonged had ostensibly stolen and collected the bags from airport baggage claims over the course of about a year. What’s more surprising is that neighbors had apparently not given much thought to the fact that the couple had been hosting luggage garage sales over the past year. Then again, I don’t care where my cheap garage sale goods come from either.
    5. A 68-year-old South Korean woman recently passed her written driver’s exam on her 950th try. In related news, a 68-year-old Korean woman recently broke the record for most negative driving stereotypes fulfilled in single day.
    6. On Nov. 4, police arrested a woman from Albertville, Alabama for allowing her teenage daughter to ride in a box atop her van. The 37-year-old mother admitted guilty to charges of being the coolest mom in the world.
    7. On Nov. 3, a man from Edgewater, Colorado admitted to fabricating and staging his own knife attack to miss work. The man was found with a number of shallow cuts on his legs and body and told authorities that he was attacked either by a gang of skinheads or Hispanics. How it could “maybe” be both is a mystery.
    8. Though most Catholic congregations traditionally end their services by dipping their hands in open fountains of holy water blessed by priests, many churches have recently removed the process due to health concerns raised over the H1N1 virus. Enter Italian inventor Luciano Marabese, who recently invented a holy water dispenser to limit the spread of the virus. Working much like a public restroom soap dispenser, the device releases a small spurt of holy water when triggered by a motion sensor.

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