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    'GRINCH' SOUGHT IN THEFT OF CHRISTMAS TREE TOPS WHY? CRAZY :( what's the point of this?

    Flag Pond, Tenn. Authorities are on the lookout for a Grinch who stole the tops off more than two dozen Christmas trees for Danny Tipton's tree farm. The thief or thieves raided the farm in eastern Tennessee sometime between Nov. 24, and last week, and cut off the tops off the Fraser firs that were 10 to 12 feet tall. "It's like the Grinch stealing Christmas trees", said Sheriff Kent Harris. Tipton grows the taller trees for use in businesses, churches and homes with high ceilings and they usually sell for about $100 each!

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    Scientists create glow-in-the-dark cats
    South Korean scientists tinkering with fluorescence protein genes say they have bred white Turkish Angora cats to glow red under ultraviolet light.

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    Man Accidentally Shoots Self in Buttocks
    Dec 13, 6:15 PM (ET)

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Scottsdale man inadvertently shot himself in the buttocks Thursday morning. Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark said Daniel Leatherman, 26, heard a disturbance outside his apartment and saw a man he knew fighting with a cab driver.

    Leatherman told police that the man, Cody Nunn, 25, had assaulted him in the past, so he grabbed his gun and went outside.

    Leatherman told police that he accidentally dropped the gun while hiding it behind his back and shot himself in the derriere.

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    Attackers Chop Off Man's 'Magic' Leg
    Dec 13, 4:30 PM (ET)
    By OMER FAROOQ

    HYDERABAD, India (AP) - Two men attacked an 80-year-old, self-proclaimed holy man in southern India and chopped off his right leg, apparently believing it had magical powers, police said Thursday.

    Yanadi Kondaiah, who claimed that those who touched his leg would be cured of illness or have wishes granted, was hospitalized in serious condition after the attack Tuesday, said R. Ravindranath Reddy, a senior police officer.

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    Accused Wallet Thief Caught on Page One
    Dec 13, 9:47 PM (ET)

    LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Police didn't have to look far to find a man suspected of stealing a woman's wallet - just an inch down the page. On the front page of its Thursday edition, The Lewiston Tribune ran a photo of a man in a blue and black checkered coat standing in a convenience store.

    The photo was taken from the store's surveillance video, which reportedly shows the man slipping the wallet in his coat pocket and walking away. The picture of the possible purloiner ran along with a story explaining that a woman had forgotten her wallet at the store, and that police were now trying to identify the man in the video.

    Also on the front page ran a festive photo of a holiday scene taken by the newspaper's photographer, Kyle Mills. That photo showed a man - in a blue and black coat - painting decorative Christmas greetings on storefront windows. The caption identified the man as Michael Millhouse of Millhouse Signs in Lewiston.
     
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    TORTISE MAKES SLOW-SPEED DASH FOR FREEDOM :lol:

    Riverside, CA...It wasnt' a high-speed chase but it was a chase nonetheless, when Willy the tortoise made his dash for freedom. Actually it was more like a crawl for freedom. But the 200-pound shellback did get a half a mile from Shelley and Robbie Larsen's fenced yard in Rubidoux on Thursday before he was corralled. The Larsen's believes the 18-yr. old son Aaron left a gate oepn. Riverside County Dept. of Animal Control Services drove Willy to a shelter with the 11 yr. old Africian tortise "rocking back and forth" in the truck, said a spokesman. 'I don't think the public realizes how big and how very strong tortoises are", he's the size of a small bathtub, said Welsh the animal control spokesman. The dept. posted phots of Willy on it's web-site and he was recognized byt the Larsen's 21-yr. old daughter Lisa. It was the 3rd time Willy had gotten out, since the family bought him at a pet store for $130 for LIsa's 10th B-day. At that time Willy could fit in tthe palm of your hand. "we had no idea he'd get this big" the family said, alls well, and Willy is back home ;)

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    N.Z. lawyer wears skirt, blouse to court to protest male-dominated judiciary

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A bald, mustachioed lawyer turned up at court wearing a skirt and blouse and toting a purse to protest a lack of care and sensitivity among New Zealand's male-dominated judiciary, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

    Rob Moodie, 67, arrived at Wellington's High Court on Monday in a navy blue woman's suit complete with diamond brooch and lace-topped stockings over his hairy legs, The Dominion Post reported.

    "I will now, as a lawyer, be wearing women's clothing," Moodie said. He said he wants the court to address him as "Ms. Alice" — and that his wife and three children support his protest.
     
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    hahah well. thats one way to get your point across i guess..
     
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    BOTTLE OF 81-YEAR-OLD SCOTCH FETCHES $54,000 :eek:

    New York..A bottle of 81-yr.-old scotch sold for $54,000 at New York's first liquor auction since Prohibition. An annoymous collector bought the pricey potable at Christi's slae of wines and spirits on Saturday. The 100-lot auction sold a total of $304,800 worth of rare wine and liquor. The top lot was a collection of 729 bottles of whiskey, which went for $102,000. The $54,000 bottle of Scotch was distilled in Scotland in 1926! [hell, I wouldn't even pay $100 for scotch]

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    87-YEAR-OLD RECEIVES HIS BACHELOR'S DEGREE

    Milwaukee, WI... A 50-year gap in his higher edcuation didn't stop Clarence Garrett. After returing to college in the spring of 2006 as a full time student, Garrett completed course work at the University of winconsin-Milwaukee and was awarded his bachelor's degree at commencement ceremonies Sunday..at the age of 87. On hand were Garrett's wife Mary, his children and his grandchildren. He was chosen to lead the graduates from the College of Letters and Science into the U.S. Cellular arena, and he earned a standing ovation, when they handed him his degree! The Baltinmore native served as a civilian at a U.S. Navy facility in Virginia before WW2. Once the war began, Garrett, who is black, served with the segregated Army in Europe. He later settled in Milwaukee and took courses at tat college. but stopped to raise a family. "After all my children went to college...I said 'Why shouldn't I"? "And I loved it, ever since, and now I have my degree" [just goes to show, your never to old to accomplish anything you want]

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    From AOL:

    Top 11 Weird News Stories of 2007
    Posted: 2007-12-20 06:40:47
    Filed Under: Weird News

    Check out the year's oddities, dumb criminals and unexplained wonders, and vote for your favorite. Then take a spin through some of 2007's most far-out news photos.
     
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    Thank's Dynamo trippy indeed! there's alot of freak-shows out there aren't there?

    GANG MEMBERS SHOOT AT SANTA

    A helicopter carrying a Santa Claus to distribute gifts at a Christmas party came under fire when it flew over a Rio de Janeiro shantytown, last week. The chopper was hit by two rifle shots on Sunday, but no one was injured and the aircraft returned to it's base. Gang members apparently attacked the wirly-bird thinking it belonged to the police. It's not unusual for gangs to shoot at police helicopters in Rio, one of the most violent cities in the world, with homicide rate of about 50 percent per 100,000 people :eek:. The Santa Claus was later transported by a car to a party for children in another poor part of town where he distributed about 700 gifts ;)

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    UNUSUAL SANTA CLAUS ARRESTED IN A G-STRING

    LOs Ngeles.. A famous Hollywood location had a seasonally appropriate visitor last Sunday night. But when the man go out of his car in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, it was clear this was anything but a standard visit from Santa Claus. The driver..a 6-ft-4 and 280 pounds...wa arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said. In addition to a red Santa hat, he has on a blond wig, red lace camisole, a purple G-string, black leg warmers and black high heels :D "We are pretty sure this is not THE Santa Claus", said deputy Chief Ken Garner. Police identified the man as Rick Carroll, 53, of Long Beach, CA. The officers administered a breathalyzer test at the scene, and Carroll's blood-alcohol measured above the legal limit and was a .08%. He was released on $5,000 bail,and could not be reached for comment!

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    Snake Saved After Eating Golf Balls
    Jan 2, 8:48 AM (ET)

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - A snake was saved by surgery in Australia after mistaking four golf balls for a meal of chicken eggs, a veterinarian said Wednesday.

    A couple had placed the balls in their chicken coup in New South Wales state to encourage their hen to nest, the Australian Associated Press reported.

    The balls disappeared, and the couple found a lumpy-looking carpet python nearby.

    They took the 32-inch nonvenomous snake to the nearby Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where senior veterinarian Michael Pyne operated to remove the balls from the snake's intestine.

    The snake was making a speedy recovery, Pyne said.

    "Those golf balls weren't moving any further. They were stuck where they were," Pyne said. "If it hadn't been found, it would have died for sure."
     
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    So, besides being disgusting and slimy, snakes are also stupid? :confused:

    MANS 'WORST CHRISTMAS EVER' EVER, STUCK FOR AN HOUR IN A SEPTIC TANK

    Des Moines, Iowa..It was a stinky holiday for Robert Schoff. The 77-year-old man spent part of his Christmas Eve stuck upside down in the opening of his septic tank, with his head inside and his feet kicking in the air above. 'It wasn't good, I'll tell you that" Schoff said Tuesday. "It was the worst Christmas Eve I've ever had" Schoff reached into the tank Monday to find a clog, but he lost his balance and got wedged in the opening. The 5-foot-5-inch 135 Schoff hollered for help, but an hour passed before his wife, Toni walked by the kitchen window and looked out and saw his feet up in the air. She couldn't get him out and called 911. Two Polk County sheriff's deputies yanked and yanked and finally pulled him out. 'I thought this was the end of my life" he said.. EWWWWW :(nasty!

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    INFANT'S SKELTON FOUND AFTER WOMAN DIES

    Pittsburgh, PA.
    An infant's skelton was found in a suitcase by adult siblings cleaning out their mother's house after she had died, state police said. The siblings did not recognize the suitcase as their mother's, but said clothes found inside with the baby, were her's. Police did not immediately release the dead woman's name. She was in her 80's. A forensic pathologist will try to determine how long, and when the baby died!

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    LUCKY DOGS INHERIT $400,000 AND A HOUSE

    Hagerstown, MD...They're not as loaded as Leona Helmsley's pooch, but 3 Maryland's canines are plenty rich enough to live high off the dog. The dogs--names Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet..inherited $400,000 and a house in Hagerstown after the death last year of owner Ken Kemper. AAltogether their estate is woth about $800,00. The Beagle and two Labrador mixes were strays when Kemper adopted them. They now live at the house with caretaker Roy Grady. They might not be aware of their wealth, but they do know that one night a wekk Grady treats them to a spaghetti dinner with meatballs, and garlic bread. 'Thye love it" hte said, they know it's coming and wag their tails fuiously waiting to eat the gourmet dinner. THye alos get top notch health care. When one got a broken leg the best care available was taken the bill was $6,000. Hemsley's dog, a pampered but reportedly ill-tempered Maltese name Trouble inherited $12 million [ridiculous]!

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    MAN WHO FAKED DEATH TRACED TO FRIEND'S HOUSE

    Terre Haute, Ind. Searchers spent days looking for Julius "Butch" Nesbitt, after his 14-foot boat was found beached along the South Carolina coast. Now, sitting in a jail cell 600 miles away, he admits his faking his death as he fled from drug charges. Nesbitt spent more than 6 weeks on the run befor3e authorties tracked him to a friend's home in western Indiana, where police say he had a fake drivers license and counterfiet cash. Nesbitt said he orchestrated his "death" after South Carolina authorities filed drug charges against him, then threatened him with a long prison term by turning over the case to federal authorities. 'It was pretty much a spur of the moment thing, it was either that, or face prison the rest of my life, that's how I saw it", he said during a jailhouse interview. Nesbitt's sister, said she learned he was alive in a text message sent Tuesday night from his girlfriend. 'We got caught, in jail, the 1st message read, 2nd, I"m sorry but Im in jail"

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