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LIGHTNING STRIKES WOMAN'S TONGUE STUD
A woman narrowly escaped death when lightning struck her tongue stud in an electrical storm. Becky Nyang, 26, was temporarily blinded, unable to talk and badly blistered by the bolt of electricity that surged through her body via the piercing. Nyang, was on holiday in Corfu when she and a friend were caught in a downpour. A flash of lightning bounced off a nearby archway and hit her in the face, where it was conducted by the metal jewelry in her tongue. The charge was so hot it left her with blisters on her mouth, face and feet and she could not speak for three days. Nyang said, "It hit me and everything was just bright blue. It zapped me frozen. My body shook for about 10 minutes, although I didn't feel the pain until later."
MAN GETS LIFE FOR SUCKING BOYS' TOES
(California) - Sucking the toes of young boys has landed a California man in prison for life. The man, Trenton Veches, is a former supervisor of a Newport Beach youth program. He was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on 25 counts of lewd conduct and assault, for sucking the toes of 20 boys. He'll be eligible for parole in 15 years. The man's lawyer said in court that the actions with boys 6 to 10 years old were "horseplay." But a prosecutor said the man sexually molested the children.
NECK HEADS LIST OF BEST BODY PARTS FOR KISSING
(New York, Wireless Flash) - When it comes to kissing, the neck is heads above the other body parts. According to a global survey by Harlequin Romance, the neck is the number one place folks like to be kissed, including a whopping 53 percent of ladies. Meanwhile, nearly 38 percent of men admit they'd rather be kissed on an "unspecified, X-rated body part," a sentiment shared by only 18 percent of ladies. But kissing differences vary by geography as well as gender. German and Hungarian ladies prefer being nibbled on the ear, Finnish females prefer being kissed on their bellies and Danish women get turned on when their feet are smooched. Finally, the lusty ladies in Portugal take their kissing seriously and have no problem dumping a man who doesn't know how to lock lips.
NEW MOUSETRAP INVENTED WITH HERPES VIRUS
(Australia, Reuters) - Australia, regularly hit by the worst mouse plagues in the world, is claiming an international first with a genetically modified herpes virus to knock out population explosions of the small rodent. The government-backed Co-operative Research Center (CRC) for Biological Control of Pest Animals has produced a genetically modified herpes virus that makes sexually prolific female mice infertile, by blocking sperm from entering their eggs. The disease can only be spread by mouse-to-mouse contact, after inoculation of rodents with gene-spliced material containing the modified virus. The main beneficiary of the virus would be Australian farmers, who grow one of the world's biggest grain export crops.
MAN FOUND GUILTY AFTER MOONING JURY
(AP) - Jurors who were mooned by a defendant needed only 30 minutes to find the man guilty of armed burglary and aggravated battery. Cornell Jackson, 29, punctuated his insanity defense by loudly hooting "cuckoo-cuckoo" and then dropping his pants to moon the jury. A pair of bailiffs and two Bay County sheriff's deputies dragged Jackson from the courtroom after he exposed his buttocks during trial proceedings. Jackson has claimed insanity in two assault cases. Defense lawyer Georgette Beller argued he had a personality disorder that caused him to attack Smith. Beller asked for a mistrial after the mooning. Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet rejected her motion and ordered that Jackson watch the rest of the trial from a holding cell over closed-circuit television.
TOY GUN MISHAP BLINDS TEEN
(Texas, Star-Telegram) - A Denton teenager was blinded and faces reconstructive surgery because a toy gun he was playing with shot a frog into his face. Daniel Berry, 17, was looking down the barrel of a "potato gun" when it went off, his parents said at a news conference. Berry is in serious condition at the hospital, and doctors have talked to the teen's parents about fitting him with prosthetic eyes. "The frog hit him with a force more than a gun," Lisa Berry, 41, said. "If it had been a potato or a rock, it would have killed him. It would have blown the top of his head off." A potato gun is a device with a tube such as plastic water pipe, a combustion chamber and an igniter. Projectiles such as potatoes can be loaded into the tube and fired several hundred feet when a propellant such as hairspray is ignited in the chamber.
MAN CUTS OFF PENIS, EATS IT
(Malaysia, AP) - A Malaysian man sliced off his own penis, then fried and ate it after taking hallucinatory pills that caused him to hear voices urging him to mutilate himself, police said. The 34-year-old man claimed he only realized what he had done when he saw blood oozing from his crotch, said a police spokesman in the town of Sitiawan, north of Kuala Lumpur. The man had taken hallucinatory pills before sleeping and awoke hearing voices telling him to chop off his penis and devour it, the spokesman said. He was hospitalized in stable condition, the national news agency Bernama reported.
FAMILY SUES OVER PRIEST'S SERMON AT FUNERAL
(AP) - The family of a former Chama councilman is suing a Catholic priest and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Ben Martinez's family has accused the Reverend Scott Mansfield of using graphic terms to tell the congregation that the deceased was going to hell because he wasn't totally devoted to the church. The lawsuit filed by the family accuses Mansfield of saying during Martinez's funeral that "the Lord vomited people like Ben out of his mouth to hell." The archdiocese and Mansfield deny the allegations. The archdiocese says Mansfield recited passages from the gospels and scriptural passages from the Book of Revelations at the funeral. An attorney for Mansfield and the archdiocese has filed notice to move the case from state district court to federal court, arguing that First Amendment free-speech rights are at stake.
ALBUQUERQUE MAN FACES TRIAL FOR HITTING WIFE WITH PILLOW
An Albuquerque man could be heading to jail for hitting his wife with a pillow. On the surface, the case looks more like childhood roughhousing than criminal intent. But the prosecutors say the circumstances run much deeper, saying this is a case of domestic violence. Police say 37-year-old John Loughrin argued with his wife because she did not give him a birthday card. The argument escalated with Loughrin allegedly striking his wife with a pillow. "She suffered no injuries. She didn't go to the hospital. She didn't even call the police until the next day, but believe it or not, they are going to take this to a jury," said Loughrin's attorney, Sam Bregman.
LIGHTNING HITS AS PREACHER ASKS FOR SIGN FROM GOD
(Ohio, AP) - A guest evangelist was preaching at the First Baptist Church in a small Hardin County town, emphasizing penance and asking for a sign from God. At that moment, the church's steeple was hit by lightning, setting the church on fire and blowing out the sound system. "It was awesome, just awesome," said church member Ronnie Cheney, 40, of rural Forest. "You could hear the storm building outside. He (the evangelist) just kept asking God what else he needed to say," Cheney said. "He was asking for a sign and he got one." Cheney said the lightning traveled through the microphone and enveloped the preacher, but he was not injured. Afterward, services resumed for about 20 minutes, but then the congregation realized that the church was on fire and the building was evacuated. The Forest Fire Department quickly doused the flames. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
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