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PORTUGAL NAP FANS FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO AN AFTERNOON SNOOZE
(Portugal) - Portugal, which has the lowest worker productivity rate in the European Union, now has a new association that aims to boost workers' right to an afternoon nap. A quick snooze after lunch promotes better health and helps boost productivity, said Jose Miguel Medeiros, one of the founders of the Portuguese Association for Friends of Napping. "As opposed to lazy people, people who nap work," he said. Naps work "to replenish energy levels and it is a tradition of our Mediterranean culture." Medeiros said the association would try to spark debate in Portugal over changes in work schedules, especially over the shortening of lunch breaks, which have made it hard for people to take an afternoon nap.
BEE BLAMED FOR CAR CRASH
(Germany, Ananova) - A bee that flew up a motorist's trouser leg is being blamed for a car crash that caused serious damage. The driver, from Mockmuhl in Germany, told police he lost control of the car and swerved into oncoming traffic when he tried to free the bumblebee from his pants. No one was injured in the crash, but two cars were badly damaged. A police spokesperson said, however, that they were still investigating the cause of the crash. The bee, it seems, had "mysteriously disappeared" after the accident.
TEENAGE GIRL TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM CIGARETTE SMOKE DIES IN FALL
(England) - A teenage girl plunged to her death from the 15th floor of an apartment building during a party, authorities announced. Jenna O'Keefe, 17, climbed up on a window ledge so she could get away from cigarette smoke. However, as she sat with her legs over the edge, she lost her balance and fell more than 150 feet to a courtyard.
BENEFACTOR SAVES STUDENT'S VIRGINITY FROM AUCTION
(Chile) - A philosophy student in Chile has taken her virginity off the auction block after an anonymous benefactor lent her the tuition money she lacked. The 21-year-old woman, going by the name of Sandy, told reporters that a sympathetic woman has let her borrow $2,800. She has expressed relief at withdrawing her virginity from the Internet auction she had announced. "I would have regretted it for the rest of my life," she said. She recently said bidding would open at $1,000. However, a woman has since offered to lend her nearly three times that amount. "She understood me more than others and decided to help me because she has a daughter like me," she said. Sandy had said she would guarantee her offer with a doctor's certificate stating that her hymen is intact. She says she has received thousands of e-mail messages from all over the world. Sandy insists she is not a prostitute. She says giving up her virginity was the only way to pay for her tuition.
DISHWASHER KILLS WOMAN
(England) - A woman has died after slipping in her kitchen and landing on knives lying upright in a dishwasher. Six years ago, a 12-year-old boy was killed in a similar way, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is warning people to be extra careful in the kitchen. "People should, if they can, make sure that they have knives pointing down in the dishwasher, even though some manufacturers say otherwise," a spokesman said. "The last time this happened we thought it was a freak accident but this case does show there is a danger from dishwashers."
RESEARCH SHOWS HOUSEWORK IS GOOD FOR YOU
(Australia) - Housework is good for you. According to a new Australian-Chinese study, dusting and vacuum cleaning could help prevent ovarian cancer. The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer this week, found moderate exercise such as housework decreased the risk of ovarian cancer with the benefits increasing the harder the work. Head researcher Colin Binns said the two-year study of 900 Chinese women found the risk of ovarian cancer declined with increasing physical activity. Housework was on the list.
ARTIST REFUSES TO SPEAK FOR 29 YEARS
(Germany, Reuters) - An aspiring German painter refused to speak for 29 years until his father's death because of paternal opposition to his chosen career. "All I was interested in was art, but he was always against it. There came a point when I simply had nothing more to say," Rainer Herpel, 51, told Reuters. Herpel's mother Waltraut, 78, with whom he has lived all these years, said he gave up talking when his father stopped him from attending art school. "He stopped talking then. He is a stubborn lad," she said. Herpel had no visitors to his room for 29 years. Last year his father died, after which Herpel gradually began talking again.
INDONESIAN DIGS UP DEAD NEIGHBOR FOR A MEAL
(Indonesia) - An Indonesian court has sentenced a man to five years in jail for digging up the corpse of his 80-year-old female neighbor and eating parts of the body, court officials said. Sumanto, 30, was found guilty of stealing and digging up a grave, said a court official. Officers found parts of a female corpse buried behind his house, while other parts of the body, which had only been in the ground for one day, were arranged on a dinner plate. Sumanto told police at the time he believed eating the flesh would give him supernatural powers. Sumanto lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.
SEMEN ACTS AS AN ANTI-DEPRESSANT
(New York) - Semen makes you happy. That's the remarkable conclusion of a study comparing women whose partners wear condoms with those whose partners don't. The study, bound to provoke controversy, showed that women who were directly exposed to semen were less depressed. The researchers think this is because mood-altering hormones in semen are absorbed through the vagina. "I want to make it clear that we are not advocating that people abstain from using condoms," says Gordon Gallup, the psychologist at the State University of New York who led the team. "Clearly an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease would more than offset any advantageous psychological effects of semen."
BANK ROBBER WRITES HOLDUP NOTE ON RESUME
(Texas) - A bank robber made the ultimate bad career move when he wrote a holdup noteon the back of his resume. Police used the job search information to identify the man, who was arrested and charged with robbing a Wells Fargo bank branch on Fort Worth's east side. The man had tried to hide the personal information by taping black construction paper over it. But then he forgot to retrieve the note and take it with him after giving it to the teller. Police then just peeled the tape from the note. A tip led police to a Fort Worth motel, where the man was arrested.
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