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More strange news ripped from the headlines. Well, not literally ripped, because here at we're not into violence all that much. Unless it's funny violence, that is. (You'll see what we mean.)

(Cambodia) - A Cambodian mother took drastic measures to stop her party-loving 13-year-old daughter from going out at night—she nailed her foot to the floor. Officials said Mao Savoeun, 36, from Kompong Thom province in central Cambodia, told police she was angry with her daughter for going to a party at a local pagoda during the town's recent Water Festival. On the girl's return, and after she went to sleep, her mother drove a two-inch nail through the top of her right foot, pinning it to the floorboards. "We educated her about human rights and she was shedding tears but this is a crime and we are going to send her to the prosecutor who will decide whether to charge her," said local district chief Srey Puthy.

Not the actual guy.

(England, Reuters) - Laptops have always been a hot item, but a 50-year-old scientist didn't realize to what extent until he burned his penis. The previously healthy father of two remembered feeling a burning sensation after he had been writing a report at home for about an hour with the computer on his lap. He noticed a redness and irritation the following day but it wasn't until he was examined by a doctor that he realized how much damage had been done. "The ventral part of his scrotal skin had turned red, and there was a blister with a diameter of about two centimeters," Claes-Gorn Ostenson, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, wrote in a letter published in The Lancet medical journal. Two days later, the blisters broke and the wounds became infected and then crusted but after about a week the unidentified scientist was "healing quite rapidly." Ostenson noted that the computer manual did warn against operating it directly on exposed skin but said the patient had lap burns even though he had been wearing trousers and underpants.

(Wisconsin, AP) - A 22-year-old Green Bay man led police on a chase that often moved as slowly as 20 m.p.h. and ended in the Brown County Jail's parking lot. The man parked his pickup in the jail's lot, smoked a cigarette, got out of the truck and lay face-down on the ground to be arrested, police said. He allegedly told the officers he knew he was drunk and was going to be sent to jail, so he just drove himself there. The man also was arrested for cocaine possession and an outstanding warrant for a hit-and-run accident. The chase began around 1:00 a.m. An officer spotted the truck ignoring signs and going the wrong way on a one-way street. The officer chased the pickup, which often traveled as slowly as 20 miles per hour. A 21-year-old female passenger tried to get out of the vehicle several times and eventually bailed out near an intersection. She was not injured. The man's next stop was the jail.

(India) - An Indian medical scholar is defending the honor of his countrymen when it comes to urination, arguing the traditional Indian method of squatting is more healthy than the Western inclination to stand. Men who find it more refined to stand at a Western-style urinal are more likely to faint, according to Ambar Chakravorty, a nerve expert at the Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences in Calcutta. "During urination, the blood in the body has the tendency to flow downwards and that is why those urinating while sitting usually avoid blood shortage to the brain," he said in a study of "urination methodology" presented to a neurology conference in the eastern city of Patna. Chakravorty was pleased by the Indian custom of squatting on the toes while urinating. For those modernists who prefer to stand up, he urged them to observe what is happening to them. "Many men have complained of darkness ahead of the eyes while urinating and dizziness. This is because blood vessels are not reaching the brain. They should adopt urinating in sitting mode," he said. To support his thesis, Chakravorty said that fainting after urination, known to medical practitioners as micturition syncope, is not found in women, who don't have the option that "most men enjoy."

(New Jersey) - Joseph Cocho is in jail after allegedly having sex with a dog. Dorothy Gallagher, the dog's owner, says she found Cocho, her mobile home tenant, having sex with her 2-year-old beagle. South Brunswick police arrested an uncooperative Cocho and confiscated a jar of Vaseline and a dagger. Cocho is charged with animal cruelty and possession of a weapon. The dog was released in good condition from a nearby animal hospital. If convicted, Cocho could serve up to a year in prison and police suspect more charges will be filed as soon as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) gets involved.

(England, Reuters) - A squirrel is spreading terror in a Cheshire town where it keeps attacking people. Its latest victim was a two-year-old girl, British newspapers reported. Children have been attacked, grown men chased and residents of Knutsford, central England, are fearful of letting their kids out to play, the Times newspaper said. The rogue squirrel's latest attack was on toddler Kelsi Morley who was bitten on the forehead. "It was awful because she (Kelsi) was spinning around and we couldn't get it off," her mother told the newspaper. "From the amount of blood there was, I thought it had taken Kelsi's eye out." The squirrel eventually let go and the terrified youngster was rushed to a doctor. Colin Booty, a senior scientific officer in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said it was very unusual for a squirrel to behave like this. Local resident Blanche Kellye said the problem was not funny. "Everyone round here is living in fear. It's a vicious little thing. I'll never trust squirrels again."

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Cannon Shell Turned Table Leg Hurts Eight
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(Yugoslavia, Reuters) - A Montenegrin family thought a World War II artillery shell was the ideal replacement for a broken table leg—until it exploded, injuring eight people as they were about to eat a meal. The Miskovic family in the town of Danilovgrad was preparing the local specialty of grilled pork fat on the table when the old shell went off at the weekend, the Yugoslav daily Vecernje Novosti reported. "It was our own idea to replace the missing leg with this cannon grenade," house owner Milovan Miskovic said. "We thought it was harmless. It was here in our courtyard for some 50 years." But "all of a sudden, we heard a loud bang and then everything went black." The newspaper reported the victims suffered only light injuries.

(San Diego) - Police searching for a man suspected of trying to commit a robbery outside a church last night later found him hiding under a house, nearly naked. He had stripped off all his clothes except for thong underwear, said La Mesa police Lt. Allen White. White said the would-be robber, a transient, walked up to a man in a car at Metro Church on Echo Drive and demanded the driver's wallet about 6:20 p.m. The motorist started to back his car away as witnesses yelled at the transient and called police. The transient ran across Spring Street and up a hill. Officers, aided by a police helicopter, were searching for the man when a Rockledge Road resident reported hearing someone under the house. White said officers persuaded the 42-year-old transient to come out, and booked him into jail on suspicion of attempted robbery. Police found his clothes strewn along a route he had run from the church.

(Australia, Reuters) - An Australian law firm has offered up a free divorce as a prize in a Red Cross auction to raise funds for victims of the Bali bombings. The divorce is just one of 100 prizes up for auction to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross which is helping victims of the blasts on the Indonesian resort island that killed more than 180 people and wounded hundreds. Teena Gilbert, co-organizer of the charity auction at the Tracy Village Social and Sports Club in the northern city of Darwin, said the ($560) prize was being donated by a legal practice. "When my assistant first told me I thought, 'Oh God', I wouldn't like my husband to see me bidding for a divorce," Gilbert told Reuters. "We hope to raise a lot of money for Bali. It's a horrific tragedy and it's touched a lot of hearts," Gilbert said. Law firm owner Vanessa Farmer told the Australian Broadcasting Corp she did not necessarily expect the highest bidder for the prize to want a divorce. "But I've indicated we're going to honor it," she said.

(Ohio) For a while, there was no Flesh in the Flesh Public Library. Library Director James Oda earlier this month attempted to access the library's new Web site,, to show it off for the library staff. After three months of work by the staff, Oda was justifiably proud of the site. Unfortunately, the library computer denied him access. "There must be a glitch in the system," Oda said as he tried again. Again, he was denied access. It was then that Oda realized what had happened. "We banned ourselves," he said. Oda said he never gave much thought to the library's name—named 70 years ago for businessman Leo Flesh, who donated the money for the library's current location. But Net Nanny, a filter the library uses on all the children's department computers, did not care much for "flesh" linked to "public." "Growing up in Piqua, I don't think we give it much thought," Oda said. "But when I was in the service, my Mom—who worked at the library at the time—used to send care packages in these little plastic bags that said 'Flesh Public Library.' There was a whole group of Army guys who had a lot of fun with that." Fortunately, a change in the address,, has allowed the library to access its own site.

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