Thursday, March 13, 2008

Weird News Roundup

Every now and then there's just a perfect swirl of weird news items that cry out for a little attention.

First up, from today's Daily Mail is just, well, disgusting:

A 35-year-old woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time he called police had a phobia about leaving the bathroom, the boyfriend said.

'She is an adult; she made her own decision,' said her boyfriend, Kory McFarren. 'I should have gotten help for her sooner; I admit that. But after a while, you kind of get used to it.'

The case drew nationwide attention after Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said it appeared the Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat in the two years she apparently was in the bathroom.
Gee, with such a supportive boyfriend, I can't imagine why she wouldn't come out!

Second, in the wake of the Spitzer scandal, it's come to the attention of the powers that be in Rhode Island that prostitution isn't illegal in that state, under certain circumstances:
'A lot of people don’t realize that prostitution is legal in Rhode Island if you do it indoors,' State Police Inspector Stephen Bannon testified. In an accompanying letter, State Police Supt. Col. Brendan P. Doherty noted that under current law, 'persons are free to solicit sex for money in newspapers and/or over the Internet as long as the conduct that is agreed upon takes place in private.'
Lawmakers are moving to change the law.

Finally, there is the tale of the amazing disappearing Cuban soccer team:
The day after five members of Cuba's under-23 national soccer team left their hotel with the intention of defecting, two more players disappeared Wednesday night.

Yendry Diaz told ESPN International on the phone that he and Eder Roldan also had left the Cuban team.

Diaz and Roldan are with friends in Tampa, but intend to join their fellow defector teammates in Lake Worth, Fla., according to the Miami Herald.

The original five -- Jose Manuel Miranda, Erlys Garcia Baro, Yenier Bermudez, Yordany Alvarez and Loanni Prieto -- left Tuesday after a 1-1 draw against the United States in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Tampa.
For the record, the Cubans only brought 18 players to the tournament in the first place, meaning they're down to 11 under the best circumstances. Tonight against Honduras, they were down to 10 due to a suspension from the US match.

As they say, I'm not making any of this up.

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