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          CLASSIC BIZARRE NEWS - Tuesday, November 7, 2006           
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Greetings Fellow Bizarros:

One of the advantages of being a Bizarre News editor is that 
it is possible to start a conversation anywhere, anytime. 
One such incident occurred over the weekend while I was having 
lunch with some friends. 

I overheard the folks at the table next to us debating the 
famous "exploding whale" incident. This is an actual event 
that happened in 1970, but is so bizarre it has earned urban 
legend status so that nobody even believes it anymore. 

A synopsis of the story is that a 45 foot, eight-ton whale 
beached itself somewhere along Oregon and promptly died. After 
a week or so the stench became so bad that the coast guard 
decided to blow it up with dynamite, since that is much 
easier than trying to dig a hole large enough to bury a whale. 
However, nobody in Oregon had ever detonated a whale before, 
so they estimated that it would take approximately one quarter 
ton (that's 500 pounds) of dynamite to do the job. 

They slightly over-estimated. 

They moved spectators back one-quarter mile before blowing 
the giant mammal, but it was not nearly enough to compensate 
for the mountain of black powder officials buried under the 
whale. A few moments after the explosion, flaming blubber 
came raining down nearly one-half mile from the beach. People 
began scrambling for cover in terror. One chunk was large 
enough to completely demolish an automobile on which it fell. 
Fortunately, personal injuries were minor. 

You can see how people might be incredulous about this story, 
especially since it is 30 years old and evidence for it is 
scarce. But if you are a purveyor of the bizarre this kind of 
thing is old hat. 

So before the debate at the next table over true vs. untrue 
became heated I interjected. I filled in the details for them 
and even suggested that video of the event is still available 
on the internet. They proved to be Bizarros at heart, even if 
they weren't subscribers to this newsletter, and we were soon 
trading our favorite stories. 

At the very least I was able to recruit four new subscribers, 
although this is a rather laborious way to make my readership 
grow. So if you know somebody who appreciates the bizarre, 
forward them a copy! 



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------- Convict Escapes Jail; Walks Right by Guards --------

ATHENS, Greece - Nothing gets by them. The latest in a series
of embarrassing jail breaks, a convicted American murderer
walked right out of the Korydallos jail two days ago with 
help from the prison psychologist. Wearing a wig, suit, and 
glasses, the 31-year-old inmate strolled by the guards. The
psychologist was bold enough to introduce the convict to
the guards as one of her colleagues. The man had confessed 
to a murder in Greece because he didn't want to be extradited 
to the United States where he is charged with double murder. 
He was currently serving a life sentence in Greece for a 
killing a girl. Officials did not realize he had escaped
until later that night during the headcount. Just last 
month a group of inmates dug their way out of a police cell
with a spoon. The warden has been suspended.

-------- California Man Creates His Own Private Zoo --------

SAN DIEGO, California - Millions of people bond with their
pets, whether the pet be a dog, cat, gerbil, or 500-pound
pygmy hippopotamus. A real estate agent noticed a homeowner
was secretly storing a hippo on his property and told Cali-
fornia fish and game officials. They quickly began an 
investigation and were unprepared for what they found. Arthur
Stehly kept over 100 animals in his home and backyard includ-
ing the hippopotamus, peacocks, emus, geese, goats, and much 
more. The 12 to 15-year-old hippo was taken to a center for 
wild animals and will be shipped to a refuge in Florida at 
the end of the week. Stehly's neighbors reportedly knew about 
the rare hippo, and even though they never saw it, they defi-
nitely smelled its presence. Bill Ritcher said, "I know he 
used the hippo manure on his garden. It can smell pretty 
dang bad."

----------- Religious Tolerance, American Style ------------

The new chaplain at Wisconsin's Waupun Correctional Institution 
is a Wiccan. The Rev. Jamyi Witch's hiring was defended by the 
state Department of Corrections, which says Witch -- and that 
is her real name -- met the job requirements, and barring her 
based on her faith would be illegal. "I minister to everyone's 
needs. I have no interest in converting anyone," she says. An-
other full-time chaplain at the facility is Protestant; only 
about a third of the inmates are Christian. Outraged State Rep. 
Mike Huebsch promises to strip funding for Witch's position, 
even though he previously argued for more chaplains in state 

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----- Porn Crashes Holland's National Computer System ------

Holland's National Archive and census office in Maastricht 
was brought to a halt after a 32-year old civil servant 
crashed the 20-computer system by downloading vast amounts 
of online pornography. National Archive director Philip 
Maarschalkerweerd said the incident came to light when "one 
of our employees said his computer had frozen and called the 
help desk. The systems manager saw porn pictures appearing 
on the screen. He immediately realized what had happened. We 
don't collect information of that kind." The employee, who 
was not publicly identified, faces disciplinary action.

------------ Radio Station Sued in Tattoo Fiasco -----------

ILLINOIS - Music enthusiasts Richard Goddard Jr. and David
Winkleman were excited when they heard about their favorite
radio station's new contest. According to them, 93.5 KORB
promised an array of goodies to anyone with a tattoo of their
station's logo. The rewards included $30,000 a year for five 
years, concert tickets, and backstage passes. To win the
contest, the two had the logo tattooed onto their forehead,
but have yet to collect on the allegedly promised goods. 
Winkleman claims he was fired from his job because of the
new marking, and both insist they are unable to find jobs 
now because of the tattoos. Thus, they are suing the radio
station for breach of contract, fraud and negligence. In 
its defense, the radio station says the contest was a 
practical joke aimed at those who were greedy and stupid
enough to go through with the tattoo. 


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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> READER COMMENTS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Lewis, tell your wife that unless she is buying organics, the 
pesticide in the salad will kill her faster than steak will 
kill you. Plus, lettuce has little nutritional value. Raw 
spinach is the way to go. Just use it in place of lettuce 
anywhere. It can even be added to fast food to add nutrition. 
[I'll let her know.]

Lewis- thank god that I'm not alone. I needed this information
on woman fantasizing about someone other than their "primary 
Partner".  I thought that I was some kind of wierd, horny 
woman who was completely unsatisfied with my marriage. Now I 
know that I'm just unsatisfied with my marriage .....Thanks 
again.  Love the newsletter btw  --Christina
[I'm glad I could help and sorry I ruined your marriage.]

So thinking (while I'm in the bathroom) about licking whipped 
cream off a co-worker at my desk at work is perfectly normal, 
especially if I'm ovulating..... Cool! --Tracy in Arkansas
[Yes, perfectly normal, especially in Arkansas. So, who's the 

Hello Lewis!  I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your 
publication so much more than that of Chadwick's.  He is sooo 
rude, crude, and vile! You, on the other hand, are witty and 
it's fun to read your publication.  And I don't feel like I 
have to go take a shower after reading your witty dialogue!  
Keep up the great work! --Deb
[I like to consider Chadwick to be in a class by himself. Then 
again, he's paid to be rude, crude and vile. If you have no 
idea what we're talking about you can subscribe to his pub-
lication "Up Yours!" on shagmail.com but don't say I didn't 
warn you.]

I am writing this to correct your article on the man who 
killed 2,000 dogs. He did not buy the dogs for $10 each. He 
was paid $10 a head to execute them. Once a racing dog is not 
making their owners enough money they are useless to them. 
More people should adopt old racing dogs. They make wonderful 
[Thanks for the correction.]

Dear Lewis, I enjoyed the reader comment about the taped-over 
porn video shown in science class.  In HS, we had the same 
teacher for Driver's Ed and Sex Ed. He put a slide on the 
overhead projector and told us it was the female reproductive 
system - it was actually a carburator.  He wondered why we 
were laughing.  I'm a teacher now myself, and few places are 
as consistently bizzare as a publich high school. --Colleen
[That's how my father explained sex to me, "Lewis, a woman's 
reproductive system is like a carburator..." It probably ex-
plains why I get aroused at auto shows even today.]

------------------ END OF READER COMMENTS ------------------

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