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         BIZARRE NEWS - Wednesday, July 23, 2008
 "Spanning the globe for the weird...strange...and stupid."
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Greetings fellow Bizarros:

Here is another thing we have imported from Asia that has 
some Americans going, 'yuck' and some saying, 'cool!' For 
$35 you can have a swarm of live fish eat your feet. 

I'm not kidding. 

Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the 
D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering 
them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne 
Hair and Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 
people have taken the plunge so far.

You put your feet in a large tank containing 100 or so of 
these tiny little fish called garra rufa but typically 
known as doctor fish. The little, toothless omnivores are 
attracted to the dead, flaking skin. They leave live skin 
alone because, without teeth, they can't bite it off.

Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md., heard about it on a 
local radio show. She said it was "the best pedicure I ever 
had" and has spread the word to friends and co-workers. "I 
had been an athlete all my life, so I've always had calluses 
on my feet. This was the first time somebody got rid of my 
calluses completely," she said.

And if that's not appetizing enough, in addition to offering 
pedicures, Ho hopes to establish a network of Doctor Fish 
Massage franchises and is evaluating a full-body fish treat-
ment. That's exactly what you want, hundreds of tiny skin-
eating fish swimming around your privates. 

Bizarrely,

Lewis

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+--------------- Bizarre Sporting Failures  ---------------+
  
Wallace Williams ran in the 1979 Pan-American Games 
marathon, but was so slow that by the time he reached 
the stadium it was locked and everyone had left.

To fight the heat in the 1950 Tour de France, Abd-El Kader 
Zaag drank a bottle of wine and promptly fell off his bike. 
After sleeping it off by the side of the road, he got back 
on and rode off - in the wrong direction.

Russian athlete Ivanon Vyacheslav was so excited to win 
a medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics that he threw the 
medal high into the air in jubilation. Unfortunately it 
landed in Lake Wendouree where, despite a frantic search, 
it remains to this day.

Preparing for a bout at the 1992 New York Golden Gloves 
Championships, boxer Daniel Caruso psyched himself up by 
pounding his gloves into his face. In doing so, he broke 
his nose and was declared unfit to box.

After beating 1,000 rivals in a 500-mile race, Percy the 
racing pigeon flopped down exhausted in his Sheffield loft 
and was promptly eaten by a cat.

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------------ Fake landlord rented out home --------------

SILVER SPRINGS SHORES, Fla. - A Florida man says he 
discovered he was making payments for several months to 
a man who rented him a home the purported landlord did 
not own. Carl Kopsho of Silver Springs Shores said he 
began paying $800 per month to the man who rented him 
the home in February, only to be told by Marion County 
Sheriff's deputies Wednesday the man did not own the 
house, the Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner reported. Kopsho said 
he met the man, who used the name Tyrone Grain, at a gas 
station in January while talking to a friend about his 
search for a new home. He said Grain told him he was in 
the process of a divorce and was seeking to rent out the 
house. However, the house actually belongs to Sebastian 
Wagner, a man who lives in New York. Authorities have yet 
to track down Grain, who Kopsho said had only accepted his 
rent payments in cash. Kopsho said he is hoping Wagner 
will allow him to continue to rent the home, as he has 
already painted the walls and made plans to install new 
cabinets. 

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----------- Thief makes off with 160 live eels ------------

KANI, Japan - The owner of an eel restaurant in Japan said 
he thinks 160 live eels were stolen from a water tank 
behind his business. Yoshitaka Mizuno, owner of the Unagi 
no Mizuno restaurant, called authorities in Kani, Gifu 
Prefecture, Sunday to report he thought someone stole the 
eels, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Mizuno received the 
eels in a delivery from Isshikicho, Aichi Prefecture, the 
report said. Yomiuri Shimbun said the eels would would 
have been worth nearly $3,000 after they were cooked and 
prepared for restaurant guests. 


-------- Giant lobster's rescue takes new twist ---------

SHEDIAC, New Brunswick - A 100-year-old, 22-pound lobster 
in New Brunswick, Canada, purchased by rescuers who wanted 
to release it, will instead live at a research station. 
Dubbed "Big Dee-Dee," the crustacean was caught in the 
Bay of Fundy, near Shediac, in July and ended up at Denis 
Breau's Big Fish market. He opened bidding on the lobster 
at $1,000 and two unidentified groups in the province of 
Ontario and Laura-Leah Shaw, a Vancouver, British Columbia, 
each posted $1,000 in a bid to save the lobster, the 
Canadian Broadcasting Corp., reported. Shaw said her plan 
was to release the lobster into the Atlantic Ocean to spare 
it from being cooked but federal officials nixed that, 
saying she would have to get a permit, the Canwest News 
Service reported Monday. Instead, market owner Breau said 
he decided in light of the international attention Big 
Dee-Dee got, he wouldn't accept any money and rather donate 
the lobster to the Huntsman Marine Science Center in 
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, the CBC said. 

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-------- Prisoner drops 30 lbs., flees through vent --------

HEMPSTEAD, Texas - Waller County, Texas, Sheriff's Office 
deputies said they believe a man lost 30 pounds as part 
of an escape plan to squeeze out jail through a vent. 
Officials said Norris weighed 160 pounds at the time of 
his arrest, but dropped 30 pounds -- allowing him to 
squeeze through a one-foot-wide vent in his cell at the 
Waller County Jail, KTRK-TV, Houston, reported. Norris 
had been arrested on suspicion of murder in the April 
killing of a convenience store owner. 

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

Hey, Lewis!  Back in the late 70's there was a movie about 
America being far in debt (I'd hate to think what the number 
was in that movie).  When the foreign creditors demand pay-
ment, they have a telethon.  I believe it was called America-
thon.  How depressing, then AND now! -mascot
[I remember that movie. It starred John Ritter as President, 
a bachelor president, as I recall, and Harvey Korman. That's 
about all I remember. Although the premise of the movie is 
not completely bizarre. We might be at that point before 
long.]


We are blowing money based on the theory that any money spent 
on the environment is good money. Whether Global Warming is 
real or not is a BIG issue. It looks like it is turning into 
the largest environmental hoax ever perpetrated. More than a 
trillion dollars has been spent on 'fixing' global warming. 
Think about how much rain forest that money could have bought 
and turned into sanctuary. If global warming is a hoax: All 
it has done is make us feel good while we poison the environ-
ment instead of getting to the job of fixing it. -John
[I wouldn't completely agree with that, but I can sympathize 
with your attitdue. I think any money spent on coming up 
with clean technologies is beneficial to the environment 
whether global warming is real or not.]


Hey Lewis, someone wrote in wondering which may occur first, 
inflation or depression.  I say we have both now.  This in-
flation is making me depressed. -Bill


The ceramic dog kidnappers that left the puppies should've 
been charged with "littering"... -Ed
[I'll take care of the really bad jokes, people. Thank you.]


The engineering of an amalgamation between Mexico and the 
US will merelly solve the problem of Mexican illegal im-
migrants. After that it will be legal for the Mexican poor 
to move north further displacing local workers. But then 
you'll have an illegal immigrant problem from the countries 
south of Mexico, plus the appalling state of corruption 
within the Mexican government departments which will be 
difficult to eradicate. I can't see the Canadians finding 
the amalgamation idea of any benefit. -Steve


Hey Lewis: You can tell that nut who figures America is 
about to merge with Canada and Mexico that he'd soon find 
out just how many firearms there really are in the Great 
White North if you guys tried. Seriously, if you think 
Vietnam and Iraq were military quicksand, try occupying 
a country even bigger than yours! Dumb conspiracy theory 
buffs... Wendy 


Years back, it was suggested to save water, you should put 
a brick in your toilet tank.  Now, President Bush has sug-
gested, that we shoud put a brick in our gas tanks to save 
fuel.  He says, the more bricks, the more gas you save.
[Sounds good, but how are you supposed to get a brick in 
your gas tank? I suggest pouring sand in there to take up 
some of the volume. You'll get the same savings as a brick.]

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