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A man ran onto the field at a Philadelphia Eagles football game to scatter his mother's ashes around the 30 yard line. - Washington Post, 11/29/05

A pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his church Sunday morning when he adjusted a nearby microphone while standing in water. - CNN, 10/31/05

A man crashed his car into a Burger King in Wausau, Wisconsin. He then backed the car from the damaged entryway, exited the vehicle and went inside to order breakfast. Shocked Burger King employees served the man, and police arrived to find him eating at one of the restaurant's tables. - Wausau Daily Herald, 10/15/05

A flight attendant on a Britannia Airways flight was concerned with "weight distribution" on the aircraft, so asked eight fat people to move forward. - BBC News, 10/19/05

Thousands of elderly Japanese women are coming down with "retired husband syndrome". Symptoms include ulcers, rashes and polyps all induced by the stress of having to wait on a man who has nothing to do all day but bark orders at his wife. - Washington Post, 10/17/05

A blind woman has baffled scientists by apparently proving that she can distinguish colors by touch. - Daily Record, 10/7/05

Baseball fan Shaun Dean never caught a baseball at a major league game. On the 18 inning playoff game between the Astros and the Braves, he caught two. -, 10/14/05

A man held up a freight train with a homemade bow and arrow. Police (armed with guns) shot him in the wrist and arrested him. - Tuscaloosa News, 10/11/05

Carl Berg failed to pay a $25 annual fee for rural fire protection and, as a result, firefighters let his house burn to the ground near International Falls, Minnesota. - Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 10/6/05

Perhaps the best table tennis player in the world is 75 year old Marty Reisman. He will pay $5,000 to anyone who can beat him, as long as they use an old-style paddle with the pimpled layer of rubber. Reisman has won games where he has been sitting on a chair or playing with a trash can lid or a coke can instead of a paddle, even while giving the opponent an 18 point head start. -, 9/5/05

An Australian man built up so much static electricity in his clothes as he walked that he burned carpets, melted plastic and sparked a mass evacuation. - BBC News, 9/16/05

More than 300,000 children have been uprooted by Hurricane Katrina. Many of them have been enrolled in public schools in every state except Hawaii. - Los Angeles Times, 9/16/05

Several friends of Frank Hughes turned up at his funeral to pay their last respects. After the funeral, they saw Mr. Hughes walking around town, very much alive. It seems the dead man was another Frank Hughes of the same age living in the same town. - The Independent (UK), 8/30/05

About 1,400 college students in the United States die each year in alcohol-related incidents such as auto accidents, fights and falls from balconies. - USA Today, 8/21/05

On a typical workday, more Americans eat lunch in their car than eat lunch in a restaurant. - Associated Press, 7/20/05

A 6' 10" man was turned down for a job as an air traffic controller. While he passed all the tests, his legs would not fit under the desk. -, 7/29/05

A 28 year old South Korean man had a 50-hour-long video game session (Starcraft), and promptly died of a heart attack stemming from exhaustion. - BBC News, 8/10/05

An 80-year-old German man was driving the autobahn at 6 mph. In his electric wheelchair. - Science Daily, 7/27/05

Henry Ford came up with the idea for charcoal briquettes in the 1920s. Also having a hand in the invention was Thomas Edison and Ford's cousin's husband, E.G. Kingsford. - The Week Magazine, 8/5/05

More than a quarter of a million Chinese commit suicide each year. Three million make unsuccessful attempts at suicide each year. Unlike almost everywhere else in the world, more women than men commit suicide in China. - BBC, 11/29/02
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