Friday, March 11, 2011

Stiff opposition over a condom

With an upstanding municipal fountain nicknamed "The Penis" and a place in history as the town in which the inventor of the modern condom was born, many might argue that Konin in provincial Poland was more or less asking for it to happen.
Last weekend it did: an artists' group stormed the fountain and covered the structure with a mammoth transparent plastic preservatif, causing moral outrage among some officials and conservative Catholics.
The stunt was in honor of Julius Fromm, who invented the modern condom.

Police mistaken a teen for a baby

The world's smallest man Khagendra Thapa Magar has had a run in with police in Australia, who wanted to know why he was not traveling in a child's booster seat.
At just 27 inches high and weighing 11 pounds, Khagendra is around the size of a six-month-old.
While on a trip to Oz to raise awareness about sex trafficking and get donations for his charity, cops pulled over the car he was traveling in for a random breath test.
Khagendra, who is named in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's shortest man, suffers from a condition called primordial dwarfism.
But despite the obvious challenges presented by being so small, the teenager says he doesn't wish he were taller.

Happy to be hairy

World's hairiest girl happy to put
'wolf girl' jibes behind her.

Little Supatra Sasuphan claims being officially recognized as the hairiest girl in the world has boosted her confidence.
Supatra had been teased her entire life because of a rare genetic condition causing thick hair to grow all over her face.
Two years ago she was tormented by other children calling her 'monkey face' and 'wolf girl'.
It often left her in tears because of strangers stopping in the street to point at her.
But since then ten-year old Supatra - nicknamed Nat - has been named the 'hairiest girl in the world' and amazingly, her new-found fame has helped her become one of the most popular girls in her school.
Supatra, from Pranakom, Thailand, says: 'I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records. All I did was answered a few questions about myself and then they gave it to me.'

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

The key to 100 million mysteries
The average Briton has nine keys on their key ring – and no idea what at least two of them are for, according to a study.
This suggests that there are more than 100 million "mystery keys" in the country, weighing more than 1,000 tons.
'You killed mine, I'll kill yours'
Teenage girl faces two years in jail... for killing her brother's hamster
A teenager allegedly took revenge on her brother by killing his hamster during a family argument.
Monique Smith, 19, slammed his pet to the ground in front of her horrified family in Brooklyn, New York, last summer, after he killed her hamster, officials said.
She took out her rage on the helpless creature after hearing that her brother had killed hers by kicking an exercise ball in which it was playing last June.
Her brother called animal protection officers after she threw the bleeding 4oz unnamed adult female in the street outside their home.
Teen survives jumping off Golden Gate Bridge
A California high school student visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a Thursday morning field trip climbed over a railing jumped and somehow survived the 220-foot plunge into San Francisco Bay that kills dozens of people each year.
Most jumpers die a grisly death, with massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. Some die from internal bleeding, while others drown.
But the 17-year-old lived, suffering just a broken tailbone and torn lung. He was rescued by a surfer, who paddled over and took him ashore.
Proof smoking is a bad for you
Police in South Greensburg, Pa say a car theft suspect was found in office building's crawl space after his cigarette smoke gave away his hiding place.
South Greensburg police Chief Scott Fanchalsky says officers searched for 30-year-old Daniel Block for hours Wednesday afternoon before two employees smelled smoke coming from above the ceiling on the fourth floor.
Officers crawled in after Block and he surrendered peacefully.
Block had been putting gas into a stolen car when an employee at the gas station called police. Fanchalsky says officers tried to take him into custody but he escaped and ran into the office building, prompting a lockdown.
Doctor admits smoking 30 joints a day
A doctor told a judge in New Jersey that he's "guilty as sin" of growing marijuana and smoking 30 joints a day.
Edwin Struve told a judge in Morris County he had 58 marijuana plants in his Chatham home that he's been cultivating since he came home from the Army in 1968.
Struve and his lawyer said Struve used marijuana to relieve the effects of glaucoma and mild brain damage.