News of the Weird

  • Article by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • January 11, 2013 - 3:33 PM

Justin Jedlica, 32, of New York City, bills himself as the "human Ken doll" after a 10-year odyssey of cosmetic surgery -- 90 procedures -- to achieve the "perfect" body. "I love to metamorphosize myself, and the stranger the surgery, the better," he told ABC News in October, even though doctors have said that the amount of silicone in his body has reached a dangerous level. Of course, the "perfect" body is never perfect, Jedlica acknowledged. He said his first surgery -- to get a perfect nose -- is still not done after three follow-ups. "Just got to get that nose up a few more millimeters," he said.

Crime innovator?

Anthony Johnson, 49, was convicted in October in Hartford, Conn., of stealing an improbably large amount of money -- as much as $70,000 a weekend, off and on for five years -- by crawling on the floor of darkened theaters and lifting credit cards from purses that movie-watching women had set down. The FBI said Johnson was careful to pick films likely to engross female viewers so that he could operate freely. He was often able to leave the theater and make cash-advance withdrawals from ATMs before the movie had ended.

A first in DUI crimes?

Niles Gammons of Urbana, Ill., managed a rare DUI daily double. He was first cited for DUI at 1:08 a.m. on Nov. 4 and again at 1:08 a.m. The first was during daylight saving time; the second was after the changeover.

Wrestling in Ukraine

When some Ukrainian legislators rose to change party affiliations in December, a fracas broke out and, according to Yahoo News, "Images ... showed a scene that resembled a WWE pay-per-view event, with parliament members using full nelsons, choke holds and other moves familiar to American wrestling fans." A man with the same name as a WWE heavyweight ("Rybak") had just been elected speaker, and the country's well-known boxing champion Vitali Klitschko was in attendance, as a member of a minority party called Punch. (One 2010 brawl in the Ukrainian legislature sent six deputies to the hospital with concussions.)

Sex selection

Human rights activists have for years deplored the preferences for male offspring in India and other nations. Increasingly, because of advances in science, Westerners can buy in vitro fertilization procedures that use a laser to breach a fertilized embryo to determine whether it contains XY (male) chromosome pairs or larger XX (female) ones so that only the desired-gender embryos are chosen. Such procedures are illegal in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom (except for bona fide medical reasons), but legal in the United States.

Bridge without road

Remember Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere"? In November, the Anchorage Daily News reported the Army Corps of Engineers is building a harbor on the Aleutian native community's island of Akutan, even though there is no road away from it. Thus, reported KUCB Radio, the only way to get into or out of the harbor is by boat. Any connector road to the only town on the island is "likely years in the future," according to the Daily News.

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