News of the Weird: Spend the night inside the human colon "hotel"

  • Article by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • January 18, 2013 - 4:52 PM

The usual 20,000 or so visitors every year to Belgium's Verbeke Foundation art park have the option to spend the night inside the feature attraction: a 20-foot-long, 6-foot-high polyester replica of a human colon created by Dutch designer Joep Van Lieshout. The facility, though "cramped," according to one prominent review, features heating, shower and double bed, and rents for the equivalent of about $150 a night. The 30-acre art park is regarded as one of Europe's "edgiest" art destinations.

Parking infractions?

(1) The week before Christmas, an officer in Nottingham, England, wrote parking tickets to drivers of two ambulances that were taking too long to board wheelchair-using schoolchildren who had just sung carols downtown to raise money for a homeless shelter. After an outpouring of complaints, the Nottingham City Council revoked the tickets. (2) An ambulance, with lights and siren on, pulled into the parking lot of Quicky's convenience store in New Orleans in November to treat a customer, but one employee obeyed what he believed to be his employer's no-parking rule and applied an immobilizing "boot" to the ambulance. The man, Ahmed Sidi Aleywa, was later fired. A co-worker said Aleywa was an immigrant not familiar with ambulances.

God and fossil fuels

The issues director of the fundamentalist American Family Association told his radio audience in November that God's feelings will be hurt if America stops using fossil fuels for energy. "God has buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them," said Bryan Fischer.

But, officer ...

(1) Marquis Diggs, 29, entering the county administration building in Jersey City, N.J., in December for a hearing in family court over his mother's restraining order against him, became the most recent drug possessor not to have realized that he might be subjected to a search. Police confiscated 32 baggies of suspected marijuana. (2) Cleland Ayison, 32, got a sentencing break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in December when federal judge William Dimitrouleas pitied him. Ayison got only house arrest and community service because his crime -- trying to pass a U.S. Federal Reserve note with a face value of $500 million -- was so "silly."

Ironic end?

A 20-year-old man's life ended when he was shot during an altercation in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 21, while attending a Mayan-inspired "End of the World" party.

Protected display?

Sarah Childs won a restraining order in Denham Springs, La., in December, forbidding the town from shutting down what she called her Christmas lights decoration. The large outdoor display was the image of two hands with middle fingers extended.

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