News of the Weird: 'Stiletto surgery' is latest craze

  • Article by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • Wire services
  • February 8, 2013 - 12:30 PM

Women’s love-hate affairs with their shoes is the stuff of legends, but a Memphis, Tenn., podiatrist told Fox News in November of a recent increase in women deciding on what might be called the nuclear option — “stiletto surgery” — for horribly uncomfortable, yet irresistible, shoes. Either the shoe must go or part of the foot, and more are choosing the latter (or at least the pinky), to be removed or reduced by surgery. The Memphis doctor said he sees as many as 30 patients a month interested in the procedure.

Store not really open

In the most recent instance of a store’s locks improperly working to give the appearance that a closed store was doing business, a Kroger supermarket in Goshen, Ind., was unintentionally left wide open on Thanksgiving evening — with no employees (but with 24-hour lighting, as usual). Police on patrol noted that about a dozen customers were inside trying to use the self-checkout, but left quietly when informed that the store was closed. According to a police spokesperson, “(N)o one [attempted] to steal from the business.”

Vulture rebound

Almost-extinct vultures may be making a comeback within the Parsi community of Mumbai, India, after a pain reliever nearly wiped them out. The community’s Zoroastrian religion requires “natural” body disposals (no cremation or burial) of humans and cattle, and bodies have always been ritually laid out for the hungry birds. But the community has also come to rely on the pain reliever diclopfenac for people and for cattle. In 2001, the News of the Weird reported that vultures were dying out from kidney damage caused by the drug, and bodies were piling up. However, according to a November New York Times dispatch, clerics are reporting modest success in weaning Parsis off of diclofenac, and the vultures appear more plentiful.

Undaunted burglars

Accused burglars Peter Welsh, 32, and Dwayne Doolan, 31, weren’t the first to try breaking into a building by smashing through the adjoining basement wall, but they might be the clumsiest. Their target, on New Year’s Eve, was Wrights Jewellers in Beaudesert, Australia. But after attempts to smash the front window and the rear doors failed, they settled on the basement option. They broke through the opposite-side wall and wound up in a KFC restaurant. Undaunted, according to police, they robbed the KFC of about $2,600.

‘Zero tolerance’ fallout

In December, the car-parts retailer AutoZone became the most recent employer to fire a worker for taking action widely admired — but prohibited in the workplace because of the company’s fear of liability. Devin McLean and his store manager in York County, Va., were herded into a back room by a gun-wielding holdup man and, being the only witnesses, understandably feared for their lives. However, McLean broke free, ran to his truck and retrieved his gun. When McLean re-entered, pointing his Glock .40-caliber, two things happened: (1) The robber fled, and (2) McLean became in violation of AutoZone’s “zero tolerance” policy against employees bringing firearms into the store. Two days later, he was fired.


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Suit over body odor

Once again, a public library has been sued for gently asking a patron to leave because his body odor was provoking complaints. George Stillman, 80, filed a $5.5 million lawsuit in October against the New York Public Library, alleging humiliation by the staff of the St. Agnes branch in New York City. Stillman said he views body odor as mere “challenge(s) to the senses” and “a fact of life in the city.” He also denied that he had any body odor, but a New York Post reporter, interviewing him about the lawsuit, said she noted “a strong odor.”

Personality defense

In December Dr. Diana Williamson was sentenced to three years in prison in New York City after a conviction for defrauding Medicaid of $300,000 by writing bogus prescriptions. She vigorously asserted her innocence, in that, she said, only one of her multiple personalities had committed the crime.

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