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From the Files of the RJ's Surrealist Research Bureau

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Weird news stories from 2010

A notebook found during the search of a suspected pimp arrested in Los Angeles included these jottings for self-improvement and expanded business opportunities. 1. Take care of my bitches better. and 2. Find other ways to “work my Ho’s”.

In other “Ho” related news Body Armor Company CEO David Brooks argued at his trial for tax evasion that his company’s hiring of prostitutes and escorts for upper management staff and board members was a legitimate business expense because it made employees “happier and more productive.”

In Terre Haute, Indiana recently the main highway through town was closed for three hours when a semi truck full of fire extinguishers caught fire and burned to the ground.

Congress underwrote 7.9 billion dollars in tax-free bonds to help New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina but to date, while 5.9 billion dollars worth have been sold, less than one percent has gone to New Orleans. Twenty-nine percent of it (1.7 billion) has gone to the oil industry.

A Bedford, Penn. district court judge has resigned after offering a defendant a lenient sentence if the accused would allow the judge to shampoo his hair. Judge Charles Guyer later resigned and apologized, saying he didn’t know what had gotten into him. (Editor's note: it appears this story took place in 1992)

And in my own two favorite stories, the town of Avon, Colorado held a contest to name the new bridge over the nearby Eagle River and it was duly christened “Bob the Bridge.” (Note: also an early 90s story) Also, the Governor of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia recounted in May that he’d been abducted by aliens and has since been communicating with them telepathically.

Finally, in cryptozoological news, a new species of lizard, some six feet long, has been discovered in the jungles of Luzon, in the Phillipines. For more info you can check out the Cryptomundo website. Another cool website is that for the English magazine Fortean Times. For Weird News websites simply google “Weird News” and a few should pop up. You can also listen to Jonny Knight’s radio show on KPND Monday through Friday at 9:50 am every morning (95.3 on the dial) where he gives a wrap-up of strange and weird happenings. 

‘til next time, All Homage to Xena!

(Note: the explanation for Jody's inclusion of two stories from the early 90s in his list of weird events for 2010 is his hobby of time travel. Although those two events happened nearly 20 years ago for us, for him it was practically yesterday.)

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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cryptozoology, Jonny Knight, KPND, pimps notebook, David Brooks, Body Armor Company, tax evasion, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Katrina Relief, Bob the Bridge, alien abduction, Fortean Times, time travel

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