Yeah, That Happened ... Strange News From Around the World

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Yeah, That Happened ... Strange News From Around the World

Sometimes stories fall between the cracks, and that’s where Gary Joyce lives, lying in wait, ready to scoop up those stories and give them the attention they deserve.

Sometimes It Really Is Good to Be American

No matter what your political views may be, every once in a while something happens that (hopefully) could never happen in the good ole’ US of A (although some court rulings have come disturbingly close). Seems that back on December 27, 2012, Saudi religious police received a tip of a dastardly situation, causing them to storm a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf. Meth lab? Nah. Terrorists? Uh uh. A raucous party perhaps? Nope. It was 40 people detained for “plotting to celebrate Christmas.” — Al Akhbar; english.al-akhbar.com

We’ve Heard Teaching is Tough, but …

Loudoun County (Virginia) Sheriffs arrested a substitute teacher at the Stone Hill Middle School … on charges of being drunk in public … on the first day of school! A phone call was received around 9 a.m. that a teacher had arrived at school and appeared to be intoxicated. The school spokesperson couldn’t comment directly about whether the teacher had been suspended or banned from the property, but said, “In similar cases a substitute teacher is usually dropped from his or her role at the school.” Similar cases?! — USA9.com; August 28, 2012

A, Er, Different Kind of Off Broadway

The five Danielson brothers (Paul, Tim, Phil, Pete and Steve, who directs) are well-known for their theatrical skills around the Chippewa Falls (Wisconsin) area, but this is the first time all five were appearing in a show together. Called Guys on Ice, the comedic musical tells the story of … well, two guys ice fishing together. The show has received kudos throughout the area since it first came out in 1998, but this is the first time the brothers are giving it a go. Brother Steve is an actual theater director, while his brothers are all area farmers. “Paul and I are in most of the scenes,” Tim said. “I told him, ‘We’re going to have to practice these lines somehow.’ So in the fall we would drive around the field in the combine together and learn our lines on the fly.” The show wrapped on January 6, 2013, but not before Ed Huyck of the Door County Advocate called it, “Waiting for Godot with regional accents.” — Chippewa Herald, chippewa.com; December 26, 2012

Can You Say “Bah Humbug?”

The week before Christmas in Nottingham, England, an obviously Dickensian-influenced  bobby wrote parking tickets to drivers of two ambulances that were taking too long to board some Tiny Tims — wheelchair-using schoolchildren — who had just sung carols in town for an hour to raise money for a homeless shelter. Fortunately, the town council revoked the tickets. — Nottingham Post, thisisnottingham.co.uk/news; December 19, 2012 

Convolutedly Speaking … in Passing

We hereby note the first year anniversary of the passing of Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli who committed suicide in 2012. The 69-year old turncoat mobster and former member of the Gambino family wore a wire for two years but — during that time — murdered a man he blamed for his own drug arrest in 2010 — the event which Stefanelli said turned him into an informant. - lacndb.com via News of the Weird

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