White Dress, Blue Dress, See Dress, Buy Dress

Newsrooms came to a standstill Thursday with the publishing of the now famous photo of a dress. There’s nothing particularly special about the dress. It wasn’t part of the Oscar-hype. There was nobody famous in the dress (or falling out of it). There were no special fashion features that would set Project Runway alight. It … Continue reading White Dress, Blue Dress, See Dress, Buy Dress

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Forever 21

This week’s Odd News is the tragic story of a sick child with a potentially fatal illness. Family members of the 14-year-old victim are scrambling to organize telethons to increase awareness of this disease before it spreads - but they fear it’s too late. Headline: Boy Diagnosed With 'Fear of Growing Up' Gerascophobia, variously nicknamed … Continue reading Forever 21

Boyz to Men

Many a wholesome life-lesson has been learned by participating in the Scouts (either gender). This week’s Odd News is about a nature hike gone horribly wrong and a lesson this Boy Scout troop will never forget. Headline: Cub Scouts' Hike Leads to Nude Beach Some might say this is a story of over reaction. One … Continue reading Boyz to Men

What Not to Wear

Odd News has been on an education kick lately. There seems to be more than the usual share of teachers standing in corners wearing dunce hats. Maybe these, too are part of the new Arkansas teacher dress code. Headline: State Takes Over Arkansas School District That Had To Make Teachers Wear Underwear Technically, the state … Continue reading What Not to Wear

ABC 123

We’re back to the Land of Ed for this week’s Odd News. Recently, a jury found a teacher guilty of felonious lesson planning. This case sets a new legal precedence for government intervention in the schools and strikes at the very heart of academic freedom. Headline: Teacher Convicted of Showing High School Class Violent Movie … Continue reading ABC 123

Don’t Smoke & Drive

We’ve all seen the ads – smoking can seriously damage your health – demonstrated nicely in this week’s odd news story. Headline: Man Runs Over Own Head The story is a bit short on details, but basically a man ran over his own head - with his own truck. Alcohol was not involved - this … Continue reading Don’t Smoke & Drive

Canned Response

This week’s odd news is about a school principal fighting back against school violence. Headline: Principal: Let Students Hurl Canned Food at  Intruders  The principal at Burns Middle School thinks lockdown procedures practiced by most schools are too passive. Instead of hiding, she wants students to throw weaponized canned vegetables at armed intruders. A letter home … Continue reading Canned Response

Ashes to Trashes

’Tis the season for returning gifts, but this week’s odd news is about one gift the store didn’t want. Headline: Goodwill Workers Find Cremated Remains in Donation Two boxes containing cremated remains were accidentally donated to an Indiana Goodwill. The report says “accidentally,” but maybe Great Aunt Mabel and Uncle Horace really liked to shop … Continue reading Ashes to Trashes

Oui-the Jury

With all the talk about juries lately, it seemed timely to revisit some old odd news. This is the story of one bold jury’s attempt to find the truth despite hindrance by lawyers, the legal system, and evidence in general. Headline: Retrial Order in “Ouija Case” Deciding that lawyers weren’t presenting the right sort of … Continue reading Oui-the Jury

Santa Blahs

  Odd News – Christmas Edition I’m sure for the Christmas Edition of Odd News, you’re expecting me to pull out a story of a Santa getting stuck in a chimney, but surprising as it may seem, this hardly ever happens in real life (I looked). Oh plenty of stupid people get stuck in chimneys, … Continue reading Santa Blahs