Excerpts from News of the Weird
The items below are excerpts from Katie's (http://www.spainhour.com/katie/quotes.htm) News of the Weird.
1990 New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Pierre Rinfret had some difficulty establishing
voter name recognition. A New York Times informal survey of voters identified Pierre Rinfret
as an artist, a perfume, a drug dealer, a movie star, a fashion designer, a chef, the French ambassador
to the United States, and a goalie for the New York Rangers.
David Ashley, charged with raising poultry without a permit, appeared in court in Seneca Falls, New
York, with a rooster tucked under his arm. When the village justice Gordon Tetor ordered the
bird removed, Ashley told the judge that the bird was his attorney, explaining "it was the only
counsel I could afford."
A study of ovine sexuality by University of California at Davis graduate student Anne Perkins
noted the difficulty of determining if lesbianism exists among sheep "because if you are a female
sheep, what you do to solicit sex is stand still. Maybe there is a female sheep out there really
wanting another female, but there's just no way for us to know it."
Two inmates at the Logan County, Utah, jail were charged with various crimes in 1990 after having
made their third foray of the evening from the jail (this time to set a fire in the sheriff's evidence
roon). They first escaped through a crawl hole to get beer from the wife of one of the three,
then returned to jail. A few minutes later, they left to steal weapons and get more beer, then
returned. After their third adventure, an officer noticed empty beer cans outside the office door.
A bank robber in New Haven, Connecticut, was convicted and sentenced to 80 years in prison. His bank
robbery was foiled when his getaway car, left idling outside the bank, was stolen.
Tommy Cribbs, the sheriff of Dyer County, Tennessee, was arrested in Van Buren, Missouri, after
police noticed his car in the parking lot of a local motel. A car of that description had been
used in the theft of two sheep from a nearby farm. Officers who were questioning people at the
motel were led to Cribbs after a sheep was thrown from the window of his room.
A Northwest Airlines flight from Seattle to Detroit made an emergency landing in Salt
Lake City after the crew smelled gasoline. Investigators discovered the fumes came from a
West German tourist who brought an empty gas can aboard after his car had run out of gas on
the way to the Seattle airport.
Ray County, Missouri, conservation agent George Hiser told his wife to take her best
shot when a turkey came out of the woods while they were hunting. Marcia Hiser not only
dropped the bird at 40 yards, but she also hit a second turkey 15 yards behind it with
the same blast. Since Missouri law prohibits killing more than one turkey a week during
the spring season, George had no choice but to issue Marcia a ticket.
In Narooma, Australia, 16-year-old Greg Hammond, who was born with only one hand, placed
second in a men's 100-meter race. Officials disqualified him, however, after an appeal
noted that he failed to touch the end of the pool with both hands as specified by
Dale Eller, 22, of Columbus, Ohio, walked into police headquarters and re-quested an X-ray
in order to locate his brain. He showed the police a hole in his skull through which he had
inserted 3" of wire trying to find his brain but had failed. He told them he had made the
hole with a power drill. Police took Eller to the hopsital, where doctors removed a coat
hanger wire from his head. A hospital official said Eller was in good condition, although
doctors said he might have personality changes.