Businesses face bankruptcy after a technical error at Amazon

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Date: December 16th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, odd, strange

AmazonUK – Businesses have lost thousands of pounds and face bankruptcy after a technical error meant hundreds of products were sold for 1p on Amazon.

Members of the public cashed in after a piece of software used by retailers on Amazon malfunctioned, advertising a range of products from clothes and toys to home furnishings and health products, for a fraction of their usual price.

The software by Repricer Express automatically reprices products so they are cheaper than others in the digital market, to ensure businesses remain competitive, however the technical error meant prices plummeted.

The glitch occurred on Friday (12 December) between 7pm and 8pm, during which time shoppers snapped up the giveaways, as news that “Amazon was broken” spread rapidly on social media.  More

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Airline passenger: You could tell something was wrong when you could see flames outside the window

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Date: December 16th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange

bwiBALTIMORE – A plane makes an emergency landing at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport after hitting a bird.

“You could tell that something was wrong and then you felt the vibrations and you could see the flames outside the window,” said passenger David Rabe.

For Rabe, it was the last thing he expected flying home: a flock of birds colliding with the Southwest plane, causing an emergency landing at BWI.

“Very frightening on the inside. You’re wondering—things go through your head, `Are we going to go down?’ This is the first thing through your mind. Southwest has never had an accident and this is going to be the first one and I happen to be on the plane for the first accident,” said passenger Michael Lee.  More

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McDonald’s in Japan rations fries

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Date: December 16th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

japanJapan – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports.

The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tones of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tones through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January.

Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage.

“Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would run the danger of running out of fries at some of our stores around the end of the year or beginning of the new year,” said McDonald’s Japan spokeswoman Kokoro Toyama.  More

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Students Want College To Suspend Grading Over Police Killings Of Blacks

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Date: December 16th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, odd, strange

gradesAs of Thursday evening, over 1,300 students had signed a petition drafted by College junior Kiki Acey and other students of color demanding President Krislov suspend the standard grading system in the aftermath of the high-profile cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice.

The deaths of these three Black males — as well as the non-indictments of the white officers who killed Brown and Garner — have gained national attention as representative of the country’s historic and systemic marginalization, brutalization and dehumanization of Black and brown Americans.

The petition, which was first circulated across Facebook and via email on Tuesday, calls for the College to institute a “no-fail mercy period” that would eliminate all failing grades and make a C the lowest possible grade a student could receive.  More

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New York Magazine’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up

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Date: December 16th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

islamNew York – Monday’s edition of New York magazine includes an irresistible story about a Stuyvesant High senior named Mohammed Islam who had made a fortune investing in the stock market.

Reporter Jessica Pressler wrote regarding the precise number, “Though he is shy about the $72 million number, he confirmed his net worth is in the “’high eight figures.’”

The New York Post followed up with a story of its own, with the fat figure playing a key role in the headline: “High school student scores $72M playing the stock market.”

And now it turns out, the real number is … zero.  More

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College Professor Charged In Assault Of 2 Cops During Brooklyn Bridge Protest

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Eric LinskerNEW YORK – A Brooklyn man has been charged in connection with the assault of two police officers during a protest Saturday night on the Brooklyn Bridge, police said.

The charges against Eric Linsker, 29, of Crown Heights, who was arrested shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday, include assault in the second degree, rioting in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Linsker’s lawyer said the case against his client is weak, but police and prosecutors claim he incited a riot leading to protesters beating up two police lieutenants.

Linsker is an English professor at Baruch College, 1010 WINS reported.  More   True Crime Stories updated 24 hours a day

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Groomer mistakenly gave family’s dog to somebody else

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Category: Animals, Bizarre, strange

mixLONG BEACH - When Nancy Smith drove up to Pet Partners on Tuesday she expected to find her freshly-groomed “Snowball” a changed dog.

Well, she was different all right – a completely different dog. This Terrier mix had the same coloring, but she had a pinkish nose and this dog had a black one.

Smith, Celeste Bass and their daughter, Arianna, were shocked. This was the first grooming appointment for their white, fluffy dog, which they had rescued two weeks prior.

“We went to pick her up they said, ‘She’s not here. She was mistakenly given to somebody else. I’m sorry.’ I just really couldn’t believe you had no idea where my dog is,” Bass said.  More

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Guide to a healthy life: Cow dung for indigestion, urine for pimples

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, Health, strange

cow urineIndia – Vishwa Hindu Parishad: Cow urine may soon be the most sought-after product in the world, given that it can almost cure everything. Or so claim some cow lovers.

A few days after a BJP MP said that cow urine can be a better insecticide than chemical ones, thus preventing farmer suicides, Vishwa Hindu Parishad has launched an array of products made from cow urine and cow dung.

At a rally organized by Bharatiya Gau Kranti Manch in Bhopal as part of a nationwide campaign seeking death sentence for cow slaughter on Sunday, speakers said that cow milk can even reduce corruption, reported Indian Express.

“Even when he was 120 years old, Lord Krishna looked like a 12-year-old because his soap was made from cow dung, the speakers said. What more? ”Once you consume cow milk you won’t commit any crime. ”  More

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Hacktivist Group ‘Anonymous’ Takes On Jessica Chambers Burning Case

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Category: Crime, True Crimes

chambersMississippi – The Hacktivist group known as Anonymous has recently come out in support of the Jessica Chambers. (Photo uploaded by one of Jessica Chamber’s friends to Facebook of a recent boyfriend)

The young girl was found burned alive near her vehicle in rural Mississippi. Anonymous claims that the police were ill-prepared to handle such a high-profile case; therefore, the group decided to take the case into their own hands.

After hacking into several social media accounts of local known gang members, the group was able to uncover some startling new evidence.

The Anonymous Jessica Chambers campaign is being sourced to Twitter via the user @0Hour1, which is labeled as OperationJessicaC.

The first tweet regarding Anonymous jumping on the Jessica Chambers’ case came on December 12, and noted that the hackers believed a “local gang” was responsible for the girl’s untimely death.  More

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Man who ‘killed his wife and her sisters before eating their bodies’ is free – argued being kept in jail would ruin his business

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Date: December 15th, 2014

EU Rules Mean Suspected Cannibal Walking FreelavricRomania – A court has allowed a suspected cannibal accused of killing his wife and her two sisters and then eating their bodies to walk the streets.

Convicted rapist Vasile Lavric, dubbed ‘the Women Eater’, argued it would ruin his car mechanic business if he were kept in jail ahead of his trial. 

And a court was forced to agree and release him because the bungled police investigation has already taken such a long time.

The introduction of electronic tags means people awaiting trial can now argue they deserve the right to stay at home if their case has been dragging on.

But the country cannot afford the electronic tags and so police have no means to ensure Lavric keeps to his curfew. 

Instead police have to make occasional trips to his home in Radauti, a city in north-eastern Romania, to make sure he is in.  More

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Outrage after Uber hikes prices during Sydney siege

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, odd, strange

112514uber4CSSYDNEY –  The cab-hailing company Uber was promising free rides and refunds Monday for people fleeing central Sydney after the firm came under fire for hiking prices during a hostage crisis that was unfolding there.

Technology news website Mashable reported that Uber was briefly charging customers a minimum fare of 100 Australian dollars ($82) and four times the usual per-mile rate to leave the city center.

Uber said on its smartphone app that the rates had been increased because “Demand is off the charts!,” according to Mashable.

But Uber, which offers a service based on hailing taxis from its app, quickly backtracked after an outcry on social media.  More

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Police charge resident for responding to crash

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Date: December 15th, 2014

lyndhurstLYNDHURST, Ohio – The trouble for 20-year-old Grace Jones of South Euclid began on August 18, when she got into what she thought was a minor accident at the intersection of Richmond and Cedar in Lyndhurst.

“The light turned green, so we all started rolling ahead and then I look up and the brake lights are on and they’re like, slammed on. So, I slam on my brakes to try and slow down and I bump into her rear end.”

Jones thought she was doing the right thing when she called Lyndhurst police. They responded to the scene and cited her for not keeping enough distance between her vehicle and the car she bumped into.

Jones says she was floored when she later received a bill from the City of Lyndhurst for $584.87 for emergency services rendered for a non-resident of Lyndhurst.  More

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Saudi woman arrested for attending soccer game, claims she didn’t know women were prohibited

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

soccerRIYADH, Saudi Arabia –  A Saudi newspaper says a woman arrested after attending a soccer game claims she did not know women were prohibited from going to the stadium.

The state-linked Okaz newspaper reported on Monday that police in the city of Jiddah have questioned the woman, who claims she bought a ticket online without any problems and went to the Friday night game between Jiddah’s al-Ittihad and Riyadh’s al-Shabab in the kingdom’s new al-Jawhara stadium, where she was arrested.

The paper says she was questioned by police for “impersonating” a man by wearing pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses.  More

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Package Thieves Caught In Act By Vigilant Michigan Homeowner

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Date: December 15th, 2014

Category: Crime, True Crimes

brandonDetroit – Tip to holiday season package thieves: Before stealing parcels left on doorsteps by the United Parcel Service driver, make sure that the vigilant neighbor across the street is not surreptitiously taking photos of you.

That is how Michigan cops arrested Brandon Ancell, 19, and Brandon Chait, 18, for a series of larcenies Thursday in Macomb County, a Detroit suburb.

According to police, the teenagers followed the trail of a UPS truck and took packages that had been left outside residences.

The scheme, however, was sunk when a homeowner watched as Ancell ran up to the porches of two homes “and stole packages that had been left there by a UPS driver,” reported the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.  More

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School Removes Santa Claus From Winter Concert After Single Complaint

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

Principal Jennifer FordCAMBRIDGE – The Andrew Peabody School in Cambridge snubbed Santa the day before the winter concert.

Principal Jennifer Ford (picture) sent a letter home to parents on Thursday letting them know of the change.

The letter said in part: “I am writing to you today to inform you of a change in our concert series this winter. Our First through Fourth grade concert as well as our Kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year.”

Robert Thompson has two kids in the school. He said the concert traditionally closed with Santa running through the aisle. He said the decision to remove Santa was based on a complaint.  More

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A guy who made city’s unused toilet paper a precious gift

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Health

delongSeattle – This story begins 15 years ago, when Leon Delong retired from his cable-splicer job at Seattle City Light. Like a lot of new retirees, he instantly got restless.

At the same moment his daughter Allison Delong, a manager for downtown high-rises, was puzzling over a toilet-paper conundrum that has bedeviled prime office buildings for decades.

To make sure no white-shoe lawyer or bank executive ever draws a blank, many of Seattle’s premier office towers instruct the janitorial crews to install full, fresh rolls every night, whether the ones in use are finished or not.

“It creates a huge supply of what they call stub rolls,” Allison says. “They’re rolls with a half-inch or more of paper left on them. They were chucking them in the trash. It drove me crazy.”

So the two hatched a plan: Ask the janitors to save the stub rolls, and Leon-who-needed-something-to-do would pick them up and drive them to a food bank.  More

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Tourists’ trip to toilet takes nasty turn

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

campNew Zealand – A couple of tourists will be walking to the restroom in future after an attempt to drive to a campground convenience in Puketi Forest went disastrously wrong.

The visitors from Wales had been staying at the Department of Conservation’s Forest Pools campground in Forest Rd, off State Highway 1 west of Okaihau, when they decided to drive to the toilets about 8am on Thursday, possibly because of heavy rain.

Okaihau Fire Chief Andrew Graham said it appeared the van went too close to the edge of a slip and tumbled into the Waipapa River.

The woman was unhurt but her male companion suffered multiple cuts and bruises. He was kept overnight at Bay of Islands Hospital for observation.  More

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Teacher Left Her Kids Home All Night To Go Drinking And Get Tattoo

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Crime, Education

tatNew York – A middle school teacher in Brooklyn is being accused of endangering her three children by leaving them home all night while she went out drinking and to get a tattoo.

Laura Aguero-Dupla, 35, allegedly went out Wednesday night with her husband, Alfredo Bobe, 41, and left their children, ages 4, 5 and 12 by themselves until early the next morning.

While out on the town, Aguero-Dupla got a tattoo at a Lower East Side parlor and then went to a bar for “Whiskey Wednesday” event, the New York Post reports.

At some point during their date night, Aguero-Dupla and Bobe got into a fight, and he stormed off back home around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

However, he didn’t have his keys, so he punched out a glass panel on the front door.

The shattering glass woke up neighbors who called 911, the New York Daily News reports.

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Woman Finds Car Covered In Glue After Dispute Over Parking Spot At Walmart

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

parkingSTERLING HEIGHTS – Authorities are investigating after a dispute over a parking spot outside a Macomb County Walmart ended with a car covered in glue.

According to police, a woman had been waiting for a parking spot but when the spot opened up, another car took the space.

The woman told police that when the driver — a black male with long black hair (picture) — exited his vehicle, the two “exchanged words.”

She then found another parking spot and went into the store.  More

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Mother, boyfriend forced her 10-year-old son to dress up like a girl to humiliate him

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Date: December 14th, 2014

pradoWINTER GARDEN, Florida - A mother and her roommate are facing charges after they forced her 10-year-old son to dress up like a girl to humiliate him as a form of discipline, Winter Garden police said.

Christle Prado and Keith Driscoll were charged with cruelty toward children and infliction of mental injury on a child, police said.

Authorities said police found out about the case after the boy’s relative saw the photos on Facebook of the boy crying while dressed as a girl and wearing makeup.

Prado said Driscoll came up with the idea to dress him up like a girl as a way to discipline him and she went along with it because she did not want to cause problems with her living situation.   More   True Crime Stories updated 24 hours a day

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Marriage proposal sees crane smash into house

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, odd, strange

craneA Dutchman’s plan to propose to his girlfriend has ended with a mobile crane smashing the roof of a house and forcing the evacuation of two others.

The man had wanted to surprise his partner by descending in front of her bedroom in the town of IJsselstein to sing her a song and pop the question.

But the unsecured crane he used instead toppled into a neighbour’s house.

The woman still said yes, Dutch media report, and the couple are now said to be celebrating in Paris.  More   Video

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Motorcyclist Killed After Power Cable Falls And Wraps Around His Neck

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Date: December 14th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

neckChina – Stunned motorists slammed on their brakes when a high voltage power cable snapped and landed on a passing motorcyclist – causing him to instantly burst into flames.

The incident happened on a main road running through Wuning county in southern China’s Jiangxi province when the biker Shaiming Liang, 33, was hit on the head by the falling cable.

His body instantly burst into flames and then the bike exploded, killing him in the process.

Eyewitness Gang Shih, 27, said: ‘It was horrible. I heard a bang and someone scream, and when I looked I saw smoke coming from a crash scene.  More

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French parliament prepares new end-of-life legislation

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Date: December 13th, 2014

endFrance – Doctors in France will have the right to put terminally-ill patients into a deep sleep until they die, under plans unveiled on Friday that reignited a national debate on euthanasia.

In France, a 2005 law permits “passive euthanasia”, where a person causes death by withholding or withdrawing treatment that is necessary to maintain life.

The proposals by two MPs – one from the ruling Socialists, the other from the opposition UMP – go a step further, as they allow doctors to couple passive euthanasia with “deep and continuous sedation” for terminally-ill patients who are conscious and whose treatment is not working or for those who decide to stop taking medication.

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Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train

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Date: December 13th, 2014

Category: Crime, Video

slapChicago – A video posted on Facebook is generating hundreds of responses, and it shows at least two young men on a CTA Blue Line train, slapping an older man and taunting him.

WBBM’s Steve Miller has spoken with one of those young men about why he did it.

The video goes on for more than two minutes. It shows at least two young men, both African American, slapping an older man on top of his head.

And then they appear to tease him.  Video

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Pilot fired after letting singer fly plane while it was full of passengers

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Date: December 13th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

pilotA Mexican pilot is out of a job after he let a stunning singer and her actress friend sit in his cockpit seat and permitted them to control the plane while it was airborne.

The pilot, who has not been named, was let go from his job with the Magnicharters airline after photos emerged Twitter of 23-year old Mexican singer Esmeralda Ugalde and her 19-year old actress friend Samadhi Zendejas posing in the pilot’s cabin and wearing his hat.

After Ugalde posted the picture to her Twitter account, which has over 40,000 followers, it went viral and quickly forced the airline that operates domestic holiday flights out of Mexico City International Airport to can the pilot.

“We cannot allow a pilot to make this kind of mistake, it is just not allowed.” company spokesman Jorge Badia told The New York Daily News. “Even if the autopilot was working it is not allowed to do something like this.  More

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Man Posed As Victoria’s Secret Rep To Get Underwear Photos From Women

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Date: December 13th, 2014

boiesIowa – A man in Iowa City, Iowa, is accused of posing as a Victoria’s Secret representative in order to get women to send him underwear photos.

Police said Sean Boies, 29, used a phishing scheme to get IDs and passwords of University of Iowa students

He then used that information to create a profile on Qualtrics, a web-based survey platform that he used to create surveys he would send to female students, the Iowa Press-Citizen reports.

In one survey sent last January, Boies claimed to represent the Victoria’s Secret lingerie company and allegedly asked interested women to upload pictures of themselves in their bras and panties in hopes of being flown to Miami for a photo shoot.  More

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Dog pooped in the middle of a flight, forcing an emergency landing

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Date: December 13th, 2014

Category: Strange Facts

dog poopIn August 2014, a dog pooped in the middle of a Philadelphia-bound flight, forcing an emergency landing.

A large dog went to the bathroom in the plane’s aisle as many as three times, making people nearby physically ill.

The second time after the dog pooped, the crew ran out of paper towels, so the pilot announced an emergency landing.

The plane was diverted to Kansas City, Missouri, where a cleaning crew cleaned the mess, before eventually making its way to Philadelphia.  More Strange Facts

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Dolls without faces for Muslim children

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Date: December 13th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

facesChina – The doll is being manufactured in China, but it was created in the UK by a designer by the name of Ridhwana B.

“I came up with the idea from scratch after speaking to some parents who were a little concerned about dolls with facial features.

Some parents won’t leave the doll with their children at night because you are not allowed to have any eyes in the room,” she said.

According to the Qu’ran, “There is an Islamic ruling which forbids the depiction of facial features of any kind and that includes pictures, sculptures and, in this case, dolls.” So, in order to cater to the needs of Muslim children, Ridhwana “spoke to a religious scholar in Leicester who guided [her] through what was and what was not permissible when producing the product.”

“The Deeni Doll has no face on it whatsoever and is Shariah compliant,” she said.  More

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Student Caitlyn Ricci sues parents for university fees … again

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Date: December 13th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, strange, Weird

ricciNew Jersey – The 21-year-old student suing her estranged parents for university fees was back in court this week claiming they should be held in contempt because they refuse to pay.

Caitlyn Ricci filed a motion on Monday arguing that her parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, violated a judge’s previous decision by failing to pay her $16,000 tuition at Temple University, Philadelphia.

Ricci’s father said he has no intention of paying until his daughter reconnects with the New Jersey family. Ricci hasn’t spoken with her parents for two years.

“That’s fine. They can hold me in contempt of court. They can do whatever they want,” Mr Ricci told US TV station WPVI-TV. “I’m not going to pay. I’m not going to give them any money until my daughter has a relationship with me and we start to heal our family.”  More

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Who Designed This?! The Funniest Construction Fails Of All Time (PHOTOS)

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Date: December 12th, 2014

Category: Bizarre, odd, strange

design“Okay, Team. The blueprints are drawn up and we’re ready to build.

First things first, make sure the staircases go right into the ceiling. That is priority number one.

After that, everything should fall into place. And by fall into place, I mean ‘make no sense whatsoever.’”

-The Worst Architect In The World.    More Construction Fails

 

 

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