THONGS OF FREEDOM
Gen. Than Shwe of Myanmar, leader of Asia’s most authoritarian regime, made a rare public appearance in February—dressed in a woman’s sarong. Most likely, according to a report on AOL News, he was challenging the country’s increasingly successful “panty protests” in which females opposed to the regime toss their underwear at the leaders or onto government property to, according to superstition, weaken the oppressors. (Men wear sarongs, too, in Myanmar, but the general’s sarong was of a design worn by women.) A Web site run by the protesters urges sympathetic women worldwide to “post, deliver or fling” panties at any Burmese embassy.
FROM BAD TO NURSE
Nurse Sarah Casareto resigned in February from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, and faced possible criminal charges, after allegedly swiping the painkiller fentanyl from her patient’s IV line as he was undergoing kidney-stone surgery. When he complained, she reportedly told him to “man up.”
SWAMP RATS ARE SO HOT RIGHT NOW
New Orleans clothing designer Cree McCree, an ardent environmentalist, ordinarily would never work with animal fur, but the Louisiana state pest, the nutria (swamp rat), is culled in abundance by hunters, who leave the carcasses where they fall. Calling its soft-brown coat “guilt-free fur that belongs on the runway instead of at the bottom of the bayou,” McCree has encouraged a small industry of local designers to create nutria fashions—and in November went big-time with a New York City show dubbed “Nutria-palooza.”
In late 2010, a Georgia utility contractor discovered an elaborate “Internet-controlled network of web-accessible cameras” and three shotguns aimed into a food-garden plot on a Georgia Power Company right-of-way (as reported by the Augusta Chronicle in January). The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and U.S. Homeland Security took a look, but by then, the structure had been moved. Homeland Security speculated that the set-up was to keep feral hogs away from the food stock.
WHY NOT ‘MYSTIC PIZZA’?
Over the last 10 years, newspaper vendor Miljenko Bukovic, 56, of Valparaiso, Chile, has acquired 82 Julia Roberts face tattoos on his upper body—all, he said, inspired by scenes from the movie Erin Brockovich.
Arkeen Thomas, 19, broke into a home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, in March, but the residents were present and the male resident immediately punched Thomas in the mouth, sending him fleeing. Minutes later, a woman identified as Thomas’s mother arrived, picked up her son’s gold teeth that had been knocked out and left.