Offbeat

City uses DNA to fight dog poo

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Owners who scoop up their dogs’ droppings and place them in specially marked bins on city streets will be eligible for rewards of pet food coupons and dog toys. But droppings found underfoot in the street and matched through the DNA database to a registered pet could earn its owner a municipal fine.



Use cattle prod on unemployed, says Nationals senator

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

John Williams, a former truck driver, shearer, farmer and small business owner who only took his place in the Senate on July 1, said he had seen many people living on employment benefits who were “determined not to work”.



Saggy pants ban ‘unconstitutional’

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning saggy pants that show off the wearer’s underwear. The law was approved by Rivers Beach voters in March after supporters of the bill collected nearly 5,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.



Nigerian preacher detained for having 86 wives

Sep 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The authorities in central Niger state charged Mohammed Bello with “insulting religious creed” and “unlawful marriages” after local chiefs and Muslim leaders gave him until September 7 to comply with Islamic sharia law, which allows a man to have no more than four wives at a time.



Woman Tries to Hit Officer with Mini-Van, Runs Over Self Instead

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Florida woman trying to flee Baker County Sheriff’s deputies accidentally ran over herself Sunday afternoon. Police say she first tried to hit a deputy and then lost control and hit a lawn mower.



UK woman calls police over bunny’s ears

Sep 16th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The police force, which said on it wanted to highlight abuse of the emergency phone system, also revealed that two callers had rung up within minutes of each other to complain about being splashed by a car driving through a puddle.



Female karate champion defeats mugger

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A mugger in Italy got more than he bargained for when the woman he tried to rob turned out to be a national karate champion. After punching the man to the floor, Lara Liotta ran to the nearby railway station of Termini and alerted police, who caught the would-be attacker before he could run away.



Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a British jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage.



Star Wars Jedi Knights course offered by Queen’s University Belfast

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A university is offering a course that will use the psychology of the Star Wars Jedi Knights to teach students communication skills and personal development. According to publicity material, the course ‘Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way’ teaches the “real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks”.



$54 Million ‘Pants’ Lawsuit Headed Back to Court

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The multi-million-dollar legal battle over a pair of missing pants has headed back to court, shocking many in the dry-cleaning and legal communities. A three-judge appellate court panel has agreed to hear an appeal of the case next month, more than a year after a judge ruled against the plaintiff, former judge Roy Pearson.