Okay, last week I barely posted my weekly weirdness on Wednesday. Sorry. But this week, I'm on time.
We start with a couple of stories that, at least for me, fall under the title "I've been tempted to do that". First is a report of a judge in Idaho who had a defendant's mouth duct taped shut after he refused to be quiet. Nicklas Frasure was unable to behave appropriately and Judge McDermott had baliffs restrain him. They used duct tape to seal his mouth shut. Apparently, Frasure had no hard feelings. When the hearing was over and the duct tape removed, he asked the judge is he wanted to arm wrestle. I ask you, who hasn't wanted to duct tape someone mouth shut when they just wouldn't shut up? Generally, for me at least, that someone was under the age of 18 and related to me. Just saying.
Next we have a mom in White Plains, NY who got fed up with her daughters' bickering and made them get out of the car. What mother hasn't threatened to pull the car over when her kids were at each other's throats in the back seat? I know I have. In fact, I have. Pulled the car over, I mean. I just didn't take it quite as far as Madlyn Primoff who actually made her 10 and 12-year-old daughters get out of the car. And then she drove away. She's been charged with child endangerment.
This next one is in a category all by itself. Filed under E for "Ewww". Researchers in India are working at creating an artificial heart modeled after a cockraoch's heart. It seems that a cockroach is so sturdy in part because its heart has 13 chambers. These researchers are hoping to build a working artificial heart for human's that will be cheaper and have multiple chambers like the lowly cockroach.
In the Dominican Republic, authorities are considering a ban and unusual names after a spate of decidedly weird names on birth certificates. There have been names based on car brands, body parts and fruit. Samples include "Dear Pineapple", "Mazda Altagracia" and "Toshiba Fidelina" . A judge thinks these names should be banned since they are "confusing and give no indication of a person's gender". Another judge thinks someone should talk to the parents and explain to them just how inappropriate these names are and how they will be scarring their children for life.
More naming problems but this time in New Zealand. Officials have discovered that the two main islands in the country, North Island and South Island, aren't officially named that, legally at least. Oops. The islands have Maori names and those are the only ones that appear on the earliest maps and charts. So the Geographic Board, whose official job it is to name things in New Zealand, will make it legal and at the same time formalize the alternative Maori names.
And last we have a lake in Massachusetts. Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg near Webster has been spelled incorrectly on several signs in the area. Seriously. Someone noticed that a 45 letter name was misspelled. One myth says the name means 'You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle.' Locals just call it Lake Webster. I call it weird. How the hell do you pronounce something like that? Anyone?
That's it for this week. Later.