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5 Weird and Wacky Stories From This Week

  • Woman Avoids Hard Time For Overdue Book — After an Iowa woman was jailed for failing to return an overdue book (The Freedom Writers Diary), authorities dropped the theft charge against her. She agreed to pay $13.95 and $50 in court fees.
  • 86-Year-Old Woman Gets $1,000 Phone Sex Bill — Arlene Hald, 86, recently received a credit card bill for $1,000 in phone sex calls. The bill was addressed to her husband, who died 20 years ago and never had a credit card in his name, so her family suspects identity theft.
  • Fake Doctors Banned in China — China has banned actors and other "non-accredited personnel" from playing medical experts in advertisements for drugs.
  • Clean Water Brings Sharks — Environmental protection in Sydney has brought clear marine water, and more sharks close to shore. This week there were two shark attacks in two days.
  • Santa Gets Sued — A woman is suing a man dressed as Santa for $50,000, alleging that he stumbled and fell on top of her, knocking her face-first into the sidewalk.
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