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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 16th, 2012

School wants to ban flip-flops…, Kindness of America…, 87-year old daughter…, Man loses $1.5M at a casino…, Couple arrested …, Data Mining CEO…, Forest Boy’ story…, Motorcycle Out Of Wood…, news web sites go OOPS…, he shot himself…

1. School wants to ban flip-flops, visible undergarments, visible cleavage, bare midriffs, clothes that are too tight, too loose or transparent, bare shoulders, short skirts and exercise pants… for teachers

Teachers in the Litchfield Elementary School District may soon need new clothes, hairstyles, jewelry and shoes as board members consider a policy that touts modesty and professional appearance in the classroom. On Tuesday, board members said the district doesn’t have professional dress guidelines other than a general policy asking employees to dress professionally.

2. That hitchhiker and Author of “Kindness of America” admits he shot himself. There was no drive-by shooting.

A hitchhiker, who says he is writing a memoir called Kindness in America and claimed he was victim of a drive-by shooting in Montana, admits he shot himself, according to Montana authorities. Valley County Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle says Ray Dolin, 39, of Julian, W.Va., admitted Thursday night that his earlier claim was false, the Associated Press reports.

3. 87-year old daughter is now back depending on her 104-year Mom 

It’s a deal that has worked throughout human history: Your parents take care of you when you are little and you return the favor when they are old. But sometimes the usual arrangement is turned on its head.

 4. Man loses $1.5M at a casino after an ATM gives him unlimited cash

Ronald Page thought he’d hit the jackpot when a glitchy ATM at a Detroit casino allowed him to make unlimited withdrawals, reports Detroit’s Local 10 News. With unlimited funds at his fingertips, police say Page went on a gambling bender, hitting up at least three casinos, including the MGM Grand and Motor City.

5. Couple arrested after leaving children blindfolded and bound outside a Walmart

A couple from Northlake were ordered held on $50,000 bail each after police found two of their children, ages 5 and 7, bound hand and foot and blindfolded in a Walmart parking lot in Lawrence, Kan., authorities say. Adolfo and Deborah Gomez were ordered not to have contact with each other or any of their children, according to prosecutors.

6. Data Mining CEO Says He Pays For Burgers With Cash To Avoid Junk Food Purchases Being Tracked 

The Economist has an interesting piece on insurance companies’ increasingly sophisticated methods for sifting through data to judge risk. In addition to checking out public data on social networking sites, insurers can buy information from marketers that might surprise you: “aggregate data about individuals from records of things like prescription-drug and other retail sales, product warranties, consumer surveys, magazine subscriptions and, in some cases, credit-card spending.”

 7. Police: ‘Forest Boy’ story is a hoax 

The story of the so-called Forest Boy — a riddle that has perplexed people in Germany and elsewhere for months — is a lie, police in Germany said Friday. The 20-year-old hoaxer, who claimed he was 17 and lived in the German woods for five years, is actually from Hengelo, in the Netherlands. He never lived in the forest and made his way to Berlin some time last year, police said.

8. Crazy Hungarian Builds Motorcycle Out Of Wood and that too working – Awesome

This guy from Hungry, Istvan Puskas, deserves to be called a real motorcycle enthusiast, at least, after looking at his wondrous creation – a working chopper completely made from black locust wood. It might have been an amazing experience for those who witnessed Istvan riding his home made wooden chopper. This 52-year-old tractor driver and agricultural machine expert from Tiszaros, which is 100 miles east of Budapest, spent two years working on his dream wooden chopper and finally ended up with a successful machine rolling on wheels.

9. When news web sites go OOPS!

BEGINNING ON MAY 23, 2012, WE PUBLISHED SEVERAL ARTICLES REGARDING A CONTROVERSY OVER A PHOTO OF A YOUNG LADY WHICH APPEARED IN THE 2012 LAKE NORMAN HIGH SCHOOL YEAR BOOK. THESE ARTICLES INCLUDED THOSE TITLED:Racy photo found in local high school yearbook; Racy yearbook photo blown out of proportion, other parents say; $100 high school yearbook tainted with ‘porn’ photo, parents say; District says student baring genitals in yearbook was ‘accidental’ or ‘illusion’; AND School system issues second response to yearbook photo controversy.

 10. Remember the man who was travelling across country writing his memoir entitled “Kindness in America” and was shot in Montana? [Update!] Yeah, he shot himself.

A West Virginia man who claimed to be the victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday. Valley County sheriff’s officials said they believe 39-year-old Ray Dolin shot himself as a desperate act of self-promotion, but they offered no further details.

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