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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 19th, 2012

FunnyJunk’s lawyer sues…, Homeless man…, Kindness in America…, North Korean to escape a prison camp…, vacationer in Florida…, Houston dares to graffiti…, N*ked shoppers flock…, M*sturbating in Class…, Carreon vs. The Oatmeal …, Tick bite…1. FunnyJunk’s lawyer sues (the guy suing The Oatmeal) American Cancer Society and National Wildlife Federation

Charles Carreon, the lawyer who sent a legal threat to The Oatmeal on behalf of FunnyJunk (FunnyJunk was upset that The Oatmeal had complained about the undisputed fact that its users routinely post Oatmeal comics to the site and threatened a libel suit unless they got $20,000 from The Oatmeal), has made good on his threat to comb the statute books until he could find something to sue Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman over.

2. Homeless man in Texas wins right to keep bag containing $70,000 in cash, gold

Down on his luck, Timothy Yost is finally getting his pay day. Earlier this year, the 46-year-old homeless man said he found a bag containing cash and gold coins on the banks of the Colorado River in Bastrop, Texas, and now the City Council there is allowing him to claim ownership of the contents — worth at least $70,000.

3. The hitchhiker who was shot in Montana while writing a book titled “Kindness in America?” He shot himself.

Ray Dolin, 39, admitted to the hoax when pressed by Valley County deputies, who had begun to believe that a man they had arrested on suspicion of committing the supposed drive-by shooting was innocent, Sheriff Glen Meier said. The irony of a man being shot by a stranger while trekking across the country to gather material for a book about kindness made international headlines when the incident was reported this week.

4. The only North Korean to escape a prison camp talks about his experiences.

Shin Dong-huyk is 29 years old. He loves Mexican food and going to baseball games. But any similarities between Shin and other young men ends there. Shin Dong-huyk is the only person known to have escaped from a North Korean prison camp. He was born into a life of enslavement and torture inside Camp 14, where he was starved, beaten and forced to watch the executions of his mother and brother.

 5. A vacationer in Florida helped save the lives of three people in two separate accidents, one day after the other.

us Hertz knew the plane was going to crash. • It was descending too fast, and the wind was too strong. • Hertz’ plan for a relaxing afternoon of fishing was over. • “I thought, ‘Oh, no, I can’t believe this is happening,’ ” said Hertz, 37. “I knew he was going to crash before he even went into the water.” • So for the second time in two days, Hertz — here for summer vacation from Roanoke, Va. — rushed to the rescue.

6. A guy in Houston dares to graffiti a Picasso piece in a museum, gets away

The man who took the video did not want to be identified.  He said he confronted the man after he witnessed him spray-paint it and asked him why he did it.  According to the witnesses, the vandal said he was an up-and-coming artist and he did it to honor Picasso’s work.

7. N*ked shoppers flock to supermarket opening

A supermarket on the German-Danish border was stormed by a horde of naked shoppers on Saturday after offering free groceries to the first hundred punters willing to get their kit off.

 8. Nine Middle School Students Suspended for Viewing P*rn and M*sturbating in Class

Nine male students were suspended from Bell Middle School for allegedly m*sturbating while looking at p*rnography on their cell phones during English class. Students were suspended during the month of May, the district confirmed in an e-mail to NBC San Diego. But the email also states, the district is “prohibited from commenting on confidential student or personnel matters.”

 9. Carreon vs. The Oatmeal – the actual complaint

Here’s the complaint, courtesy of Matthew Inman’s lawyer, Venkat Balasubramani. Well, this is the caption. Although by filing this, the plaintiff has of course made all of his contact information public, I still feel the need to try to redact it before posting the full complaint. I’ll do that shortly [update: done], but this at least proves it was filed.

 

 10. Tick bite can make you allergic to meat

The allergy concerns people throughout the Commonwealth who have been bitten by the Lone Star Tick, and people who are affected have found themselves totally unable to consumer red meat. That’s something a large number of people don’t think they could live without.

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