Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 22th, 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – June 22th, 2012

Reddit, a co-worker of mine was killed…, Inmate shackled…,  most peaceful country…, Legless Man Scales Kilimanjaro…, Wife charged with domestic abuse…, ‘super-sized’ fried breakfast…, College president ‘pr*stitution’ site…, Man hoping for kidney learns…,  Publishers Clearinghouse…, Couple Charged…

1. Reddit, a co-worker of mine was killed last Saturday by a intoxicated driver. In the moment before the crash, he threw his body in front of his daughter, effectively saving her life. Not only was he a phenomenal man who radiated joy whenever I worked with him, John was also a hero.

With John Shumaker’s last seconds, he saved his daughter’s life. Shumaker and his family were on their way home from a rained-out softball game in a two-car caravan when a driver – who police say was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol – hit Shumaker’s car in a head-on crash.

2. Inmate shackled before giving birth sues

A former prison inmate who says she was shackled at the ankles in an ambulance while in labor prior to the birth of her daughter despite the objections of medical personnel sued the Nevada Department of Corrections on Wednesday. The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, cited what it described as shocking indifference to “wholly obvious, serious medical needs” after the woman’s ankles were shackled before and after giving birth in October.

3. aaaaand the most peaceful country in the world is…. #1 Iceland, #3 Canada, #88 USA, #158 Somilia

The world has become more peaceful for the first time since 2009 according to the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) released today. Austerity-driven defence cuts creating gains in several indicators of militarisation and improvements in the Political Terror Scale have lead to changes in the annual rankings.

4. Legless Man Scales Kilimanjaro in Just Seven Days by Crawling on His Hands

A 31-year-old who lost both his legs in a double amputation at age five has reached the top of the highest mountain in Africa using just his hands. Spencer West from Toronto, Canada reached the 19,341ft high Mt. Kilimanjaro summit at Uhuru Peak on Tuesday afternoon.

 5. Wife charged with domestic abuse after attacking husband upon finding “p*rnographic” alternative weekly newspaper and The Onion in his car.

The Shepherd Express and The Onion are iconic Wisconsin publications well known for their alternative views and humor. However, when one man’s wife found issues of those two papers in his trunk, it incited an incident that could very well be mistaken for a headline in The Onion. A 56-year-old Menomonee Falls woman is facing charges after she allegedly attacked her husband for having copies of the Shepherd Express and The Onion in the trunk of his car.

6. Do you think you could tackle the ‘super-sized’ fried breakfast? 8 eggs, 12 rashers of bacon, 12 sausages, potatoes, mushrooms, hash browns, black pudding, beans and 12 slices of bread

As part of his investigation into why British people are on average nearly three stone (24kg) heavier than 50 years ago, Jacques Peretti attempts to eat what is thought to be one of Britain’s biggest fried breakfasts. A reflection of the rise in popularity of super-sizing food, Jester’s diner in Great Yarmouth serves a breakfast that includes 8 eggs, 12 rashers of bacon, 12 sausages, potatoes, mushrooms, hash browns, black pudding, beans and 12 slices of bread.

7. College president ‘pr*stitution’ site ruled legal

A website that authorities say two aging professors used to run a multistate prostitution ring is legal, a state judge has ruled, highlighting the difficulties thatprosecutors face in using decades-old laws to combat a modern phenomenon. The ruling comes as prosecutors were scheduled to present to a grand jury their case against formerUniversity of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia, who is accused of helping a physics professorfrom New Jersey oversee a prostitution website called “Southwest Companions.”

8. Man hoping for kidney learns new wife really is perfect match.

Many men wouldn’t admit it. But Jonathan Woodlief openly says he owes a lot to the women in his life. “I’m a lucky man,” Woodlief said with a laugh. “I’m really grateful.”As a child, lupus destroyed his kidneys. At 18, Woodlief received a transplant from his mother. Last year, that kidney started failing.

9. The Story of Publishers Clearinghouse 

Once upon a time, magazine publishers hired teams of commissioned salesmen that went door-to-door to drum up new subscriptions. It was a pretty inefficient way to sell magazines. So in 1953 Harold Mertz, the manager of a magazine sales team, came up with the idea of mailing subscription information to potential customers instead.

 10. Couple Charged With Planting Drugs in School Volunteer’s Car

A husband and wife were arrested today and charged with conspiring to have an elementary school parent volunteer arrested and imprisoned by planting drugs in her car because they felt she wasn’t caring for their son properly, the Orange County district attorney’s office reported.

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