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WEIRD   NEWS

My friend keeps sending me bizarre news stories, so I decided they needed a spot on my page.
If you've got anything weird or amusing you just can't resist sharing, send it to hazel_skyrider@hotmail.com and you'll see it here!


*** What's in a name? Adolf Hittler can tell you...

BONN (Reuters) - Let's face it, if your surname happens to be Hittler and your parents christen you Adolf, life isn't going to be easy. But a retired Austrian truck driver was quoted in a German newspaper Sunday as saying he never changed his name out of respect for his mother and father. "I often thought my life would have been a lot easier if I had had another name," Adolf Hittler, 60, told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. "No one ever believed that my name is Adolf Hittler. I get anonymous calls in the middle of the night from people who say 'Heil Hitler' or 'We have someone here for the gas chamber,'" he said. "But I never changed it because I am proud of my parents."
-contributed by Caleb (as usual)

*** Thai snake man emerges from week-long stunt

A Thai farmer completed a potentially deadly stunt on Monday after a week locked up with scores of deadly snakes in a Bangkok shopping centre. Boonreung Buachan, 27, from north eastern Si Saket province had spent the previous 168 hours confined in a small glass-walled room with 100 cobras and 10 venomous centipedes. Boonreung, who was not paid for his efforts, spent much of his captivity playing with the creatures, calmly watching television from a bed as the snakes writhed among the sheets, or urging curious shoppers to join him.
- contributed by Caleb (author unknown)

***Surgeons operate to remove two tongues from farmer

Chinese surgeons operated on a man to remove two of his three tngues so that he can eat and speak normally for the first time in 20 years, Xinhua news agency said. Xian Shihua, a 32-year-old farmer from the southwestern province of Sichuan, was born with one tongue, but a second, smaller one grew when he was five years old, and later a third, the official agency said Sunday. "His largest tongue was 13 inches long, 6 inches wide and 4.4 inches thick, while the other two were 3.6 inches long and of varying widths and thickness," the report added. The operation, carried out at the Southwest Military Hospital in Chongqing, enabled Xian to speak normally to family and friends and to go off the liquid diet that he had subsisted on since childhood.
-contributed by Caleb (author unknown)

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