Wednesday, August 7, 2013

You just cannot make it up…

Time for me to report some of the items in the news that –well, you just cannot this stuff up….


In Shenzhen, China, one of the country's richest cities, services are being openly advertised by "wet nurses" to supply adults with breast milk, either directly from the source or after pumping. These milk "suppliers" can earn at least four times the average personal income, with healthy, attractive women earning even more (of course). Comments on China's social media ranged from "It's just a business" to "People become perverts when they are too rich and tire of other forms of entertainment." (maybe the Chinese have more in common with us than I thought...)

Zimbabwe is among the world's most corrupt countries, bribery is normal and makes the news only when it goes above and beyond. One hospital in Harare recently imposed a $5 charge on mothers each time they screamed during childbirth (in addition to the $50 delivery fee). Not only that but hospitals in Zimbabwe may detain mothers and their children at the hospital if they cannot pay the fees.

Megachurch bishop Ira V. Hilliard told his Sugarland, Texas, congregation that one of his two private aircraft (a helicopter valued at about $1 million) needs new blades, but rather than pay for them himself, he asked parishioners to each find it in their hearts to send him $52 "favor seeds" for the blades. (His ministry also owns a $2 million Hawker jet and a $3 million hangar.) To sweeten the deal, he virtually promised that a donor's gift would be met by a "breakthrough favor" from God in the form of a car repair or their very own "dream" car either 52 days or 52 weeks.

Sharon Jobson thought her major grieving was over after two-years following her son’s death driving into a train at a crossing that had not then been updated with safety features. The government subsequently ordered upgrades, and Sharon decided not to sue, but the railroad had no such reluctance and filed for $500,000 against John's estate to cover damage to its tracks and the subsequent customer slowdown caused by the collision. (Sharon is re-evaluating litigation)

Carole Longhorn, 66, found a metal object in her garden in Norfolk, England, and, though it looked like a projectile-bomb, she said she decided to take it inside and wash it off in the sink before calling police, who later detonated the World War II-era bomb in a controlled explosion. Her husband later said: "You can imagine what I said to her." (Oh, yes. Yes I can imagine.)

Live Long and Prosper...

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