Friday, October 17, 2014

Fear of Armed Clowns (France)

The Local [France]
17 October 2014

There was both panic - and a good deal of skepticism - in several small towns in northern France this week after students reported they had been followed or threatened by an armed clown in three separate incidents.[…]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Italian Couple Get Stuck in Frolic at Sea

The Local [Italy]
15 October 2014

An Italian couple wound up in hospital after getting stuck together while romping in the sea in the Marche region.

Il Mattino reported that the amorous couple were making the most of a warm day, and a practically deserted beach, when they decided to take a dip in the ocean at Porto San Giorgio to express their love.

But their lovemaking came to an embarrassing end when the man was unable to extricate himself from the woman due to suction, the newspaper said.

They remained in the water until they caught the attention of a woman walking along the beach, who gave them a towel after they struggled back to the shore.

A doctor was called and they were taken to a hospital emergency room. There the woman was given an injection usually used to dilate the uterus of pregnant women, in order to untangle the couple. […]

Rumors of Cow Killings (India)

New York Times
15 October 2014


MEWAT, India — In villages nestled among freshly razed wheat fields, a group of activists, spurred on by rumors, is hunting killers. They hear that these hunters are rounding up their prey by the thousands, snatching them at midnight from ponds and roadsides. They prod them onto stolen cars with heated iron rods, the whispers say, and butcher them.

The victims of these attacks are cows, deeply revered by many Hindus, and the perpetrators of these alleged assaults are mostly Muslims, making the fight a flash point between India’s largest religious groups on the eve of state elections. […]