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Tosser Cripples Dwarf

British man left disabled by random attacker

(Newser) - A British man has been left disabled by a stranger who decided he wanted to try his hand at dwarf tossing. Martin Henderson was celebrating his 37th birthday in a pub when he stepped outside for a cigarette and was seized by a man who picked him up and dropped... More »

Lifting Dwarf-Toss Ban Would Help 'Drunk Bullies'

Politician claims 'abusive, degrading' activity would be good for jobs

(Newser) - A Florida legislator is pushing the state to repeal its 22-year-old ban on "dwarf tossing"—throwing a person with dwarfism, often against a Velcro wall and usually done by drunks at a bar. Rep. Ritch Workman says he is doing it for the "freedom" of little people,... More »

Florida GOPer Pushing to Legalize Dwarf Tossing

All in the name of job creation, of course!

(Newser) - Just when you thought politics couldn't get any zanier, Florida state Rep. Ritch Workman enters stage right. The Republican legislator, who is on a self-pronounced "quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people" is looking to legalize "dwarf tossing" in the... More »

Feds Sue Starbucks for Firing Dwarf

Elsa Sallard says she was fired after requesting a stool

(Newser) - Starbucks is being sued by none other than the US government. Elsa Sallard claims she was fired three days after she was hired in July 2009 as a barista because she is a dwarf. She reportedly asked to be given a stool or small stepladder to enable her to perform... More »

Little People Ask FCC for Ban on the Word 'Midget'

Group spurred to action by Celebrity Apprentice episode

(Newser) - The Little People of America have filed a complaint with the FCC in an attempt to get the word “midget”—which people of exceptionally small stature see as demeaning—banned from broadcast television, Newsday reports. The LPA was moved to action by a segment on NBC’s Celebrity ... More »

'Hobbits' Were Just Short on Food: Scientists

Others say Indonesian remains were dwarfish new species

(Newser) - In a new volley in the back and forth over whether "hobbit" fossils found on an Indonesian island were a separate species, a research team says the remains are those of modern humans suffering from malnutrition-induced dwarfism. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can result in humans growing less than 3... More »

Dwarf Matadors Stand Tall

Mexican little people hold their own in the arena

(Newser) - The image of a pint-sized bullfighter waving red at a calf might induce laughter among the more callous, but for Mexican little people, the bullfighting arena is serious stuff. The mini matadors acknowledge an element of humor in their act, but "if a little person can fight a bull,... More »

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