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Not for the Faint of Heart: Glass Slide 1K Feet Over LA

It runs from 70th to 69th floor of what's for now the coast's tallest building

(Newser) - If you're afraid of heights, stop reading. As of June 25, the city of Los Angeles will boast a most unique attraction: a glass slide that hangs 1,000 feet above it, attached to the side of what has been the West Coast's tallest building since 1990. The...

In Norway, If It's Crazy, It's 'Texas'

It's not quite as derogatory as it sounds

(Newser) - In Norway, the idea of Texas isn't exactly nuanced. "Texas = land of the cowboys," one Norwegian Tumblr user wrote last May. "And rodeos. And the wild west. A Western movie? Probably from Texas." So it should come as no surprise that Norwegians use the...

Lawmaker Calls Texas 'Crazy,' Cites Dildo Law

Rep. Alcee Hastings lobs verbal bomb at House meeting

(Newser) - A Florida lawmaker says Texas is just plum "crazy"—and he cites a state dildo law to make his point, CNN reports. Rep. Alcee Hastings started the fracas Monday at a House Rules Committee debate when he called Texas "crazy" for rejecting federal health care expansion. Well,...

Suit: Scamming Car Dealer Tried to Run Over Buyer

That's just one detail in this crazy New York lawsuit

(Newser) - Something wacky went down at the New York Motor Group, according to a lawsuit that claims a Queens man was conned, nearly run over, and even threatened with divorce by the dealership's owner and employees. It's a crazy tale packed with an "escalating series of insane events,...

Mom Arrested After Daughter's Punishment

Shaved 12-year-old's head, made her wear diaper outside

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman was arrested this week after shaving her daughter's head and forcing her to pick up garbage and do windsprints wearing nothing but a tank top and a diaper. The mother allegedly imposed this punishment—which she dubbed "diaper duty"—because she wasn't happy...

Australian Guy Marries His Dog

He assures wedding guests 'it's not sexual'

(Newser) - Arguably even weirder than the woman who married herself or the man who married his pillow : An Australian man has married his dog. Joseph Guiso wed Honey, a 5-year-old labrador, in Toowoomba this week, the Chronicle reports. Thirty friends and family members attended, and listened to vows (presumably only delivered...

Cameron Diaz-Obsessed Fan Busts Into Yankees Game

Grim LeRogue wanted to confront A-Rod about the 'white queen'

(Newser) - You’ve got to be pretty crazy to run onto a baseball field during a game, but Grim LeRogue is, arguably, crazier than most. LeRogue was carrying a picture of Alex Rodriguez with a gun pointed at his head and the note, “You have to go bud, you’ve...

Spencer Pratt Has Completely Lost His Flipping ... Er, Beard

He shaves his beard in really embarrassing video

(Newser) - Never a bastion of stability, Spencer Pratt has officially gone off the deep end. His latest publicity stunt: shaving that godawful thing growing on his godawful face. On YouTube , for the world to see, of course. With a big ol’ knife. In a video that also involves him calling himself...

Dad, Cops Storm LiLo's Digs

Twitter drama ensues between Lindsay, Michael Lohan

(Newser) - More and more trains just keep piling onto the Lindsay Lohan wreck. The latest: Dad Michael stormed her house with a bunch of cops yesterday for an (we assume failed) intervention, and the troubled actress aired her woes on Twitter. “My BUILDING didn't STOP him, isn't it supposed to...

America's Least Sane Cities

The Daily Beast crunches the numbers

(Newser) - Is America losing its marbles—and more importantly, is it doing it in your general vicinity? The Daily Beast crunches the numbers to figure out, statistically, how bonkers America’s 57 largest cities are. Their criteria: Psychiatrists per capita, stress level, drinking levels, and eccentricity. The cream of the crazy:

Small-Biz Owners Offer Obama Brilliant Ideas

Jarrett was looking for ideas on jobs, found whole bunch of crazy

(Newser) - Valerie Jarrett might be questioning the wisdom of "ask and you shall receive" after the Obama adviser asked small businesses on LinkedIn what steps they think "government should take to help American businesses spur job creation." What she got, the Business Insider reports, is "a long...

Jolie: Not Hot on Fidelity

Being faithful not necessary for successful relationship

(Newser) - OK, so she's not making out with her brother or wearing vials of blood around her neck these days, but Angelina Jolie thinks monogamy ain't all it's cracked up to be. "I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. It's worse to leave your partner and talk...

PETA Drove Me to Kill My Cat

After a series of potential veiled threats, woman puts cat down

(Newser) - Buried on the last page of an article about the shiny, happy PETA interns (or, as one passerby called them, “those crazy PETA people”), the Washington Post relates a story of how they contributed to one cat’s untimely demise. Lydia Netzer, who lives next door to the...

Bible-Toting Hijacker: 'Christ Is Coming Soon'

Acted on 'revelation,' with 'Father, Son and Holy Ghost' riding shotgun

(Newser) - The Bolivian man who commandeered a Mexican airliner today told authorities he was acting after a divine revelation, the AP reports, under the premise that today’s date—9/9/09—is the satanic number 666 upside down. Jose Flores, 44, told airline attendants that he and three others were taking control;...

Kidnapper's Dad: My Son Is a 'Crazy Person'

Manuel Garrido says LSD drove Phillip to madness

(Newser) - The father of the man accused of kidnapping, raping, and imprisoning Jaycee Dugard says his son was a model youth—until he discovered acid, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Everyone loved him," Manuel Garrido says of Phillip, who played guitar in a band, cracked jokes, and always helped...

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