Are there any baby changing facilities around here

August 17, 2005

I enjoy news items about strange people, because they make me feel less abnormal. So here are a few of those.

First off is this link to a website filled with fetishy stories and haikus all about Roy Orbison being wrapped in cling film. I do not know the motivation for this website or why anyone would be interested in wrapping Roy Orbison in what I understand to be plastic wrap, but I find it very amusing.

‘I hear I owe you my life,’ he says. ‘Please accept these concert tickets.’

I bow politely. ‘There is something you perhaps should know. While you were in a coma I was forced to wrap you entirely in cling-film.’

Oh, internet. You sure are whacky. What could be whackier than that, you may ask. Well, this for one:

Police seek diaper-clad man who pesters women

LONDON (Reuters) – UK police said Monday they were searching for a man wearing just a diaper, who approaches women late at night and asks: “Are there any baby changing facilities around here?”

Cleveland police in northeast England said the latest incident occurred around 11 p.m. Sunday when he surprised a women[sic] walking her dog in a play area in Eaglescliffe, near Middlesbrough.

Police said no one had been assaulted by the man but described his behavior as bizarre and a cause for concern.

“There have been several reports of him having been seen in Eaglescliffe dressed only in a nappy and we are keen to trace him and speak to him,” police said.


I also enjoyed this story:

Man fires shotgun near Bush ranch, protesters
‘This is Texas,’ neighbor says when queried by a reporter

CRAWFORD, Texas – A man fired a shotgun into the air as about 60 anti-war protesters held a religious service on the road to President Bush’s ranch.

Sheriff’s deputies and Secret Service agents in the area of the demonstration site Sunday rushed to the home of Larry Mattlage after the shots were fired but did not arrest him.

“I ain’t threatening nobody, and I ain’t pointing a gun at nobody,” Mattlage said. “This is Texas.”

Mattlage said he was sympathetic toward the demonstrators at first, but they have blocked roads in the area and caused traffic problems.

He said he fired his gun in preparation for dove-hunting season but when asked if he had another motive, he said, “Figure it out for yourself.”

I would really like to visit Texas some day. That’s all for now.

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