I read in this week's Tucson Weekly the obligatory News of the Weird. The story that caught my attention (naturally) was this one:
Almost All TrueI had absolutely no problem figuring it out. An appeals court letting a man have a loaded firearm in public? You MUST be joking!
Three of these four things really happened just recently. Are you cynical enough to figure out the made-up story?
(a) The New Zealand government issued a 100-page occupational health and safety guide for prostitutes.
(b) An appeals court in Michigan ruled that a man suffering chronic depression can, under the Americans With Disabilities Act, carry a loaded pistol in public because holding it in his hands helps him therapeutically, according to doctors.
(c) Turkmenistan ruled that drivers cannot get licenses unless they pass tests on the moral values described in President Saparmurat Niyazov's writings.
(d) The owner of a gym in downtown Baghdad held a bodybuilding competition on July 30 in honor of the birthday of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(Answer: The three foreign stories are true.) [Hindustan Times- Agence France-Presse, 7-31-04] [Reuters, 8-2-04] [Reuters, 8-2- 04]
It does say something about our laws and court systems, however, that the author thought that the idea was plausible enough to include in the list, doesn't it?