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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said an 80-year-old woman had no idea there was a sword inside her cane until she tried to take it on a plane.

TSA regional spokesman Mark Howell said during an event at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach International Airport that an 80-year-old woman recently attempted to bring her cane on a flight she was catching at the airport.

He said TSA agents put the cane through the X-ray machine and discovered that twisting and tugging on the handle revealed a hidden sword inside the cane.

Howell said the cane had been a gift from the woman's son and she had carried it for years without knowing about its hidden weaponry.

"She had no clue it was in there," he said at the event.

"It happens a lot, actually," Howell said of sword cane discoveries. "People pick them up at a thrift store and the sword isn't found until we X-ray it."

He said the woman surrendered her cane at the TSA checkpoint and caught her flight.


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A pair of North Dakota lawmakers are under fire for defending the state's Blue Laws by arguing Sunday is for wives to serve their husbands, not go shopping. North Dakota's Blue Laws, which require some businesses to open late on Sundays and others, including car dealerships, to remain closed all day, were the subject of a debate on the floor of the state House of Representatives. Rep. Bernie Satrom argued against changing the laws, saying Sundays are for "spending time with your wife, your husband. Making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed and then after that go take your kids for a walk." Rep. Vernon Laning, R-8th District, offered another reason to keep the Blue Laws on the books. "I don't know about you but my wife has no problem spending everything I earn in 6 and a half days. And I don't think it hurts at all to have a half day off," Laning said. Satrom and Laning have come under fire from the public for their sexist comments. "It's frustrating personally because when you know those are the people representing you and you don't feel like you're being represented and those kind of backwards ways of thinking are still present, it's really, it's upsetting," Fargo resident Sarah Cramer told local news. Satrom did not respond to a call for comment, but Laning laughed and said he does not understand why anyone was offended by his statement, which he said was meant to be a joke. He suggested people offended by his words might be lacking a sense of humor.


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First it was finger guns. Now a school in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, has banned the use of forks and knives after police were called numerous times on reports of students stabbing one another. Students allegedly used the forks and knives to stab one another during fights, and used bathroom breaks to use drugs. Parents and students complained about the restrictions, saying that they are too extreme, but officials insisted that these measures are necessary for the safety of the children. Over the past several weeks, multiple students were rushed to the hospital after being stabbed by forks or knives. After banning food utensils, officials told the children to eat with their fingers. Officials will cancel the bans once students learn to control themselves, and act in a civil and legal manner.

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Hummer + Stealing from charity = Instant Karma?
[I didn't want to say anything because there was a death involved, but yeah, stealing from a charity?]

What is with this stigma attached to transgenderism? So? What? It's 'Bizarre' to have a guy wearing lingerie? Okay, being drunk in an automobile and fighting cops maybe isn't such a good idea, but why highlight the fact that he was wearing lingerie?
[To be fair, if I were drunk and fighting cops in silk boxer shorts it would be pretty weird too.]

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