News from the Fringe: True Stories of Strange People and Stranger Times

News from the Fringe: True Stories of Strange People and Stranger Times




When Jim Morrison sang People Are Strange, he didnt know the half of it. People are definitely getting more & more bizarre, & this outrageous & hilarious collection of weird news from around the U.S. & the world proves it. The editors have gathered more than 500 of the weirdest, craziest, most outlandish stories from the worlds newspapers. Its a phantasmagoria of lethal library fines, fetishes on parade, love thats a many splintered thing, least competent criminals, neighbors from hell, anal-retentive suicides, & much more. Illustrated.

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ISBN-13: 9780452270954
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/1993
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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News from the Fringe: True Stories of Strange People and Stranger Times 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
The Fringe. Not part of the normal, mainstream, socially acceptable, daily, expected behaviors. Weird. Different. Extreme. Awesome! This book collects little snippets of news from around the world that definitely come from the fringe. A bank customer who quacks like a duck when his loan paperwork is rejected. A man who killed his wife for putting vegetables in front of the milk in the refrigerator. A boy who saved his brothers life thanks to an episode of The Simpsons. Just interestingly weird happenings from around the world. I had so much fun reading this book! While there are some disturbing entries (like Japan returning remains of 20,000 noses cut from Koreans in 1597 during an invasion), most of the snippets are light hearted and amusing. There are mentions of more adult subjects like sex, drugs, violence, murder, etc so I would say the book is PG-13, but nothing is too graphic. My favorite bit from the book is this one: In Missouri, Larry Lands was showing off a turkey he had shot and put in his trunk when the not-yet dead bird started thrashing around and pulled the trigger of Land's gun, also in the trunk. Lands was shot in the leg. "The turkeys are fighting back,'' said County Sheriff Ron Skiles. This book was published in 1993 by two of the authors who compiled the News of the Weird series. The stories don't seem dated though, mostly because weirdness is pretty much weird no matter how much time passes. Fun read!