February 24th, 2021


The Continuing Crisis!

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Feb. 17, 2016

The Continuing Crisis!

Elaine Williams, 47, was arrested in December in North Forsyth, Georgia, and charged with trying to buy a baby for her daughter, 14, via an ad on Craigslist. Williams said her daughter said she "wanted a baby and would get one with or without (my) help." (Bonus: Williams lives near Jot Em Down Road.) [Forsyth County News, 12-7-2015]

Easily Disrespected: Two foreign students at the liberal arts Oberlin College complained in a recent school publication that the cafeteria selections -- supposedly "inclusive" of world cultures -- were actually denigrating other cultures by offering inferior versions of national dishes. Vietnamese student Diep Nguyen wrote that the correct "banh mi" sandwich should be a "crispy baguette with grilled pork, pate, pickled vegetables and fresh herbs" and not, he complained, "ciabatta bread, pulled pork and coleslaw." Said Japanese student Tomoyo Joshi, sushi with "undercooked rice and lack of fresh fish is disrespectful." (Cafeteria managers told The Washington Post they were proud of their commitments to other cultures, to local farming, sustainable foods and animal-treatment concerns.) [Oberlin Review, 11-6-2015] [Washington Post, 12-21-2015]

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