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Wait, What? | Recurring Themes

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published March 18, 2015

Wait, What? | Recurring Themes

Ms. Meng Wang filed a lawsuit recently in New York City against Gildan Outerwear over her disappointment with Kushyfoot Shaping Tights. In television ads, Wang wrote, a young model sashays down a city street with her eyes dreamily closed and "moans and utters highly sexually charged phrases" "including 'That's the spot' and 'so good' ... passersby (stop) in their tracks to look at her with mouths agape." Wang said the ad clearly implies that the tights produce an orgasmic sensation of some sort, wrote Gothamist.com, but that she, herself, has come up empty. [Gothamist.com, 1-14-2015]

(One of the legendary American lawsuit successes is the 1970 award of $50,000 to Gloria Sykes, whose brain injury on a San Francisco cable car left the previously modest Midwestern woman with an unrestrained libido. News of the Weird reported a similar such case, from London, in December 2006. Now, in January 2015, the British Columbia Supreme Court awarded Alissa Afonina $1.5 million for her auto-accident brain injury. She was apparently a demure, high-achieving student, but following the 2008 collision, she had no impulse control, become "isolated," had "outbursts," made "inappropriate sexual comments" -- and was able to earn a living only as a dominatrix. (Alfonina's mother, also injured in the accident, was awarded $940,000.) [National Post, 1-29-2015]

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