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News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published March 23, 2016

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(1) In December, a judge in Hamburg, New York, dismissed the DUI charge against a motorist who had registered a 0.33 blood-alcohol reading because her lawyer had convinced the court that she suffered from "gut fermentation syndrome" -- that her digestive system makes so much yeast from ordinary food and beverages that it functions like a "brewery."

(2) In January, Donald "Chip" Pugh, 45, wanted by police in Lima, Ohio, and Columbus, Georgia, on several charges, texted Lima cops a photo of himself to use as a mugshot because he was dissatisfied with the one on the department's website. "(T)hat one is terrible," he wrote. (However, it was clear enough for authorities in Escambia County, Florida -- who arrested Pugh a few days later.) [Buffalo News, 12-26-2015] [WJW-TV (Cleveland), 1-12-2016]

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