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Cliches Come to Life

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published July 8, 2016

 Cliches Come to Life

(1) The British broadcast censor Ofcom declined to punish a January edition of "The Jeremy Kyle Show" on which a guest used a "well-known swear word" -- because the speaker has a Scottish accent and, Ofcom said, probably no more than two or three people thus comprehended what he was saying.

(2) The body of Peter ("Petey Crack") Martinez, 28, who had a long rap sheet, washed up on a beach in Brooklyn, New York, on May 2 -- with his feet encased (up to his shins) in a bucket of hardened cement. It was the first time veteran New York detectives could ever recall seeing actual "cement shoes" (though they have, of course, been icons of true crime stories for decades). [BBC News, 3-21-2016] [New York Times, 5-5-2016]