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Inexplicable | Armed & Clumsy

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published April 20, 2015

Inexplicable | Armed & Clumsy

The international sportswear retailer Bjorn Borg (namesake of the Swedish tennis player) created a promotional video game (now also sold separately) that encourages not mayhem and murder, but the vanquishing of one's opponents with love -- and "lovingly" stripping them down so that they can be outfitted in Bjorn Borg fashions. Said a company official, a player's mission is "to liberate haters by undressing them with your love guns and (then to) dress them in Bjorn Borg clothing." (The game also features "teddy bear smoke grenades" and a shirtless man resembling Vladimir Putin astride a bear.) [Washington Post, 2-9-2015]

More Americans who were unable to keep from accidentally shooting themselves: A Macon, Georgia, man checked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his genitals (June). Another man wounded himself and another person with the same bullet; the round went through his hand and both legs of his female companion (Elkhart, Indiana, July). Peter Bonfiglio, 27, shot himself in the foot, but blamed a "robber" -- the second time he had shot himself and then blamed a "robber" (Port Charlotte, Florida, June). And then there are those who will never shoot themselves again: a 79-year-old hunter in Indiana, Pennsylvania (December); the son, 49, of a former sheriff in Chattanooga, Tennessee (June); and a St. Joseph, Michigan, woman, 55 (who shot herself in the face in February while adjusting her bra holster). Macon: [WMAZ-TV (Macon), 6-16-2014] Elkhart: [The Elkhart Truth, 7-6-2014] Port Charlotte: [WBBH-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.), 6-18-2014] Indiana: [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12-11-2014] Chattanooga: [WRCB-TV (Chattanooga), 6-5-2014] St. Joseph: [, 2-18-2015]

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