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Wait, What? | Inexplicable

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Sept. 1, 2015

Wait, What? <B>|</B> Inexplicable

Mine worker Joshua Clay claimed in a lawsuit that a foreman had twice taunted him for complaining about conditions -- by restraining him and spray-painting his testicles white. Clay filed against Kielty Mine in Mingo County, West Virginia, in July, alleging that the company had forced him to work on the dirty side of a coal-dust conversion machine -- a practice forbidden by federal regulations -- and that when he complained, he was subjected to off-the-books discipline. [Courthouse News, 7-16-2015]

A KPHO-TV news story in Phoenix featured a local doctor advising expectant mothers against "tweaking" the result of home pregnancy tests. Some women, apparently, had discovered the magic of "Photoshopping" the pink reading on the home test's strip -- to take a faint pink line (not a certified pregnancy) to make it bold (pregnant!). Although the doctor warns of the general hazard of "false positives," the 415-word news story does not explain how Photoshopping a not-positive reading into a positive one improves the likelihood of conception. [KPHO-TV, 7-7-2015]

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