Sunday, July 28, 2002

Assorted Wierdness
Police chase ends when suspect's prosthetic leg falls off
"He only made it as far as the back yard as he had a prosthetic leg, which came off when he was running and decreased his mobility."

Are handstands really a danger to children?
They have been favourite childhood pastimes for generations. Now, handstands, games such as tag and even daisy chain making are vanishing from Britain's playgrounds as safety-obsessed schools and councils declare them "too dangerous" for today's children.

Decline in Nudists Threatens Tourist Attraction
The naked sunbathers who once filled Munich's central park on warm summer days are turning their backs on Germany's famous open-air celebration to nudity.

Officials worried that the new-found prudery will damage the international reputation of the park and cause a drop in tourism to the Bavarian city have appealed to local sun-lovers to come back and leave their clothes behind.

Lawyers target theme parks
First, it was high-dive boards at public swimming pools - effectively banned as a result of the threat of possible litigation. Are theme parks and roller coasters America's next "health crisis?" Or just the next target of opportunity for cash-hungry personal-injury lawyers?
Dancing Pygmies Draw Protest
An exhibit featuring singing and dancing pygmies in a small Belgian town has enraged African immigrants and sparked a protest involving some 100 people, local media has reported.

Some 10 pygmies were flown in from Cameroon by a man who swears to be trying to improve their lot, but the display in the southwestern town of Yvoir has drawn criticism as a "scandalous" exploitation of human beings.

"This exhibit is scandalous," Joseph Anganda, a coordinator of the New Immigrants Movement, an activists group, told local RTBF television on Saturday while protesting outside the park where the exhibition was set up.

"It's a mistreatment of humans. It's a hostage-taking."

...Leon Raets, the exhibit's coordinator, insists that he is only trying to raise people's awareness of the plight of the pygmies in Cameroon and raise money for humanitarian projects.

At least one pygmy, Melanie Ebate, appeared to have a pretty good idea of what she was doing there. "We came to show," she told RTBF.

Asked what her reaction would be if she and her colleagues were told to stop performing and go back home, she replied: "We would be angry."