Web Detritus (Week of 08.29.10)

Smoking PuppyA weekly collection of cool links, odd news stories, and other superfantasticamazing things I found on the internet.
This week: Chinese Dogs Smoke Cigarettes, Creepy Sex Dolls, Justice For Litterers, How To Win The Lottery, Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Art, & The Latest Shocking News About 2 Live Crew.



Man Awaiting Ghost Train Killed By Real Train
Authorities say a man who was waiting with several friends for a "ghost train" from a North Carolina legend was killed when a real train came down the tracks. [Witnesses] said about 12 people were on the trestle hoping to see a ghost train when the real train rounded a bend.
Everyone but [theman] was able to clear the tracks at the end of the trestle. The train struck him, and he was thrown into a ravine and killed.

The legend developed from a train wreck on Aug. 27, 1891, that killed about two dozen people and injured many others. Folklore Web sites claim the accident can be heard on each anniversary.
Astonishingly Creepy Man Purchases $20,000 Sex Doll Of Ex Girlfriend
An Italian businessman missed his ex-girlfriend so much after she dumped him that he paid £12,000 to recreate her as a realistic sex doll. The 50-year-old man put together a collection of photos of his ex for Italian adult toymaker Diego Bortolin to work on, reports Il Messaggero.

"I want it just like her but with bigger boobs," he reportedly requested.

Mr Bortolin, who hasn't named the man, creates silicone sex dolls at the factory behind his shop in Treviso, Italy. "She was a smiling blonde girl but he wanted bigger boobs and a curvier backside," Mr Bortolin said. "Our normal dolls are very realistic and everything works just like the real thing.

"She is now the perfect girlfriend as far as I can see," Mr Bortolin said.
Juror Posts Guilty Verdict On Facebook Before Trial Ends
A judge removed a juror from a trial in suburban Detroit after the young woman wrote on Facebook that the defendant was guilty. The problem? The trial wasn't over. [The woman], 20, was a juror in a case of resisting arrest. On Aug. 11, a day off from the trial and before the prosecution finished its case, she wrote on Facebook that it was "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're guilty."

Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski confronted Jons the next day and replaced her with an alternate. [The woman], could be found in contempt when she returns to the Macomb County circuit court Thursday.
Woman Attempts To Litter, Destroys Own Car
Police in New Jersey said a woman's car was engulfed in flames when she tried and failed to flick a still-burning cigarette out her window. South Brunswick police said the 19-year-old Rocky Hill woman, whose name was not released, was driving through South Brunswick Monday morning when the inside of her 1998 Honda Civic was ignited by the cigarette.

The woman was able to escape the vehicle without injury but the car was destroyed by the flames.
Man Teaches Puppy To Smoke
A Chinese man has been criticised for training his pet puppy to smoke cigarettes. Zeng Ziguang, 23, a chef, of Wuchang, Hubei Province, has been teaching Blackie to smoke since buying him six months ago. He now claims the dog is addicted to tobacco and gets through a packet of cigarettes a day.

"He hated the smell of smoke to begin with. But I trained him to get used to it by blowing smoke at him," said Zen. "Gradually Blackie got used to the smell and I started putting the lit cigarette into his mouth. Each time he did that, I would reward him with food."







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