Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

Jacques Chirac attends his last EU summit this week because he’s decided not to run for President of France again and as a token of appreciation for his attendance, the German Chancellor presents him with an antique German beer mug featuring a depiction of the Ottoman Turks being defeated by the French in the 18th Century. The Turkish Foreign Minister is outraged at the cultural faux pas. This compounds Turkey’s annoyance at not being invited to the birthday of the EU despite being a candidate for membership. [source]

After being found guilty of a series of horrific bomb attacks in Bosnia which luckily killed no one, Mladen Kragulj is sentenced to ten months prison. His sentence is not as harsh as it normally might have been because Kragulj confesses he was motivated to force potential devastation on random strangers by love. Because after all, his motivations were poetically noble so, you know. [source]

The first man to ever literally run all around the world is officially recognized in the Guinness Book of Records after he presented officials with a huge collection of film, credit card receipts and recorded testimony. The British, always ready to cut someone down to size, expressed skepticism at his claim until he proved that he had in fact run around the world. The journey took more than 5 years. [source]

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