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worldpicHere’s the crazy news for April, 2010.  Among other things, in Australia, 5,200 naked people recently embraced each other on the steps of Sydney’s iconic Opera House for a photo shoot…

The photographer for the event, Spencer Tunick, is known for his nude group photos in public spaces. Tunick was quoted as saying “It was difficult to get the straight participants to embrace the gay participants and vice versa. So I was very happy that that last set up finally got done and everyone came together (in a) united, friendly kiss, a loving kiss in front of this great structure.”  A nineteen-year-old student, Art Rush, said he was thrilled to participate. “I’ll never get a chance to do this again; it’s not worth being inhibited,” Rush said. “It doesn’t feel sexual, it just feels tribal, a gathering of humanity.”

United States
Police in Connecticut say they had plenty warning of a bank robbery because the two suspects called the bank ahead in advance and ordered an employee to get a bag of money ready. Authorities arrested 27-year-old Albert Bailey and an unidentified 16-year-old boy on robbery and threatening charges at a branch of the People’s United Bank in Fairfield.

France
France’s railway operator, SNCF, said that an internal error was what caused it to post an incorrect statement on its Web site, saying an explosion on one of its trains had killed 102 people. The announcement on the SNCF’s home page said that an explosion of unknown origin on train number 1234 near the own of Macon on the line running from Paris to Dijon. The phantom blast apparently had killed an estimated 102 people and injured 380 more.

United States
Police in Memphis reported that the mother an elementary school student knocked back a 40 ounce bottle of malt liquor before arriving at her child’s school with a sword. The 32-year old woman apparently intended to confront the parents of another student who had been in a spitting match with her child the previous day. An employee at Riverview Elementary School reported that a drunk woman armed with a sword was running through the halls of the school and threatening to slash people. The woman was charged with aggravated assault and having a weapon on school property. En garde!

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