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worldpicHere’s the nutty news for June, 2010.  Among other things, Georgian wrestler Lasha Pataraya attempted to break a world record currently held by Pakistani Zafar Gill when he lifted 194 pounds using only his earlobes…

Georgia
Wrestler Lasha Pataraya attempted to break a world record currently held by Pakistani Zafar Gill when he lifted 194 pounds using only his earlobes. Pataraya, who drew worldwide attention in 2007 for dragging a 6.5 ton helicopter 80 feet using only his left ear, failed to submit paperwork and will not be credited with any official record. Earlifters, as they are known, wear special headgear to ensure against earlobes being torn off.

China
Wu Yongijan, designer of the Shanghai Expo mascot “Haibao” is under fire for said mascots approximation to the American cartoon Gumby.  Almost identical, Haibao only differs in color (he’s blue) and the side to which his head slants.  Wu denies that Haibao is plagiarized, claiming never to have seen Gumby before and that Haibao was conceived of after a cup of coffee in a Shanghai café. Also controversial is whether or not Haibao has a butt crack.  Before the Expo, many Haibao statues had cracks, but those have since been removed in favor of butt-free statues.

India
Prahalad Jani, now 83, is a yogi who claims not to have eaten or drank anything for the past seven decades. Jani, who spends most of his time meditating in a cave, is under the observation of Indian doctors who are determining whether or not his claim is a hoax, and if not whether or not there is practical application of Jani’s feat. Scientists are studying Jani to see if there is an application in disaster situations.  Military strategists will see if lessons learned can help create super soldiers.

Australia
The restaurant Thai Spice will have to pay blind patron Ian Jolly over $1,400 because it rejected him service because he brought a guide dog. Because of Jolly’s thick accent, restaurant employees heard “gay dog” instead of “guide dog,” which was the reason Jolly was rejected. The Equal Opportunity Tribunal, which protects against discrimination for both LGBT individuals and disabled individuals mandated that in addition to the fine that restaurant owners would need to send an apology and take a sensitivity course.

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