14th October, Saturday : Odd news stories

Its Saturday and time for some odd news. And none odder than the first story that we will be dealing with……..

#1 A man is fighting to stop alimony payments to his ex-wife because the woman is now a man. Lawrence Roach says his ex-wife has had a sex change and is now living as a man with a new identity. Roach says he should be allowed discontinue $1,200 in monthly alimony payments. “This isn’t right. It’s humiliating to me and degrading,” Roach said. “You know, I’m a man and I don’t want to be paying alimony to a man. If you can’t be married to a man legally, how can you legally pay alimony to a man?”

#2 A German lawyer hopes to drum up more business by pursuing state compensation claims for people who believe they were abducted by aliens. “There’s quite obviously demand for legal advice here,” Jens Lorek told Reuters by telephone. “The trouble is, people are afraid of making fools of themselves in court.” Asked if he was worried he might look ridiculous by seeking justice for clients haunted by aliens, Lorek was unfazed. “Nobody has laughed about it up until now.”

#3 No more 7:05 p.m. or 7:35 p.m. games for the Chicago White Sox. They will all begin, for the next three seasons, at 7:11 p.m., courtesy of 7-Eleven, the convenience store giant, which will pay the team an average of a half-million dollars a year to be the name behind the time. “It’s a fun way to insert our name into fans’ hearts and minds,” said Margaret Chabris, a 7-Eleven spokeswoman. “We think it’s worth way more than $500,000.”

#4 If you thought your job was boring, then wait till you hear about the guy whose day is spent in watching paint dry. For Jackson, whose official title is technical manager at industrial paint manufacturers AquaTec Coatings, his whole day revolves watching how fast pain dries once applied, with the highlight being touching the paint to check its tackiness. And though he admits that that his job can be extremely tedious, and many people would probably think that it’s the most boring job in the whole world, he still enjoys it.


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