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More Weird Cases

Author : Gary Slapper
ISBN : 0854901000
Genre : Courts
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The first book in this series, Weird Cases, was published in 2009 and contained cases which had been dealt with by the courts in the previous two years. The parade of extraordinary human disputes and irregularities that are heard in law courts has, however, run on unabated since then. More Weird Cases provides a further instalment of extraordinary cases from around the world that have featured in the author’s popular column in The Times Online. The cases featured in More Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts: the case of the man caught with a substantial quantity of marijuana who said in his defence that he only possessed the drug for the purposes of de-worming his ducks; a case where the court authorities didn’t accept that ‘being a cat’ was a proper excuse not to serve on a jury; and one where a man was granted a divorce because his wife thought about having sex with another man. This book is a highly entertaining read for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century.

Further Weird Cases

Author : Gary Slapper
ISBN : 0854901345
Genre : Courts
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This book, the third in a series, provides another instalment of extraordinary cases from around the world. Based on the author’s popular Times Online column, Further Weird Cases draws on cases and stories from many countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Romania, and China and contains a great variety of shockingly strange. funny, and entertaining courtroom dramas.The cases featured in Further Weird Cases are those that truly stand out as odd, even among all the unusual dramas that challenge the courts: a man from Florida who had his hand bitten off by an alligator and was then convicted of “illegally feeding an alligator”; a man imprisoned for 50 years for stealing a packet of pork ribs; two men in Italy who broke the law by dying in a place where it was illegal to die; the case in Scotland that collapsed when a dog due to give evidence died before the trial; a case in Brazil in which an election candidate had tried to gain votes by including a free sample of cocaine with each election leaflet; a case determining whether it is theft for a shopper to go to the ‘free sample’ counter of meat in a supermarket, fill two bags with the samples, and exit; and what happened to the defendant who urinated in the judge’s waste paper bin. These further weird cases are organised in themed chapters related to topics such as sex and love, food and drink, unusual punishments, pets and animals, and driving.This book is highly entertaining for anyone who enjoys reading about the more bizarre aspects of human life that fetch up in the law courts at the beginning of the 21st century.

The Case Of The Weird Sisters

Author : Charlotte Armstrong
ISBN : 9781784083199
Genre : Fiction
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Three old crones plan a deadly accident for their wealthy half-brother. Alice Brennan is going to marry a millionaire. She has caught the eye of her boss, Innes Whitlock, but before they can tie the knot she must meet his sisters: three women who are so awful that no amount of money is worth enduring their company. One is blind, one is deaf, one is missing an arm, and they all want their brother dead. The accidents begin as soon as Alice and Innes arrive at the sisters' creaky old Michigan country house. A lamp falls from the ceiling, narrowly missing Innes's head. When he goes for a drive, a detour sign disappears, sending him off the road and nearly killing him. Before the sisters can finish the job, Alice contacts her old history professor, MacDougal Duff, who makes his living solving murders. He is the only one who can save Alice's millionaire from his murderous family.

Weird Ir

Author : David Bell Mislan
ISBN : 9783319755564
Genre : Political Science
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​The scholarly study of international relations tends to go over the same cases, issues, and themes. This book addresses this by challenging readers to think creatively about international politics. It highlights some of the strangest and rarest phenomena in diplomacy and world politics. Comprised of a series of vignettes and organized by common themes like nonsensical borders, quasi-countries, and diplomatic taboos, Weird IR encourages readers to think critically about the discipline without losing one's sense of humor completely.

The Strange Case Of The Walking Corpse

Author : Nancy Butcher
ISBN : 9781101497333
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Did you know that bananas can cure warts; chewing on raw ginger can relieve nausea; sniffing vanilla can help suppress your appetite; or that raw potato can soothe a burn? Healing is full of curious remedies-some based on time-honored folklore, others straight from the medical journals. Nancy Butcher has gathered together some of the most unusual natural cures that have been proven effective today, and even throws in some unbelievable and-thankfully-abandoned therapies from times past. Filled with case histories of unique illnesses, historic documentation of strange medical practices, and the author's own insightful commentary, this book explains not only how to cure headaches, sleep better, and improve your sex life, but also that people with Cotard's syndrome actually believe they are dead.

The Woman Who Swallowed A Toothbrush

Author : Robert Myers
ISBN : 9781554902439
Genre : Medical
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Drawing from real medical journal cases, a doctor shares true stories about strange symptoms and perplexing patients. Those in the medical profession know that sometimes the cases that come into emergency rooms or doctor’s offices can be highly unusual—and depending on how things go, the results can be either tragic or comic. This collection of stories reveals some of the oddest and most memorable case histories, from the woman who claims she was brushing her teeth when she swallowed her toothbrush—but in fact was a bulimic using it to induce vomiting—to the man whose routine elective back surgery revealed he’d been carrying a bullet around in his body for years. From the funny to the frightening, these documented memorable medical mysteries make for fascinating reading.

Wacky Laws Weird Decisions Strange Statutes

Author : Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts
ISBN : 1402716702
Genre : Humor
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Presents a collection of silly laws, ridiculous court decisions, and strange government statutes that in many cases are still on the books.

Robins And A Merry Band Of Hoods

Author : A. V. Singer
ISBN : 1722105941
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Not all crimes are heinous and not all police persons solve their problems with gun-violence. When starting this story, AV Singer was tired of it. Not every situation warrants the immediate firing of a gun nor is it necessary to immediately threaten the use of one. Does anyone else get tired of the endless shoot-em-ups in our media? What if criminals weren't really bad guys? This would eliminate the need to use guns as a solution. What if our heroes were always one step behind? They'd need good intuition because these criminals know what they are doing. What activities could be seen as criminal, but in the end, no harm has occurred? They'd have to have alternative motives. The result was Robins and A Merry Band of Hoods. Senior Inspector Jackson Tyler and his junior partner, Inspector Tomio Dubanowski are stuck on their second swing shift in a week and a half. What could be more stressful than sitting upright at this hour? That's what Tom wants to know. Jackson has been working long enough to take whatever Detroit's police department dishes out; he doesn't care why they've been assigned. Whether to relieve stress or because they botched the last investigation, he simply wants to get on with it, with as little hassle as possible. Someone robs the storeroom of a BP Convenience store. Why? Why would any criminal bother, unless there is something bigger and more sinister than what is apparent? Jack and Tom spend the next twenty-four hours investigating a string of the most absurd crimes they have ever seen: a storeroom robbery, a dairy heist, missing boats, and a weird, musical-chair swap of automobiles. In this 'who-done-it' tale, they chase modern-day Robin Hoods, wondering why any self-respecting criminal would go to such ridiculous lengths to make them miserable. Could swing shift get anymore tortuous? That first draft was whimsy, but three years later, as the final draft was written, gun violence was so pervasive it almost seemed to be the norm. It's reflected in our television programming - unwarranted, brutality-charged arrests, guns as threats or dirty solutions. This is not normal. AV felt a strong need to get away from that paradigm, but there was also a need to address the issue. Most police professionals are conscientious, hardworking people, daily doing an honest job with integrity and compassion. It's only a few that react like fearful animals; a reaction that AV feels is borne from a need for more extensive training. Unfortunately, that untrained reaction is what we see in our programming and on the news. What can we do to change this? Police men and women risk their relationships and sometimes their lives to protect our streets. Wouldn't it be prudent for our culture to spend more money to train them? This revision touches on some of that pathos. Jack's and Tom's lives are touched by a public that is outraged by violence, violence that seems to increase exponentially the more we champion it. The main theme in Robins and a Merry Band of Hoods is farcical, but these characters are facing some of the reality that our real-life police forces face: uncertainty, misunderstandings, and the consequence of being cursorily trained for the untenable situation of having to face anger and contempt on a daily basis. There is just a touch of it to keep this story real, but as promised, the crimes are preposterous and non-violent, and the police do not have to use their guns to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Second Edition

Author : Robert Louis Stevenson
ISBN : 1551116553
Genre : Fiction
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First published in 1886 as a "shilling shocker," Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde takes the basic struggle between good and evil and adds to the mix bourgeois respectability, urban violence, and class conflict. The result is a tale that has taken on the force of myth in the popular imagination. This Broadview edition provides a fascinating selection of contextual material, including contemporary reviews of the novel, Stevenson's essay "A Chapter on Dreams," and excerpts from the 1887 stage version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also included are historical documents on criminality and degeneracy, the "Jack the Ripper" murders, and London in the 1880s. New to this second edition are an updated critical introduction and, in the appendices, writings on Victorian psychology by Thomas Carlyle, Richard Krafft-Ebing, and Henry Maudsley, among others.

The Strange Case Of Madeleine Seguin

Author : William Rose
ISBN : 9781781816516
Genre : Psychology
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It is Paris in the 1880s and the century is in its final decadent throes as it moves towards the fin de siecle. New scientific ideas are countered by a resurgent interest in the practice of magic, whilst in the arts the Symbolists are exploring the strangeness of dream and the imagination.In the Salpetriere Hospital, hundreds of female patients are suffering from the curious malady of 'hysteria'. Many of these are being treated by hypnosis under the regime of the celebrated and charismatic Professor J-M. Charcot. One such patient is Madeleine Seguin, a young woman whose past is a mystery and who evokes a fascination and possessiveness in those who come close to her.As well as the doctors Madeleine will encounter a young Symbolist artist, a Catholic priest, a powerful aristocrat, and most dangerously, those practising the darkest aspects of the occult, each of whom will try to save or corrupt her. She must survive them all if she is to shape her own destiny.

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