In Uncategorized on October 30, 2008 at 3:24 am

The Tower’s weekly round-up of quirky, interesting and mildly relevant news.

Can You Guess the Story that isn’t True??
This week we slipped an extra in there that didn’t actually happen.
Find out which one it was next week.

Woman arrested for brutal digital homicide

Divorce can bring out the worst in people, but with technology, some take it to a new level of absurdity. A 43-year-old Japanese woman has been arrested for killing her virtual husband after he suddenly divorced her avatar in the online game, “Maple Story.” The game is similar to the popular “Second Life,” in which people can create their own avatars and engage in social activities, relationships, and fight against obstacles.

She had obtained his password and identification from her avatar husband when they were happily married, but then used the information to access his avatar and kill it.

She told investigators “I was suddenly divorced without a word of warning. That made me so angry.” She has been charged with illegal access onto a computer and manipulating electronic data. If convicted, she could face a fine up to $5,000 or five years in jail. Indeed, this is a bizarre story. Well as the old saying goes, it’s just a game. It should be a lesson for all avatars out there. Save the homicidal urges for a game like Grand Theft Auto.

-Gina Merlino

Man Marries Dog

Although some married men might occasionally think it (but never dare say it), a 33-year-old Indian farmer named Selvakumar can officially say that he married a bitch. The farmer was wed to a stray female dog in an effort to lift a curse that had been plaguing him for years.

The wedding was performed in a remote village in rural India, complete with a feast and festivities. The bride was dressed for the occasion as well, although she reportedly tried to flee from the large crown attending the ceremony.

The reason the couple married was not because of love at first sight, but a belief that Selvakumar could lift a curse from two dog spirits. The marriage was an effort to atone for his  killing of two dogs and then stringing them up in a tree. After performing the heinous acts, Selvakumar complained of a loss of movement, speech, and hearing. By taking his new bride, he hoped to appease the restless spirits of the dogs. Hopefully the couple will live a happy life together, but as far as the rest of married life goes, I don’t think even the comprehensive Kama Sutra can help them there.

-Tyler Peckham

Boy Scouts Try to Earn Breast Exam Merit Badge

Two 12-year-old boys proved that you are never too young to get a job done. Zach Henniford and Brian Sykes appeared on The Onion’s news network announcing that they volunteer to give women breast exams. The pre-teens, who are Boy Scouts of troop 128 in White Hall, New York, said that, in order to earn another badge, they had to complete a community service project. Well, the boys have and did a service for a number of local women, and hope to help hundreds of women examine their breasts! The youngins often have a table set up at various public spots and have a sign that says “Let us examine your breasts!” Putting the icing on the cake is the fact that they have a website to promote these services, AND they plan to do more exams in their very own basements! The boys claim the idea came to them while at a local pool. How lovely!

-Elishia Peterson

Cops Ridin’ in Style

Looks like the Italian police force got an upgrade on their patrol car. The crime fighters will now drive in style since auto brand Lamborghini donated one of its cars. According to Yahoo News, the LamborghiniGallardo supercar boasts a 560-horsepower engine and a top speed of 325 kilometers (200 miles) per hour. While chasing the bad guys, the police will look fly in the Lambo. “This car replaces the former model which used to operate in the Rome area and will now be used in the Bologna region in the north,” a Lamborghini spokeswoman said.

A Gallardo base model is not cheap. It sells for 175,200 euros, which is 220,000 American dollars! Yahoo added that the police force’s model is equipped with a mini fridge to transport donor organs and a defibrillator for use in emergencies. As if that makes it all better, the po-po’s are still riding in a Lamborghini for crying out loud!

-Elishia Peterson


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