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Getting even, Double-dog dares

Good week for: Getting even, Internal combustion, Telling it like it is; Bad week for: Double-dog dares, Nervous fliers, Ann Marie Linscott

Good week for:

Getting even, after a New Jersey cop who retired after feuding with the police chief spent his last day writing tickets for 14 police cars with expired inspection stickers. Officer Frank Holden says he was just doing his job.

Internal combustion, after a 48-year-old “tantric master” set a world record by standing in a tub full of ice for one hour and 12 minutes. Wim Hof said he used Eastern meditation techniques to elevate his own body temperature.

Telling it like it is, after a Wisconsin woman dialed 911 and gave a detailed description of herself and her car and reported that her boyfriend “seems to think I’m too intoxicated to drive.” Patricia Dykstra, 51, told police that she’d turn the wheel over to her boyfriend, except that he was too drunk to drive, too.

Bad week for:

Double-dog dares, after two 10-year-old Indiana boys got their tongues stuck to a frozen flagpole while imitating a scene from A Christmas Story. “I decided to try it because I thought all of the TV shows were lies,” said Gavin Dempsey. “It turns out I was wrong.” He was treated for a tattered and bleeding tongue.

Nervous fliers, after the co-pilot of an Air Canada flight from Toronto to London began “speaking loudly to himself and acting in a peculiar manner” in the cockpit, and had to be restrained by several people. The plane abruptly landed in Ireland, and the co-pilot was taken to an Acute Psychiatric Unit.

Ann Marie Linscott of Grand Rapids, Mich., who allegedly posted a classified ad on Craig’s List seeking “silent assassins” to “eradicate” her married lover’s wife. When one respondent asked what she meant by “eradicate,” police said, Linscott wrote, “Duh. Well, to have her killed.”

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