Freaky Friday: Hybrid horsewoman, stinky shoes and a haircut
It's Freaky Friday, so we dug out some recent news items we found, well, freaky. Enjoy.
• A convenience store clerk in Hudson, Fla. was in court giving testimony after being robbed. She began shaking in the witness chair and passed out. A relative of the clerk, who was in court to support the woman, came forward, took off her sneaker, and held it under the clerk's nose. She said the clerk is subject to blackouts and that the scent of her sneaker often revives the clerk.
• A Slovenian woman was awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Award for her work on hybrid species. She injected herself with horse blood, after months of taking shots of horse immunoglobulins. She the extracted some of her own blood to be frozen and stored for future research.
• An Iowa woman was fired by the Sheraton hotel chain and sought unemployment compensation because she said she was fired through no fault of her own. But a judge determined she didn't deserve to be paid, because she had used employment hours to pen a 300-page journal on how to avoid work. One of her entries read: "This typing thing seems to be doing the trick. It just looks like I am hard at work on something."
• The Japanese construction firm Maeda Corporation, ordered its 2,700 employees to have their hair cut to the standard, company-selected hairstyle. The women were to get a bob, while the men were to get the standard short male haircut. The reason for the corporate order? The company wanted to comply with the Japanese government's plea to reduce energy usage. Company executives figured that if their employees used less water and hair dryer time, it would help.