Stories of the Strange
Stories of the Strange
By M. Cherise Perez
Dec 4, 2005 - 4:35:00 PM

Safer Skies In Shades Of Pink

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - In honor of World AIDS day, city officials in Buenos Aires decided to make a mark on the skies to surprise tourists and citizens into safer sex. They accomplished this by using shiny pink fabric to wrap the 220-foot-tall landmark Buenos Aires obelisk in a Giant Condom. (Kids, don’t try this at home).

The leading cause of AIDS infection in Argentina is unprotected sex, and according to one of the organizers, Sandra Castillo, officials felt “we could have the biggest impact by putting a condom on the most important symbol of the city.” A UN report cites 66,000 cases of AIDS-related deaths among Latin Americans this past year. The number of incidents have been gradually improving over the years - since 1996, there has been a 45% decrease in the number of reported cases of AIDS in Argentina.

Another public service announcement: if you’re planning on protecting yourself, don’t use pink cloth, please. Stick with the latex to be safe instead of sorry.

The Nippy Little Gorilla

WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA – Why should humans have all the fun? Gorillas have needs too! The 33-year-old female gorilla Koko has a special fetish for nipples, and animal handlers and the Gorilla Foundation are getting caught up in the aftermath.

The Gorilla Foundation has settled a lawsuit pressed by animal handlers Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, who were unwilling to engage in a little exhibitionistic nipple action. The two women, who are in their mid-40s, accused the foundation’s president, Francine Patterson, of pushing them to bond with the 300-pound gorilla by giving in to Koko's nipple fetish and baring their breasts. The president, known as Penny, fired the duo when they refused to strip.

The Gorilla Foundation was founded in 1976 to study, protect, and preserve gorillas. The foundation denied that they were pressuring their staff into these undesirable activities, but there is yet another lawsuit pending by another employee on similar grounds.

Although Koko has mastered over 1,000 signs, it seems that she has yet to master her self-control.

Taking Psychedelic Art To The Next Level

WASHINGTON D.C., US – Dancing shoes, art, furniture, and Columbia. All signs point to the beginning of a sordid tale about heroin, smuggling, and the big drug bust – nicknamed Operation High Step - by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Says Karen Tandy, DEA Administrator: "Behind the allure of artwork lurked the poison of heroin."

"Heroin promises anything but beauty - forcing addiction, pain and devastation on its users."

Swept into the safekeeping of the DEA were 20 weapons, 78 people, 39 kilograms of cocaine, and $1.4 million dollars, in no particular order. The bricks of heroin were cleverly concealed in the frames of artwork, and many art pieces included heroin-laced coatings on the outside of the paintings.

The investigation lasted around a year, and involved help from the Columbian National Police.

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