Stories of the Strange
Stories of The Strange
By M. Cherise Perez
Mar 5, 2006 - 9:20:00 PM
Politics and Pornography: Nothing New or Strange About It
Beverly Hills, CA
—Notorious adult magazine publisher
Larry Flynt is no stranger to politics. Flynt has run for public office several
times, has been in court to defend his First Amendment rights, and regularly
exercises the right for public citizens to contact their Congressmen.
In fact, he has been contacting all 535 members of Congress every month, for
over ten years. In classic Flynt fashion, Larry mails each congressman a
nondescript manila envelope, containing the most recent publication of Hustler,
a pornographic magazine with an unmistakably left-wing point of view.
The congressmen do not quite appreciate the free subscription to Hustler,
but several failed lawsuits and a heap of offense and disgust cannot stop the
presses nor the post. Flynt has the same right all other citizens have to
contact his public representatives. Although the Congressmen naturally have
many complaints about the mailing, Flynt has no plans to stop this practice
Foam or Bust!
—In today’s busy
and high-paced society, many American workers are guilty of taking their work
home with them. The rise of the Internet and technology has also enabled many
people to telecommute or work from home offices. Steve Fletcher of Albany, Oregon,
has blurred the lines of work life and home life even further by living in the leftovers of his principal
product, spray foam.
Fletcher decided to build a fully-stocked foam house as a way to recycle the
leftover foam from his spray foam business. Amenities include a foam hot tub
and a beautiful view. The elegant landscaping consists of a foam volcano with
waterfalls and a pond.
Although Fletcher has not yet finished the house, he is already planning the
perfect pimped ride: an aquatic-ready foam car that floats. Once he is done
with the car, he plans to show us his slick set of wheels by driving into the
The foam wonders of the Albany
world are quickly becoming a local attraction, and Fletcher generously plans to
donate the property to the city sometime in the future.
Giants Idol and a Boy In a Dress
the San Francisco Giants held the Giants Idol, a live spin-off of Fox Television’s
American Idol. Giants free-agent Mark Sweeny came up with the idea as a way to
build team unity and raise money for the Giants community fund.
Participants included Omar Vizquel as Ryan Seacrest, Ray Durham as Randy
Jackson, Jeff Fassero as Simon Cowell, and special guest, comedian Rob
The real shocker star of the show was Barry Bonds, who got dolled up with a
blonde wig and a strapless dress to play the part of Paula Abdul. Bonds said he
took forever getting ready because he could not get his hair right. Bonds now
understands the pains a woman takes to look presentable, saying, “I
never tell my wife to hurry up any more.”
Giants Idol, round two, will be held next Wednesday. The Giants are hoping that
this team building effort will kick them out of last season
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