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CHILD-SPACER: A 29-year-old Tennessee man has fathered 21 children with 11 different women.

Desmond Hatchett’s extended offspring came to light after authorities took him to court for non-payment of child support.

He has apparently set a US record but said: “it just happened.”
Hatchett, who earns a minimal wage, told reporters he knows the names and ages of all his offspring who range from newborn to 11 years old. –– ananova.

DETACHED: A car traveling on a motorway in Switzerland lost all four wheels simultaneously, coming to an immediate halt in the middle of the highway, police said.
The car had just stopped and the passengers had changed from winter to summer wheels, but used the wrong nuts when mounting the new set.
“When they then drove back on to the motorway, all of the wheels disconnected,” St Gallen Cantonal police said in a statement. –– Reuters.

WARNING-STAMP: A Swaziland parliamentarian has apologised after calling for HIV-positive people to be branded on the buttocks to stop the spread of the virus ravaging the country.
Timothy Myeni drew widespread criticism after telling a parliamentarians’ workshop in Swaziland that the move would enable people to check partners for a warning stamp before sex. –– Reuters.

VENOMOUS-DETOX: Chinese health authorities are putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes and cooked up for a supposedly detoxing meal.
The dish, served by a small number of eateries in the Southern province of Guangdong and the Southwestern city of Chongqing, has generated a storm of publicity and controversy in the Chinese media and amongst bloggers.
A video showing a cook holding a snake and forcing it to bite a live chicken until it dies has been widely circulated online. –– Reuters.

OUCH!: A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused
permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday.
After unsuccessfully petitioning his father for two years to marry the girl, the man heated up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ, said a police official.
The man was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to reattach the severed member, the official added citing the police report filed after the incident. –– Sfgate.

ROPED-OFF: A Chinese man lost his hand when it was ripped off at the wrist during a tug-of-war contest.
Shi (30) of Shenzen, joined the beach tug of war competition with more than 100 of his colleagues.
Shi took up the back position on his team. To stabilise himself, he wrapped the rope around his wrist and threw the loose end over his shoulder.
His match was heading for a draw when members of the audience started helping both teams to try to end the stalemate
The competition was halted when people noticed Shi holding up his damaged limb. –– Ananova.

BURN-THE-BUGGERS!: Guinean citizens should burn any armed robbers they catch to avoid filling the country’s prisons, the military government’s anti-crime chief said Tuesday.
“The prisons are full and cannot take more people, and the situation cannot continue like that,” he told a meeting of city officials, adding that residents should form self-defence committees to protect themselves against crime. –– Reuters.

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