Fun [ NEWS OF THE WEIRD ] BY CHUCK SHEPHERD
Great Art Class!
Among the requirements of “Visual Arts 104A” at the University of California, San Diego is that, for the final exam, students would make a presentation while nude, in a darkened room. Professor Ricardo Dominguez (who would also be nude for the finals) told KGTV in May that a nude “gesture” was indeed required (and disclosed to students in the first class) as a “performance of self,” a “standard canvas for performance art and body art.” After an inquiry by KGTV, the department chairman announced that nakedness would not be required for course credit — even though professor Dominguez said in his 11 years teaching the course, no student had ever complained before.
The Litigious Society
Sober Driver Pays: Sapearya Sao, then 25 and sober that night in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, was rammed by a drunk hit-and-run driver (Nathan Wisbeck), who later rammed another drunk driver — but Sao finds himself defending the lawsuit by the two people injured in Wisbeck’s second collision. Sao recently settled the lawsuit brought by that second drunk driver, but still faces a $9.8 million lawsuit brought by the estate of the second drunk driver’s late passenger, which argues that if Sao had not pursued Wisbeck in an attempt to identify him, the second crash would not have occurred. (Of course, that crash also might not have occurred if the second driver — 0.11 blood alcohol — had been sober.)
— British forensic scientist Dr. Brooke Magnanti, 39, has written two bestselling books and inspired a TV series based on her life, but she recently filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-boyfriend of libeling her — by telling people that she was NOT formerly a prostitute. A major part of Magnanti’s biography is how she paid for university studies through prostitution — which has supposedly enhanced her marketability. — Murder “contracts” are ubiquitous in novels and movies, but an actual murder contract cannot be enforced in American courts. However, a recent “contract” case in Norway (according to the Norwegian newspaper Varden, as reported on Vice.com) came down hard on a hit man who got cold feet. The hit man, who stalled repeatedly, was finally sued by the payer, who won a jury verdict (later set aside) for the unrequited killing. Then, because the hit man had attempted to extort even more money from the payer (to find a substitute killer), the hit man was fined the equivalent of $1,200.
Unclear on the Concept
About three-fourths of the 1,580 IRS workers found to have deliberately attempted to evade federal income tax during the last 10 years have nonetheless retained their jobs, according to a May report by the agency’s inspector general. Some even received promotions and performance bonuses (although an internal rule, adopted last year, now forbids such bonuses to one adjudged to owe back taxes).
[ LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION ON PAGE 29 ]
[ LOVESCOPE ] BY EUGENIA LAST ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t make demands on someone you are pursuing. Acting jealous or possessive will not help you form a close bond or entice the person you love to spend more time with you. If you are fun to be with, that special someone will want to be with you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take a chance and sign up for a dating service or participate in a community event that is geared toward singles, and you will meet some interesting people. Don’t feel you have to buy anyone’s attention. Being practical will attract someone who shares your values.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Present an accurate portrait of who you are, what you like and what you are looking for. Embellishment will lead to emotional misfortune and disappointment if either you or the person you connect with isn’t honest. Don’t let chemistry alone entice you. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Step out on a limb and try something unique. Getting to know someone who comes from a different cultural background will open your eyes to new possibilities. Opposites sometimes make the best partners. Love is on the rise, and a learning experience will stimulate your senses.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Go out, have fun and enjoy getting to know new people, but don’t make an impulsive promise that will leave you in an awkward position. If someone pressures you to be more then just friends, back away before it’s too late. A relationship shouldn’t mean confinement. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Stick to what you know and the people you know you can count on. Don’t let someone push you into something you don’t want to do. Demanding people will not bring you happiness. Choose partners based on what you have in common and what you both have to offer.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Keep moving. If you slow down, someone who has designs on you will try to corner you into becoming exclusive. Walk away from overly possessive individuals, even if you do find the security attractive at the moment; in time, it will turn into a burden. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You will attract some very unusual partners, but before you fall head over heels in love, question the motives behind the attention you are receiving. Someone may be trying to take advantage of what you have to offer. Bide your time, and don’t get suckered into overspending. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Keep moving until you find the right romantic fit. You need a partner who is confident and secure -- someone willing to give you the freedom you require to maintain balance and happiness. A special someone who needs exactly the same thing you do when it comes to love. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You will be drawn to someone for the wrong reason. Don’t make an impulsive move that can turn into a costly affair. Base any relationship consideration on your high standards and values. Ask questions if someone appears to be offering you what you want to hear instead of the truth.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’ll have no trouble attracting love and romance, but don’t mix business with pleasure. Getting involved with someone you work with will lead to problems that can affect your income. Play it safe, and stick to partners you don’t work with. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t let outside influences come between you and someone you want to spend more time with. A friend or family member won’t approve of your romantic choices. Listen to the advice offered, but make your decision based on intuition and how you are treated, not someone’s selfish demands.
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