We might be inspired by the stories of the day, the tabloid at the checkout counter, gossip in our ears or a reader's tip in our email. If it strikes us as a little bit off, a lot of silly, positively preposterous or reveals the absurdity of our present situation with the president, it’s WiGWAG. News with a twist.
GOP voters like Kim Jong Un more than Nancy Pelosi
A survey conducted by Ipsos for The Daily Beast discovered Republicans prefer brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who’s demonized 24/7 on Fox News and used by Republicans as a fundraising tool. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said they had an unfavorable opinion of Kim, while 72 percent said they held an unfavorable view of Pelosi.
Brookfield police were called to the Marcus Majestic Cinema after a woman salted a bag of popcorn to share with her husband — even though she knew he liked his popcorn unsalted. Enraged, the husband accused his wife of infidelity and declared their marriage was over. She argued, to no avail, that it was her right to use salt, since she paid for the snack. After the movie, which the husband refused to watch, his wife wouldn’t give him the car keys, and the ensuing struggle prompted a 911 call. The woman told police her husband couldn’t drive safely when he was mad.
Don’t make the judge feel like a bozo
Nearly a year ago, Washington County Board member Mark McCune received a $10 ticket for driving with his seat belt unbuckled. He refused to pay, claiming a bum shoulder prevented him from buckling up. Ten months later, he showed up for trial dressed in full clown regalia. The judge was so insulted he reassigned the case, which will next be heard in Menominee Falls. No explanation was given for the clown suit.
Parisians bare it
Parisians barely had time to recover from their city’s first nudist art-gallery visit, which was held May 5, before the Parisian Day of Naturism arrived June 24. The festivities, including naked yoga and a picnic in the buff, took place in an area of Bois de Vincennes Park set aside for naturalists to enjoy. In the evening, the party moved to the naturist restaurant O’naturel. France has an estimated 2.6 million “practicing” naturists.
Ireland sets skinny-dipping record
Some 2,505 women from 23 countries skinny-dipped for at least five minutes in the 53-degree waters off Magheramore Beach, which lies 31 miles south of Dublin. Not only did they set a Guinness World Record for the largest skinny dip, they also raised about $342,000 for a children’s cancer charity.
Unintimidated for real
When Kendall Jenner spotted a man wearing a “Kill the Kardashians” T-shirt while shopping for groceries, she didn’t let it get her down. In true Kardashian fashion, she made a video of him and posted it on Instagram. As long as they spell the name right …
Watch your step
A young French woman jogging along the coast in British Columbia unwittingly crossed an unmarked international border into Blaine, Washington. U.S. Border Patrol officers arrested the 19-year-old and sent her to a Department of Homeland Security facility in Tacoma, where she was held for two weeks in a prison uniform. The woman is biracial.
On the menu before the summit
Singapore restaurants marked the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un with special menu offerings. The Mexican-themed Lucha Loco restaurant served a Rocket Man Taco filled with Korean fried chicken, spicy sauce, pickled white radish and sesame, according to Eater.com. The El Trumpo Taco mimicked a Big Mac and contained a hamburger patty, melted cheese, chipotle ketchup, secret sauce, lettuce and pickle. At Hopheads bar, the Bromance cocktail contained Diet Coke and tequila, Asahi Black and a shot of soju.
Pain in the neck
Americans check their smartphones more than 8 billion times a day. Younger people check more often than older people, as they send or receive an average of 110 text messages a day. Now a new study suggests they may be at risk for “Text Neck,” the nickname for back, neck and spinal issues affecting those spending too much time looking down at their mobiles.
Tiny Trump stuff
There were many stories in recent weeks about the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy at the border and the separation of children from their parents — but only one of them made us chuckle. The Chicago Tribune reported on a sign outside the Wieners Circle in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, which read: “Tiny hands. Tiny wiener. Tiny heart. Free the kids.” A photo of the sign was posted to the hot-dog stand’s Facebook page and captioned: “If we’re gonna cage kids, let’s start with Don Jr, Ivanka & Eric.” Earlier this year, when the president referred to African nations as “sh--hole countries,” the Wieners Circle put up this message: “People from all countries welcome at this sh--hole.”
If we're gonna cage kids, let’s start w don jr, Ivanka & Eric pic.twitter.com/sZLHvGMUcf— The Wiener's Circle (@TheWienerCircle) June 19, 2018