The skinny

Published July 5, 2007



A forensics scientist in Michigan used all the tools available to her to determine who a man was having sex with. It was for a court case. But the man was her husband, and the court case was their divorce hearing. Ann Chamberlain-Gordon says she did the tests on her own time with expired chemicals, so she doesn't see a problem. Others aren't so sure, and officials are investigating. So far, she still has a job. As for the hearing, when Charles Gordon's lawyer asked her what she found in Gordon's underwear, she answered, "Another female. It wasn't me."


Hotel destruction done by symbiosis

Some highly stressed people in Madrid needed to break stuff. A hotel chain planning renovations needed stuff broken. So the Alcala hotel invited 30 people, picked by a team of psychologists, to take sledgehammers to its rooms. "Who hasn't dreamed, in the middle of a stress attack, of breaking everything around them?" the hotel said in a statement. Psychologist Laura Garcia Agustin said it was a great plan. "After a few blows comes exhaustion and with it the release of pain-relieving endorphins." The hotel plans to invite the demolition team back to see the renovated rooms in September, presumably with the sledgehammers locked up.


She's the MacGyver of escapes. Almost.

Normally, you might think leg irons and handcuffs would subdue a person. But not Anita Rachel Thomas. Armed with baby powder, cocoa butter and six pairs of socks, Thomas, 20, wriggled out of her chains as she was being transported by authorities in Las Cruces, N.M. Because of all the socks, she got out of the leg irons. With the cocoa butter, she got out of the cuffs. A little baby powder in the guard's face, and she was off. She enjoyed her freedom, all two feet of it, before she was caught by another guard.


This news show does exposes nightly

Imagine McNeil-Lehrer in the nude. Okay, stop. Bad example. But the Japanese tabloid Shukan Shincho reports that a nude news station, called Nude News Station, is now publicly funded. On the newscast, the anchor - an attractive woman, as it happens - removes one piece of clothing for each news item presented until there is nothing left to remove. The station secured the money by adding sign language. It's only about $1, 200 a month, and the Japanese government claims it gave the money for a sign language news program, not a naked sign language news program. The government also said it wishes the station would stop telling people the show is publicly funded.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.