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by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-02-13 09:51:03
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bizarre01_18Artist forced to remove head camera implant

An artist who had a camera implanted into the back of his head has been forced to remove it after his body rejected part of the device. Iraqi-born Wafaa Bilal had surgery last week to remove one of three posts holding the camera in place as it posed a risk of infection.

The camera had been taking a photo every minute as part of a year-long project. Bilal says he hopes he will be able to reattach the camera. After doctors refused his initial request to have the camera inserted into his head last year, the artist had the procedure done at a body-piercing studio in Los Angeles.

The camera was mounted on three posts attached to a titanium base inserted between Bilal's skin and skull. The set-up had been causing him pain despite treatment with antibiotics and steroids.


Catholic Church gives blessing to iPhone app

bizarre02_400_09The Catholic Church has approved an iPhone app that helps guide worshippers through confession. The Confession program has gone on sale through iTunes for £1.19 ($1.99).

Described as "the perfect aid for every penitent", it offers users tips and guidelines to help them with the sacrament. Now senior church officials in both the UK and US have given it their seal of approval, in what is thought to be a first. The app takes users through the sacrament - in which Catholics admit their wrongdoings - and allows them to keep track of their sins.

It also allows them to examine their conscience based on personalised factors such as age, sex and marital status - but it is not intended to replace traditional confession entirely. Instead, it encourages users to understand their actions and then visit their priest for absolution.


Geneva High School bans 'sexually explicit' dancing

bizarre03_07Concerns from parents, school employees and students themselves have prompted Geneva High School officials to ban a sexually explicit style of dancing – grinding. "We have sensed an increasingly inappropriate style of dancing at our recent dances, and we were approached, in addition to our own observations, we were approached by a group of students who expressed to us they were extremely uncomfortable with the style of dancing that was becoming popular," Principal Tom Rogers said.

The school alerted parents and students of the change on Monday, just days before Friday night's Black Light Dance. In a letter sent to parents, the administration defined grinding as "a sexually explicit, back-to-front style of dancing" in which students press their pelvic region against their partner's backside. Rogers said grinding became more popular during the 2009-10 year and during the dances last fall. He said there was no reason to delay the ban. "We felt that now was the time to do that," Rogers said.

Six administrators were to enforce the dancing on Friday, Rogers said. Students were to wear a school-provided wristband during the event. Those seen dancing inappropriately were to have their wristbands removed. Students who continued to grind were to be removed from the dance, according to the letter. Repeat behaviour could lead to students being banned from subsequent dances, according to the letter. "We caused a stir, if you will, but I think we've done the right thing," Rogers said. "It will take time, but I think it will be a positive change in the long run." School officials also met with the disc jockey before the dance to eliminate songs from the playlist that would encourage such dancing, Rogers said. He described the music as songs with heavy bass and constant pounding. Students have asked the administration to consider having live bands at dances. Rogers said he is receptive to that idea. He also encourages students who disagree with the ban to talk to with him. "I understand their need to debate," he said.


Married couples banned from York Dungeon attraction on Valentine’s Day

bizarre04_400_05Married couples are being banned from visiting a York tourist attraction this Valentine’s Day.  They will not be allowed into the York Dungeon unless they make a public denouncement of their partner.

As the dungeon is welcoming a new gladiator feature, it is being loyal to Roman traditions which condemned February as an unlucky month to be married in. St Valentine, the saint of romance, was also sentenced to death and executed by Roman gladiators, a spokesman said.  Helen Douglas, the manager of the attraction, said: “The York Dungeon has made no secret of its distaste for the commercialism of Valentine’s Day.

“To really put the kibosh on any sickly romance breaching the dungeon doors, we are siding with ancient Roman traditions this year.  “We’ll be banning anyone with a wedding ring from entering until they have made a public denouncement of their partner in front of the rest of the queue.”

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