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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Stranger Than Fiction

Re: “Obituary: 'Stranger than Fiction' writer Roland Sweet

Stranger than Fiction is one of my favorite parts of the Independent. He will be missed.

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Posted by Margena Holmes on 08/11/2015 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Obituary: 'Stranger than Fiction' writer Roland Sweet

Well this is sad news...damn!

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Posted by Boomer49 on 08/11/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “The road test from hell

It's very interesting that instead of replacing the signs they will just raise the fine, if that's even legal.

Posted by Christopher Everspark on 01/11/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Would-be thief dodges flying beer

Yes, smartphone are deadly is a paper on the effects of a smart phone on the brain and see what other damages it can do:

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Posted by Kelly Chambers on 08/13/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “When a car thief gets too cocky

Too bad Chipotle Mexican Grill (and Foer) forgot to include any Mexican Americans or Latinos in its new Cultivating Thought campaign.

Certainly Chipotle depends on the Mexican culture to inspire its cuisine - and profits off the labor force that is in no small way Latino - from "farm to face" - in the fields, in the kitchens and behind the counters.

Check out our FB page: Cultivating Invisibility: Chipotle's Missing Mexicans.

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Posted by Lisa Alvarez on 06/10/2014 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Cheap hubby kills wife rather than pay alimony

Sorry, I have no respect for gold diggers who want to live off alimony. In fact, that's the very definition of cheap and lazy.

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Posted by Nathan Webb on 01/16/2014 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Cheap hubby kills wife rather than pay alimony

I take issue with your headline about the Cheap Hubby eager to divorce but not to pay alimony. It does a disservice to all those going through a divorce, reinforces a stereotype from bygone days, and minimizes the true horror of divorce in our litigious nation. These days a contested divorce is a traumatic experience that often leaves people destitute. These days women often pay alimony. And suicides are as likely as homicides. The reason? In the US the legal bills for divorce total $50 billion annually. To reiterate, that is $50 with nine zeros after it! The person who murdered his wife in the midst of a divorce may or may not have been cheap and may or may not have wanted a divorce. But he was very likely exposed to the trauma inflicted by the cadre of lawyers and experts who feed off of peoples misery during a break-up, and laws that promote business by encouraging conflict. I am in no way defending this persons actions. But I think you should be more sensitive to the trauma of divorce when you write your sensational headlines. I urge people to see the movie to get a good view of what divorce in our nation really looks like. You will be shocked!

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Posted by Tom Leustek on 01/15/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “The taxman never sleeps

Really enjoyed the article, thanks!
I always have mixed feelings, when reading the stories like Joan Hoyt's, who is 61, and still studies. On the one hand it's difficult for me to understand their aims and motivation, on the other I really respect and adore people so active late in life.

Jull from

Posted by Jull on 12/20/2013 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Live wire interrupts copper thief's getaway

"Live wire interrupts copper thief's getaway"

Actually not all that strange, it happens to more than a few wire thieves. Used to see it somewhat frequently in less developed countries.

Posted by Dave H on 06/10/2013 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Robber arrested while calling his mom

SSA has some really STUPID people working in ints agency and this supervisor is among the worst. She rivals the idiots in Congress like Hank Johnson who thought Guam was going to tip over and Joe Biden who always makes stupid statements. I wonder who their DNA came from? Apes? Monkeys? Kenya?

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Posted by Publisherpikespeakregionlivingmagazine on 02/13/2013 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

Thanks for not adding any snide comments to the circumcision item - except for putting it on this page. What's really stranger than fiction is that in the 21st century, some people in the developed world still feel compelled to cut an integral part off healthy baby boys' (but not girls') genitals - and the law still lets them!

Posted by Hugh7 on 06/17/2011 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Stranger Than Fiction

Ed and Elaine brown sentenced to 37 years COME ON are you serious ?

This is an outrage.

Are you prepared ?

Posted by SHTFMILITIA.COM on 11/28/2010 at 3:27 AM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

For more information on the FACTS behind the situation in Obion County that led to the Cranick home burning to the ground, and how to stop it from happening again, please see:

Posted by Fellow Traveler on 10/14/2010 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

West is lying (which is pretty much par for the course for the Disco 'Tute): there are vanishingly few "scientists", no "findings" (just a bunch of long-discredited arguments) supporting his position, and no evidence of 'persecution' against it (just a bunch of self-created faux-martyrs).

All it adds up to is a rather shop-worn conspiracy theory for explaining why, in spite of its demise having been predicted nearly continuously for the last 150 years, the Theory of Evolution continues to go from strength to strength.

Posted by Hrafn on 04/29/2010 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

In the "Birds of a Feather" article, you should have mentioned that evolution is a scientific theory, while intelligent design creationism is not. According to a Federal judge's decision in 2005, "We have concluded that intelligent design is not science, and moreover that intelligent design cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

Posted by PaulBurnett on 04/29/2010 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

That's Athens, Georgia, not Athens, Ohio.
Here's the article in the Athens, (Georgia), Banner Herald:…

Posted by ambiguat0r on 01/21/2010 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

Damn, it took the CIA that long to figure it out that there were no bar code messages from al Qa'eda? EVERYBODY knows that the bar code signals are from a race of grey-green aliens, like the Roswell type, and show the exact location of a warehouse where there are 17 DVDs worth of plans for an a FTL spaceship, and coordinates to program into a common tape recorder which will then lead you to their home planet.

Where you will be probed, then cooked and eaten.

Posted by brotherjonah2 on 01/14/2010 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

I personally have never seen pornography. The professor needs to ship me a copy of each piece of Pornography to test that theory, and, of course, so I can find out what it looks like, thus making it easier to avoid in the future.

Posted by brotherjonah2 on 01/07/2010 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

Dang, I knew those Texas pecan pies were bad for the health...

(if properly prepared, you develop 30 cavities just smelling it...)

Posted by brotherjonah2 on 12/27/2009 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Stranger than fiction

Dr. Alan Bittner has claimed to the Wall St Journal that no one has ever used human bio waste as a form of fuel and he is wrong. The Nazi's were rendering oil from the bodies of dead Jews. This was an enormous atrocity of it's kind because it was targeted as hate to a race. But taking in a modern society that knows the importance of recycling, is their any reason why a person cannot leave his or her body to fuel. The important organs can be removed for transplant and the rest can be rendered to make biodiesel. If the choice is from the individual, is there any reason why this cannot be done today?

Posted by PGell on 02/17/2009 at 6:12 AM

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