Winckler's Wacky World: Amish hair crime

Navy officer fakes own death; Mammoth skeleton for sale; A date with Clooney; How rob a bank from your living room and Fresco granny's revenge.

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Samuel Mullet Sr., the domineering leader of a renegade Amish sect, and 15 of his followers were convicted  on Thursday in Cleveland of federal conspiracy and hate crimes for a series of bizarre beard and hair-cutting attacks last fall that spread fear through the Amish of eastern Ohio.

He's just not that into you 

Submarine Commander Faked Own Death to Escape Lover. On Sept. 5, Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II was found guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman, dereliction of duty and adultery (an offense in the uniformed services) after staging his death to deceive a younger lover with whom he was having an affair.

How big is your living room?

Looking for that must-have ornament for a cavernous living room or backyard lawn? Good news, Sotheby's is putting a complete Mammoth skeleton up for sale in Paris.

Cheap date

Or perhaps you'd rather spend your hard-earned on lunch with George Clooney? It's a snip at approximately $20,000 (includes polite conversation with third wheel).

Bank password was 123456 (really)

A man trying to bypass the paid telephone support system found on the internet what he thought was a direct-line to the central bank employees. When asked for a code by an automated system, he entered 123456 and it worked – he had just breached the central bank’s security.

Prison break

Prisoner restaurant Clink Cymru opens in Cardiff. A restaurant situated next door to a south Wales prison and staffed by inmates has opened to the public.

What do you do with a drunken sailor?

Well, for one British woman, allegedly sauced as a seamen, the answer was obvious; commandeer a passenger ferry and ram another watercraft while hollering “I’m Jack Sparrow” and “I’m a pirate.”

N. Korean ad parodies ‘Gangnam Style’

Hey, why can’t a Cold War-era totalitarian regime that holds its own citizens in massive gulags get in on the Internet fun?

Is this the most distant galaxy ever seen by humans?

New data from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes capture light that traveled 13.2 billion light years, making the galaxy nearly as old as the Universe.

From the mouths of babes

A Pittsburgh-area couple faces charges of conspiracy after selling a neighbor's puppy on Craigslist for $50. They were caught out by their 5-year-old son's slip of the tongue.

Who's the artist now?

Spanish OAP who destroyed church fresco with DIY paint job sues for royalties after 30,000 flock to see her work.

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