Thought-Provoking Entertainment

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A tweet from a long-time reader. Steve Wozniak is the co-founder of Apple Computer.

I believe humanity is held back by the lack of thinking. I provoke thought with examples of what happens when we don’t think, and when we do.

This is True is a non-partisan news commentary feature, sent weekly by email. Each week features several short summaries of weird (but true!) news items from around the world. Each story ends with a comment — a tagline which is humorous, ironic, or opinionated (or with luck, some combination of the three).

Some topics call for more explanation or exploration, and are posted as essays on this site. The newsletter carries links to these, and you can subscribe separately to be notified when they are published.

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For Example

Who Was That Masked Man?

Robert Borba, 28, was loading up his truck in a Walmart parking lot in Eagle Point, Ore., when he heard a woman screaming: a man was stealing her bicycle. “I wasn’t going to catch him on foot,” Borba explained. “I just don’t run very fast.” He had his horse in a trailer, so he brought it out and rode to her aid. Borba caught up with the man, who was having trouble getting up to speed, so he ditched the bike and ran. Borba, a rancher and former rodeo competitor, simply lassoed the man’s legs with a rope, causing him to fall down. The man grabbed a tree to try to pull loose, but Borba simply had his horse, Long John, keep a pull on the rope to hold the man tight. “Do you have a badge to do this?” the man asked Borba. Borba simply took out his cell phone and called police, and held the man for them. Victorino Arellano-Sanchez, 22, was arrested. (RC/Medford Mail Tribune) …Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

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My weekly newsletter includes weird-but-true stories like…

  • A man sued his doctor because he survived his cancer longer than the doctor predicted.
  • Two robbers were in the process of their crime when one changed his mind and arrested the other.
  • A woman had her husband’s ashes made into an egg timer when he died so he could still “help” in the kitchen.
  • Only 68 of 200 Anglican priests polled could name all Ten Commandments, but half said they believed in space aliens.

The 12 Weirdest Stories of Last Year

Upon confirming your subscription, you can download a free copy of the Weirdest Stories of last year — a PDF presenting the best story from each month of the year, with my  choice of the best of all of them, with some extra commentary. It’s a great introduction to the kind of stories that True features, and you’re welcome to share it with friends.

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