Turkish Court Considers Gollum Case

A Turkish doctor compared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gollum, using pictures of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings films juxtaposed with pictures of Erdogan. The doctor, who has already lost his job over the posting, is now waiting for a court to rule if comparing Erdogan to Gollum is an insult, bringing in two academicians, two psychologists and a movie expert to testify. If the court determines it is an insult, the doctor could face two years in prison.
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Spokane Klingon Attack

Months after the Worldcon was held in Spokane, a local man faces charges for attacking his neighbor with a Klingon bat’leth in a dispute over garbage cans. Carlo Morris Cerutti, who does not appear to have been a member of Sasquan, brandished the weapon at his neighbor on November 14 and is now facing assault charges.

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Darth Vader Statue Unveiled in Odessa

Following the passage of a law to remove symbols and insignia reminding the country of its communist past, a statue of V. I. Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine has been transformed into a statue of Darth Vader. Vader, and other Star Wars characters, is extremely popular in Ukraine, with members of the Pirate Party of Ukraine frequently adopted their appearance and names when running for office.
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Back to the Future Two Steps Closer

With the Cubs defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a one-game play-off and getting closer to the World Series and Pepsi announcing a limited edition of Pepsi Perfect in a futuristic bottle, it appears the world is moving a little closer to the October 21 predicted in Back to the Future II. Pepsi Perfect will be available at New York Comic Con and then released on-line on October 21. The 16.9 ounce bottle will retail at $20 and only 6,500 will be produced. Nike is also trying to release self-tightening sneakers before the end of the year.
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Councilman Resigns…in Klingon

David Waddell, a city councilman in Indian Trail, N.C. (pop. 33,518) announced his resignation from the town council with a four line letter written in Klingon, ending with the Klingon phrase for “Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.” Waddell, who is midway through his first term on the council, has said that he can be more effective as a citizen attendee and also needs more time mount a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat. His resignation becomes effective on January 31, 2014.

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