I enjoy getting tips on stories News of the Weird, and I and the other readers thank you for thinking of us. However, I have to ask your indulgence on a few things, please:
• I can't use personal experiences;
I only run "news" that
has already been
• If online: Please, no attachments or scans. Please send either
version of the story, or just the URL (Internet address).
• Please don't send stories from Reuters's Oddly Enough or the
Associated Press's Strange News. One way or another, I'll see
all of those stories.
• Please don't send me Internet pass-around stories, even if people
they're true. (And even though News of the Weird is mostly funny,
please don't send me ordinary funny e-mails because I haven't the
time to read them.)
• Before I can use something in News of the Weird, I'll need
to know both the source and the date, but if you don't know one
or both, tip
me, anyway; I'll try to find out, myself. In fact, if all you know
are just a few isolated facts about the story, I'll try to find
out the rest.
• I don't have any t-shirts or coffee mugs to give you if
I use your story, but if you're an early sender of something I
use, I'll put your
name on the Thanks This Week list when the story runs, provided
I know your first and last names. (The Thanks list runs in electronic
versions of News of the Weird but not in newspapers.)
Please send tips to WeirdNews@earthlink.net or P.O. Box 18737,
33679. Thank you.
The Top 10 Reasons Why I Might Not Use Your Story
though it's a good story, it's just too old (more than, oh, 3
months); this is, after all, "
News" of the Weird.
9. Even though it's a good story, that genre of stories has popped
up too frequently on the radar screen (and may even have become
part of my No Longer Weird list).
8. Even though it's a good story, that particular story has been
all over the news and therefore would bore too many News of
the Weird readers, who expect me to tell them things they don't
7. Even though it's a good story, it might be too rough for even
some of the most devout News of the Weird readers. In principle,
no story is totally off-limits, but a
few categories must be rarely used, e.g., cruelty to children and
animals, nonconsensual sex.
6. Even though it's a good story, it comes from a newspaper or
news source not part of themainstream national and international
news establishment, and consequently, I don't quite trust its authenticity.
5. Even though it's a good story, and it purportedly comes from
the mainstream news establishment, the story is not written
credibly, e.g., proper names of
people and places are not given, obvious implications about the
facts are ignored or sloppily dealt with.
4. Even though it's a good story, and it apparently comes from
the mainstream news establishment, I could not track down the
exact date or the exact source. I'll try to authenticate its publication,
but if I can't, I just move on to the next story.
3. Even though it's a good story, it might have just barely missed
column. (Since I write mainly for print newspapers, I have a word
2. Even though it's a good story, I'm a one-person shop, and
sometimes I just screw up and put a good story in the wrong
pile, and it gets lost until a point when I can no longer use it.
1. Of course, another reason I might not use your story is because
I don't think it's weird.