– New York author A.J. Jacobs may trump No Impact Man in The Most Drastically Altering One’s Life To Sell A Book contest. The title of his latest effort, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible”, pretty much says it all. Among the more interesting aspects: Jacobs didn’t touch his wife (or any woman) at certain times of the month, and he pelted an adulterer with a pebble.
– Is it still performance art if nobody’s there to see it? A Chinatown artist strangled his new girlfriend to death and then slept beside her corpse for two nights. Before that, the couple went to a topless bar where Michael Lenahan bought his date a couple of lap dances, then they went back to his apartment, which he shares with his ailing grandmother. As if the date weren’t bad enough already, the next day Lenahan demanded the $50 he spent on lap dances back! When the woman refused, kicking him in the groin, he lost his temper. Lenahan was charged with second-degree murder and held without bail at his arraignment yesterday.
– It’s like the Jersey shore is actually seeking out new ways to make itself unattractive. If you rent a place in Sea Girt, don’t expect to play beer pong with your friends on the lawn or deck. In response to neighbors’ noise complaints, the council passed an ordinance that outlaws drink games played on private property but in public view. The penalty for a first offense is $100, and your pride.
–In an obscenely ageist move, Charles Friedgood, 89, the oldest inmate in the New York state prison system, has been denied parole. His crime? The wealthy Long Island heart surgeon was convicted in 1976 of injecting his ailing wife with a fatal dose of Demerol after being arrested at JFK trying to flee the country with more than $450,000 in cash and valuables from her estate to be with his girlfriend in Europe. And they didn’t let him out to enjoy the last 10 or so years of his life? For shame.