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Don't believe everything you read on the Internet!

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A tip of the hat to my colleagues, Lindsey Wiebe and Jason Bell, for sending this little gem my way.Earlier this week, Lindsey was preparing to write a story that involved the tiny town of Zhoda, Manitoba. Not knowing too much about the community, she went online to see what she could find.The following is courtesty of Wikipedia.Unlike most small towns or hamlets, uniquely; Zhoda reeve establishment is not based on community votes or campaigns. Every second year a wrestling match is promoted in the area and candidate hopefuls line up for their time in the ring. If one is to old, impaired, or weak, they can choose another to represent themselves. Wrestling matches take place during June-July and are held at the Zhoda Hall. Currently, Stephen El Stevo is the reigning 5 year champion who's style include a Mexican-style wrestling blended with American boxing.This year's competition is set to have four main contestants, namely, the current title holder, Stephen El Stevo, "Old Man" Arhaas, Johnny "Sober" Sobering, Agatha "Aggie" Wall, and Professor Peter Potato Dungalinger Wigglebums.Zhoda's main export, while not being financially lucrative, is stray dogs. Currently, shipments are being made to Grunthal and Winnipeg, but it has been noted that La Broquerie has it's eyes set on importing the vast majority into their possession.It appears someone has been having some fun at Zhoda's expense!And while we can probably all get a chuckle out of the entry, it's a good reminder that the Internet is still a vast, largely unpoliced universe where an "anything goes" mentality sometimes exists.romdogs.jpg NachoLibre.jpg So be careful out there. And have a great long weekend. I'll be in Zhoda, sitting ringside with the strays and watching to see if the great Stephen El Stevo can fend off his beefy challengers.www.mikeoncrime.com

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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