Hard to believe it was 15 years ago, but does anyone remember all the media attention and hubbub that surrounded an American teen who was convicted in Singapore of vandalism and got sentenced to be 'caned' six times? Officials in Singapore later even reduced that sentence to four whacks but it was interesting to hear the uporar this traditional form of punishment stirred up in the media. It was fodder for late night talk shows and morning show dj's for weeks.
The media, of course, does this sort of thing all the time where they try to create hype around things make stories about events that would otherwise scarcely raise an eyebrow. Any favorite non-news 'stories' you care to recall?