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  • Psychology student wins first German stiletto race

    08/20/2006 7:05:47 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 4,520+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Sat Aug 19, 5:25 PM ET
    Psychology student wins first German stiletto race Sat Aug 19, 5:25 PM ET BERLIN (AFP) - A 25-year old psychology student ran away with the first foot race down Berlin's swish Kurfuerstendamm boulevard in stiletto high heels. It took Nadine Sonnabend just 12 seconds to run the 100 metres (328 feet) on her seven centimetre-high heels (almost three inch), said the organisers of the Stiletto Run, which is being held as part of the Global Fashion Festival. "I much prefer tennis," admitted Nadine, as she walked off with her 10,000-euro (12,800-dollar) voucher to spend at Berlin's most prestigious department store...
  • Fat fish cashes in its chips at Chinese aquarium

    08/17/2006 3:22:31 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 2,901+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Aug 17, 2:16 PM ET
    Fat fish cashes in its chips at Chinese aquarium Thu Aug 17, 2:16 PM ET BEIJING (AFP) - Too much food and too little exercise cost the life of a grossly overweight fish at an aquarium in southern China, state media reported. The grouper -- an edible fish -- weighed in at 150 kilos (330 pounds) and measured 1.6 meters (five feet four inches) at the time of its death last week at the Beihai Sea World in Guangxi region, Xinhua news agency said. It had weighed just six kilos and been a mere 30 centimeters (12 inches) when it...
  • Man picks wrong spot when nature calls (WV State police HQ parking lot)

    08/11/2006 1:56:09 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 1,128+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8/11/06
    Man picks wrong spot when nature calls 8 minutes ago CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Sometimes when nature calls, there's no time to delay, but a Kentucky man sure picked the wrong spot for a pit stop. Michael Ray Hunter, 37, found out Wednesday night that the parking lot of the West Virginia State Police headquarters in South Charleston isn't the right spot. Trooper J.S. Crane just happened to be walking nearby as Hunter was relieving himself. As Crane approached, he smelled alcohol. That discovery led Crane to the pickup truck where Hunter's buddy, James Alan Richardson, 40, was checking phone messages....
  • Squirrel attacks people in Fla. park

    08/10/2006 5:51:15 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 39 replies · 4,520+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06
    Squirrel attacks people in Fla. park 2 hours, 12 minutes ago WINTER PARK, Fla. - Several people attacked by a squirrel at Central Park said they had one word for the animal: nuts. On Wednesday some expressed frustration that the animal was not caught sooner, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Alisa Cox's son Carson, 3, was bitten by a squirrel several times and had a 2-inch wound on his leg after the incident, Cox said. James Klute said his 3-year-old son was also bitten on the calf while they were kicking a soccer ball at the park. Jim Hindman, meanwhile, said...
  • 4 neighbors arrested in cigarette fight

    08/10/2006 1:43:37 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 19 replies · 5,317+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06
    4 neighbors arrested in cigarette fight 1 hour, 12 minutes ago DECATUR, Ala. - A cigarette butt casually tossed to the ground sparked a daylong argument between four neighbors that escalated into a fight that sent at least three of them to the hospital and got them all arrested. "It's sad that people were injured over a cigarette butt," Lt. Chris Mathews, spokesman for the Decatur Police Department, said Thursday. Police said a guest visiting Bobby Joe Ray, 42, tossed a cigarette butt toward the edge of Ray's yard on Aug. 4. The butt landed near a fence belonging to...
  • National Underwear Day Takes It Off in Times Square

    08/10/2006 12:59:59 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 5 replies · 1,941+ views
    Fashion Wire Daily/Yahoo ^ | Wed Aug 9, 7:48 PM ET | Lindsay Sammon
    National Underwear Day Takes It Off in Times Square Lindsay Sammon Wed Aug 9, 7:48 PM ET Fashion Wire Daily - New York - Foot and street traffic alike were stopped in their tracks Wednesday, August 9, as FreshPair.com, the online retailer of various underwear brands, held its fourth annual National Underwear Day in New York's Times Square. A fashion show at the merge of Broadway and Seventh Avenue showcased the newest trends in intimate apparel. An estimated total of 4000 pairs of underwear were handed out to passersby by scantily clad street models. "Our mission is to raise awareness...
  • Germans peel off for lensman Tunick

    08/07/2006 5:35:33 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 16 replies · 1,029+ views
    Adelaide Now ^ | August 07, 2006 02:42am
    Germans peel off for lensman Tunick From correspondents in Berlin, Germany August 07, 2006 02:42am Article from: Agence France-Presse US photographer Spencer Tunick, famous for snapping his subjects in their birthday suits, struck again in Duesseldorf in western Germany, where more than 800 people bared all for his art. For five hours 840 people, some of whom had come from as far away as Brazil, posed nude in a variety of attitudes - in a pyramid, arms in the air, bending down or crowding round a tree. Or, in the case of the 50 most comely, in front of a...
  • Murray, OCC build 'Caddyshack' motorcycle

    08/04/2006 3:46:20 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 24 replies · 5,617+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Aug 3, 6:19 PM ET
    Murray, OCC build 'Caddyshack' motorcycle Thu Aug 3, 6:19 PM ET NEW YORK - Try to imagine the motorcycle that Bill Murray's classic "Caddyshack" character Carl Spackler would ride. Would it incorporate his love of greenskeeping, his hatred of gophers or his experiences as a "looper" for the Dalai Lama? Those were the sort of questions Murray and the guys of Orange County Choppers had to ask themselves in fashioning a bike in the spirit of the beloved Spackler. Their efforts can be seen on Monday's episode of "American Chopper" on the Discovery Channel (10 p.m. EDT), with a second...
  • Transsexual hen's crow wreaks havoc in the henhouse

    08/04/2006 8:28:28 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 13 replies · 991+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Aug 4, 6:12 AM ET
    Transsexual hen's crow wreaks havoc in the henhouse Fri Aug 4, 6:12 AM ET STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A hen in southern Sweden that has grown a rooster comb, tail and wattle and begun to crow is wreaking havoc in its henhouse, where the rooster, Henry VIII, is hopping mad. "Henry VIII is bloody angry. The other hens are mostly just surprised but they seem to increasingly accept him or her," the owner of the henhouse, Christel Hammar-Malmgren, told the online edition of regional daily Blekinge Laens Tidning Friday. Hammar-Malmgren woke up one morning in July to the sound of two...
  • Woman gets stuck on toilet, suffers burns

    08/03/2006 6:01:21 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 30 replies · 1,657+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Aug 3, 4:06 PM ET
    Woman gets stuck on toilet, suffers burns Thu Aug 3, 4:06 PM ET COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - A woman who became stuck to a toilet seat in a shopping mall restroom was treated at a local hospital after paramedics used fingernail polish remover to free her, officials said. The 53-year-old Council Bluffs woman suffered burns to her skin in the incident, which happened Wednesday, officials with the Fire Department said. Investigators said they believe someone placed a cement compound on the toilet seat in the restroom at the Mall of the Bluffs. Investigators say they are treating the case as...
  • Man accused of shoving phone down (girlfriend's) throat (now at trial)

    07/26/2006 7:57:01 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 38 replies · 1,292+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/26/06
    Man accused of shoving phone down throat 2 hours, 56 minutes ago INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The assault trial of a man accused of shoving a cell phone down a woman's throat has begun. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Marlon Brando Gill was angry and jealous when he forced the phone into Melinda Abell's throat in December. But defense attorneys insist the 25-year-old victim swallowed the phone intentionally to prevent Gill from finding out who she'd been calling. Gill is charged with felony first-degree assault. A doctor at a Kansas City hospital's emergency room used a tool called a "pincher" to remove the...
  • Restroom art gallery opens in Ohio village

    07/23/2006 8:10:16 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 34 replies · 2,719+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/23/05 | JAMES HANNAH
    Restroom art gallery opens in Ohio village By JAMES HANNAH, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio - Call it Chagall in the stall, Picasso in the powder room. Anyone who uses the public restrooms inside a replica of the 1880 train station in this southwest Ohio village will be treated to a display of original paintings on the walls. Dubbed the ChamberPot Gallery, the exhibition that opened in mid-June is the brainchild of two local artists hoping to draw attention to this artist-oriented community and to lure into the village out-of-town hikers, bikers and joggers...
  • Dog-cooking, tree-taking school-burner may lose job

    07/21/2006 1:30:31 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 18 replies · 1,082+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Fri Jul 21, 8:37 AM ET
    Dog-cooking, tree-taking school-burner may lose job Fri Jul 21, 8:37 AM ET BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese headmaster, who tried to buy off colleagues by cooking dog meat for them after secretly selling off trees around the school, ended up setting fire to classrooms when the meal burst into flames, a Chinese newspaper said Friday. Ten classrooms containing televisions, computers, printers and textbooks burned down, leaving nearly 100 children unable to go to school, the Beijing Youth Daily said. The headmaster, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, sold off a 1,000-tree arboretum surrounding the school on the sly, the newspaper...
  • Man tries to smuggle bird eggs in undies (is fined $20K)

    07/17/2006 9:34:39 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 707+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Jul 17, 5:24 PM ET
    Man tries to smuggle bird eggs in undies Mon Jul 17, 5:24 PM ET SYDNEY, Australia - A man caught with six eggs from endangered species in his underwear as he was preparing to fly to Bangkok was fined 25,000 Australian dollars ($20,000) Monday by a judge who rejected his claim that he only wanted to surprise his girlfriend. Wayne Frederick Floyd pleaded guilty in February to exporting regulated native specimens without a permit or exemption, an offense that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Although Judge Martin Sides called it a commercial venture, he said he didn't mandate jail...
  • Bollywood's Krazy Kat gets her claws out (obscure Bollywood starlets manufacture controversy)

    07/14/2006 8:00:08 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 3 replies · 2,042+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/14/06
    Bollywood's Krazy Kat gets her claws out 1 hour, 19 minutes ago NEW DELHI - It's turning into a real Bollywood Kat fight. Bollywood's latest music video star, Nandini Jumani, has filed a case with the police, accusing her rival, Rakhi Sawant, of harassing her, the Times of India reported Thursday. Jumani, popularly known as Krazy Kat, said she had received a number of threatening calls lately. "I think Rakhi is behind the calls. I suspect her since I recently talked about her in an interview," she told the newspaper. In that interview, Jumani said Sawant was all fake and...
  • Bear voluntarily returns to enclosure

    07/12/2006 7:01:32 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 520+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/12/06
    Bear voluntarily returns to enclosure 2 hours, 40 minutes ago GOLDEN, British Columbia - Boo the runaway grizzly bear has returned on his own to his enclosure at a resort, apparently because of the ease of getting food and the end to the mating season, officials said. After nearly three weeks on the lam after busting out of confinement, the 4-year-old bear ambled back into the 22-acre artificial enclosure Saturday, said Michael Dalzell, sales and marketing director at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort outside this town on the western slope of the Canadian Rockies. "We believe he came back because he...
  • Texas school district bans grillz

    07/11/2006 12:11:04 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 54,229+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/11/06
    Texas school district bans grillz 2 hours, 56 minutes ago ARLINGTON, Texas - The school district here has expanded its dress codes to include mouths — and earlobes. Students may no longer wear mouth jewelry known as "grillz" — shiny teeth caps — or the earlobe-stretching practice known as "gauging." "The district is having to respond to fads because they've become distracters or a safety hazard for those around them," said Malcolm Turner, the district's executive director of student services. The nearby Irving, Grand Prairie and DeSoto districts also ban grillz, and some also address gauging — the process of...
  • 'Wigged out' students caught cheating

    07/11/2006 5:15:13 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 9 replies · 581+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Jul 10, 5:41 PM ET
    'Wigged out' students caught cheating Mon Jul 10, 5:41 PM ET HANOI, Vietnam - More than 20 desperate students in Vietnam paid up to 50 million dong ($3,125) to don elaborately wired wigs and shirts that allowed them to cheat on their college entrance exams, police said Monday. During a weekend raid, Hanoi police confiscated 50 mobile phones, 60 earphones, 150 SIM cards, eight shirts and five wigs, an officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Ring leader Nguyen Hong Hai, 39, told police that more than 20 students paid 20...
  • La. garden yields yard-long ... cuculoupe?

    07/09/2006 11:14:32 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 684+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Sun Jul 9, 5:50 AM ET
    La. garden yields yard-long ... cuculoupe? Sun Jul 9, 5:50 AM ET HOUMA, La. - They're a yard long and a good few inches across. The skin is waxy, sort of like a cucumber, but yellow and ridged like a canteloupe. A half dozen of them grew between the cucumbers and cantaloupes in a Houma home garden. "We call it a cuculoupe," Karen Dusenbery said. As good a name as any. "Science is strange sometimes," LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion said after examining the whatsits. "You see crosses like that. What happens is they planted them close in proximity, and...
  • Apple pips its rivals with the iPod that talks

    07/09/2006 6:50:16 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 2 replies · 470+ views
    scotsman.com ^ | Jul 9 2006 | RICHARD GRAY
    Apple pips its rivals with the iPod that talks RICHARD GRAY SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT (rgray@scotlandonsunday.com) FROM Walkman to Talkman. Not content with changing the world's music-listening habits, Apple has come up with another innovation: the talking iPod. A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to convert the names of bands, albums and individual tracks into recognisable speech. The new iPod will tell you what it is about to play, removing the need for users to look at the screen while selecting music, and making the device safer and easier to use while driving, cycling or in badly-lit locations. Crucially,...
  • Estonians reign at wife-carrying championships

    07/02/2006 6:10:36 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 10 replies · 539+ views
    rEUters ^ | 7/2/06
    Estonians reign at wife-carrying championships SONKAJARVI, Finland (Reuters) - Finishing upside down clinging to a man's back may not be the most graceful way of winning gold, but it sure helped Sandra Kullas and Margo Uusorg to the world wife-carrying crown on Saturday. The Estonians were among 40 pairs from eight countries who competed in the annual event in Sonkajarvi, in central Finland. They raced along a 250-meter track, complete with pools and hurdles, with the men running or walking and carrying the women on their backs. The championship, being held for the 11th time, evokes the legend of robber...
  • Buy Alec Baldwin’s Hairy iPod

    06/30/2006 7:37:58 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 25 replies · 3,523+ views
    Gawker ^ | 6/30/06
    Buy Alec Baldwin’s Hairy iPod READ MORE: alec baldwin, ebay, ipod, music Celebrity memorabilia collectors are no doubt filled with joy at the latest gem to hit eBay: what would appear to be an iPod once belonging to actor Alec Baldwin. Or an iPod belonging to someone else named Alec Baldwin, or perhaps the iPod of a weirdly misguided fan of Alec Baldwin. No explanation on how the seller came to aquire the item, but some info on Baldwin’s tastes: This is Alec Baldwin’s 4th Generation 20 GB Apple iPod (Black & White). The iPod is engraved on the back...
  • Motorcycle Crashes, Catches On Fire (all by itself!)

    06/27/2006 12:42:40 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 468+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Tue Jun 27, 9:22 AM ET
    Motorcycle Crashes, Catches On Fire Tue Jun 27, 9:22 AM ET A fiery motorcycle accident may have been caused by high speeds, officials told KPRC Local 2. Investigators said the accident happened at about 11 p.m. Monday when the driver lost control on the Eastex Freeway near Will Clayton Parkway. Officials said the motorcycle hit a curb and caught on fire after it crashed. The driver was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
  • Child-welfare worker clocked at 142 mph on motorcycle

    06/22/2006 1:43:00 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 16 replies · 564+ views
    Child-welfare worker clocked at 142 mph on motorcycle The Associated Press ORANGEBURG, N.Y. - A child-welfare worker was clocked at 142 miles an hour on his motorcycle while leading police on a two-state chase, authorities said Thursday. Sean Virgo's wild ride allegedly started in Orangeburg, where he was pursued by New York state police. When he arrived in neighboring New Jersey, Palisades Interstate Parkway police picked up the chase, They arrested Virgo as he tried to make a U-turn on a grassy median. Virgo, 34, of Ossining, an emergency children's services investigator for the New York City Administration for Children's...
  • Man charged with having crack in sundae

    06/17/2006 2:35:08 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 879+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 16, 9:13 PM ET
    Man charged with having crack in sundae Fri Jun 16, 9:13 PM ET RICHMOND, Texas - This banana split was topped with something more potent than just a cherry. A motorist was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was caught with two rocks of crack cocaine he had stashed in his ice cream dessert. Oscar Martinez, 41, of Richmond, had been pulled over by police officer David Bentley late Sunday after he failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing on the campus of Wharton County Junior College. Bentley discovered that Martinez had a suspended driver's...
  • Corgi loves motorcycle rides

    06/11/2006 5:35:37 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 9 replies · 584+ views
    Corgi loves motorcycle rides Going places: Abbie, an 11-year-old corgi owned by Roy Clark of Jackson relaxes in her specially built dog seat on the back of Clark's motorcycle Friday during the Wheels of Thunder/Hogs 'n' Dogs celebration in downtown Jackson. Abbie started riding about three years ago, and now Clark can't even go out on errands without her, he said.
  • Pilot Fights Black Snake Stowaway on Plane

    06/04/2006 1:45:47 PM PDT · by patton · 31 replies · 914+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday , June 02, 2006 | Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Monty Coles was 3,000 feet in the air when he discovered a stowaway peeking out at him from the plane's instrument panel — a 4 1/2-foot black snake. Coles had left Charleston earlier for a leisurely flight over the West Virginia countryside last Saturday in his Piper Cherokee and was preparing to land in Gallipolis, Ohio, when the snake revealed itself. "Nothing in any of the manuals ever described anything like this," the 62-year-old Cross Lanes resident said. But the advice given 25 years earlier from his flight instructor immediately came to mind: "No matter what happens,...
  • AirAmerica getting airplay on CSPAN1 -- what gives?

    06/02/2006 11:13:34 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 15 replies · 526+ views
    CSPAN ^ | 6/2/06 | marty
    In flipping around the TV dial I see that AirAmerica and the talent-challenged Al Franken are getting free play on CSPAN. Does anyone recall Rush or a similar Conservative commentator getting similar airtime? And what's the over/under on AA even being around a year from now?
  • Toronto hosts world's first 'feminist porn' awards (unnngh)

    06/02/2006 6:27:41 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 11 replies · 529+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Jun 1, 3:13 PM ET
    Toronto hosts world's first 'feminist porn' awards Thu Jun 1, 3:13 PM ET OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada's biggest city will host what is believed to be the world's first "feminist porn" awards ceremony, to highlight "really great" female erotica. "There is so much bad porn out there. A lot of it is really, really bad -- not just sexist but racist, too," organizer Chanelle Gallant told AFP by telephone from Toronto. "We wanted to celebrate filmmakers who are making really great porn, the kind that makes us feel good about sex, makes us feel good about our bodies and treats...
  • Michigan bakery sells Hoffa cupcakes

    05/24/2006 8:09:57 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 19 replies · 464+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/24/06 | BRIAN CHARLTON
    Michigan bakery sells Hoffa cupcakes By BRIAN CHARLTON, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 52 minutes ago MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Cupcakes aren't usually a best-seller at the Milford Baking Company. But since the addition of a plastic green hand emerging from the chocolate-flavored sprinkles and frosting meant to resemble dirt, the bakery can't make enough of the desserts. In the week since dozens of FBI agents, police and others invaded this small community 30 miles northwest of Detroit to search for the remains of former Teamsters chief Jimmy Hoffa, local businesses are taking advantage of the national spotlight aimed at...
  • Resuscitated Exotic Chicken Dies (Requiem for Boo Boo)

    05/23/2006 11:24:44 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 5 replies · 266+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/23/06
    Resuscitated Exotic Chicken Dies Tue May 23, 6:25 PM ET ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - The exotic chicken that was saved from drowning by mouth-to-beak resuscitation more than three months ago has died, her owner said Tuesday. Boo Boo, the chicken who was revived after she was found floating face down in the family pond in February, died recently, said owner Jackie Calhoun. The fowl's story was featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Animal Planet network. "She had seizures," Calhoun said. "I've come to the conclusion that's what put her in the pond in the first place." He...
  • Germans flock to see 'unique' lily (It's baaaack! Amorphophallus titanum)

    05/15/2006 6:19:30 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 433+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 5/15/06
    BERLIN (AFP) - Thousands of Germans have flocked to a botanical garden to witness the freak appearance of three flowers on a giant member of the lily family, notorious for its revolting smell. Since mid-April an Arum Titan in a garden in Bonn in western Germany has been displaying three monster buds, a phenomenon described by the management as unique. The plant is known to botanists as Amorphophallus titanum but more familiarly as the corpse-flower because of its repulsive odour. "Our example is the only one in the world to put out several flowers simultaneously," the garden exulted on its...
  • "Should NASCAR Be Restricted?" (Pinhead COSTCO Magazine article & poll)

    05/14/2006 1:51:43 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 9 replies · 517+ views
    Poll at link Screen caps of .PDF pages at site (I like "Tubby Thompson's" objections):
  • Cat to Reunite With Owner After 10 Years

    05/04/2006 11:24:20 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 64 replies · 929+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Wed May 3, 9:09 PM ET
    Cat to Reunite With Owner After 10 Years Wed May 3, 9:09 PM ET SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sneakers the cat is being reunited with his owner, hundreds of miles away from where the feline disappeared in 1996. The long-haired black cat was given to Sacramento's Animal Care Services last week, where an employee scanned him for a microchip, a routine procedure. The number on the chip was used to track down Allison MacEwan of Seattle, who said she placed newspaper ads and went door-to-door with fliers in a futile search for her lost cat a decade ago. Officials on Wednesday...
  • Paris stampeded by colourful cows in the name of art

    04/25/2006 9:27:41 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 18 replies · 694+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Apr 24, 12:57 PM ET
    Paris stampeded by colourful cows in the name of art Mon Apr 24, 12:57 PM ET PARIS (AFP) - To the long list of sights tourists can see in Paris will be added 110 surprising ones from this week, on a temporary basis: cows in all manner of poses and colours, bringing a Pop Art stampede to the City of Light. The herd of fibreglass bovines will be spread through the centre of the capital from Thursday, including along some famous landmarks, such as the Champs-Elysees, the Garnier Opera and in the chic Saint-Germain district. Among them is a sculpture...
  • Hawaii May Honor Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

    04/18/2006 9:14:25 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 13 replies · 1,251+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Tue Apr 18, 7:39 AM ET
    Hawaii May Honor Humuhumunukunukuapuaa By The Associated Press Tue Apr 18, 7:39 AM ET HONOLULU - The humuhumunukunukuapuaa officially lost its title as the state fish more than a decade ago but is set to reclaim the honor. A bill reinstating the critter — known as humuhumu for short — passed the Legislature on Monday and heads next to the office of Gov. Linda Lingle for a signature. The little fish with the long name was deposed in 1990 by a clause in the law that gave it its crown, which made the measure expire after five years. But few...
  • Mismatched.com (perils of online matchmaking)

    04/16/2006 12:53:39 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 1,383+ views
    WSJ/Yahoo ^ | 4/16/06 | Ellen Gamerman
    Mismatched.com The Wall Street Journal Online By Ellen Gamerman About two million Americans met their spouses online. Now the divorces are starting. How dating Web sites are scrambling to make sure forever really is forever In 1995, Matt Frassica, tired of singles bars and set-ups by friends, tried his hand at dating online. There he met, and later married, a woman who also liked long walks in the rain and homemade lasagna. They were even featured in People magazine as a prototype of successful cyber-romance. Then the fairy tale ended. Mr. Frassica said he realized he was gay, and the...
  • Book Apparently Bound in Human Skin Found

    04/08/2006 7:30:48 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 15 replies · 474+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 4/8/06
    Book Apparently Bound in Human Skin Found 47 minutes ago LONDON - A 300-year-old book that appears to be bound in human skin has been found in northern England, police said Saturday. The macabre discovery was made on a central street in Leeds, and officers said the ledger may have been dumped following a burglary. Detectives were trying to trace its rightful owner and believe it may have been taken from a dwelling in the area. Much of the text is in French, and it was not uncommon around the time of the French Revolution for books to be covered...
  • iPod bunny costume is a fuzzy idea

    04/08/2006 6:53:04 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 3 replies · 772+ views
    Cnet News.com ^ | April 8, 2006 10:00 AM PDT
    iPod bunny costume is a fuzzy idea April 8, 2006 10:00 AM PDT Sometimes you just have to ask why. Why does an iPod need lacy lingerie, and why does it need a fuzzy bunny costume? The folks at Los Angeles-based iAttire would probably answer the latter question with a simple, "Duh, Easter is coming up." Because at iAttire, the philosophy seems to be that an iPod deserves to be suitably and adorably outfitted for any occasion--be it Halloween, Valentine's Day or Wednesday afternoon. iAttire's Bunny is a fluffy onesy with a furry tail and pink ears. Not to worry:...
  • Couple of ducks 'come out' in Sweden

    04/06/2006 3:09:41 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 754+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 4/6/06
    Couple of ducks 'come out' in Sweden 1 hour, 44 minutes ago STOCKHOLM (AFP) - In the middle of mating season, a couple of male ducks returned to a park in southern Sweden, for the third consecutive year, ignoring the siren calls of all the lady ducks around them. Far from the torments of bird flu and temptations of the opposite sex, the two common shelducks appear only to have eyes for each other -- in a sort of ducky gay marriage. "We can state that they act exactly like a couple (composed) of a man and woman, the bigger...
  • Shocked burglar arrested by sumo wrestlers

    04/01/2006 3:22:05 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 12 replies · 1,498+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 3/31/06
    Shocked burglar arrested by sumo wrestlers Fri Mar 31, 4:06 PM ET TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese burglar who thought he was lucky to find an unlocked door was shocked to be arrested by 20 massive sumo wrestlers who were staying at the building. Konoshin Kawabata, 48, was rummaging inside a room in Osaka in the early hours when he was suddenly confronted by wrestler Dewanosato, who stands 180 centimeters (five-foot-10-inches) and weighs 131 kilograms (289 pounds). "Without thinking, my body moved," Dewanosato, whose real name is Hideyuki Kawahara, told reporters. "I caught the guy and bear-hugged him." It was...
  • (Naked Brittney) Spears Sculpture on Display Next Month (Unnngh)

    03/29/2006 12:59:42 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 29 replies · 5,151+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Tue Mar 28, 7:23 PM ET
    Spears Sculpture on Display Next Month Tue Mar 28, 7:23 PM ET A life-size sculpture of a naked Britney Spears kneeling on a bearskin rug as she gives birth will be on display next month at Brooklyn's Capla Kesting Fine Art gallery. The sculpture is to appear next to a display case filled with anti-abortion materials. It was created by Daniel Edwards, who said he never spoke to the 24-year-old pop star or met her, and fashioned her face and figure from photographs. "I admire her. This is an idealized figure," Edwards said Tuesday in a phone interview from his...
  • Crazy Cat Terrorizes Connecticut Town (actual title)

    03/29/2006 7:10:29 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 78 replies · 2,843+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 3/29/06
    Crazy Cat Terrorizes Connecticut Town FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Residents of the neighborhood of Sunset Circle say they have been terrorized by a crazy cat named Lewis. Lewis for his part has been uniquely cited, personally issued a restraining order by the town's animal control officer. "He looks like Felix the Cat and has six toes on each foot, each with a long claw," Janet Kettman, a neighbor said Monday. "They are formidable weapons." The neighbors said those weapons, along with catlike stealth, have allowed Lewis to attack at least a half dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she...
  • Churchill's half-smoked cigar for auction

    03/21/2006 1:40:49 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 18 replies · 588+ views
    utv ^ | TUESDAY 21/03/2006 17:16:15
    TUESDAY 21/03/2006 17:16:15 Churchill's half-smoked cigar for auction A half-smoked cigar discarded by war-time British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill is to be auctioned. The burnt remains are expected to attract huge interest when they go under the hammer in Liverpool next month. According to the auctioneers, Churchill was smoking the cigar as he arrived to address a meeting at Blackpool`s Winter Gardens on October 14, 1950. He was told he would not be able to smoke in the ballroom where he was giving the speech so he stubbed out the offending cigar and handed it to a special constable,...
  • A little happiness: "DNA origami" makes world's smallest Smiley

    03/15/2006 1:49:48 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 17 replies · 578+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Wed Mar 15, 1:30 PM ET
    A little happiness: "DNA origami" makes world's smallest Smiley Wed Mar 15, 1:30 PM ET PARIS (AFP) - A nanotechnologist has created the world's smallest and most plentiful Smiley -- a tiny face measuring a few billionths of a metre across that is assembled from strands of DNA. Fifty billion Smileys, each a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, can be made at a stroke under the technique pioneered by Paul Rothemund at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). DNA, the molecule that comprises living things, has long been known for its versatility as a microscopic...
  • How can someone convert a CD to mp3 format? (Vanity)

    03/15/2006 1:09:01 PM PST · by Toby06 · 35 replies · 694+ views
    Ides of March | T6
    Can anyone describe the process for ripping a cd to an MP3 format? Is aftermarket software required?
  • Naked wedding photos a hit in once conservative China

    03/13/2006 2:36:32 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 10 replies · 1,149+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Mar 13, 2:54 AM ET
    Naked wedding photos a hit in once conservative China Mon Mar 13, 2:54 AM ET BEIJING (AFP) - Forget the Mao suits of a generation ago. Actually, forget about any clothes at all. Naked wedding photos are the hot new trend among young couples in once deeply conservative China. Even in Anhui, a largely rural province in the east, many newly-weds are having their pictures taken in the nude, to the fury of their parents' generation, the Xin'an Evening News said. "Some photo studios are just going too far. They allow young women to have their photos taken in bikinis...
  • South Korea issues warning as yellow snow falls

    03/13/2006 11:01:10 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 4 replies · 277+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Mon Mar 13, 7:49 AM ET
    South Korea issues warning as yellow snow falls Mon Mar 13, 7:49 AM ET SEOUL (AFP) - South Koreans were advised to stay home or wear masks outside as yellow sand mixed in snow fell across the western part of the Korean peninsula. The Korea Metrological Administration issued a rare health warning against a yellow snow storm in Seoul and nearby provinces. A yellow dust warning was issued in other regions. The Korean peninsula has been hit by yellow dust blowing in from northern China every spring but a yellow snow storm is rare.
  • Cat Comforts Grieving Orangutan at Zoo

    03/09/2006 10:54:39 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 26 replies · 765+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Thu Mar 9, 10:22 PM ET
    Cat Comforts Grieving Orangutan at Zoo By The Associated Press Thu Mar 9, 10:22 PM ET PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Tondalayo, a 45-year-old Sumatran orangutan, and T.J., a stray tabby cat, became an inseparable duo after a zoo employee introduced them late last year. Stephanie Willard, Education Director at Zoo World in Panama City Beach, said Tondalayo was depressed since losing her mate two years ago. Her age prevented her from moving to another zoo or taking another mate. The ducks and turtles swimming in a moat around her island were not enough, Willard told the Panama City News...
  • Stunt rider hurt at cole slaw wrestling contest

    03/08/2006 12:38:01 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 33 replies · 1,265+ views
    Stunt rider hurt at cole slaw wrestling contest STAFF REPORT SAMSULA - A stunt motorcycle rider in a show that featured 30-foot jumps over a cole slaw-wrestling pit was injured today. James Verschuuren, 21, ran his motorcycle off the side of a ramp and landed on his head while attempting a jump just after noon at Sopotnick's Cabbage Patch, witnesses said. The freestyle motocross show was a preliminary to the venue's annual Bike Week cole slaw wrestling event. "This is my rookie guy and this is want he wants to do, and this is what happens to him," said Kenny...