Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   'Cruelest Farmer' Jailed for Vet Attack   (Reuters)
  • A man dubbed "the cruelest farmer in Britain" by the UK's leading animal charity was jailed for two years for pushing a woman vet's face into a mire of manure and cow urine.


  •   That Persistent Pucker Problem*   (Baltimore Sun)
  • Compulsive balm users keep relief handy, but doctors say it's more nervous habit than medical necessity.


  •   Arab 'Marriage' TV Show Ends After Sparking Furor   (Reuters)
  • The first Arab reality TV show ended after three months of controversy over its format — parading women before suitors in a luxury apartment for 24 hours a day.


  •   Biological Reason for Teen Laziness   (Newsday)
  • If you're a teenager, don't read this. Federal scientists may have discovered a biological excuse for laziness.


  •   Australian Made Oscar-Winner in His Pants   (Reuters)
  • Oscar-winning Australian animator Adam Elliot made his award-winning clay characters for short film "Harvie Krumpet" in a makeshift studio shed so hot, he worked in his underpants.


  •   Putting the Cart Before the Loss   (USA Today)
  • Tired of watching their investment, and profits, roll away, retailers are trying out electronic systems to prevent customers from taking shopping carts off the premises.


  •   Thieves Steal Historic Train for Scrap   (Reuters)
  • Thieves stole what Ukrainians say is the former Soviet state's oldest train for metal scrap after tricking guards at a museum in eastern Ukraine.


  •   Temper Tantrums Can Make You Ill   (Reuters)
  • Men prone to angry tantrums or sulky hostility are more likely to develop an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, U.S. researchers have reported.


  •   666 Appears on Some 'Passion' Tickets   (Associated Press)
  • Tickets at one movie theater screening Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" are being deemed decidedly unholy.


  •   Are Squid Vicious?*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • They have hooks, hundreds of suckers and beaks that can break your wrist in two bites.


  •   Black Is the New Red for Tomatoes   (Reuters)
  • Last year, purple was the new orange for vegetables, but this year it is black that is stealing the limelight on greengrocers' shelves — as the new red.


  •   Spam's Irritating Cousin, Spim, on the Loose   (USA Today)
  • Spim, or instant-messenger spam, is peppering computer screens with increasing frequency. And the problem may get worse as e-mail marketers look for new ways to reach consumers after a federal crackdown on spam.


  •   Sri Lankan Elephants Desperately Need a Job   (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka's domesticated elephants are in desperate need of a new job as machines take over their traditional role in the logging trade.


  •   UK Methodists Seek Youth Through Pubs   (Associated Press)
  • After years of teetotalism, Britain's Methodist Church is hitting the pubs. The church, which does not even allow wine at communion services, has had 250,000 drink mats printed for distribution in watering holes across Britain.


  •   Police Bust Up Nearly Nude Protest   (Reuters)
  • Police have arrested six shivering protesters after they braved cool temperatures and staged a nearly naked pillow fight outside Harvard University to promote animal rights.


  •   Not Your Father's Dizzyland*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • The Mad Tea Party, Fantasyland's iconic attraction, has lost some of its spin in the name of safety, and longtime fans aren't happy.


  •   Wine Thief Soured by Bottled Surprise   (Reuters)
  • Rather than give up his prize, a German wine thief cornered in a bar gulped down the contents of a stolen bottle, only to vomit repeatedly as the landlady had switched the wine with vinegar.


  •   Speed Limit Scofflaw Urges Clearer Signs   (Associated Press)
  • A local council member — caught speeding four times on the same day on the same stretch of road — urged his colleagues to make its road signs clearer


  •   Naughty Nursery Rhymes Show Tabloid Tattle Not New   (Reuters)
  • Parents may throw up their hands in horror but a new book says that playground ditties are drenched in sex, death and violence and prove that many 21st century concerns have been around for a long time.


  •   Soft Drink Is Purified Tap Water   (BBC News)
  • Soft drink giant Coca-Cola has admitted it is selling purified tap water in a bottle.


  •   Video Games Seen Making Kids Fat and Violent   (Reuters)
  • Video games can make children fat and, in the case of violent games popular among teenage and younger boys, aggressive and even criminal, Swedish experts say.


  •   Mascot at Center of International Lawsuit   (Associated Press)
  • A multimillion dollar court case is raging between Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's media empire and Western Kentucky University over the right to dress up in a goofy red costume and dance in public like a madman.
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