Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Teacher in Military Told to Pay for Substitute   (Associated Press)
  • A western Michigan school district told a teacher activated for military duty that he must cover the cost of a substitute during part of his absence and give the district some of his military pay.


  •   Counterfeiters Appear to Be Stumped by New $20 Bill   (USA Today)
  • It's been four months since newly designed, color-filled $20s began circulating, and early results suggest counterfeiters are having a harder time faking them.


  •   Single Chinese Panda on Prowl for Mate   (Associated Press)
  • Guo Qing, the Shanghai Wild Animal Park's only fertile giant panda, is on the prowl for a mate.


  •   The Danger of Hoarding   (USA Today)
  • Hoarders don't just save stuff, but constantly acquire new stuff — to such a remarkable degree that it interferes with functioning and safety.


  •   One-Handed Golfer Sinks 3 Holes in One   (Associated Press)
  • A Florida golfer defied the odds, racking up three holes in one in the past six months, all while swinging one-handed.


  •   Cocaine in Diaper Illegally Found   (Associated Press)
  • A father facing drug charges argues a trooper made an unconstitutional search by changing his son's apparently soiled diaper and finding a bag of crack hidden inside.


  •   Finnish Anti-Virus Firm Sends Virus to Customers by Mistake   (Agence France Presse)
  • Finnish Internet security company F-Secure said that due to human error at its London office thousands of its customers in Britain had received emails from the company infected by a virus.


  •   321-Pound Sea Lion Returned to the Ocean   (Associated Press)
  • A sea lion found more than 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean with a bullet in its head was released back into the ocean after the bullet was removed.


  •   Patent Issued for Breakable Plane   (Reuters)
  • Canada has issued a patent for a futuristic commercial jet design that would protect passengers in an emergency by breaking apart and letting the sections parachute gently to the ground.


  •   Utah Students Face $5 Fines for Lateness   (Associated Press)
  • Mom always said being late to class would cost you. Now, school officials here have decided just how much. Students at Lehi High School could be fined $5 if they are found outside of class after the final bell rings.


  •   Gambler Sues Las Vegas Casino for Barring Him   (Reuters)
  • A Los Angeles lawyer who claims he was thrown out of Las Vegas last year because he was too lucky has sued MGM Mirage in a bid to force the casino to warn prospective gamblers that they can be barred for winning too much.


  •   Judge Tells Man to Remove Pet Cougar   (Associated Press)
  • A man who keeps a cougar and three African wild cats as pets must find somewhere else for the animals until his neighbors' lawsuit is settled, a judge ruled.


  •   Flasher Tripped by Dropped Trousers   (Reuters)
  • German police said they arrested a flasher in the western university town of Bielefeld who stumbled over his dropped trousers during an aborted attempt to flee.


  •   Bookies Stop Taking Bets on Life on Mars   (Associated Press)
  • The information coming in from the Mars rovers is exciting for NASA, but it's ending some of the action for bookies in Britain.


  •   Saudi Arabia Withdraws One Million School Books   (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia's Education Ministry has recalled one million notebooks from schools around the kingdom because they contain mistakes including references to the "Persian Gulf."


  •   Smell of Skunks Mean Spring in Indiana   (Associated Press)
  • While the groundhog may receive more media attention, some Hoosiers say it's skunks that are the true heralds of the coming of spring. And if the smelly critters are to be believed, it's here.


  •   Aussie Golden Fleece Locked Up in Bank Vault   (Reuters)
  • Two Australian sheep farmers have produced the world's finest wool, a mere 11.9 microns thick or about one-fifth the diameter of human hair, with a bale of the super fine wool now under armed guard inside a bank vault.


  •   Man Who Bought Painting for $5 Sells It for $1 Million   (Associated Press)
  • A man who paid $5 for a 19th-century painting he bought at a garage sale has sold it to a museum for $1 million.


  •   Fed Up with Taxes, Vermont Town Wants to Secede   (Reuters)
  • Residents of the popular ski town of Killington, Vermont, voted to resolve their property tax feud with the state by breaking away and joining neighboring New Hampshire.


  •   Dozens of Dead, Dying Dogs Found at Home   (Associated Press)
  • Animal control officers have discovered about 30 dead dogs and more than a dozen starving dogs at a San Juan County home.


  •   Pranksters Send Taiwan Leader's Home Price Soaring   (Reuters)
  • A one-quarter share of Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's ancestral home is up for grabs on an Internet auction site and mischievous bidders have pumped the price to more than $30 million.
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