Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Online Porn Often Leads High-Tech Way   (USA Today)
  • Online pornographers have been among the first to exploit new technology for more than a decade — from video-streaming and fee-based subscriptions to pop-up ads and electronic billing. Their bold experimentation has helped make porn one of the most profitable online industries, and their ideas are staples at Fortune 500 companies.


  •   British Subs Have Canadians in a Sweat   (Reuters)
  • Canada says it is looking at ways to cool down four trouble-plagued submarines it bought from Britain after a report revealed temperatures in one craft hit 65°C (149°F) on a patrol.


  •   It's the Mundane Stuff That Kills*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • Why do we intuitively fear the wrong things? Why do smokers fret about flying? Why do we fear violent crime more than clogged arteries? Why do we fear terrorism more than accidents, which kill nearly as many in a week in just the U.S. as did worldwide terrorism in all of the 1990s?


  •   Gator Goes for Ride on Florida School Bus   (Associated Press)
  • Middle and high school students were riding home from school when they spotted a 4-foot alligator crossing the road, were allowed off the school bus to catch it and took it home.


  •   Here's a Valet Tip: It's Harder Than It Looks*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • Yes, parking all those fancy cars can be fun. But angry customers, misplaced keys — and misplaced cars — can make it stressful.


  •   Résumé Fraud Gets Slicker and Easier   (Reuters)
  • As companies, via background searches, try to call the bluff of less-than-honest job seekers, candidates are resorting to more complex, sometimes hi-tech means to hoodwink potential employers.


  •   Nebraska Mayor Implements Shaving 'Ban'   (Associated Press)
  • Lexington Mayor John Fagot has implemented a "ban" on shaving for every man in town older than 21. Those caught clean-shaven without a shaving permit could face being dunked in a horse tank or other benign punishment.


  •   Birds Do It, Bonobos Do It   (Los Angeles Times)
  • If homosexuality is truly unnatural, why does it occur in 450 different species?


  •   Bicycle Thieves Face Satellite Police   (Reuters)
  • Amsterdam police will use bicycles equipped with hidden GPS transmitters to bait thieves and track them down in the latest effort to stamp out rampant bike theft.


  •   Man Makes Youth His Designated Drivers   (Associated Press)
  • A man who allegedly had a few too many drinks decided he shouldn't drive drunk so he handed his car keys to his female companions — all too young to drive, police said.


  •   McDonald's Salad Fattier Than Burgers   (Reuters)
  • Global hamburger giant McDonald's latest line in healthy looking salads may contain more fat than its hamburgers, according to the company's website.


  •   Connecticut Police Nab Spare Change Bandit   (Associated Press)
  • Norwich, Connecticut, city police say they have nabbed a spare change bandit who made hundreds of dollars by stealing coins from cars.


  •   Florida Judge Rules 'Girls Gone Wild' Video of Teen Is Not Child Porn   (Associated Press)
  • A videotape of an underage girl exposing her breasts is not child pornography, a judge decided in a criminal case against the producer of the "Girls Gone Wild" video series.


  •   Fish Oil to Fortify Texas Lunch Fare   (Associated Press)
  • At some South Texas schools, a new plan for serving nutritious meals to children is a little fishy. Old favorites like breakfast tacos with bacon and nacho cheese are injected with oil taken from a small, herringlike fish.


  •   Aspirin-Packed Easter Eggs Found at Park   (Associated Press)
  • Plastic Easter eggs containing extra-strength aspirin were left at a park, but no children ate them.


  •   British Girl Named Diot Coke in 1379   (Associated Press)
  • Naming your child after a popular soft drink could be seen as a little bit faddish, but the parents of young Diot Coke might be forgiven — they gave their baby daughter the name way back in 1379.


  •   Dollar Coins Might Get Presidential Treatment   (USA Today)
  • Seeking to increase the popularity of dollar coins, the legislator behind the successful state quarters will propose a similar program featuring portraits of former U.S. presidents on the dollar coin.


  •   California Lawmakers Propose Voting Age of 14   (Associated Press)
  • A proposed amendment to California's constitution would give 16-year-olds a half-vote and 14-year-olds a quarter-vote in state elections.


  •   Another Life for Morris the Cat   (Los Angeles Times)
  • Morris the cat is about to get another life. His owner, Del Monte Foods, said that it would resurrect the finicky feline and make him the top cat in a new advertising campaign for its 9Lives brand.


  •   Bear Makes Second Dash for Freedom   (Associated Press)
  • Bonnie the bear's try for freedom was foiled again. The 250-pound bear ran away from property where she had been held since an earlier escape attempt.


  •   Coming to a Pocket Near You: New Nickels   (USA Today)
  • U.S. Mint officials have unveiled a redesigned 5-cent coin, based on the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark expedition and the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.


  •   Burglar Steals Python From Zoo in Croatia   (Associated Press)
  • A burglar crept into a snake tank at night and stole a python from a Crotia city zoo.
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