Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Georgia Couple Arrested After Debate Over 'Passion of the Christ' Turns Violent   (Associated Press)
  • A couple was arrested after their argument over a theological point turned physical following a night at the movies to see "The Passion of the Christ."


  •   Author Opens a 'Box,' and a Can of Worms   (Boston Globe)
  • In the first chapter of her new book, "Opening Skinner's Box," Lauren Slater tackles the disturbing myth of Deborah Skinner, the daughter of controversial Harvard psychologist B.F. Skinner.


  •   Lies That Shook a Community   (The [Newark] Star-Ledger)
  • Two young Sikhs cut their hair, an act forbidden by their religion, and then concocted a story they were sure would convince their parents and police: They told authorities they were accosted in a local park by scissors-wielding thugs who swiped their turbans and clipped their locks.


  •   Organ Trafficking Story 'Created Out of Nothing'   (Mail and Guardian)
  • A Danish woman and her Zimbabwean husband accused of trafficking human organs in Mozambique say they have been persecuted for eight months most probably in a bid to grab land.


  •   Pop Rocks Did Not Kill 'Mikey'   (The Marshfield Mail)
  • Urban legends have been a part of American folklore for centuries. Some seem conceivable, while others carry an air of improbability, yet can't be discounted.


  •   Mistrial Declared After Juror Drinks Beer   (Associated Press)
  • An Ohio County Circuit judge declared a mistrial in a drug case after a juror was seen drinking a beer during a lunch break.


  •   Hitler Returns to the Heart of Berlin — in Wax   (Reuters)
  • A life-size wax figure of Adolf Hitler has gone on display in the heart of Berlin in what museum officials say is the first such public exhibition of the Nazi dictator in post-war Germany.


  •   Rooster Limited to One S.C. Baseball Game   (Associated Press)
  • Cocky-Doodle-Lou, a 6-year-old gamecock that has become a regular at Sarge Frye Field, can only attend one game a week after a flap between school officials and the bird's owner.


  •   Pythonesque Manila Diner Serves Spam, Spam, Spam   (Reuters)
  • Spamburgers, Spam nuggets, Spam Spaghetti, Caesar salad with Spam, Spam and eggs: the menu at the Spamjam restaurant in Manila could be straight out of the Monty Python sketch.


  •   China Pays Elderly to Stay Alive   (Associated Press)
  • Need extra cash? Keep living. The thinly populated northwestern Chinese province of Gansu has started paying elderly people who have the courtesy to stay alive.


  •   Whistles to Boost Train Punctuality   (Reuters)
  • One of the country's least punctual train operators has issued super-loud Acme Thunderer whistles to over 500 staff in a bid to improve timeliness.


  •   Man Thought He Was Running Over Bin Laden   (Associated Press)
  • A French artist allegedly traumatized by last week's Spain bombings was convicted of trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Osama bin Laden and ordered to pay the man $615.


  •   Proximity Dating on Offer for Lonely Hearts   (Reuters)
  • Lonely-hearts will stand a better chance of finding a soul mate thanks to new mobile phone dating technology.


  •   Fugitive Cow Apprehended After Chase   (Associated Press)
  • When a cow left a barn south of Idaho Falls, nobody expected a chase, a wounded animal control officer or an attack on a police vehicle.


  •   Official Fears Chip's Effect in Cockfights   (Associated Press)
  • A plan to embed microchips in fighting cocks as part of an effort to prevent diseases like bird flu should be scrapped because the tiny devices could hamper the birds' martial skills, Thailand's agriculture minister said.


  •   Owner of 235 Chihuahuas Convicted   (Associated Press)
  • A 72-year-old woman was convicted of a felony animal cruelty charge for keeping 235 Chihuahuas in filthy conditions in her home.


  •   Man Walks From Washington to Oregon   (Associated Press)
  • When friends bet Danny Peterson that he could never walk between Kennewick, Wash., and Helix, Ore., with only one pair of shoes, a sleeping bag and no jacket, he knew he had to prove them wrong. And he did, earning a cool $100 for his efforts.


  •   Chicken Catcher Traps Pesky Birds in Florida   (Associated Press)
  • Armando Parra has snared more than 90 chickens in the few weeks since he became the first official chicken catcher in Key West, where colorful chickens dart through traffic on busy streets, meander in mangroves and even greet customers at the drive-thru of the KFC.


  •   Injured Teen Calls 911, Is Arrested   (Associated Press)
  • A teenager bleeding after apparently smashing the glass door at a gas station called for emergency aid — and was arrested


  •   Signs in Daytona Beach Getting No Respect   (Associated Press)
  • Someone who apparently doesn't have a whole of respect for Daytona Beach has stolen about 300 signs printed up by the city saying, "It's all about respect."
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