Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Video Game Industry Faces 'Crisis of Creativity'   (Reuters)
  • The video game industry is facing a hardening of the creative arteries as aging gamers' tastes increasingly shift toward sequels and games based on movies.

  •   Gorilla Pair at Philadelphia Zoo Break Up   (Associated Press)
  • Introduced to each other five years ago at the Philadelphia Zoo amid high reproductive hopes, it's not even clear that gorillas Demba and Chaka ever mated.

  •   Book Deal for Dragon Hoax Author   (BBC News)
  • An author who was so desperate to get his book published that he staged a hoax involving a baby dragon has won a lucrative publishing contract.

  •   Killer Forgiven Seconds from Death   (Reuters)
  • A convicted Saudi murderer escaped death by seconds when he was forgiven by his victim's father as he knelt down before the executioner's sword.

  •   Vermont Probes Man With 70 Goats in House   (Associated Press)
  • State officials are investigating a man whose goats and his religious convictions against killing them have collided in a possibly inhumane and definitely stinky way.

  •   Man Sells Lunar Plots for $19.99 an Acre   (Associated Press)
  • On U.S. Highway 395 in Nevada, Dennis Hope sells undeveloped land for the bargain price of $19.99 an acre. There are spacious lots near grand locales: The Sea of Tranquility. The Sea of Serenity.

  •   It's a Tough Life for the Greenback, but Can It Survive?   (Associated Press)
  • Andrew Wilson is a chemist at a Bureau of Engraving and Printing lab that checks how dollar bills survive the torture of every day life — whether bucks are spun in a washing machine or dumped in a crumpled mass into an overstuffed handbag.

  •   China's Communists Fall Victim to Piracy   (Associated Press)
  • China's rampant copyright piracy has hit home for the ruling communists after police caught two people with 14,000 unauthorized copies of party handbooks.