Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Laughs That Last   (The Hartford Courant)
  • The practical joke and its spiritual cousin, the hoax, have been around forever.


  •   Bar Covers Nipples on Antique Photos   (Associated Press)
  • Nude women have been on the menu at The Sutler for years, but the Nashville pub covered up the 19th-century Victorian photos after being warned they might be too racy for state law.


  •   Dogs Get Their Own Toilet   (Reuters)
  • Dutch dog owners can soon throw away their pooper-scoopers and plastic bags and instead walk their furry creatures to their very own toilet.


  •   Alleged Thief Jailed After Seeking Route   (Associated Press)
  • Who says men never stop to ask for directions? Jason Daniel Waddell was in jail after he did — and told the person who helped him that he driving a stolen car.


  •   Recipe for Danger   (Reuters)
  • Attention cooks — a recipe for rolls in the current issue of Southern Living magazine could be hazardous.


  •   Man Robs Banks After Leaving Prison   (Associated Press)
  • A man was charged with robbing two banks less than one day after getting out of prison for a botched 2001 convenience store robbery in which he held a can of ravioli under his shirt to simulate a gun.


  •   Ann Summers to Sell "Pop My Cherry" Ice Cream   (Reuters)
  • Sex shop chain Ann Summers, which brought sex toys and saucy lingerie to the High Street, says it will start selling ice cream.


  •   Woman Finds $2K Cashier's Check in Pillow   (Associated Press)
  • Anjanette Hewitt couldn't get comfortable. Something in the little pillow under her head was bugging her. That something turned out to be a 14-year-old cashier's check for $2,000.


  •   Gambler's Sharp Vision Is No Crime   (Reuters)
  • A Chinese man convicted of cheating U.S. casinos in card games should not be sentenced to a longer term in prison simply because he has unusually sharp vision, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.


  •   Oregon Man Gives Cows 'Pedicures'   (Associated Press)
  • Most days, Jefferson resident Steve Bartelds spends his time giving cows pedicures.


  •   The Scammer Who Got Scammed   (Reuters)
  • A former Harvard University instructor of medicine who was arrested for conning friends, colleagues and Internet acquaintances out of $600,000 was himself duped when he trusted other swindlers with the money


  •   Police Chief Sued Over Alleged Paddling   (Associated Press)
  • A part-time police chief has been suspended after a lawsuit accused him of assaulting a teenager by paddling the boy as part of a crime diversion program for a speeding ticket.


  •   The "Rape Fantasy" That Went Wrong   (Reuters)
  • A California man has pleaded guilty to residential burglary after he set up a meeting with a woman on a rape fantasy Internet chat page, but instead broke into a different woman's apartment.


  •   Purebred Dogs Are Said to Resemble Owners   (Associated Press)
  • Those who think purebred dogs look like their owners are barking up the right tree, but matching a mutt to its master is another thing, a study suggests.


  •   Fat German Hamster Triggers Police Rescue   (Reuters)
  • A German hamster called "Teddy" has sparked a police rescue mission after he climbed inside a computer printer and got stuck because he was too fat to get out again.


  •   Baby Locked in Safe Used As a Nursery   (Associated Press)
  • A 14-month-old boy spent about an hour locked in an enormous safe that his parents had converted into his nursery.


  •   Hopefuls Re-Enact Dice Roll for Japanese   (Associated Press)
  • A slice of local politics is making it all the way to Japan — thanks to an obscure Utah rule that allowed deadlocked mayoral candidates to roll the dice to see who wins.
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