Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   'Fat' Ballerina Loses $1 Million Damages Case   (Reuters)
  • A top Russian ballerina, sacked for being too heavy, lost a damages claim for $1 million against the chief of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater.


  •   Onion Taken Seriously, Film at 11   (Wired)
  • It's not just detectives in small counties in Michigan who fall for Onion stories.


  •   Fan Falls from Stands Chasing Historic Homer   (Reuters)
  • A fan seeking to catch Barry Bonds' historic 661st career home run fell about 20 feet from the right-field stands out of the stadium and was injured.


  •   Fiddle-Dee-Dumb   (New York Post)
  • A missing rare violin was turned in to cops after it was found in an alleyway next to the bar it disappeared from.


  •   Woman Charged After Toilet Paper Claim   (Reuters)
  • A 56-year-old woman has been charged with making a false report about poisoned toilet paper.


  •   Girls Victim of Hoax at Video Store   (The [Grand Island] Independent)
  • A recent trip to rent movies took a bizarre turn for Charlene and Holly Murphy when a man pretending to be a police officer called the store, told an employee the teens were thieves and threatened to strip search them.


  •   A Bank, a Bomb Threat and an Old Lady   (Reuters)
  • German police are searching for a little old lady whose only success in an attempted bank robbery was a clean get-away.


  •   Ban on 'Idiots and Lunatics' Sparks Electoral Row   (PA News)
  • Electoral chiefs in Northern Ireland were plunged into a row over rules banning “idiots and lunatics” from voting.


  •   Kilt-Wearing Marine Plays Bagpipes in Iraq   (Reuters)
  • Amid the clatter of gunfire and explosions that regularly rock Fallujah, an unexpected sound rises over the front line — bagpipes.


  •   College Hall is Oldest on Campus   (The Simpsonian)
  • Two popular tales about College Hall are that a ghost named Mildred haunts the building and that tunnels used to lead from its basement to other buildings on campus.


  •   Actor's HIV Infection Strikes Porn Industry   (Reuters)
  • California's multi-billion-dollar adult porn industry has ground to a virtual halt after a popular actor tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.


  •   Officers Tell of Motorist Facing the Music   (The [Toronto] Globe and Mail)
  • Police say they have charged a driver with fiddling while the rubber burned, so to speak.


  •   Rows with Teenage Daughters Good for You   (Reuters)
  • Mothers exasperated by petty rows with their teenage daughters should take heart from new research which shows arguing may actually be good for their relationships with moody offspring.


  •   Bush Makes Three Mistakes While Trying to Cite One   (Reuters)
  • While struggling unsuccessfully to think of a single mistake he has made since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, President Bush committed three factual errors about weapons finds in Libya.


  •   Rare Copy of Hamlet Fails to Sell at Auction   (Reuters)
  • A rare copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet failed to sell because no one was willing to pay the minimum price set by the seller's estate.


  •   Tennessee Man Arrested After Changing Pants   (Associated Press)
  • Kendrick Gibson, 26, was arrested by police after failing to surrender himself for booking on a misdemeanor citation for a suspended license charge.


  •   Auction Worker Accused of Stealing Kennedy Items   (Reuters)
  • A Sotheby's auction house employee was accused of stealing property belonging to the late John F. Kennedy Jr., including a hand-drawn card he made for his father, the slain U.S. president, when he was two years old.
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