Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   History of Great Race Filled with Myth and Magnificence   (The Age)
  • The Olympic marathon has had its share of courage, chaos and cheating.


  •   Senator's Lost Credit Cards Used in Spree   (Associated Press)
  • Someone charged more than $800 to New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici's credit cards last month after he lost his wallet during a visit to Albuquerque.


  •   Disney Axes Winnie-the-Pooh Fest   (Winnipeg Sun)
  • Disney has pulled the plug on Pooh Friendship Day.


  •   Drive-Ins the Hot, 'New' Thing in China   (Associated Press)
  • Drive-ins, fading into history in the United States, are an exciting novelty in China, whose economic boom is creating an urban class that can afford to buy cars — and wants the newest thrill.


  •   Minister Dies from Snakebite   (Associated Press)
  • A preacher bitten by a rattlesnake as he handled it during an Easter service at a rural church died after refusing medical treatment.


  •   Robber Called Ahead to Order Heist at KFC   (Associated Press)
  • Pittsburgh police said they were looking for a man who called a KFC restaurant and placed an unusual takeout order — a robbery.


  •   Woman Delivers Baby on Maryland Sidewalk   (Associated Press)
  • A pregnant woman who couldn't make it to a hospital in time gave birth to her son on the sidewalk outside the medical center.


  •   Suspect Leaves Jail, Gets Hit by Car   (Associated Press)
  • A suspect who was arrested but denied entry to the jail despite being charged with intoxication was struck by a car as he walked away.


  •   Police Foil Bank Robber's Scuba Getaway   (Associated Press)
  • A bank robber wearing a wetsuit under his clothes tried to make a scuba-diving getaway but was tackled by police before he reached the water.


  •   Drugs Found Aboard Colombian Warship   (Associated Press)
  • Authorities announced an embarrassing discovery as Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo arrived to discuss anti-drug strategies: a large stash of cocaine and heroin on the flagship naval vessel he is to visit.


  •   Students in Arizona to Get $50 for an 'A'   (Associated Press)
  • Students attending one Tucson school are going to be given the chance to earn college money for good grades.


  •   Don't Want a Cookie, Mom, Can I Just See the Box?   (Reuters)
  • It looks like an ordinary old-fashioned cookie tin, but the hidden drawing of two dogs having sex in the grass makes it an instant collectors' item.


  •   Hey Dogs: Don't Mess With Texas!   (Associated Press)
  • Dog owners in the Texas state capital are under federal orders to stay off the grass downtown.


  •   Last Elves Fired from Santa's HQ   (Reuters)
  • The last three worker elves at Father Christmas's official headquarters in Finland's Arctic have been fired as Santa Park grapples with its finances.


  •   Skull Revealed During Home Renovation   (Associated Press)
  • Forensic scientists think a skull found while a man was renovating his dining room is that of an American Indian, possibly dating to the 1600s.


  •   Kill Mom But Don't Hurt TV, Teen Tells Hitman   (Reuters)
  • A Florida teen charged with hiring an undercover policeman to shoot and kill his mother instructed the purported hitman not to damage the family television during the attack.


  •   Wisconsin Cop Takes Doughnut-Eating Prize   (Associated Press)
  • A patrolman from Wisconsin left his opponents in a cloud of powdered sugar dust by downing 9 1/2 doughnuts in three minutes to win a doughnut-eating contest for police officers in suburban Chicago.


  •   'Vampire fish' Is Morbid Fact, and Deadly to Fish, Humans   (The Arizona Republic)
  • I heard a rumor that there was a fish that was dangerous to humans because it lives in the urinary bladder. That's an urban legend, isn't it?


  •   Car Crashes After Woman Gives Birth   (Associated Press)
  • A woman gave birth in the back of a car on the way to a hospital, but the vehicle then left the road and struck a utility pole, killing her husband.


  •   Funeral Home Accidentally Switches Bodies   (Associated Press)
  • A funeral home admitted it accidentally switched the bodies of two deceased women,
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