Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   California Professor Charged with Hate Crime Hoax   (Reuters)
  • A Southern California college professor who received wide media attention when she claimed that racists had vandalized and defaced her car with ethnic slurs was charged with filing a false police report and insurance fraud.


  •   Dog Finds Money Stuffing in Old Ottoman   (Associated Press)
  • The stuffing that Cha-Cha, an Australian shepherd/blue heeler mix, pulled from an old brown vinyl ottomon was shredded money.


  •   HIV Phone Hoax   (KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids)
  • Someone claiming to represent the Red Cross has been calling people, telling them they may have been exposed to HIV, but the Red Cross says whoever's making the calls is not in any way affiliated with the organization.


  •   Dog Bites Eyelid, Surgeon Reattaches It   (Associated Press)
  • She was home alone, putting her dog in its kennel when it snapped at her and bit her right upper eyelid. Alyssa Kieff pulled back. The lid ripped off.


  •   Missouri Sees Pizza Delivery Lists as New Tool to Track Scofflaws   (Associated Press)
  • It's dinnertime, and you're hungry and tired, so you pick up the phone and order your favorite pizza. But you might have just landed yourself a lot more than pepperoni and cheese.


  •   Three Japanese Hostages Billed $22,000 for Travel Expenses Home from Iraq   (Associated Press)
  • Three Japanese who were held hostage for a week in Iraq were billed about $7,300 each to cover their plane tickets home and other miscellaneous expenses.


  •   Woman Accused of Stealing Funeral Money   (Associated Press)
  • A 40-year-old woman is charged with stealing the money her 101-year-old great-aunt had saved to cover her funeral expenses.


  •   Cops Want Spider Gun to Snare Bridge Jumpers   (Reuters)
  • The California state highway patrol, hoping to avoid another epic traffic jam caused by a suicide jumper on a major bridge, wants inventors to design and build a gun that can capture would-be jumpers in a spider-like web.


  •   Google Founders Wary of IPO Headaches   (Associated Press)
  • Google Inc.'s looming initial public stock offering is stirring tremendous excitement, but it shouldn't be surprising if its biggest beneficiaries have some reservations.


  •   Why My Brain Hates Your Mistakes   (Reuters)
  • Why is it so annoying to watch someone else make a mistake? Maybe because it affects the same areas of the brain as when a person makes his or her own mistake, Dutch researchers say.


  •   Woman Accused of Claiming to Be Princess   (Associated Press)
  • The government is suing a cafeteria worker who received a $2.1 million tax refund by claiming to be a Hawaiian princess and heir to a billion-dollar estate.


  •   Horsing Around Mandatory at Leisure Centre   (Reuters)
  • Turkmenistan's autocratic president has opened a gleaming new leisure centre, equipped with a swimming pool, air conditioning and even medical facilities — all of it for horses.


  •   Boy on Alaska Expedition Successfully Fights off Brown Bear Attack   (Associated Press)
  • A 15-year-old boy on a wilderness expedition for emotionally troubled youths woke up to find a 400-pound brown bear with a bad attitude sitting at his feet.


  •   Aviation's Ugly Duckling Takes to the Skies   (Reuters)
  • A British Army pilot has set off to break one of the world's last remaining aviation records — circumnavigating the globe in an autogyro, the neglected predecessor to the modern helicopter.


  •   'House Moms' Give Comfort to Strippers   (Associated Press)
  • At a number of strip clubs across the country, house moms do more than just help the performers get ready for the next shift.


  •   Police Stop Drunk Bulldozer Joyrider   (Reuters)
  • German police stopped a 17-ton bulldozer weaving through Berlin's streets at 3 a.m. by jumping onto the excavator, smashing the window and spraying mace into the driver's face.


  •   Princeton Approves Grade-Rationing Plan   (Associated Press)
  • Princeton University faculty has approved a plan to combat rising grades by limiting the number of A's it awards to undergraduates.


  •   Drunk Run Over by Train, Lives   (Reuters)
  • A Mexican man who got drunk, fell asleep on railroad tracks and was run over by a train slept through the entire episode and escaped unharmed.


  •   Japan's Humble 'Ramen' Noodles Go Upscale   (Associated Press)
  • The humble noodle known in Japan as "ramen" has long been better known as a staple of construction workers and penny-pinching students than as a favorite of the chic.


  •   Artist Says She Made Pistol Out of Own Skin   (Reuters)
  • A Dutch artist has used a flap of her own skin to make a replica pistol to be shown at an Amsterdam art show.


  •   America's Young Warriors Recall Lying About Their Age to See Combat   (Associated Press)
  • Doris Gilbert remembers like it was yesterday that day in 1946 when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower shook her hand, grinned and said: "Go home little girl, and come back when you grow up. We need soldiers like you."


  •   Hoarding Beer as Cheap Brew Banned   (Reuters)
  • Norwegians rushed out to stock up on beer after authorities ruled it was too cheap following an unprecedented price war in a nation used to some of the most expensive alcohol on earth.


  •   Officials Seize Giant Snails from Schools   (Associated Press)
  • Federal health officials have seized several dangerous pests called Giant African Land Snails from Wisconsin classrooms and have started a national search for the creatures, which reproduce rapidly, destroy plants and can transmit meningitis.


  •   1,000 World War One Grenades Found in Field   (Reuters)
  • The Belgian army said it was clearing more than 1,000 grenades uncovered in a field in western Flanders, the scene of heavy fighting during World War One.
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