Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Peru Protesters Strip in UN Compound   (Reuters)
  • Dozens of unemployed fishermen have broken into a United Nations compound in Lima and stripped to their underwear to call for benefit payments they say the Peruvian government owes them.


  •   Shearer Clips Sheep's 6-Year-Old Fleece   (Associated Press)
  • Shrek the hermit ram took six years to grow his massive fleece. A New Zealand champion shearer clipped it off in just 20 minutes on live television in this nation of 4 million people and 42 million sheep.


  •   Bookies Launch World's First Albatross Race   (Reuters)
  • They're off — the world's first albatross race has been launched with celebrities, bookmakers and ecologists joining forces to save the mighty seabird from extinction.


  •   Japanese Hold 'Funeral' for Chickens   (Associated Press)
  • Arranged by the Agriculture Ministry and the poultry industry, a solemn ceremony at a Tokyo hotel honored hundreds of thousands of chickens slaughtered since a deadly bird flu was discovered there.


  •   Sauerkraut Seeks New Image   (Reuters)
  • Germans may be known around the world as "krauts" because of their fondness for chopped pickled cabbage, but sauerkraut producers fear demand is sliding and are trying to give the vegetable a new image.


  •   Texas Woman, 97, Cuffed on Ticket Charge   (Associated Press)
  • A 97-year-old woman was handcuffed and taken to jail in a squad car for failing to pay a traffic ticket, but her son is questioning police officers' treatment of the former teacher.


  •   Flying Saucer Fever Grips Iran, Theories Abound   (Reuters)
  • Is Iran about to be invaded by little green men, or are the Americans racing through the night sky in spaceships to spy on the Islamic Republic?


  •   Wisconsin Optimists Optimistic After Wedding   (Associated Press)
  • Gary Garton and Donna Miller are optimistic about their life together after getting married. They should be. They both belong to the Optimist Club — and that's where the cermony was held.


  •   Quarter of British Kids Have Mobiles?   (Reuters)
  • A full 25 percent of British children between ages 7 and 10 now have mobile phones as parents turn to them for safety, according to a study.


  •   Cat Found in San Francisco Reunited With Florida Owner   (Associated Press)
  • Cheyenne, a cat that went missing in Florida seven years ago and was recently found wandering streets, was reunited with her owner, who was flown to San Francisco at Ellen DeGeneres' expense.


  •   Many Died Saving Kims' Portraits in Blast?   (Reuters)
  • Many North Koreans died a "heroic death" after a train explosion by running into burning buildings to rescue portraits of leader Kim Jong-il and his father, the North's official media reported.


  •   Owl with Eye Implant to Be Released   (Associated Press)
  • A once-starving and blind great horned owl that received the first-ever eye lens will be released into the wild.


  •   Anthem Mix-Up Leaves Little to Smile At   (Reuters)
  • Team Denmark had little to smile about following their 4-3 win over Japan at the world championship after organizers played the wrong national anthem.


  •   BASIC Computer Language Turns 40   (Associated Press)
  • On May 1, 1964, the BASIC computer programing language was born, and for the first time computers were taken out of the lab and brought into the community.


  •   Bank Robber Finds Pink Is Not Pretty   (Reuters)
  • A Texas woman has been arrested after a pink dye pack attached to money she is suspected of stealing from a bank exploded when she took the cash to a different bank to open a new account.


  •   Diver Drifts After Scuba Crew Forgets Him   (Associated Press)
  • A recreational diver forgotten at sea by a boat crew drifted five hours in the ocean and prayed "God, I don't want to die" before a teenager aboard a century-old tall ship spotted him and fellow Boy Scouts pulled him aboard.


  •   Dog-Walking New Yorkers Fear Electrocution   (Reuters)
  • New York has long been a city of walkers wary of obstacles from speeding yellow cabs to food delivery bikes on the wrong side of the road. Now add to that list of perils the fear of electrocution.


  •   U.S. Mint Considers Replacing Sacagawea on Golden Dollar   (Associated Press)
  • Putting the faces of U.S. presidents on dollar coins would entice collectors, but there still would be challenges in getting the coins into cash registers and people's pockets, the chief of the U.S. Mint said.


  •   Father, Son Pitch No-Hitters on Same Day   (Associated Press)
  • It seemed all too familiar when Mike Rickert pitched a no-hitter for Bowler High School. The performance came 22 years to the day after his father, John Rickert, accomplished the same feat, against the same team, also in his senior year at Bowler.
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