Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   E-Mail That Warns of Gang Rite Is a Hoax*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • An e-mail advising nighttime drivers not to signal cars that have their headlights off, lest they become the victim of a violent rite of passage among gangs, is a hoax.


  •   Pac-Man Takes on New York   (Reuters)
  • New York University students plan to stage a real, live Pac-Man game in the streets of Greenwich Village, as part of a project exploring how computer games work when transplanted into real-world settings.


  •   A Parent's Lapse Can Be Fatal in the Summer Heat*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • Too many kids die accidentally in hot cars. Children often are out of sight in back seats, and temperatures can turn deadly in minutes.


  •   Chef Fired 12 Times Wins Chinese Animal Rights Award   (Agence France Presse)
  • A Chinese chef fired 12 times for refusing to cook wild animals has been awarded the honorary title "Green Chef Protecting Wildlife" by the China Wildlife Conservation Association.


  •   Cow Suffers Bags and Bags of Indigestion   (Reuters)
  • No one could figure out why Lara the cow stopped giving milk until an Albanian veterinarian pulled plastic from her guts as heavy as the average woman.


  •   Sex Offender Arrested After Distributing Flyer Offering Overnight Baby-Sitting   (Associated Press)
  • A registered sex offender was arrested for allegedly soliciting baby-sitting jobs through flyers and classified advertisements.


  •   Tourist's Trinkets Really Ancient Statues   (Reuters)
  • A Dutch tourist's souvenir Hindu statuettes will be sent back to Indonesia and put on show in a museum after they turned out to be valuable 13th century works of art.


  •   Abraham Lincoln's 'Right Makes Might' Speech Still Electrifies New York Crowd 144 Years Later   (Associated Press)
  • Seven score and four years ago, Abraham Lincoln unfolded his rawboned frame from a wooden chair, surveyed the gaslit throng of gawking New Yorkers at Cooper Union's Great Hall and, in his thin, prairie-tinged tenor, began the speech that would shape a nation.


  •   Author Turns Love of Rats Into Book   (Reuters)
  • They push and shove their way through narrow subway entrances, they are creatures of habit and they love going out to eat at night in a big crowd. They are the other New Yorkers: rats.


  •   MIT Hopes Imaginative New Building Stirs the Broth of Creativity   (Associated Press)
  • The Stata Center, the newest addition to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, contains all the mysteries of a child's toy box: Open the top and a jumble of surprises tumbles out.


  •   Utah Man Finds Cougar in His Garage   (Associated Press)
  • A man was surprised to find a cougar taking up temporary residence in his garage.


  •   Truckers Taking to Wireless Internet Technology   (Associated Press)
  • Wireless Internet is fast becoming as vital a communications tool for drivers as CB radio, truckers say, giving them a way to stay in closer touch with home and to entertain themselves.


  •   Taped Campaign Message Sent Out at 3 A.M.   (Associated Press)
  • Taped telephone message from political candidate to get out and vote can be annoying enough. Some residents of a Lake County community were even more annoyed when the calls came between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.


  •   World War II-Era B-17 Bomber Makes Belly Landing at California Airport   (Associated Press)
  • A vintage World War II-era B-17 bomber with six people on board made a belly landing at a municipal airport after its landing gear collapsed.


  •   Stench Leads to 200 Animals in Apartment   (Associated Press)
  • It was a stench of decay that caused authorities to search an apartment in suburban Milwaukee. They found a home crawling with life: About 200 creatures — including alligators, scorpions and carnivorous beetles — formed a bizarre menagerie kept alive by a woman who fed them roadkill.


  •   'Super Size Me' Filmmaker Now on a Mission to Change Way America Eats   (Associated Press)
  • To produce "Super Size Me," his riveting and often revolting indictment of American eating habits and the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's food and drink for 30 days.


  •   Injured Officer Foils Theft in Detroit ER   (Associated Press)
  • A public safety officer being treated for a knee injury at a hospital emergency room foiled a fellow patient's apparent attempt to steal a watch from an unconscious patient.


  •   Fox News Threatens Lawsuit Over Flamboyant Billboard Near CNN   (Associated Press)
  • Fox News Channel is threatening to take a sign company to court if it does not post a cheeky billboard tweaking archrival CNN.


  •   Deadbeat Dads Offered Jail or Vasectomy   (Associated Press)
  • For some men showing up in court for being habitually behind in child support, their choice is jail or a vasectomy.
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