Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Naughty Gnomes Made to Cover Up   (Reuters)
  • A man has covered up his lewd garden gnomes with painted-on swimwear after police warned him he faced arrest for causing public offence.


  •   Porsche Owners More Driven to Be Unfaithful   (Agence France Presse)
  • Drivers of high-performance Porsche sports cars are more likely to play fast and loose by having extra-marital sex, according to a poll in the May edition of German motoring magazine Men's Car.


  •   Fred Dale, Creator of Nasty Smells, Dies   (Reuters)
  • Fred Dale, the man who concocted foul smells such as Dead Roman Soldier's Armpit and Viking Loo for theme parks, has died.


  •   Lemurs Aren't So Stupid After All   (Reuters)
  • Lemurs, once believed to be cute but basically stupid, show startling intelligence when given a chance to win treats by playing a computer game.


  •   Theme Park Tackles Roller-Coaster Phobia   (Reuters)
  • A German theme park will host a seminar on combating fears of roller-coaster rides — a session one psychologist described as helping people cope with their "weaker self."


  •   Irish Budget Airline Goes Bust After a Week   (Reuters)
  • Irish budget airline JetGreen Airways has ceased trading one week after its first flight as it became the latest victim of cut-throat competition in Europe's no-frills airline market.


  •   Owl Leads Twitchers on Wild Goose Chase   (Reuters)
  • Birdwatchers' admiration turned to anger when they found that an unidentified prankster had planted a realistic owl decoy on a pole.


  •   Playboy Hunting for Home Depot 'Hotties'   (Associated Press)
  • Asking Home Depot employees to trade their smocks and hammers for teddies and G-strings — at most — Playboy.com is looking for the "hotties" among the hardware giant's employees.


  •   Climbing Everest? Don't Forget to Dress for Dinner   (Reuters)
  • Seven men who enjoyed duck and caviar at more than 22,000 feet in the Himalayas pitched a claim for the record highest altitude formal dinner.


  •   Aging Octopus Finds Love at Last   (Associated Press)
  • It looks like J-1 the octopus is in love. After meeting the very fetching and slightly younger Aurora, he changed color and his eight arms became intertwined with hers.


  •   Slain Husband Stuffed in Freezer for Three Years   (Reuters)
  • A Portuguese woman confessed to murdering her husband and hiding his body in a kitchen freezer for three years,


  •   Wisconsin Alderman Fights to Keep Mannequin   (Associated Press)
  • An alderman in this Milwaukee suburb is going to court to defend his right to keep Madeline the handless mannequin in his City Hall office.


  •   Talking Windows?   (Reuters)
  • Whispering shop windows will soon be exported to Germany by a small British company that says they will turn heads and draw customers into shops.


  •   Rumsfeld's 'Poetic' Voice Set to Music   (Associated Press)
  • After hearing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld dress down the media at Pentagon press briefings, two San Francisco musicians came to an inevitable conclusion: his words simply must be set to chamber music.


  •   Not Your Usual Suspect   (Reuters)
  • German police arrested a green-fingered pensioner harvesting cannabis plants in her Hamburg home after someone tipped them off to a strong smell.


  •   New Study Shows Big Drop in Books Sold   (Associated Press)
  • With a struggling economy and competition for time from other media, 23 million fewer books were sold last year than in 2002, according to a report issued by the Book Industry Study Group.


  •   They're Here — Cicada Cycle Fascinates Regions   (Reuters)
  • Across much of the eastern United States, from Georgia north to southern New York and as far west as Illinois, cicadas will emerge from their 17 years of sucking on tree roots underground to engage in a two-week orgy of calling, mating, laying eggs and then dying.


  •   Lightning Beer Promo Irks Advocates   (Associated Press)
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning's promotion offering free beer to season ticket buyers drew the ire of safe-driving advocates, and the team said it will not offer similar promotions in the future.
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