Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Weird Science: Alou Is Just Myth-Informed   (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Did you know that Gandhi used to drink his own urine to purify his soul? So says the Internet. Do a Google search on urine and Gandhi, and up will pop something on urine therapy. Apparently, urine is a new-age cure-all and also an ancient one.


  •   Mozambique Organ Scam 'Cover Up'   (BBC News)
  • A Brazilian missionary has accused local authorities in northern Mozambique of trying to cover up an alleged human organ trafficking there.


  •   Urban Fishing Legends   (ESPN.com)
  • The first clue that something might be fishy about the story came shortly after I moved from Texas to Alabama. It was a fascinating tale, but I believed it because my friend's brother-in-law's coworker was there when it happened.


  •   Poodle's DNA Helps Sniff Out Dognapper   (Reuters)
  • A dead toy poodle's DNA has led police in Louisiana to arrest a man suspected in the thefts of five pedigreed puppies from a pet store.


  •   Mexican UFOs Could Have Been Just a Case of Gas   (Associated Press)
  • A series of brightly lit, rapidly moving objects filmed in the skies over Mexico could have been caused by a scientific phenomenon involving gases in the atmosphere, a scientist said.


  •   Louisiana Bill Would Ban Low-Slung Pants   (Associated Press)
  • A Louisiana state representative wants to make it illegal for people to wear low-slung pants that expose underwear — or more. But he's having trouble getting some of his colleagues to take him seriously.


  •   Fugitive Who Faked Suicide Is Found Alive   (Reuters)
  • A Tennessee man who faked his suicide 13 years ago to avoid fraud and burglary charges has been found alive and well in California.


  •   Japan Lawmakers Scolded for Reading Comics   (Associated Press)
  • Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi scolded rookie lawmakers for reading comic books and talking on their cell phones during legislative sessions.


  •   Drunken Priest Shoots Mayor Dead   (Reuters)
  • A Catholic priest shot to death the mayor of a town in western Mexico after the pair got drunk and began punching each other during a religious festival.


  •   'Funky-Looking House Cat' Rescued   (Associated Press)
  • A funky-looking house cat" rescued by a good Samaritan along a highway turned out to be a bobcat.


  •   Smoking Soldiers Ignited Ammo Disaster   (Reuters)
  • Two smoking soldiers set off tons of ammunition that killed five people, caused $725 million in damage and sent debris showering across southern Ukraine.


  •   Fire Departments Get Pet Oxygen Masks   (Associated Press)
  • Alaska Interior firefighters have a new piece of rescue equipment to work with — doggie-sized oxygen masks.


  •   City Declares 'No Communist' Zone   (Reuters)
  • A Southern California city known as "Little Saigon" because of its large Vietnamese population has become the first U.S. city to declare itself a "no Communist" zone.


  •   Handcuffed Man Swims From Alcatraz to San Francisco   (Associated Press)
  • A handcuffed fitness expert defied chilly waters and swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco in an effort to raise funds for diabetes research.


  •   Coming to a Store Near You: Chinese Cola   (Reuters)
  • China's largest beverage maker is going where no other Chinese firm has gone before — it has shipped the first retail batch of its own cola to the home of the carbonated soft drink, the United States.


  •   British Pool Managers Find False Limbs   (Associated Press)
  • The things swimmers forget: false teeth, prosethetic limbs.


  •   Texas Teenagers Arrange Street Fight on Internet   (Reuters)
  • Teenage street fighting entered the digital age in a Dallas suburb, where 33 people have been arrested for slugging it out in a massive melee arranged on the Internet and videotaped by participants.


  •   Oklahoma Police Looking for Grease Thief   (Associated Press)
  • A slippery thief is on the loose in Oklahoma, where police say nearly 5,000 pounds of used cooking grease has been stolen from three restaurants.


  •   Riots Took Toll on Sex Drive   (Reuters)
  • Riots that dominated a G8 summit in Genoa in 2001 suppressed the sex drive of its residents and led to a sharp decline in births in the city.


  •   Tight Security for Osmond Funeral After Rumor of Bounty for Coffin Photograph Circulates   (Associated Press)
  • Rumors of a $30,000 bounty for a photograph of Olive Osmond in her coffin have prompted increased security at Saturday's funeral for the Utah entertainment family's matriarch.


  •   Dead Men Tell No Tales — Nor Claim Insurance   (Reuters)
  • Singapore has jailed a woman who earned $196,000 in bogus insurance claims while pretending her husband was dead for 15 years.


  •   South Carolina Selling Surplus Property on eBay   (Associated Press)
  • Using the Web's best-known auction site has been a trend among states and municipalities, and the Palmetto state is one of the latest to use cyberspace to sell its extra stuff.
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