Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   The Weird, Wacky World of Baseball Injuries   (The Washington Post)
  • Fluke injuries are nothing to sneeze at, especially in baseball, where the ridiculously improbable injury seems the rule, not the exception.


  •   Internet Gas Boycott Effort Won't Affect Oil Companies   (NBC10.com)
  • An Internet effort is on to get oil companies to release their stockpiles and lower their prices.


  •   Cell Phone Urban Myth Unraveled   (The California Aggie)
  • The idea that cell phones can set off fires at gasoline stations is not likely. In rare circumstances, though, a static discharge can create a spark that could ignite gasoline vapors.


  •   Woman Tries to Gas Unwanted Houseguests   (Associated Press)
  • A California woman tried to get rid of unwanted houseguests by gassing them.


  •   News in the Nude   (Reuters)
  • A Canadian producer is poised to unveil Spanish versions of its Internet and cable television news show, in which anchors deliver the day's top stories in the buff.


  •   Bear Cub Nuzzles Exchange Student   (Associated Press)
  • A Swedish exchange student's encounter with Alaska wildlife was a bit closer than he'd expected.


  •   Smokers at Famous Beach Told to Butt Out   (Reuters)
  • Smokers on Sydney's Manly beach, one of Australia's most famous and picturesque stretches of sand, have had sand kicked in their face by local councilors who have banned lighting up.


  •   Juror Gives Defendant $10, Votes Guilty   (Associated Press)
  • A juror wrote sympathetic words to the defendant, gave him $10, then voted to convict him of selling cocaine in a school zone.


  •   Rare Penguin Stolen from Sanctuary   (Reuters)
  • Thieves stole a rare penguin called Piglet from a sea life center in northeast England and dumped it in a garden.


  •   Porn Switched with School's Announcement   (Associated Press)
  • Chamblee High School administrators are trying to determine who swapped a pornographic videotape for the school announcements tape, sending the images out to several classrooms.


  •   Talking Toilet Orders German Men to Sit Down   (Reuters)
  • A German inventor who developed a gadget that berates men if they try to use the toilet standing up has sold more than 1.6 million devices.


  •   Jail Imposes Dress Code for Visitors   (Associated Press)
  • Guards at the St. Joseph County Jail are doing double duty as fashion police, enforcing new regulations that prohibit visitors from wearing scanty attire.


  •   Zoo Bans Man Who Lost Finger to Jaguar   (Reuters)
  • A New Mexico man made a hasty exit from a zoo after climbing close to a cage to illegally pet a jaguar, but police were able to track him down by the severed finger he left behind.


  •   Professor Gets Job Counting Frogs   (Associated Press)
  • Eldon Enger is all ears when he's looking for frogs. The retired biology professor is a volunteer frog counter for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


  •   Artist Who Vandalized Little Mermaid Statue Dies   (Associated Press)
  • Joergen Nash, the provocative artist who claimed responsibility for cutting the head off Copenhagen's statue of the Little Mermaid in 1963, has died at age 84.


  •   Man Wins $1.3M Jackpot at Tahoe Casino   (Associated Press)
  • A Fremont, California, man said he was down to his last quarters when Lady Luck intervened at a Lake Tahoe casino.


  •   Student Drinks Chemical on a Dare   (Associated Press)
  • A student who drank a chemical from his high school lab on a dare was recovering in a hospital, but not before a scare.


  •   Primate Center Seeks Fire Hoses for Apes   (Associated Press)
  • The Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary is looking for old fire hoses to use as vines, swings and hammocks for its great apes.


  •   Stolen Stradivarius Cello Almost Ended Up as CD Holder   (Associated Press)
  • A nurse found a 320-year-old cello made by master craftsman Antonio Stradivari lying by a trash bin — and almost had her boyfriend convert it into a CD holder.


  •   Vietnamese Shoplifters Wrap Items in Foil   (Associated Press)
  • Six Vietnamese shoplifters beat security systems in stores by wrapping items in foil to evade electronic sensors, but they were caught the old-fashioned way by police who followed them.
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