Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Italy Marriage Vow to Change to "I Receive You"   (Reuters)
  • Couples getting married in Italy's churches will soon say "I receive you" instead of "I take you" as part of their wedding vows.


  •   Bible Proofreaders Sweat the Small Stuff   (Associated Press)
  • Thank the Lord — and the proofreaders at Peachtree Editorial and Proofreading — that the Bible refers to "our ancestors" instead of "sour ancestors," and calls for an end to "factions" — not "fractions." The proofreading service caught those typos and others before the latest edition of the Holy Book went to press.


  •   Virtual Devils Curse Internet Church   (Reuters)
  • The world's first Internet church has fallen victim to a plague of virtual demons, some of whom have been logging on as Satan and unleashing strings of expletives during sermons.


  •   Man Files Complaint Against Elephant   (Associated Press)
  • The father of a 10-year-old boy filed a police complaint after a circus elephant trampled his child's bicycle.


  •   Police Officer with Handbag Fetish Convicted   (Reuters)
  • A German court convicted a police sergeant with a fetish for women's handbags on 15 counts of theft and sentenced him to two and a half years in jail.


  •   Man With Shy Bladder Syndrome Files Suit   (Associated Press)
  • A man who says he was fired by Caterpillar Inc. because he wasn't able to urinate for a drug test sued the equipment giant, alleging discrimination.


  •   Parliament Takes on Those 'Appalling' Refs   (Reuters)
  • A British member of parliament is calling on his fellow lawmakers to denounce England's soccer referees as "appalling," claiming an "incompetent" official cost his local team possible promotion to the coveted premier league.


  •   Dog Survives Five Weeks in Desert Hole   (Associated Press)
  • A family who left their dog for dead after a desert hiking accident has been reunited with the pooch after a Riverside County hiker and his brother heard it barking and pulled it from a 30-foot-deep pit.


  •   Ban on Force-Fed Foie Gras Nears   (Reuters)
  • Force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras, a delicacy to some and an outrage to others, is a step closer to being outlawed in California after the state senate's passage of a bill.


  •   Snake Triggers Blackout in Honduras   (Associated Press)
  • A boa constrictor triggered a 15-minute nationwide blackout when it slithered into a generator at a major hydroelectric plant.


  •   Spectacles May Help Humans with Memory Lapse   (Reuters)
  • Spectacles with a built-in memory could help forgetful humans, a German researcher who has built a prototype of the "memory spectacles" said.


  •   Michigan Neighborhoods Get Influx of Rats   (Associated Press)
  • A number of cities around Detroit not usually associated with vermin, including Royal Oak and Grosse Pointe Woods, are reporting sightings of packs of rats in their neighborhoods.


  •   Security Provider Jailed for Identity Theft   (Reuters)
  • A Connecticut man who installed home security systems has been sentenced to prison for using a client's personal information to finance a more than $200,000 spending spree.


  •   Air Force Radios Jam Garage Door Openers   (Associated Press)
  • A new military radio system is jamming remote-control garage doors in communities near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.


  •   Anti-War Rally Meets Its (Soccer) Match   (Reuters)
  • A rally in London's Trafalgar Square to call for the immediate withdrawal from Iraq of U.S. and British forces has been carefully timed so it does not clash with the English soccer FA Cup Final between Millwall and Manchester United.


  •   Students Charged for Taping Teacher   (Associated Press)
  • Five high school seniors in Missouri have been charged with assault for allegedly trying to tape a teacher to a chair.


  •   German Government E-Mail Crippled by Spam   (Reuters)
  • A flood of half a million unwanted email messages has laid low the accounts of thousands of German politicians and civil servants.
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