Urban Legends Reference Pages: Daily Snopes: ()   Coin with Colourful Past Fetches $3 Million at Auction   (Associated Press)
  • A 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was minted under mysterious circumstances, owned by royalty and celebrated in an episode of TV's Hawaii Five-O has been sold for $3 million.


  •   Bible Argument Spurs Boiling-Oil Charge   (Associated Press)
  • A woman is accused of pouring boiling oil on her boyfriend's face in an argument over a Bible verse.


  •   Carpenter Killed in Nail Gun Accident   (Associated Press)
  • A carpenter driving nails with a high-powered nail gun died after one pierced his heart.


  •   Deadly Pigeon Plan Failed to Take Off   (Reuters)
  • Britain considered training pigeons to deliver biological weapons after World War Two but decided the birds had outlived their usefulness in battle.


  •   Illinois Lawnmower Driver Charged with DUI   (Associated Press)
  • When authorities warned Paul Schwarztrauber Jr. not to drink and drive, it may not have been entirely clear to him that the prohibition also applied to lawnmowers.


  •   Dog DNA Shows the Hand of Man   (Reuters)
  • The genetic differences that distinguish a Dachshund from a Doberman are so clear that a computer can tell breeds apart simply by looking at a dog's DNA.


  •   Boy Punches Alligator and Escapes   (Associated Press)
  • An alligator dragged a 12-year-old swimmer underwater in a lake, but the boy punched the reptile and swam safely to shore.


  •   Zoo to Free Elephants on Ethical Grounds   (Reuters)
  • The Detroit Zoo will become the first major zoo to stop exhibiting elephants on ethical grounds because they can develop arthritis and stress-related ailments in captivity.


  •   Cats Blamed for Starting Kansas House Fire   (Associated Press)
  • While their owner was away, two cats did play — with fire.


  •   We're All Text Maniacs   (Reuters)
  • Britain is becoming a nation of text maniacs, and losing the art of conversation into the bargain.


  •   Singapore Plans Reality Procreation Show   (Associated Press)
  • Ten couples from around the world could compete in a reality TV show in Singapore to see who can procreate first.


  •   Insurance Exec Sues Strip Club Over $28,000 Tab   (Reuters)
  • A New York insurance executive slapped an upscale strip club with a lawsuit after it charged him $28,000 for a night of champagne and partying with a dozen exotic dancers.


  •   Angry Commuter Parks Across Rail Line   (Associated Press)
  • When Simon Taylor was told that a train would not stop at his station, the distressed commuter parked his car on the track.


  •   Traffic Is Horrible! I'll Just Think About Sex . . .   (Reuters)
  • A third of German motorists fantasize about sex when stuck in traffic while only 10 percent think of finding an alternate route.


  •   Man Charged with Cutting 5 Dogs' Throats   (Associated Press)
  • A man was arrested on charges that he slashed the throats of five dogs in what his son said was an attempt to win sympathy from his estranged wife.


  •   Lost Conan Doyle Archive Sold   (Reuters)
  • A collection of long-lost papers giving a rare glimpse into the private life of Sherlock Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was sold at auction in London for almost $1.7 million.


  •   New York Lawyer Fined for Barking at Witness   (Associated Press)
  • A lawyer who barked like a dog at a witness during a deposition has been fined $8,500 for misconduct and harassment of opponents.


  •   Woman Arrested Carrying 266 Dead Parrots   (Reuters)
  • Cameroon has arrested a Nigerian woman who was found carrying more than 200 dead parrots and rare Bannerman Turaco feathers.


  •   Wedding Ring Found After 39 Years   (Associated Press)
  • Jack Case lost his wedding ring while water skiing at Prospect Lake in 1965, just before his first anniversary. The ring became even more precious to his wife when Case died in a plane crash in 1989.


  •   Vet Acquitted Over Banned Anaesthetic   (Reuters)
  • A Russian veterinarian caught by undercover agents while operating on a cat was cleared of using an anaesthetic banned in Russia but widely used in the West.


  •   Raja the Elephant to Become a Father   (Associated Press)
  • Seems like only yesterday he was the bouncing baby boy of the St. Louis Zoo. Now, Raja the elephant is about to become a daddy.


  •   Rome Aims to Take Tourists Back in Time with Latin   (Reuters)
  • The regional government along with two historical societies is offering free Latin classes to tourists in a bid to lure even more of the sword-and-sandals loving crowd to Rome.


  •   You Won, Now Give It Back*   (Los Angeles Times)
  • In every Ponzi scheme, some investors profit early on. But courts can force them to return the money, even if they were unaware of the fraud.


  •   Malta Moon Rock Goes Missing   (Reuters)
  • A small moon rock donated to Malta in 1970 by then U.S. President Richard Nixon has been stolen from the island's National Museum of Natural History.


  •   Compromise Reached on South Carolina Tattoo Ban   (Associated Press)
  • South Carolina is close to removing its ban on tattoos after a legislative conference committee agreed to a compromise bill.


  •   Pull Mercury from Mouths of Dead   (Reuters)
  • Amalgam tooth fillings made with mercury should be pulled out before people are cremated to cut emissions of the highly toxic metal, a Swedish government agency report has proposed.
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