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    Selling the Namesake Brothel
    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - There's more money in owning strip
    clubs than being landlord for a brothel, Australia's Daily
    Planet Ltd said on Tuesday as it announced plans to sell its
    namesake bordello.
    And while sex may sell, it scares off the investors and
    bankers Australia's first listed brothel property owner says it
    needs to spur its growth plans.
    One year after making a splash with its debut on the
    Australian Stock Exchange, Daily Planet said it would change
    its name and focus on expanding into strip clubs.
    "Whilst the Daily Planet brand was a great launch platform
    for us, we've had a lot of resistance from shareholders and
    advisers because of the perception that we're in the
    prostitution business," Chief Executive Andrew Harris told
    Reuters.
    The listed company owns the property where the Daily Planet
    brothel is located in Melbourne.
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    Canadian firm sends ice cream to the dogs
    TORONTO (Reuters) - The maker of Eskimo Pie ice
    cream said on Tuesday it was launching cold treats for hot dogs
    who want to stay slim and cool this summer.
    CoolBrands International says its Dogsters ice
    cream for dogs is low in sugar and carbohydrate, and is better
    for the average pooch than normal sweet ice cream.
    "Dogs love ice cream," CoolBrands said in a statement
    announcing a global deal to sell the canine dessert.
    It did not say what portion of the $5-billion-a-year U.S.
    petfood market it hoped to capture with the new product.

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    'Toothing' for Hi-Tech Sex with Strangers
    LONDON (Reuters) - British commuters take note -- the
    respectable person sitting next to you on the train fumbling
    with their cell phone might be a "toother" looking for sex with
    a stranger.
    "Toothing" is a new craze where strangers on trains, buses,
    in bars and even supermarkets hook up for illicit meetings
    using messages sent via the latest in phone technology.
    "Toothing is a form of anonymous sex with strangers --
    usually on some form of transport or enclosed area such as a
    conference or training seminar," says the "Beginner's Guide To
    Toothing" on a Web site dedicated to the pursuit.
    It is made possible by Bluetooth technology which allows
    users to send phone contacts, pictures and messages to other
    Bluetooth-enabled equipment over a range of about 10 meters
    (yards).
    Users discovered they could send anonymous messages to
    people they didn't know with Bluetooth equipment, spawning a
    craze dubbed "bluejacking."
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    Blue-Ribbon Guinea Pig?
    QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Farmers are known to win
    blue-ribbon prizes or trophies for their best livestock.
    In Ecuador, that now includes guinea pigs.
    Sunday, Ecuadoreans in the Andean city of Riobamba will
    select the nation's top guinea pig in an effort to encourage
    rural villages to raise the rodent, which is eaten as a
    delicacy in the South American nation.
    "I guess you could consider the heaviest guinea pig to be
    the 'king,"' said Fatima Ortiz, an official at local
    development organization Sedal, which oversees the judging.
    While guinea pigs are popular pets in many countries,
    Ecuadoreans raise them for local consumption and to export
    their meat to immigrant communities abroad, she said.
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    Judges Declare War on Pet Pests
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two Texas judges have made a
    federal case out of dog poop on the courthouse lawn.
    Irked by a profusion of pet excrement on the small lawn of
    the federal courthouse in downtown Austin, U.S. District Judges
    Sam Sparks and Lee Yeakel issued an order on Thursday:
    "Any person who authorizes or permits any animal to relieve
    itself on the grass or grounds of the United States Courthouse
    shall be subject to citation, fine, and/or arrest effective
    from this date...
    "Too many individuals had permitted their pets to relieve
    themselves on the grass and grounds," the order said.
    The courthouse neighbors a ritzy loft development, and the
    dog owners who live there are the apparent targets of the
    order.
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    April 21, 2004 -- Many New York City firefighters are unwilling to get treatment for "severe" drinking problems or on-the-job injuries, a new study says."Do they reach out to get the help they need, the support they need? Right now, I don't see that," said Dr. Samuel Bacharach, director of the Smithers Institute at Cornell University, which looked into the work conditions and emotional health of FDNY firefighters during an 18-month period after 9/11. The institute interviewed more than 2,000 firefighters and officers, and found that the city's Bravest felt a "disconnect" from department brass, Bacharach said. Marianne... Weird But True
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    Talking *WHACK* with a *WOK*

    Cook stops German purse snatcher with wok attack
    BERLIN, April 22 (Reuters) - A purse snatcher was stopped
    cold on a Berlin street by a quick-thinking fast-food cook who
    hit the fleeing thief over the head with a wok, a German
    newspaper reported on Thursday.
    Asian food cook Hai Nguyen, 40, was quoted in Bild as saying
    he saw the purse snatcher running from a shop in the eastern
    Berlin district of Koepenick. He grabbed his wok and hit the
    thief as he ran by. Knocked down, the thief was then arrested.
    A Berlin court sentenced him on Wednesday to two years and
    nine months in prison, although German courts generally let
    prisoners out after they complete just over half their
    sentences.

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    German army to lift ban on sex in barracks
    BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) - A German army ban on sex in the
    barracks may soon be lifted because it's considered outdated,
    the government said Wednesday.
    Hannes Wendroth, spokesman for the Defense Ministry,
    confirmed a report in Bild newspaper that said partners who are
    both serving in the armed forces should no longer be barred
    from having sex on German military installations.
    "There was a feeling that the existing regulations were no
    longer in keeping with the times," Wendroth told reporters,
    referring to a rule that outlawed sex on military bases.
    "We're looking into changes that would allow those who so
    desire to pursue their needs in their own privacy," he said.
    The proposed changes would allow troops to have
    "partnership relationships within military facilities" and
    couples to live together there, according to a draft of the
    measure.
    Charles Heyman, senior defense analyst at Jane's
    Consultancy Group, said the proposal was unusual. He said
    Germany may be lifting the ban because its military bases lack
    quarters for couples, who have always had to live off its
    bases.
    "I am not aware of any country that allows free-for-all sex
    in the barracks," he said. "You can't have people going around
    the barracks having sex everywhere. It's ludicrous."
    There are 9,850 women in Germany's armed forces out of a
    total of 270,000. The women serve voluntarily, while one third
    of the men are conscripts.
    In 2000, the army lifted a previous ban on homosexuality.
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    Aborigines Put Black Curse on Prime Minister
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Aborigines invoked an ancient curse on
    Australian Prime Minister John Howard Tuesday by "pointing
    the bone" at the conservative politician to protest against his
    decision to scrap a top aboriginal body.
    Aborigines believe that to point a kangaroo bone at someone
    is to bring that person ill fortune, and the black magic is
    strong enough to cause death.
    An aboriginal woman dressed in possum skin and traditional
    tribal makeup confronted Howard Tuesday after he made a
    speech in a rural town and pointed a one-inch bone at the
    politician to place a silent curse on him.
    The aboriginal woman, known only as Moopor, was not
    permitted to speak with the media, in line with aboriginal
    culture, but the head of the axed aboriginal body said the
    curse was a message to Howard to heed black Australians.
    "This curse could go two ways, it could enlighten him and
    lift a mental block that Mr. Howard has about indigenous
    Australians," Aborigine Geoff Clark told reporters.
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    April 22, 2004 -- War is hell - war is not sweet.That's the word from officials in Irwin, Pa., who've demanded the Veterans of Foreign Wars stop their tradition of throwing candy to children during the Memorial Day parade.But Councilman Todd Bertani says his fellow pols are robbing kids of an annual treat, and fears youngsters won't come if sweets are banned.
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    April 23, 2004 --A sex-crazed rhino mistook a Renault for a mate and began humping it.Sharka, a 2-ton male, got frisky as Dave Alsop cruised through the West Midlands Safari Park in England, climbing onto the vehicle, denting it and ripping off the side mirrors."He's banging away at the car and it's rocking like hell. 'Mounted by rhino' will have to go in the car's service history," Alsop joked.
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    Gay Lovers Climb Tree, Then Have Sex

    By MADISON J. GRAY Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Two gay lovers - a man in a black dress and a boy in only a pair of shorts - protested their families' lack of understanding for their relationship by climbing a Central Park tree on Thursday, stripping, performing lewd acts in front of onlookers and refusing to come down for hours.

    The lovers, ages 32 and 17, scaled the 55-foot larch tree next to the Chess and Checkers House around 4 p.m., said Detective John Sweeney, a police department spokesman.

    The couple had told the boy's parents about their relationship and been rebuked, police said.

    The man played on branches near the top of the tree and waved at onlookers while the boy sat quietly a few feet below him. Police said the man later performed oral sex on the boy and stripped down to a thong to taunt them.

    Police were alerted to the mischief when an onlooker flagged down a bicycle officer. When Emergency Services Unit officers responded, "the two individuals began to shout obscenities to the approaching officers, threatening to push the officers down and throw branches at them in an effort to ward the officers off," police Inspector William Callahan said.

    The two were in danger of falling because the tree's largest branches were only 4 inches thick and couldn't support their weight for long, said police, who set up an inflatable safety mat on the ground.

    Police negotiators who went up the tree to talk the couple down gave them soft drinks and water. A crowd of about 100 onlookers stood nearby.

    After about five hours, police put harnesses on the lovers and began to lure them down. The names of the lovers were not immediately released.

    The couple were taken to a hospital for evaluation, and Callahan said arrests and criminal charges depended on the outcomes of those evaluations.

    No one was injured in the bizarre Earth Day stunt, Callahan said.

    "When I heard they were in a tree," he said, "I figured it was very fitting."

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    April 24, 2004 -- News flash: Exposing yourself in public is no way to meet women.Joshua Baldwin, 24, of Bay City, Mich., said he exposed his privates to customers at area businesses in an attempt to meet ladies."I was only hoping to get lucky, but I went about it the wrong way," said Baldwin, who was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person.
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    April 24, 2004 -- Three police officers rushed into a burning Queens building Friday morning and got several residents out safely, but two of the cops became trapped by the flames and smoke and had to be rescued by firefighters.
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    April 26, 2004 -- Here's an idea that's long overdue, fines for weather forecasters who get it wrong. Russia is now considering stiff fines for forecasters who fudge their predictions, because the practice has cost the government money to prepare for weather emergencies that never happen.
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    Japanese nabbed for "kidnapping" sweet-toothed doll
    TOKYO, April 26 (Reuters) - "Peko-chan," a round-eyed
    mannequin with a lip-licking grin, has seen a lot in her five
    decades of hawking sweets for a leading Japanese confectioner.
    Not until recently, however, has the eternal six-year-old
    with the sweet tooth become a target of kidnappers.
    Police on Monday were investigating whether a 42-year-old
    man arrested last week on suspicion of snatching a "Peko-chan"
    doll from a Fujiya Co Ltd shop was responsible for a recent rash
    of disappearing dolls, Kyodo news agency reported.
    The man, who nabbed a 45-centimetre (18 inch) "Dancing
    Peko-chan" after distracting the manager with a strawberry
    shortcake order, told police he had hoped to sell it in an
    Internet auction, where the dolls can fetch up to $2,000.
    Thirty-one "Peko-chan" mannequins have gone missing from
    Fujiya storefronts since January, the company said in a
    statement, adding that it had told employees to be on guard.
    The company had originally suggested tying the dolls down,
    but customers complained it was cruel.
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    Dog Feels Below Par After Eating 28 Golf Balls
    LONDON (Reuters) - Vets cut open a German Shepherd dog to
    find she had scoffed no fewer than 28 golf balls.
    Eighteen-month old Libby had been coughing blood after
    weeks of fetching golf balls at the northern England course
    where owner Mike Wardrop works as a bar manager.
    Wardrop told Reuters on Friday he hadn't realized the dog
    had a secret appetite for the dimpled balls she found at
    Didsbury Golf Club in Manchester.
    "When I take her for a walk every day she is prone to
    finding golf balls," Wardrop said. "She can fit five in her
    mouth."
    Libby is now recovering from the operation to remove the
    balls, with 30 stitches across her belly.

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    Kuwait court okays gender switch in landmark case
    KUWAIT, April 25 (Reuters) - A Kuwait court has approved a
    request by a Kuwaiti man who had sex-change surgery to change
    his gender officially to female, setting a precedent in the
    conservative Muslim Gulf Arab state.
    The Personal Status Court of First Instance ruled that the
    plaintiff had suffered physiologically and psychologically since
    childhood due to hormonal imbalances, defence lawyer Adel
    al-Yahya told Reuters on Sunday.
    Saturday's ruling has to be referred to a higher court
    before the decision becomes final, Yahya said, adding the
    process might take up to a month.
    Yahya said he presented the court with an edict issued by
    Egypt's al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's top religious institution, that
    allowed people to change their gender if medical reports showed
    this was to their benefit.
    "We have evidence, a fatwa from al-Azhar, because we have a
    case of illness, not a case of switching gender or as they call
    it in Kuwait a third-sex case," Yahya told Reuters. "This is a
    very rare condition...and the court ruled according to that
    condition."
    The 25-year-old plaintiff, who wants a name change to Amal
    from Ahmad, had a sex-change operation in Bangkok in October
    2002, the Arab Times daily reported.

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    No-carb eating couple booted from buffet for eating too much beef
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A couple on a low-carb diet were kicked
    out of a buffet restaurant after the manager said they'd eaten too
    much roast beef.
    Sui Amaama, who along with his wife have been on the Atkins Diet
    for two weeks, was asked to leave after he went up to the buffet at
    the Chuck-A-Rama in suburban Taylorsville for his 12th slice of
    roast beef.
    "It's so embarrassing actually," said Isabelle Leota, Amaama's
    wife. "We went in to have dinner, we were under the impression
    Chuck-A-Rama was an all-you-can-eat establishment."
    Not so, said Jack Johanson, the restaurant chain's district
    manager.
    "We've never claimed to be an all-you-can-eat establishment,"
    said Johanson. "Our understanding is a buffet is just a style of
    eating."
    The general manager who was carving the meat Tuesday became
    concerned about having enough for other patrons and asked Amaama to
    stop, Johanson said.
    Offended, the couple asked for a refund. The manager refused and
    called police when they would not leave.
    The couple said they have eaten at Chuck-A-Rama's $8.99 buffet
    at least twice a week, but did not plan to return.

    (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    Dutch artist says made pistol out of own skin
    By Paul Gallagher
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch artist has used a flap of her
    own skin to make a replica pistol to be shown at an Amsterdam
    art show next month, she said Friday.
    "I made a pistol to express my concern about violence in
    society and to show the connection between what a pistol does
    and the human body," said Joanneke Meester said of the replica,
    which is about the size of a matchbox.
    Meester said she made the tiny replica pistol with a piece
    of skin -- 20 centimeters (8 inches) long and four centimeters
    (1.6 inches) high -- surgically removed from her abdomen. The
    puckered skin was stretched and sewn over a plastic and fiber pistol mold.
    Meester said she had the flap of skin removed under local
    anesthetic to allow her to make the pistol. The surgery left
    her with 16 stitches. She froze the skin, then defrosted it to
    make a replica weapon preserved in formaldehyde.
    Meester, whose piece will be on display in a glass case at
    Amsterdam's Kunstvlaai exhibition organized in a former gas
    works in the Dutch capital from May 8-16, has used skin as a
    theme in her other work too.
    The 38-year-old artist has made "cuddly toys" with pig
    skins
    she obtained from a butchers and produced video installations
    in
    which actors are mummified by skin-tight costumes, rendering
    their faces anonymous.
    But the pistol is the first time she has used human skin in
    her work. "It felt like something between chicken skin and pig
    skin," she said.
    "It took me about an hour to make (the pistol) and at a
    certain point the edge started drying up and you could see a
    little blood on the skin, congealed," she said.
    "If everyone made a pistol from their own skin, I think
    they
    would think twice about using a gun. I think there would be
    less
    violence in the world," she said. "But it's not that easy.
    Violence will always exist."
    In the television age too many people were distanced from
    its stark reality, she said.
    "It's actually not an unambiguous work of art," she said.
    "I
    can understand that it can come across as shocking."
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    German woman parks car, sparks nude protest
    BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) - A naked man chased a woman
    motorist to her house in Germany to protest that she had parked
    badly, police said Friday.
    "A resident ran completely naked after the 30-year-old
    woman
    in order to communicate his displeasure about the 'noise and
    time she had taken to park,"' police in the central town of
    Goettingen said in a statement, adding that he could face
    prosecution.
    Police said the woman dismissed the man with "strong
    language" before alerting authorities and her neighbors.

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    BERLIN (Reuters) - Berlin has introduced five talking waste
    bins which say thank you in three different languages or scream
    "goal" to help promote a cleaner city.
    The talking waste bins -- which curiously say thank you in
    French, Japanese and English but not German -- are located in
    an area popular with tourists at the central Potsdamer Platz
    and at the Zoo train station in the west of the city.
    Fifteen more solar-powered talking waste bins may follow in
    the short term, Bernd Mueller, spokesman for the city's waste
    disposal services, said Monday.
    However, the city does not plan to teach all 20,000 Berlin
    bins to talk.
    "That's much too expensive," said Mueller. "But everybody
    loves those bins."
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    Teens Steal Skull, Use as Puppet
    LONDON (Reuters) - Two Scottish teenage boys escaped a jail
    sentence for breaking into the tomb of one of Scotland's most
    violent noblemen and taking a skull to use as a ventriloquist's
    dummy.
    Sonny Devlin, 17, and a 15-year-old boy who cannot be named
    for legal reasons, were put on probation for three and two
    years respectively under the ancient crime of "violation of
    sepulchre" -- the first such trial for over a century,
    newspapers said on Saturday.
    Last June, the boys broke into the mausoleum of Sir George
    "Bloody" MacKenzie, a senior official of Charles II who died in
    1691. He earned his nickname for his zealous persecution of
    Presbyterians.
    The court heard the crime was motivated by "immature and
    drunken bravado more than anything sinister." The boys were
    accused of stealing the unidentified skull, using it "like a
    glove puppet" and then throwing it away.
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    Police Stop Drunk Bulldozer Joyrider
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German police stopped a 17-tonbulldozer
    weaving through Berlin's streets at 3 a.m. by jumping onto the
    excavator, smashing the window and spraying mace into the
    driver's face.
    A police spokesman said a 28-year-old man was detained for
    drunk driving and may be charged with theft for taking the
    bulldozer on a four-km (2.5 mile) joyride Sunday after leaving
    a pub in the Berlin district of Neukoelln.
    One of the officers climbed onto the moving vehicle, but
    the driver held the door shut. Only after the officer smashed
    the window and sprayed mace in his face did the driver stop.
    "He was first spotted by a police squad car as he drove
    through a red light at about 35 kph (20 mph) and then ignored
    orders from the police to stop," the spokesman said.
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    Calif. cops want spider gun to snare bridge jumpers
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Attention Spiderman:
    California needs you.
    The state highway patrol, hoping to avoid another epic
    traffic jam caused by a suicide jumper on a major bridge, wants
    inventors to design and build a gun that can capture would-be
    jumpers in a spider-like web.
    "At this point we're about ready to put out a request for a
    proposal," said California Highway Patrol spokesman Tom
    Marshall. "And we'll just see if there's some technology that
    might be usable."
    The idea for a suicide spider gun was first floated by a
    local radio talk-show host following a 13-hour standoff between
    cops and a blade-wielding man threatening to jump off the San
    Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Marshall said.
    After hours in traffic, some motorists were so furious that
    some yelled out for the man to jump.
    The April 2 incident cost the highway patrol an estimated
    $100,000 in overtime and other expenses, Marshall said, not to
    mention the costs of the delays to the region.
    The stand-off came to a close only after the man,
    exhausted, curled up on the platform and a SWAT team stunned
    him with a bean-bag gun. He now faces criminal charges.
    "Any time you tie up a major artery like the Bay Bridge,
    you want to look at what could we do that would be different,"
    Marshall said.
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