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    May 28, 2005 -- Some crafty smugglers tried to slip more than 750 pounds of cocaine into the country by packing it in fiberglass molds painted to look like plantains.
    But Customs agents at the Port of Miami wondered why some of the green bananas in the 1,080-box shipment were so hard, and cut them open to find the contraband.
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    May 29, 2005 -- Chileans with dying plants can now call an "ambulance" for help. The four green-painted ambulances, all with sirens and flashing lights, will bring a horticulture expert to the scene of the ailing plant. "There are ambulances that save people's lives but ours save plants," said manager Andres Castro on the SOS Express in Santiago.
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    May 30, 2005 -- A gas-station attendant working the overnight shift scratched $1,400 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them ó then wrote a letter to his boss, begging for forgiveness. "I don't know why I bit the hand that fed me . . . This is what kills me: I'm not a stupid person. I know better," Bryan Lietz, 40, wrote to the manager of the Conoco station in Perham, Minn. It didn't work. Lietz was fired and charged with state-lottery fraud. And, to add insult to injury, every one of his scratch-offs was a loser.
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    May 31, 2005 -- Folks who attended a gala at San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture had a gratifying experience. A "Masturbate-a-thon" attracted more than 100 visitors from across the United States, all aiming to have a good time with themselves. "Even people who are sexually frisky might have the bias that many Americans do, that it's second-best sex, that it's something you do if you can't figure something else out," said center director Carol Queen.
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    June 1, 2005 -- Firefighters responding to a flooded first-floor apartment discovered a 100-pound pig, two 6-foot-long pythons, a crocodile and several cats swimming in the water. The miniature zoo was uncovered thanks to an overflowing bathtub, leaving neighbors in Vienna, Austria, stunned.
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    Talking ONLY IN CALIFORNIA EH?

    Ticket against jaywalking chicken tossed

    Canadian Press Wednesday, June 01, 2005

    RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) - A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has scratched his way out of it.

    The $54 citation for impeding traffic was dismissed Friday after Linc and Helena Moore's lawyer argued that the fowl was domesticated and could not be charged as livestock.

    State law restricts livestock on highways, but not domestic animals.

    The chicken was ticketed March 26 for impeding traffic after it wandered onto a road in Johannesburg, a rural mining community southeast of Ridgecrest.

    The Moores said they got the ticket because they were among several people who complained that deputies have done little to curb noisy off-road vehicle riders.

    "For the last 2 1/2 years, no one has been able to stop the kids riding their bikes in the middle of the road or the neighbours' dogs running around our neighbourhood," Linc Moore said. "But when our chicken escaped and crossed the road once it became a huge issue."

    Sheriff's officials said the ticket had nothing to do with the Moores' complaints.

    © The Canadian Press 2005
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    Post And speaking of chicken...

    Yeah, this really makes me want to buy chicken...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Workers shown on TV singing with their
    mouths full have prompted a flood of complaints from Britons
    concerned over the depiction of bad manners.
    The commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken became Britain's
    most complained about ad, with 1,671 members of the public
    contacting the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
    Offended viewers said it encouraged bad manners in children
    by making it appear funny to sing or speak while eating and 41
    of those who complained said their children had aped the ad.
    But the ASA rejected all complaints and dismissed fears of
    an epidemic of children eating open-mouthed.
    "As teaching good table manners is an ongoing process
    needing frequent reminders at meal times, we do not agree that
    the advertisement would have a detrimental effect," the
    authority said in its ruling.
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    Post Out of Step?

    Mailman watches his step
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's post office is threatening to
    stop mail deliveries to a woman in Ottawa because her doorstep
    is four inches too high, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported
    Tuesday.
    Christine Charbonneau said that when she went to check her
    mail last Friday she found a Canada Post employee measuring her
    front doorstep. He told her it was nearly 12 inches high, four
    inches more than the maximum limit specified by building
    regulations.
    "I said it was ridiculous to say that the step is too high
    ... Nobody else has complained," the Citizen quoted Charbonneau
    as saying, adding that her elderly mother-in-law and people
    delivering newspapers had no trouble making it to the front
    door.
    A Canada Post spokeswoman told the newspaper that
    Charbonneau had to reduce the size of the step or move her
    mailbox. Charbonneau dismissed the demands as outrageous.
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    Sweden bans smokers from bars, snus makers rejoice
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The makers of "snus," a smokeless
    tobacco product banned in most of the EU, looked forward to new
    sales in Sweden Wednesday after the government banned smoking
    in restaurants.
    The Nordic country is the fourth in Europe to follow the
    example of Ireland, where a smoking ban in pubs, restaurants
    and workplaces was introduced in March last year.
    The move has been largely welcome in public
    health-conscious Sweden, with opinion polls showing 85 percent
    support for an end to smoking in restaurants.
    "You still go out mainly to get drunk. The smoking is just
    a bonus," Otto Gabrielsson, a 23-year-old Swede told Reuters
    late Tuesday in a downtown Stockholm bar.
    It was also cheered by the makers of snus, already a
    trademark vice for Swedes.
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    Former Boy band star in mystery crash
    LONDON (Reuters) - Former East 17 star Brian Harvey is
    critically ill in a hospital Tuesday after a mysterious
    incident in which he was run over by his own car.
    Harvey, the lead singer of the boy band, was crushed after
    he fell from his convertible Mercedes car while reversing out
    of his home in Walthamstow, east London, just before 2 a.m,
    police said.
    "The man, in his early 30s, was taken by the ambulance
    service to an east London hospital suffering from multiple
    injuries," a police spokesman said.
    "His condition is still described as critical."
    Police said Harvey appeared to have fallen from the
    driver's seat of the car and investigations were underway into
    exactly what had happened.
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    Talking The Naked Truth

    Students bare naked truth about schools
    MANILA (Reuters) - A dozen college students stripped near
    the presidential palace in the Philippines on Wednesday to
    protest the deteriorating state of the education system.
    The students, all young men who did nothing to cover their
    faces or bodies, waved placards as they paraded for about 15
    minutes at a busy intersection in Manila before police shooed
    them away.
    "The naked truth is that the government never treats
    education as a basic right," they said in a statement.
    They said students would suffer from a shortage of nearly
    50,000 classrooms and 3.5 million desks and books this year.
    The Philippines, a leading education center in Asia in the
    1970s, has fallen into decline due to insufficient budgets for
    public schools, according to various surveys. Physical
    education instructors sometimes must also teach English, math
    and science.

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    Post Hey hey we're the Monk----eeess!

    Here's something you don't expect to see...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Five Thai Buddhist monks have been
    defrocked and fined after a brawl with monks from a nearby
    temple, police and newspapers said Tuesday.
    The street fight was the culmination of years of antagonism
    between monks from the two temples who had often exchanged
    curses, insults and rude gestures as they collected alms on
    different sides of a road, the Manager newspaper said.
    "When an ordinary person is given a middle-finger sign, he
    will be mad. So am I," it quoted one of the defrocked monks,
    Boonlert Boonpan, as saying after the brawl in the northeastern
    state of Nong Khai Monday.
    Boonlert said he usually carried a knuckle-duster in his
    shoulder bag during the morning collection of alms on which
    Bhuddist monks depend, it said.
    Boonlert and the four other monks, all aged between 15 and
    28, were each fined 1,000 baht ($25) by police for public
    brawling and were defrocked by senior monks, Wut Pomraksa, head
    of Nong Khai police station, told Reuters.
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    Prayers are answered for distracted congregation
    LONDON (Reuters) - British telecoms operator BT Group Plc
    has wired up a church in Wales to allow the congregation to
    hook onto local high-speed Internet connections when they want
    a break from the sermon. Britain's largest fixed-line telecoms
    operator said on Tuesday it had installed a Wi-Fi wireless
    network access point, known as a hotspot, in Reverend Keith
    Kimber's St John's Rectory church in the city of Cardiff.
    "The church has to move with the times and I wanted to make
    St John's a sanctuary for everyone, including business people
    with laptops and mobiles," Kimber said in a statement issued by
    BT.
    "I have no problem with people quietly sending an email or
    surfing the Internet in church, as long as they respect the
    church."
    Wi-Fi -- a medium-range wireless network that is often
    rolled out in coffee shops and airport lounges -- allows users
    of laptop computers and other gadgets to access fast Internet
    connections without having to struggle with wires and
    mismatched phone plugs.
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    Odd weather event shakes of students on golf outing

    BREWSTER, N.Y. (AP) - An odd weather event shook up some 42
    students, their teacher and others at the Centennial Golf Club in
    Brewster. The students from the Carmel Middle School were at the
    golf course on a school outing arund four p-m yesterday when the
    wind began to pick up.
    Teacher William Twardy says he noticed the sand in the sand
    traps begin to twirl like mini dust devils and then an enormous
    wind ripped a canvas canopy and blew over glass tables on the patio
    near the driving range. The glass tables shattered sending the
    students scrambling.
    Twardy adds hundreds of paper napkins were lifted into the sky
    and disappeared in the clouds.
    One student - ten-year-old Steven Keck of Lake Carmel - says he
    was about to hit a golf ball when he heard the wind roar. He saw
    the awning being ripped apart and the glass tables being lifted
    into the air. The youngster says his leg was cut by flying glass.
    Veteran golfer William Heintz says the wind lasted a few seconds
    and then left. He wonders where all those paper napkins landed.
    Weather observer Peter Yeager of Stormville says a windy
    incident like that is not uncommon. He says warm air rises and
    mixes with the cool upper air causing windy currents that can
    become violent.

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    Battle plan sold to fund canned fruit?
    NEW DELHI, May 31 (Reuters) - India said Tuesday it would
    investigate reports that an army brigadier sold the country's
    battle plan before the 1965 war with Pakistan to fund his
    wife's hobby of canning fruits and vegetables.
    Gohar Ayub Khan, son of former Pakistan President Ayub
    Khan, said in an interview to the Pakistani newspaper, The
    News, Monday that Pakistani agents had bought the Indian
    military plan for 20,000 rupees ($458) from the officer, who
    needed money to buy equipment for his wife to fulfil her hobby.
    The News story was splashed across front pages in the
    Indian media Tuesday and was a major story on TV news channels.
    Gohar, a former Pakistan foreign minister whose
    autobiography will be released in coming weeks, told the
    Pakistani newspaper that the Indian brigadier was still alive
    and served in a very senior position before retiring.
    The Indian defense ministry said though it doubted Gohar's
    claims it would investigate.
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    Italian judge orders teen "bully" to slim down
    ROME, May 31 (Reuters) - An Italian judge has found a
    teenage boy guilty of vandalism, slander and disturbing the
    peace -- but instead of jail time, he ordered the 100 kg (220
    lb) "bully" to slim down.
    His weight has made the 17-year-old "naughty" and a diet
    would "reinforce his self-esteem", the judge was quoted as
    saying in Il Messaggero newspaper on Tuesday.
    It was not clear how much weight the boy would have to lose.
    He was also ordered to attend school regularly, do volunteer
    work in a kennel and take courses in mechanics, in which he has
    shown a particular interest, the newspaper said.
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    Bible-belt town bans blasphemy
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The name of the Lord may no longer be
    taken in vain in the Dutch village of Staphorst.
    Staphorst, in the so-called Dutch "bible belt" of eastern
    towns where religion holds sway, approved a ban on swearing by
    13-4 council votes.
    But the caveat that swearing is not banned when it is an
    expression of the constitutional freedom of speech may make it
    difficult to punish offenders.
    "A ban on swearing can be seen as a signal," the council's
    proposal said, adding a change in moral values was needed to
    address the underlying problem.
    Past swearing bans in bible-belt villages were declared in
    violation of the right to free expression in 1986. One other
    town has such a ban -- Reimerswaal, in the southwestern
    province of Zeeland.
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    Elderly couple leads police on merry hunt
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An elderly Australian couple evaded
    police on a 1,400 mile journey by car and bus after setting off
    in protest when the wife was denied an extension of her driving
    license because of old age.
    Tom and Marian Foulkes, both in their 80s, drove from their
    Melbourne home in the southern state of Victoria to the north
    of New South Wales state and halfway back again, avoiding
    police searching for them.
    At one stage, the couple had their car keys confiscated by
    a police officer who thought they were disoriented, but they
    hit the road again, this time in a bus.
    Their two weeks on the run ended Wednesday when they were
    found holed up in a hotel in the Australian capital Canberra.
    Paul Foulkes, who reported his parents missing, said they
    were afraid of losing their independence as his father had
    earlier lost his driving license.
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    Question What's left?

    After 'Deep Throat,' what mysteries remain?
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Now that "Deep Throat" has been
    identified as a 91-year-old California grandfather, aficionados
    of unsolved mysteries have to look elsewhere. Luckily for them,
    there are plenty of places to look.
    Even after Tuesday's revelation that former FBI No. 2 Mark
    Felt was the Watergate super-source "Deep Throat," there are
    still unknowns swirling around the scandal that brought down
    President Richard Nixon in 1974.
    The main question remaining is what information was
    contained -- and erased -- in the 18 1/2 minute gap in a White
    House tape recording. The tape, made by Nixon's secretary, Rose
    Mary Woods, contained a discussion between the president and
    his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, pertaining to Watergate.
    Woods shot to notoriety for her inadequate explanations of
    how she came to erase part of the tape. She never told what the
    tape held before her death on Jan. 22.
    A more contemporary Washington mystery is the source of the
    leak that led columnist Robert Novak to identify a CIA
    operative named Valerie Plame, an expert on weapons of mass
    destruction.
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    Museum entices lawnmower lovers out of the shed
    SOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) - Brian Radam is mad about
    lawnmowers -- he loves their smell, their sound, the way they
    look and the way they're built. And he's not the only one.
    Lawnmower-lovers gather in the tiny rooms above his shop
    hidden away in the back streets of the genteel English seaside
    town of Southport, overjoyed to share their passion with
    others.
    "There are lots of keen collectors, but they don't tell
    anybody about it. If you went to the pub and you said 'do you
    want to see the dozen lawnmowers that I've got at home?',
    they'd think you were nuts," Radam said.
    Apparently plenty of people are "nuts" in
    gardening-obsessed Britain, a country with a reputation for
    eccentricity where pursuits such as cheese-rolling,
    train-spotting and bog-snorkeling barely raise an eyebrow.
    "We call them closet lawnmower-collectors," said Radam,
    surrounded by grass-cutting implements of every size and
    description.

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