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Easy-Bake Oven Going Gender-Neutral

PAWTCKET, R.I.,  (UPI) –  Rhode Island-based toymaker Hasbro said it will include boys in the marketing for Easy-Bake Ovens after meeting with a 13-year-old girl. McKenna Pope, 13, won an audience with Hasbro officials after she received more than 40,000 signatures on hr Change.org petition and received the endorsement of celebrity chef Bobby Flay for […]

School Solves Indiana Jones Mystery

CHICAGO,  (UPI) –  The University of Chicago said an Indiana Jones replica prop ended up at the school because of an included replica envelope, complete with fake postage. The university said admissions officials were initially perplexed to receive a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.” the full name of movie hero Indiana Jones, and […]

News Execs: Romney Campaign Overcharging

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  News organizations say Mitt Romney’s U.S. presidential campaign overbilled them for the expenses of reporters traveling with the Republican nominee. A letter to the campaign signed by executives from The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times and other organizations was published Monday by BuzzFeed, Politico reported. BuzzFeed’s editor, […]

Deadly Spiders Mistakenly Shipped To U.K.

NORFOLK, England, (UPI) –  A shipping container that arrived in Norfolk, England, was infested with deadly black widow spiders, shocking workers unloading it. The container, which was infested with hundreds of the spiders, originated in Arizona, where the spiders are more common, The Mirror reported Saturday. The container firm called in local pest control experts […]

Alderman Urges Fines For Feeding Pigeons

CHICAGO,  (UPI) –  Chicago Alderman James Cappelman says he wants to double the penalty for people who feed pigeons to a maximum of $1,000 and six months in jail. Cappelman isn’t enamored of Chicago’s ubiquitous birds and WBBM-TV reported Thursday he’s not alone. “They’re a nuisance. They’re everywhere. You know, you could stand there waiting […]

Parade Features Mobile Outhouse, Grinches

BOYKIN, S.C., (UPI) –  Floats at a lighthearted South Carolina Christmas parade included a jail cell float, two Grinches, a mobile outhouse and a cross-dresser named Fatback Queen. The 19th annual Boykin Parade, in the unincorporated Boykin community in rural Kershaw County, drew a crowd of thousands to view the animals, tractors, marching bands and […]

Indiana Jones Journal Origin A Mystery

CHICAGO,  (UPI) –  Officials at the University of Chicago said an apparent Indiana Jones fan sent a replica movie prop to the school addressed to “Henry Walton Jones Jr.” Admissions counselor Grace Chapin said workers were left scratching their heads when no “Henry Walton Jones” could be found in the school directory, the Chicago Tribune […]

Man’s Christmas Display Has 75,000 Lights

MORRISTOWN, N.J., (UPI) –  A New Jersey man who has been creating elaborate Christmas displays for 28 years said this year’s display outside his home includes 75,000 lights. Mike Antreassian, 70, of Rockaway Township in Morris County, said people have already come to see his lights from across the state and he is expecting hundreds […]

Christmas Lights On Truck Yield $274 Ticket

WICHITA, Kan., (UPI) –  A Kansas man given a $274 citation for decking his pickup truck out in Christmas lights said his illuminated vehicle has been spreading holiday cheer. David Hill of Wichita, founder of the group OneSpark, which aims to feed and clothe the homeless, said he spent 16 hours covering his truck in […]

Hasbro To Meet With Girl Camapigner

PAWTUCKET, R.I., (UPI) –  Hasbro officials said they will meet with a 13-year-old New Jersey girl who campaigned for the toymaker to make a boy-friendly Easy-Bake Oven for her brother. McKenna Pope, 13, of Bergen County gained 42,000 signatures on her Change.org petition to have Hasbro feature boys as well as girls on the packaging […]

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