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Stowaway Mouse Grounds SAS Plane

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 12 (UPI) — An SAS plane was grounded in Sweden after the crew on the flight from New York noticed a stowaway on board — a mouse. Because searchers could not find the mouse after the plane landed Tuesday morning at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, the aircraft was unable to make the […]

Japan’s Oldest Elephant Turning 65

TOKYO, Jan. 12 (UPI) — The oldest Asian elephant in Japan will turn 65 next month and officials at the Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo say they’re planning a party for her. The elephant, named Hanako, has been living at the zoo for more than 50 years and has never had a major disease […]

Beethoven Complained Of ‘Low Salary’

LUBECK, Germany, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A handwritten letter by Ludwig van Beethoven reveals the German composer was displeased about his “low salary.” The letter, written in July 1823 and addressed to Franz Stockhausen, concerned Beethoven’s search for wealthy people to sponsor his latest composition, “Missa solemnis,” The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. Beethoven wrote he […]

Museum Not Amused By Lingerie Stunt

PARIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Officials at Paris’ Musee d’Orsay are not amused by a lingerie company’s publicity stunt — filming models parading in the museum dressed in their undies. The museum in a converted Beaux Arts railway station is home to one of the world’s great collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, known for […]

Rats Joining Occupy D.C. Protesters

An explosion of rats has occurred in Washington at the two locations where Occupy D.C. protesters are camped out, health officials said. Director Mohammad N. Akhter of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health said inspectors have seen the rodents running around at both protest camps.

Identical Quadruplets Born In Germany

LEIPZIG, Germany, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Doctors in Germany said a woman who gave birth to identical quadruplets beat odds of about one in 13 million. Doctors at Leipzig Hospital said the mother, whose name was not released, beat the daunting odds when she became pregnant with quadruplets Laura, Sophie, Jasmin and Kim without the […]

Italian School Uses Cannabis For Cooking

PERUGIA, Italy, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Italy’s Flavor University, part of the National Food Education and Culture Center, said cannabis is an “amazing ingredient” for cooking. The school said Tuesday the cannabis recommended for cooking is cannabis sativa, which contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, ANSA reported Wednesday. […]

Salt Lake City Named Gayest In U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) — A Los Angeles-based magazine has named Salt Lake City as the gayest city in the United States, followed by Orlando, Fla., and Cambridge, Mass. The Advocate said its list, which was created using a formula taking population into account as well as categories including the numbers of LGBT elected […]

Crossword Hip-Hop Terms Debated

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) — A New York Times crossword reader sparked a debate over whether “wack” and “illin” are synonyms. Julieanne Smolinski, 28, a New York-based writer for GQ and xoJane.com, said Saturday’s puzzle was in error when it provided “wack” as a clue for the answer “illin,” the New York Post reported […]

Police: Man Torched Woman’s Car

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Jan. 11 (UPI) — Police in Florida allege a man burned the inside of a woman’s car because she rejected his amorous advances. Investigators said Domingo Aranda, 55, of Fort Pierce told them he accidentally set the inside of the woman’s 2002 Hyundai on fire Friday when his cigarette caused tequila he […]

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