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Giraffe Upset By Cameras, Confetti Cannon

CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) — Officials in South Carolina attributed the uneasiness of a giraffe at a tree-lighting ceremony to the flashes of cameras and a confetti cannon. Ellen Moryl, Charleston’s cultural affairs director, said the 2-year-old giraffe, named Melman after the character from the “Madagascar” film series, was seen struggling with its handlers at the […]

$9,000 Lithograph Bought For $12.34

MILWAUKEE, (UPI) –  A Wisconsin woman said the print she bought for $12.34 at a Goodwill store turned out to be an Alexander Calder lithograph worth $9,000. Karen Mallet said she bought the painting at the Milwaukee store when she spotted the price tag and Calder’s signature, and after some research discovered it was No. […]

Virginia Man In Wheelchair Bowls 300

CHESAPEAKE, Va., (UPI) –  A wheelchair-bound man from Virginia who says he rarely bowled before he was paralyzed from the waist down, has bowled a perfect game. George Holscher, 48, of Chesapeake, was paralyzed in a car crash when he was 25. “When my doctor told me I’d never walk again, that was the worst […]

Teen Petitions Hasbro Over Easy-Bake Oven

GARFIELD, N.J., (UPI) –  A New Jersey teen started a petition asking toy company Hasbro Inc. to make its Easy-Bake Oven more boy-friendly after her brother asked for one for Christmas. McKenna Pope, 13, of Garfield, started a Change.org petition over her 4-year-old brother’s love of cooking, the New York Daily News reported. “My little […]

Man Sits 3 Weeks On Winning Lottery Ticket

WAYNESVILLE, N.C., (UPI) –  A Waynesville, N.C., man who won a Carolina Cash 5 lottery jackpot worth $118,180 says he didn’t realize for almost three weeks he had won. Wade Haskett did not check his ticket from the Nov. 6 Cash 5 drawing until Nov. 25, when he discovered he won, The Times-New, Henderson, N.C., […]

Study: Women Spend More Time Ogling Women

BRISTOL, England, (UPI) –  British researchers say women are more likely than men to give women’s bodies a visual once-over. Researchers at Bristol University came to their conclusions after asking volunteers to examine a range of different images, including pictures of couples in films, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. They found women spent 61 percent […]

Jenna Bush Hager Named Editor-At-Large For Southern Living Magazine

NEW YORK, (UPI) — Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, has been named editor-at-large at Southern Living magazine. The University of Texas graduate will write for the publication’s “Paper Napkin Interview,” as well as a blog called “The Daily South,” NBC’s “Today” reported. Bush Hager is also a contributing correspondent […]

University Receives Apology Toilet Paper

PORTALES, N.M., (UPI) — A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University sent the school a package of toilet paper with a card explaining it was to make up for a college prank. The school said the student sent the package of toilet paper to ENMU’s purchasing department with a Christmas card bearing a handwritten message, […]

Belgian ‘Spies’ Reveal Selves Online

BRUSSELS, (UPI) — A Belgian newspaper said its investigation discovered two employees of a state security agencies put personal information on social networking site LinkedIn. De Standaard said a senior analyst employed by Belgium’s Coordinating Body for Threat Analysis and an employee of state security agency Surete de l’Etat used LinkedIn, where their names and […]

Original Batmobile To Be Auctioned

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., (UPI) — The original Batmobile from the 1960s “Batman” TV series is to be sold at a Scottsdale, Ariz., auction, its creator said. George Barris, 87, who created the car by customizing a 1955 Lincoln Futura, said it will be auctioned Jan. 19 by the Barrett-Jackson auction house, the New York Daily News […]

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