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Jesus Chip Inspires Nativity Scene

MARENGO, Ill., (UPI) —  An Illinois market owner said a potato chip resembling the baby Jesus led him to build an entire nativity scene from chips. Rocco Gailloreto, the owner of Flatlander Market in Marengo, said he noticed the image on a chip in a homemade batch he created himself, WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported Tuesday. “Suddenly, […]

British Police Employ Cardboard Cutouts

SHEFFIELD, England, (UPI) —  A British police department said cardboard cutouts of police officers have been effective in deterring shoplifters, but they have also been targeted by thieves. South Yorkshire Police said they spent $40 each on cardboard cutouts after the number of real-life officers shrank from 3,289 in 2008 to 2,900 last year due […]

Salvation Army Officers Eye Bell Record

LATROBE, Pa., (UPI) —  A Salvation Army officer in Pennsylvania says he and a handful of colleagues across the country will vie for the national record for consecutive bell ringing. Ray Knous, a worship and commanding officer of the Latrobe unit, said he will start ringing his bell at 9 a.m. Tuesday outside the Walmart […]

Handgun Found In Package Of Frozen Meat

ROSWELL, N.M., (UPI) —  Authorities in New Mexico and Colorado said they are trying to find the origins of a gun and ammunition packet discovered in a package of frozen meat. Police in Roswell, N.M., said a worker at a local Albertsons store discovered the Rock Island Armory .38 Super and ammunition Wednesday in a […]

Nova Scotia Bans 2,966 License-Plate Words

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, (UPI) —  Authorities in Nova Scotia have banned 2,966 words, including sex and swear words, from use on license plates in the Canadian province. The list was created by the staff at the Registry of Motor Vehicles of the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Department, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday. […]

Benedict XVI Gets New Popemobiles

VATICAN CITY, (UPI) —  The Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI received a pair of new Popemobiles, Mercedes-Benz M-Class vehicles customized to transport the pontiff. Mercedes-Benz said the Popemobiles, delivered Friday, feature a body a few inches lower than the previous model to allow for easier transport in planes, Vatican Radio reported Friday. Thomas Zeeb, managing […]

Anonymous Man Drops Rare Coin In Kettle

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.,  (UPI) —  Someone in southwest Florida dropped a gold coin worth $1,700 in a Salvation Army red kettle bucket in memory of someone named Mimi, officials said. For the past eight years, someone, likely the same person, has dropped a rare coin into random Salvation Army kettles, WBBH-TV, Fort Myers, Fla., reported. […]

Festivus Pole Added To Nativity Scene

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., (UPI) —  This year, a Nativity scene in Deerfield Beach, Fla., features a “Festivus pole” made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, as well as a Menorah. The pole, a reference to the Dec. 23 atheist “holiday” that became a pop culture hit after being featured in a “Seinfeld” episode, was installed […]

Etiquette Expert: Put Phone Away On Toilet

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) —  A Washington business etiquette expert says people should learn to put down their smartphones while sitting on the toilet. Kate Zabriskie, owner of Business Training Works, said using the phone for any reason while sitting on the toilet runs counter to the cause of cleanliness, NBC’s “Today” show reported Friday. “If you’re […]

Random House Gives $5K Bonuses

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  Publisher Random House, based in New York, said employees are receiving $5,000 Christmas bonuses due in part to the success of its “Fifty Shades of Grey” books. Spokesman Stuart Applebaum said Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle announced the bonuses Wednesday at a company Christmas party. Workers will receive the bonuses in […]


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