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Library Book Returned After 78 Years

CHICAGO, (UPI) –  The Chicago Public Library said the 101,301 overdue items returned during its amnesty period included a book due 78 years ago. Library spokeswoman Ruth Lednicer said most of the items returned to the library during the Aug. 20-Sept. 7 “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty” program, which waived fines for the items […]

NYC Club’s Bathrooms Offer Two-Way View

NEW YORK, (UPI) –  The bathrooms at a posh New York nightclub offer patrons an 18th story view of the city — and give pedestrians a view of people using the facilities. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the bathrooms at the Boom Boom Room allow passersby to see directly into the bathrooms from the street, prompting guffaws […]

DNC Vets Tribute Pictured Russian Ships

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (UPI) –  Naval experts said ships appearing in a tribute to veterans at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., were actually Russian warships. Experts including naval author Norman Polmar said the ships appearing behind retired Adm. John Nathman, a former commander of Fleet Forces Command, during the tribute on the last night […]

88-Year-Old Man Still Pitching Softball

FORT WORTH, Texas, (UPI) –  An 88-year-old Texas man who has been playing softball in a senior league the past 25 years said he believes the game added 10 years to his lifespan. Troy Wammack, a retired bookkeeper who serves as pitcher and manager for the Fort Worth Senior Cats Gold softball team in the […]

Boy Quits Team Over Pink Glove Ban

EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J., (UPI) –  A New Jersey 12-year-old quit the local football team when his coach would not allow him to use the pink gloves he wore to support his cancer-afflicted mother. Julian Connerton said he acquired a pair of pink football gloves to show support for his mother, Mayra Cruz-Connerton, who recently […]

Woman Finds Ex From 12 Years Ago In Attic

ROCK HILL, S.C., (UPI) –  A South Carolina woman said she was shocked to discover her ex-boyfriend from 12 years ago has been living in her attic. The Rock Hill mother of five, who identified herself as Tracy, said her one-year relationship with the 44-year-old man, whose name was not released, ended 12 years ago […]

77-Pound Dachshund Seeks To Lose 40 Pounds

PORTLAND, Ore., (UPI) –  An Oregon woman has started a Facebook page to support her quest to help the 77-pound dachshund she adopted lose 40 pounds. Nora Vanetta, a Portland veterinary technician, said she adopted 5-year-old Obie the dachshund from his elderly owners when they were no longer able to care for him due to […]

Boy, 8, Crashes Mom’s Car

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y., (UPI) –  Police in New York state said an 8-year-old boy will not be charged after crashing his mother’s car into a fence, a street sign and a fire hydrant. Cheektowaga Police Capt. James Speyer said April Haynes called 911 shortly after 6 a.m. Monday and reported her 8-year-old son, Andrew Letts, was […]

Rare Spider Halts Road Construction

SAN ANTONIO, (UPI) –  The Texas Department of Transportation said a San Antonio construction project has been put on hold due to the discovery of a rare spider. The department said the $15 million underpass project at State Highway 151 and Loop 1604 was halted after an environmental consultant discovered the spider, a Braken Bat […]

Elvis’ Dirty Underwear Fails To Sell

STOCKPORT, England, (UPI) –  A British auction house said a pair of unwashed underpants worn by Elvis Presley failed to sell at a weekend auction. Omega Auctions in Stockport, England, said the blue briefs — which feature a slight stain in the crotch area — were expected to sell for $16,000 at the auction but […]

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