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‘Corpse Plant’ Ready To Bloom At Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — A professor at Cornell University in New York state said the school’s “corpse plant” is expected to bloom and release its signature stench later this week. Karl Niklas, professor of plant biology at the Ithaca school, said the Amorphophallus titanum, commonly referred to as a “corpse plant” or a “corpse flower,” […]

Booth Bobbleheads Pulled In Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Pa. (UPI) — The Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center in Pennsylvania has pulled bobble-head dolls of John Wilkes Booth from its bookstore following complaints from visitors. The bobbleheads of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, which depict Booth holding a gun, went on sale at the museum’s bookstore about two weeks ago and […]

Vending Machine Sells Teens’ Art

DENVER (UPI) — A Colorado art gallery said a cigarette vending machine converted into an Art-O-Mat art dispenser is half-stocked by works from disabled teens. Damon McLeese, director of the Access Gallery, said the business obtained the Art-O-Mat, one of dozens in operations across the country, from a Kansas City, Mo., gallery that went out […]

Boy Spends Break Holding Bad Grades Sign

KENDALL, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida middle school student who brought home three failing grades said he is spending his spring break holding a sign on a street corner. Michael Bell Jr., a Kendall 7th grader, said his parents decided to have him hold the sign at a busy intersection after he brought home three […]

Private Island Home: $12 Million

MARATHON, Fla. (UPI) — A Florida realtor said he is seeking a “unique buyer” for a $12 million private island home in the Florida Keys described by its current owner as “rustic.” Marvin Arrieta with Century 21 Premier Elite Realty in Coral Gables said the Monroe County Property Appraiser put the property’s total market value […]

Kansas State Dog Bill Stalled

WICHITA, Kan. (UPI) — A Kansas legislative committee declined to hear a bill naming the cairn terrier as the official state dog, stopping its progress for the current session. The House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources declined to hear House Bill 251, which would have named the cairn terrier — the breed of […]

N.J. City Running Out Of Toilet Paper

TRENTON, N.J. (UPI) — Officials in Trenton, N.J., say City Hall is almost out of toilet paper and they need a new contract before they can replace the empty rolls. Trenton City Council president Kathy McBride said Monday the city is down to a half box of toilet paper and one box of paper towel […]

Dead Man Told To Renew Tax Discount

BRISTOL, England (UPI) — Officials in a British city apologized to the family of deceased man who received a letter telling him to contact officials “if your circumstances change.” The family of Steve Hutchings, 52, of Bristol, England, said a letter addressed to Steve arrived two days after his funeral informing him that his council […]

Bieber Tweet Sparks Calls To Dallas Man

DALLAS (UPI) — A Dallas man said he has been flooded with phone calls since pop star Justin Bieber posted a phone number to Twitter with the last digit missing. Emily Horton, an attorney for the man, who asked not to be named, said her client estimated he has received nearly 1,000 calls since the […]

Browns Fan Takes Machete To Team Flag

CLEVELAND (UPI) — A fan who posted a YouTube video of himself using a machete to chop up a Cleveland Browns flag is among many who say they are fed up with the team’s management. The fans say they are upset at the Browns’ inability to make a deal for the right to draft Heisman […]

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