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Man Builds Egyptian Coffin

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) — An 89-year-old Florida man said he has spent the past 25 years and about $10,000 building an Egyptian-themed coffin. “It’s an unusual hobby and I’ll admit it,” said Fred Guentert. Guentert, who lives near Orlando, said he began crafting the coffin in the mid-1980s, the Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday. […]

Retrial Ordered After Judge Falls Asleep

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Feb. 5 (UPI) — A retrial has been ordered for an appeals court case in Gothenburg, Sweden, after the presiding judge fell asleep during proceedings, lawyers said. “It is (a) very important aspect of the legal process that the person trying the district court decision is present,” said prosecutor Margareta Esplund. The judge, […]

Homeless-Themed Duvet Raises Hackles

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 5 (UPI) — Homeless advocates in Stockholm, Sweden, say the sale of a luxury duvet cover that resembles cardboard boxes is insulting. The covers went on sale for $104 each last month at the high-end NK department store, drawing ire from a Stockholm homeless charity, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported. Advocate Yvonne Borg […]

Doberman Gets International Support

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Feb. 4 (UPI) — A Doberman facing a possible death sentence in Michigan has been getting international support, with dog lovers signing an online petition. Royal Oak officials have also been getting scores of phone calls and hundreds of e-mails, the Detroit Free Press reported. But officials in Royal Oak say they […]

Student Goes 90 Days Without Cellphone

CHICAGO, Feb. 3 (UPI) — A Chicago student who spent 90 days abstaining from cellphones and social media said the first two weeks were “anxiety-ridden.” Jake Reilly, 24, a student at the advertising and design-focused Chicago Portfolio School, said he was originally only going to give up his phone, but he decided to expand it […]

Survey: Dating Different Along Party Lines

DALLAS, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Match.com, a dating Web site based in Dallas, said its second annual comprehensive study on singles found differences along political lines. The Web site said the online survey of 5,541 single adults in the United States, conducted by research firm MarketTools, found conservative Republican respondents were the most likely to […]

Car Hits Bed While Residents Sleep

SAANICK, British Columbia, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Police in British Columbia said a man and a woman were not injured when a car crashed into their home and struck their bed while they were sleeping. Investigators said the couple were sleeping in their basement suite in Saanick when a red Jaguar clipped a fence and […]

Family Gets $10,000 Internet Bill For Watching Movies

WEYBURN, Saskatchewan, Feb. 3 (UPI) — A Canadian family said they unknowingly racked up a $10,000 bill while using their mobile Internet to watch movies on Netflix while on vacation. John Gibson of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, said he recently took his family on vacation to Phoenix, where his grandchildren used his SaskTel mobile Internet to watch […]

Snake Found In Hotel Trouser Press

ORNSKOLDSVIK, Sweden, Feb. 3 (UPI) — The manager of a Swedish hotel said a guest was shocked to discover a snake in the trouser press in her room. Anders Nilsson, manager of the hotel in Ornskoldsvik, said the woman told workers she investigated the appliance when her dog was giving it a lot of attention […]

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow; Six More Weeks Of Winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) — Winter will be hanging around for another six weeks — Pennsylvania’s famed Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday. And for his effort, the rodent got booed by the crowd, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. About 18,000 people gathered before dawn around Gobbler’s Knob in the town about an hour from […]

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