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Florida Employees Paid To Get Drunk

SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed it paid 15 employees to get drunk to test the accuracy of the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test. The FDLE revealed to a panel of judges in Sarasota County in December that it spent $330 on alcohol, mixers and Doritos for 15 employees […]

Sega’s Toylets Controlled By Urine

TOKYO, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Tokyo video game company Sega said bars in Japan are installing urination-based video game consoles in their bathrooms. Sega said the Toylet consoles are installed on urinals and players can choose from a number of games controlled by the strength and direction of their urine stream, The Daily Telegraph reported […]

French Official Plans ‘Napoleonland’

PARIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) — A French official said he is hoping “Napoleonland,” his idea for a Napoleon Bonaparte theme park, will one day be a rival to Disneyland. Yves Jego, a member of the National Assembly and former secretary of state for overseas, said he is trying to raise $278 million to build the […]

Expert: New York Accent On The Wane

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) — A language expert said many of the defining characteristics of the New York accent are fading as stigma surrounding the accent increases. Kara Becker, an assistant professor of linguistics at Oregon’s Reed College who obtained her Ph.D. in linguistics from New York University, said New Yorkers feel pressured to […]

Judge Orders Jury Round-Up From Street

LONDON, Ontario, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A Canadian judge invoked a rare legal option by ordering police to round up jurors from the street outside a London, Ontario, courthouse. A trial for three men charged with assault, threats and forcible confinement fell one short of the 12 required jurors Monday afternoon after 130 people had […]

Suspected Drunken Driver Hogtied

FARMINGTON, N.M., Jan. 19 (UPI) — A suspected drunken driver who narrowly avoided several head-on crashes in New Mexico wound up tackled and hogtied by a citizen before help arrived, police say. San Juan County Sheriff’s Sgt. Al Jamison said witnesses saw Justin Canuto, 22, nearly cause several crashes Sunday night and followed him into […]

Magazine Arrives In Mail 25 Years Late

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Marc Smit of Coral Gables, Fla., says he often complains the mail’s late, but never as late as the Ms. magazine that arrived Tuesday — dated February 1976. “I looked at the date, 1976, and I go, ‘Whoa, talk about a late delivery,’” Smit told WPLG-TV, Miami. The […]

Ex-Con Thanks, Praises Tearful Judge

TORONTO, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A Canadian judge was brought to tears when a man he sentenced seven years ago returned to court to thank him for turning his life around. Maxwell Beech, 37, sought out his former lawyer Tuesday at a courthouse in Brampton, northwest of Toronto, and asked if he could speak to […]

Woman, 100, Finally Gets Ears Pierced

WINDSOR, Ontario, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A Canadian woman in Windsor, Ontario, has ushered in her coming 101st birthday by having her ears pierced, saying she gave in to peer pressure. A week ago, a staff member at the senior center where Viola Arnold lives suggested she celebrate her upcoming birthday Sunday by having her […]

Missing Man Burned Cash For Warmth

TACOMA, Wash., Jan. 18 (UPI) — A 66-year-old man who was missing for two days in the Washington state mountains said he burned leaves, socks and money to keep warm. Yong Chun Kim, of Tacoma, Wash., went missing while snowshoe hiking Saturday and was found healthy Monday by a search team, ABC News reported Wednesday. […]

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