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Year-Old Cheeseburger Unchanged With Time

WINDSOR, Ontario, Dec. 29 (UPI) — A McDonald’s plain cheeseburger turned 1 year old Thursday on the kitchen counter of a Canadian nutritionist who says it looks much as it did hot off the grill. Melanie Hesketh, who works at the Lifetime Wellness Center in Windsor, Ontario, told the Windsor Star she bought the cheeseburger […]

A Poll You Can Make (Match)Book On

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Dec. 29 (UPI) — Here’s a poll Republican presidential candidates may want to make book on — the unscientific matchbook poll at Federal Cigar in Portsmouth, N.H. The cigar shop has been conducting its matchbook polls for at least 30 years and claims 80 percent of its winners also won in more the […]

Man, 99, Seeks Divorce Over Old Affair

ROME, Dec. 29 (UPI) — A 99-year-old Italian man filing for divorce from his 96-year-old wife said he found letters from an affair she had 50 years ago. The Rome man, a Sardinia native who has been married to his wife for 77 years, came across letters she sent to a former lover during the […]

New Yorkers Shred Bad 2011 Memories

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) — More than 250 New Yorkers gathered in Times Square to destroy bad memories of 2011 during the fifth annual Good Riddance Day. The event, sponsored by Cintas, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, drew dozens of people seeking to smash objects and shred papers reminding them of the […]

Seattle ‘Locavore’ Traps, Cooks Squirrels

SEATTLE, Dec. 29 (UPI) — A Seattle “locavore” has gone very local, eating squirrels she traps in her front yard. Melany Vorass, a former environmental analyst for the state of Washington, told the Seattle Times she knows some people may find her eating habits strange. Like other locavores, she believes in eating habits with a […]

Customers Complain About Possible Swearing Dolls

FORT SMITH, Ark., Dec. 28 (UPI) — Many consumers including an Arkansas attorney have said a talking baby doll sold at Toys R Us appears to use foul language. Attorney Joey McCutchen and others who have purchased the “You & Me Interactive Play & Giggle Triplet Dolls” from Toys R Us stores across the country […]

Arlen Specter Takes Stage At Comedy Club

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28 (UPI) — Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter took to the stage at a Philadelphia comedy club to lob jokes at targets including Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain. Specter, 81, a longtime Pennsylvania Republican who became a Democrat late in his career, delivered jabs at politicians from both parties as well […]

N.J. Officials Want To Know Fate Of Skunks

AVALON, N.J., Dec. 28 (UPI) — New Jersey wildlife officials said they want to know what a borough mayor means when he says skunks are being put into “witness protection.” Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi declined to reveal what his borough is doing with relocated skunks after it stopped taking them to the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management […]

Texas College Plates Stir Controversy

DALLAS, Dec. 28 (UPI) — Some Texans are complaining about the growing number of out-of-state colleges and universities being represented on the state’s license plates. A franchise agreement with My Plates made a few years ago to aggressively market specialized license plates has resulted in nearly 30 different out-of-state schools having license plates offered in […]

Gun In Purse Goes Off In Wyoming Starbucks

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Dec. 28 (UPI) — Police in Wyoming said a gunshot reported at a Starbucks cafe was found to have originated from a juvenile’s purse. Cheyenne Police said officers secured the area after the bullet put a hole through a chair and a wall around 7 a.m. Monday and a girl with a hole […]

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