Tuesday, August 16, 2005

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Man Says Rabbit Saved Life of Pregnant Wife

PORT BYRON, Ill. (Aug. 16) - An Illinois man claims a $10 pet rabbit saved the life of his pregnant wife. Ed Murphy said the rabbit was unusually noisy one night, banging and jumping up and down in her cage.
Murphy tried to ignore the racket by putting noise buffers on top the cage, but the pet would not let him go back to sleep.

Murphy then noticed his wife seemed to be sleeping heavily with her eyes wide open, so he called 911.

Darcy Murphy was quickly taken to a hospital, where she remained five days for treatment of gestational diabetes, a carbohydrate intolerance during pregnancy.

Murphy's obstetrician, Dr. Anita Pinc, credits the rabbit with telling Ed Murphy "Wake up, wake up. Something is wrong with your wife."

Murphy delivered baby Brenna on June 13.

08/16/05 07:44 EDT

Couple Wed at McDonald's Drive-Thru

IRWIN, Pa. (Aug. 16) - Do you want fries with those vows? Ken Sinchar and Lori Sherbondy have heard that and every other fast-food joke since they announced plans to marry at a McDonald's drive-thru, where they fell in love four years earlier.

On Monday night, Sinchar rolled through the drive-thru in his white minivan, just as he had done day after day, hoping to chat with "that blue-eyed brunette named Lori."

But on this night, Sinchar rolled down his window, Sherbondy slid open hers and the couple grabbed hands as a district judge pronounced them husband and wife.

Sinchar was expecting to pick up a Big Mac, not a date, the first time he pulled through the Norwin Towne Shopping Center McDonald's.

"I didn't used to go for fast food, but I looked at that woman in the window, and wow! I came back every lunchtime after that," said Sinchar, a 38-year-old floor installer.

Sherbondy, 42, who's worked at the restaurant for eight years, said Sinchar made an impression, too.

"He's the only man I ever flirted with," Sherbondy said. "It got to where everyone in the store knew when it was 12:15, when my Hamburger Happy Meal Man was coming through."

08/16/05 11:35 EDT

Russian Cows Will Eat Pot This Winter

MOSCOW (Aug 16.) - Russia's long winter will just fly by for a herd of Russian cows which, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, will be fed confiscated marijuana over the cold months.

Drug workers said they adopted the unusual form of animal husbandry after they were forced to destroy the sunflowers and maize crops that the 40 tons of marijuana had been planted among, Novye Izvestia daily reported.

"There is simply no other way out. You see, the fields are planted with feed crops and if we remove it all the cows will have nothing to eat," a Federal Drugs Control Service spokeswoman for the Urals region of Sverdlovsk told the paper.

"I don't know what the milk will be like after this."

Drug use in Russia took off with the decline of the Soviet Union, and police have been fighting drug smugglers -- often shipping heroin from Afghanistan -- for years.

Such large hauls are relatively common, although they are normally burned.

08/16/05 08:19 ET

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

Internet Casino Buys Pierogi With Image of Jesus

POINT PLACE, Ohio (Aug. 15) - An Internet casino known for its collection of oddities has paid $1,775 for a pierogi that looks like an image of Jesus.
GoldenPalace.com purchased the item Monday during an auction offered by eBay.

The seller, Donna Lee, said the Jesus face appeared when she was cooking Polish dumplings for Easter dinner at her home in Point Place, a Toledo suburb on Lake Erie. She's kept it in her freezer ever since.

"We seem to have an interest in all of these religious items," said Drew Black, a marketing spokesman for GoldenPalace.com

The casino has a collection of odd items, including a 10-year-old, partially eaten cheese sandwich thought to contain the image of the Virgin Mary; a pretzel shaped like the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus, and a pregnancy test that allegedly belonged to Britney Spears.

Black said the pierogi will join a traveling museum that the online casino is creating for its collections.

08/15/05 21:37 EDT

Bees Shut Down College Musical

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (Aug. 15) - It was the buzz that killed Saddleback College's stage production of the musical "Babes in Arms." Thousands of bees invaded an early matinee at the college's McKinney Theatre, stinging the lead actress and forcing cancellation of the 16-show run after just three performances.

Julie Dixon Jackson was stung when the bees suddenly appeared at a matinee, said cast member Shanon Mills, 20, of Long Beach. As the show continued, the actors and the audience could see more and more bees under the stage lights.

That evening's show was canceled as fine art division dean Rocco Cifone and others tried to figure out when the 400-seat theater's fly loft could be cleared of thousands of bees. (An exterminator armed with a vacuum had to be brought in.)

Some cast members joked the 1937 Rodgers & Hart musical be renamed "Bees on Arms."

"It's the first time we've had to cancel the run of an entire production because of, essentially, an act of God," Cifone said.

08/15/05 09:33 EDT

Police Hunt Diaper-Clad Man Who Pesters Women

LONDON (Aug. 15) - UK police said on Monday they were searching for a man wearing just a diaper who approaches women late at night and asks: "Are there any baby changing facilities around here?"

Cleveland police in northeast England said the latest incident occurred around 11 p.m. on Sunday when he surprised a woman walking her dog in a play area in Eaglescliffe, near Middlesbrough.

Police said no one had been assaulted by the man but described his behavior as bizarre and a cause for concern.

"There have been several reports of him having been seen in Eaglescliffe dressed only in a nappy, and we are keen to trace him and speak to him," police said.

08/15/05 13:21 ET

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

Thousands of Toads Hop Into Montana Town

BIG SANDY, Mont. (Aug. 14) - Thousands of quarter-sized toads have invaded this north-central Montana farming community, causing slippery streets and raising the entrepreneurial spirits of some.

The toads started showing up in the southeast portion of town in the past couple of weeks.

"I have no idea how many thousands of toads are in town," said Charlie Foussard. "At times, you just about can't take a step."

Karen Jesperson said some lawns in town are filled with so many toads, it looks like the grass is moving.

"They're pretty cute," she said.

Breezy Baumgarn, who works at the grocery store on Main Street, said driving in town is a little sticky because the roads are filled with tiny, smashed toads.

"Poor little toads," she said. "Everyone keeps running them over. They have nowhere to go."

Some are collecting the toads with plans to sell them to pet stores. Others are talking about trying them out as fish bait.

Larry Ophus, chief of the volunteer fire department, said the toads seem to be migrating from east to west and believes they will soon be on their way.

It was just two years ago that the town's streets were blocked by 10-foot drifts of tumbleweeds. Firefighters hauled the tumbleweeds away and burned them.

"The tumbleweeds were a hazard," Ophus said. "The toads are just a nuisance."

08/14/05 19:57 EDT

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.