April 2007 Archives

Bobbies to get fashion makeover

Scotland Yard is calling on some expert fashionistas for a redesign of their iconic but impractical bell-shaped high helmets and uniforms.

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Philadelphia shuts down psychics

They never saw it coming. Philadelphia city inspectors shut down more than a dozen psychics, astrologers and tarot-card readers after learning about a decades-old state law that bans fortune-telling for profit.

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So clap your hands

We're happier with customer service than we used to be, and we know it, so like the kid's song says, we should be clapping our hands.

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Man Gets 5,000 Calls for YouTube Posting

Ryan Fitzgerald is unemployed, lives with his father and has a little bit of time on his hands.

So, he decided to offer his ear, to anyone who wants to call. After posting a video with his cellphone number on YouTube on Friday, the 20-year-old told The Boston Globe he has received more than 5,000 calls and text messages.

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Swedish hospital wants to ban Crocs

A Swedish hospital wants to ban Crocs because it claims the plastic clogs generate a static charge that wreaks havoc with its medical equipment.

Southern Sweden's Blekinge hospital believes that the popular shoes produced by Connecticut-based Crocs Inc. are behind at least three incidents in which respirators and other machines malfunctioned.

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Now, breaking up is not so hard to do

A German entrepreneur has set up a "separation agency," helping those who just can't find the courage or the words to end their relationships.

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Disney turns to primping princess brides

Walt Disney Co. is pulling back the veil on a new line of bridal gowns inspired by its fairy-tale films.

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Tiny turnip tale breaks big record

Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., have produced the world's smallest published book, measuring just 0.07 by 0.10 millimetres.

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Utah city's sniff patrol aims to clear the air

A new sniff patrol may soon be making the rounds in Ogden, Utah, in a bid to scrub the city free of offensive odours.

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Knight Rider Trans Am talks up a sale

A California dealership specializing in hot rods and muscle cars is offering a piece of 1980s TV kitsch for sale: the black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am from Knight Rider.

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Lederhosen for the modern man

A Munich-based clothing company is hoping its high-tech lederhosen – traditional Bavarian leather shorts with braces – will strike a chord with cutting-edge German yodelers.

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