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July 2007 Archives

Nothing says 'I love you' like a photo frame made of panda poop

The Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base in Beijing has come up with a dung-for-profit plan that turns panda droppings into odour-free souvenirs.

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California company sinks teeth into dog time-share concept

From the state that popularized purse puppies, drive-thru dog washes and gourmet dog food delivery comes the latest in canine convenience -- a company that contracts out dogs by the day to urbanites without the time or space to care for a pet full time.

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Swiss petition pushes for pet prosecutors

Lawyers in Switzerland could soon be serving a whole new demographic if legislators accept a petition from animal rights activists.

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Austrian ice cream caters to canines

It's fat-free, comes in three flavours, and it's for...dogs. Introducing "Dogissimo" — an ice cream created specifically for canines which has gone on sale at a Vienna ice-cream parlour.

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Quebec designers to roll out one-of-a-kind designs made of bathroom tissue

Eight of Quebec's leading fashion designers are primed to roll out their latest couture creations this fall -- but there won't be any chiffon or sequins in sight.

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Man caught after being released from jail 36 years too soon

The Associated Press
An inmate who was mistakenly released from a Texas prison 36 years early has been re-incarcerated after he ran into his victim in a bar and apologized for partially blinding him.

In 2003, Cedric Thomas was shot in the head at a Houston sports bar and left blind in one eye.

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Hairdressers must pay to play Canadian music, SOCAN says

Canadian hair salons are being asked to pay for the right to play Canadian music in their businesses, said SOCAN, the umbrella group for Canadian music composers.

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Wal-Mart to test Jesus action figures in U.S. stores

Wal-Mart said Tuesday it will test sales in some U.S. stores of biblical action figures, whose makers say are aimed at Christian parents who prefer their children play with Samson, David or Noah, rather than with a comic book character or Bratz doll.

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With this paw, I thee wed

For puppies ready to take the plunge, a farm in Staffordshire England is offering pet wedding services.

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Electric toilet paper dispenser ready to roll

A year in the works, an electronic tissue dispenser is being rolled out to the masses by Kimberly-Clark Professional as it seeks to capture more of the $1 billion away-from-home toilet paper market.

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Smile! (There's more money in it for you)

Their city is the world's No. 1 tourist destination, yet Parisians sometimes seem downright grumpy about it.

On Monday, city officials set out to change that, urging cab drivers to smile and telling waiters to try out their English.

Tourists, too, were given tips like, "Try out French products,'' instead of heading to the first Starbucks in search of friendly service.

As Mayor Bertrand Delanoe launched the first Paris Tourist Day on the sprawling Trocadero Plaza across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, the response from passersby was predictable: Parisians said their rude reputation was exaggerated. Visitors disagreed.

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The Highly Effective Fly Slaying Machine

One Chinese businessman has converted a lifelong hatred of flies into a million-dollar business, producing the Highly Effective Fly Slaying Machine.

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For Sale: 'Dracula's Castle'

An heir of Romania's former royal family put "Dracula's Castle" in Transylvania up for sale Monday, hoping to secure a buyer who will respect the property and its history, a U.S.-based investment company said.

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Spanish hotel invites guests to smash stress

A few lucky people in need of a break from their stress got a chance at some unconventional therapy. A Spanish hotel chain planning renovations at one of its Madrid locations offered 30 "highly stressed-out people" — selected by a team of psychologists — the chance to take up sledge hammers and battering rams and smash through its rooms Tuesday.

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Cost of machetes cut in half after Nigerian election

Machete prices in Nigeria have dropped in half following the country's general elections in April due to a decline in demand from political thugs, according to state-owned media.

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