February 2008 Archives

Making a virtue out of random chance

When you only have a quarter of the birthdays most people have, you pull out all the stops.

That's why leapers - those (un)lucky souls who were born on Feb. 29 - make a big deal of their birthday falling on a day which only appears on calendars once in four years.

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Bank allows wrong man to withdraw $2M

A New York man who withdrew money after a bank error gave him access to a multimillion-dollar account managed by a man with the same name has been charged with grand larceny.

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Tara Tiny takes cheapest car title

India's Bengal Enamel has unveiled the newest contender for the title of world's cheapest car: the Tara Tiny.

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Underwater convertible car set to make a splash

OK, so the Swiss have created a car that runs on land and underwater. But did they really have to make it a convertible?

It's called the "sQuba," and conjures up memories of James Bond's amphibious Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me. That fictional vehicle travelled on land and, when chased by bad guys in a helicopter, plunged into the water and became an airtight submarine complete with "torpedoes" and "depth charges." But Q isn't responsible for this one.

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New Yorkers told to 'get some' on Valentine's Day

A new condom, urging New Yorkers on its wrapper to "get some," will be handed out on street corners Thursday by the city's department of health.

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U.S. radio station offers free Valentine's Day divorce

A Charleston, W. Va., radio station is observing Valentine's Day with a reminder that Cupid sometimes misses his mark.

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NYC cab driver doubles as cupid

Finding your better half this Valentine's Day could be as easy as hailing a taxi — especially if Ahmed Ibrahim is in the driver's seat.

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Abercrombie & Fitch obscenity charges dropped

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has accused authorities of overreacting when they confiscated two display photos of scantily clad men and a woman from a Virginia store on the weekend and cited the store manager on a misdemeanour obscenity charge.

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Racy Abercrombie ads prompt obscenity charges

Police confiscated two display photos of scantily clad men and a woman from a Virginia Abercrombie & Fitch store, and cited the manager on a misdemeanour obscenity charge, authorities said.

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Million-mile Silverado keeps on truckin'

After 300 oil changes, four radiators, three gas tanks, six water pumps and nearly one million miles of service, Frank Oresnik is readying to retire his 1991 Chevrolet Silverado.

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