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'Cute Knut' Raking in Cash at Berlin Zoo

"Cute Knut," Germany's celebrity polar bear cub, is turning into a moneymaker for the Berlin Zoo, which expects to bring in $3.3 million more than last year due to a dramatic rise in visitors.

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Only psychopaths would think of such idea. Pentagon confirms it sought to build a 'Gay Bomb'

A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.

Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS station KPIX-TV in San Francisco that military leaders had considered, and then subsequently rejected, building the so-called gay bomb.

Edward Hammond, of Berkeley's Sunshine Project, had used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain a copy of the proposal from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio.

As part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons, the proposal suggested, "One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior."

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G8 2007 - a drunkards summit? Sarkozy's teetotal image is blurred

France's teetotal President appears to have fallen off the wagon during a bonding session with Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit.

A video showing the usually precise Nicolas Sarkozy in unsteady form at a press conference that came after his meeting with the Russian head of state.

Apparently trying to suppress a laugh, Mr Sarkozy excused himself for arriving late and seemed at a loss to know what to tell the assembled journalists.

"Would you prefer me to answer questions?" he said with a broad smile as he swayed behind the lectern at the summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. "Well then, are there any questions?"

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Judge cries in court as he sues the pants of dry cleaners

WASHINGTON - A judge had to leave the courtroom with tears running down his face Tuesday after recalling the lost pair of trousers that led to his $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaner.

Comment: Was he just trying to copy Paris Hilton?

Apparently he didn't cry out for his Mommy.


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120-year-old love story uncovered as Australian painting is restored

Experts restoring a painting by one of Australia's best-known artists, Arthur Streeton, have stumbled across a 120-year-old love story concealed in the canvas. The impressionist work,Spring, which was completed in 1890, depicts an idyllic rural Australian scene, with a group of naked boys bathing in a hillside stream.

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19th-century weapon found in whale

A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt - more than a century ago. Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale's age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.

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Teen Dials Wrong Number, Gets Arrested

GULFPORT, Fla. - Investigators arrested a 14-year-old boy who apparently dialed a really, really wrong number. Authorities said the boy offered to sell drugs to the person on the other end, who happened to be a police detective.

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'Leprechaun' robbery suspect arrested

Not exactly the top o' the morning for this lad.

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Richard Earl Kemp (aka 'Leprechaun Bandit')

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Australia: Man leaves finger behind after bar brawl

A man who lost part of his finger in a bar brawl walked out of the pub and down the street before he noticed it was gone, police said Monday.

"He didn't know it was missing until he left the (pub)," police Inspector Mark Kellert told The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. "He was out on the street and realized there was blood on his hand, noticed his finger was missing, and went to hospital."

Security guards later found the severed finger "and a large amount of blood" in the pub's bathroom, New South Wales state police said in a statement.

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Jumping sturgeon injures woman in Fla.

A woman was injured over the weekend by a leaping sturgeon, the latest incident involving the flying fish on the Suwannee River, officials said.

Tara Spears, 32, of Bell, was knocked unconscious by the animal on Sunday while boating on the river north of Rock Bluff, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.

She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was expected to recover, the agency reported.