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Some 100 poisonous snakes guard drug stash in Italy

Italian police had to call for reptile specialists to help open a drug stash in a villa in Rome, a police source said on Thursday.

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Japan: Man arrested over 2,600 prank calls made to NTT directory service

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of making about 2,600 prank calls to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp's phone number directory service, obstructing its business, police said Wednesday. Takahiro Fujinuma, an unemployed man from Ota Ward, Tokyo, admitted to the allegations. He was quoted as telling the police, "Being single, I did it as a distraction from my loneliness."

Bulb

Man Sets Station on Fire Over Playlist

Austin, Texas - A volunteer at a community radio station set fire to the station because he was upset that his song selections for an overnight Internet broadcast were changed, police said.

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SOTT Exclusive! Our Correspondent in Israel tracks down and interviews the Elusive Penn Guinn!

Date: 11th January, 2008 - Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Ms. Maigret, special SOTT corespondent, reports on a successful attempt to track down and initiate contact with a mysterious Penguin apparition. The following text is a transcript of the answers given to the corespondent, including commentary and exclusive pictures of the sacred city tour.






There are times when we are faced with an undeniable reality, with something we can't really shove under the rug or stick into the dusty closet with the rest of the skeletons. As a rule, such events usually lead to cataclysms of a personal or global nature, when the way we choose to deal with them may actually determine the outcome. And because evidently we are approaching such a period, there is a need to take steps that were inadvisable otherwise. Like a decision to share with you, dear SOTT readers, my true identity and mission on this third rock from the Sun.

Smiley

New Zealand: Borat swimsuit ban sparks debate in Wellington

The ban on Borat swimsuit costumes in the name of decency at the Sevens tournament this weekend has got Wellington talking.

The leader of the Borats that attended last year's event says the fashion police are ruining the spirit of the event.

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Smiley

Clothes off for take-off as German naturism takes flight

German holidaymakers will be able to indulge their love of naturism by taking to the skies nude on special flights being launched this year, a travel company said on Monday.

"In the former East Germany, naturist holidays were a much-loved way of spending the best weeks of the year," said the founder of OssiUrlaub.de, Enrico Hess.

"We want to make that freedom possible above the clouds too."

The flights are aimed specifically at former East Germans, nicknamed "Ossis" in German, who feel nostalgic for the naturism that was authorised and extremely popular under communist rule.

Heart - Black

"Pet" girl kicked off bus for wearing leash

LONDON - A British bus company has apologized to a girl who is led around on a leash by her boyfriend and describes herself as a human pet after one of its drivers threw her off a bus.

Tasha Maltby, 19, told British newspapers she was the "pet" of her 25-year-old fiance Dani Graves.

Bizarro Earth

"Tantric master" breaks ice record in NYC

New York - A man who calls himself a tantric master broke his own world record by standing engulfed in ice for 72 minutes.

Wim Hof, 48, stood on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes Saturday.

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In this photo provided by Rubin Museum of Art, Wim Hof, of the Netherlands, stands up to his neck in ice for an hour and twelve minutes, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, outside the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, during a successful attempt to break his previous world record for immersion in an outdoor ice bath. Known as 'The Iceman,' Mr. Hof controls his body temperature by the tantric practice of tumo and is the only non-Tibetan in the world to have mastered this art.

Eye 1

Couple Threatens Suit when Public Smooch Hits YouTube

An incensed Chinese couple, videotaped hugging and kissing on a subway platform, plan to sue the subway's operator after the video was uploaded to YouTube and other Web sites, attracting thousands of hits.

Einstein

Dough! Hapless thieves mistake bread for cash

MELBOURNE, Australia - Two Australian robbers thought they were hauling away a big sack of cash from the Cuckoo Restaurant, but it turned out to be bread rolls - and one of them accidentally shot the other in the buttocks during the heist.