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Not the actual farmer-eating pig.
PIGS EAT FARMER
(Beijing) - A large breeding sow and eight piglets ate an elderly farmer who fainted and fell into a pig sty in northeastern China's Liaoning province, local media reported. Police in Daohugou village found the pigs gnawing on human bones after neighbors reported having not seen the 73-year-old widower for two days. Police concluded that the farmer, identified only by his surname, San, had fainted because of excessive heat and lack of oxygen in the building housing the pigs. The sow had been a favorite of San since he bought it in 1999. San, who made his living from raising pigs and chickens, had lived alone since his sons left home and his wife died many years ago.
BRITISH MAN CALLS POLICE AS WIFE WON'T COOK DINNER
(London, Reuters) - An angry British husband made an emergency call to police because his wife refused to cook him his dinner. The man dialed the British equivalent of 911 in a fury, demanding help from officers because his wife was busy decorating, Somerset police in western England said. "My wife's left me with two salmon sandwiches which were left over from last night, and I sat in the chair here and she's out there decorating," the man told the police operator. "She won't put any food on or anything for anybody." The operator is then heard interrupting him saying, "I'm sorry but I really can't take this. It's not an emergency because your wife won't give you anything to eat." In another call, a woman phoned police to say she couldn't find her glasses and needed them to cook her potatoes.
GERMAN COURT DECIDES DEATH IS NO EXCUSE FOR A PARTY
(Germany, AFP) - A German court fined a man who celebrated his neighbor's death by letting off fireworks and singing "it's a wonderful day today." The 63-year-old retiree from Ulrichtstein, western Germany, lit three fireworks as the coffin of his homosexual neighbor was carried out of the house. He also broke loudly into song. The court agreed that he had insulted the memory of the deceased and fined him $3,100 after the dead man's partner complained to the authorities.
MAN SLICES OWN HEAD OFF IN SUPERMARKET SUICIDE
(South Africa, Reuters) - A South African man died trying to cut his own head off with a butcher's band saw in a major supermarket, police said recently. Superintendent Jay Naicker said the Shoprite Checkers store in Richards Bay had been ready to close when the man wandered in and headed for the meat department. "He just walked in, went to the band saw machine and switched it on," Naicker told Reuters. "Apparently he knew what he was doing. He put his neck to the blade and it cut about half way through before he fell to the floor." Naicker said the man, later identified as 31-year-old Emmanuel Gumbi, was pronounced dead at the scene. He said police had turned up no motive for the suicide, which stunned staff and shoppers at the store.
TWINS KEPT OLDER BROTHER LOCKED IN ATTIC FOR 40 YEARS
(Ananova) - Twins who allegedly kept their older brother locked in an attic for 40 years so they could steal his pension have been arrested by Italian police. Pasquale Tavoletti, 90, was found by officers in a dazed and confused state in appalling conditions after they discovered the man following an anonymous tip off. Officers at Spinetoli, in central Italy, said Mario and Luigi, 78, had been helping themselves to Pasquale's pension since 1963. Police spokesman Francesco de Palo said, ''The room was dark, there were no windows or electricity and the smell from the rotting food was stomach turning. I have seen better kept dog kennels. What is amazing is that the family lived in a fantastic house worth $400,000 and tucked away in this attic in disgusting conditions was the elder brother who had seen action in the war.'' Both Mario and Luigi have appeared in court charged with fraud, assault and false imprisonment but because of their age were on bail until their next court appearance.
NO COW COD SOUP, NO PRIDE
(Jamaica, Wireless Flash) - Local stews in the Caribbean islands are becoming popular remedies with vacationers who have lost their libido. Travel experts say tourists in Jamaica are turning to a local dish called "cow cod soup" to boost their sex drive. A spokesman for a travel Web site says the soup, which has cow testicles as its main ingredient, is believed to increase the sex drive. Another dish, the so-called "Manish Water," is made from yams and the head and foot of a goat and reportedly cures impotency. What's fascinating is that non-natives are raving about the success of the two dishes, according to the spokesman. He says one Texan was goaded into trying the Manish Water and is still raving about its effectiveness.
Man Charged in Foot-Licking
SOCCER SHIRT DECLARED HISTORIC MONUMENT IN URUGUAY
(Uruguay, Reuters) - A soccer shirt and pair of football boots have been declared a national monument by the Uruguayan government. The clothing worn by Uruguay captain Obdulio Varela in the 1950 World Cup against Brazil was declared part of the South American nation's patrimony to avoid it being shipped abroad when it goes up for auction. The team captained by Varela, who died in poverty in 1996 at the age of 79, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the sport's history. "The football boots used on this mythical field for the Uruguayans and the shirt which he sweated in, as he pulled off the greatest sporting achievement, must remain in Uruguay and be exhibited as an example of its people's highest values," said the government in a statement.
MAN CHARGED IN FOOT-LICKING
(Massachusetts, AP) - A man convicted of licking the feet of three female shoppers in Rhode Island is facing a trial on charges he allegedly licked a woman's foot in a Massachusetts supermarket. Raymond C. Dublin, 35, of Rhode Island, is finishing a one-year sentence for simple assault charges in connection with the foot-licking complaints in Rhode Island. Dublin allegedly sneaked up behind a woman last year at a Bellingham supermarket and licked her feet and toes. He faces charges of assault and battery and lewd and lascivious behavior.
ISRAELI COP MISTAKENLY UNDRESSED, FONDLED AT PARTY
(Jerusalem, Reuters) - An Israeli policeman responding to neighbors' complaints about a rowdy bachelorette party received an unexpected welcome at the door when revelers mistook him for a stripper and began to take off his clothes and stroke him. "The women had ordered a stripper dressed as a police officer," national police spokesman Gil Kleiman said. The policeman showed the women his badge but they thought it was part of the act. He was extricated only after his partner came up and vouched for his identity, Kleiman said. "She took off my shirt and untied my shoelaces," the officer was quoted as saying about one of the partygoers. "She started stroking me and called on her friends to join in."
SAN FRANCISCO HOSTS MASTURBATE-A-THON
(San Francisco, Reuters) - More than 100 men and women gathered in famously liberal San Francisco recently for what organizers said was the city's second annual public "Masturbate-A-Thon." Organizers said they have taken the event "from the sheets to the streets," offering volunteers the opportunity to overcome their inhibitions in "a safe environment" and raise money for charity. Horace Santry, 55, said the event was his first. "I have a lot of anxiety, but doing this among a group of like-minded people does make it easier," he said. Men and women ranging in age from the early 20s to the 50s, mingled at a local performing arts center in San Francisco's South of Market district, known for artists, galleries and nightclubs, before getting down to business. To the strains of soothing new-age music, the men and womena number of them coupleswere shown into rooms for men, women or both. The event is a fund-raiser for the local Center for Sex and Culture, a nonprofit organization that provides sex education.
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