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MAN FITTED FOR $17,000 LEG RUNS OFF WITHOUT FOOTING BILL
(Iowa) - Police say a customer who tested a specially-designed prosthetic leg at a Des Moines supplier walked away without paying the $17,000 bill. Sgt. David Murillo said the man came in to be fitted for the leg, which included some special features. "He was allowed to take it for a few hours to ensure the fit was proper," a police report said. But the man just kept walking. "We'd been working with him for about a week," said Todd Schweizer, one of the owners of the prosthetic leg company. "We were trying to meet his needs." Store officials have a cellular telephone number left by the man, but no one answers. Schweizer attributed the five-day delay in reporting the crime to employees' belief that the man would return. As days went by, that appeared less likely, Schweizer said.
SHEEP IN BED A BIT OF A YARN
(New Zealand) - A New Zealand man may have had the wool pulled over his eyes after he called authorities to report he had woken up to find a sheep in his bed, police say. Senior Constable Ian Henderson said the 19-year-old man sounded rather traumatized when he contacted police. "He said he had woken up to find a sheep sleeping in his bed and he was sure it was pregnant." Police did not ask how the young man came to that conclusion. Rather than asking the sheep to leave, the man did the gentlemanly thing, he left her to sleep in the bed and he spent the rest of the night on the couch. However, when he checked on her the next morning, it appeared his bedmate had hoofed it some time during the night and she was nowhere to be found. A scene check by police later that morning failed to find any trace of the sheep. The complainant could not identify any distinguishing marks on the sheep, making tracking the animal difficult, Henderson said. The man has admitted being very intoxicated that night.
MAN FORCED TO HAVE SEX AT GUNPOINT
(South Africa) - The hunt is on for three women who ambushed a 30-year-old man and forced him to have sex with them at gunpoint. According to police spokeswoman Paula Nothnagel, a case of indecent assault had been opened and identity kits would be released soon. The man cannot be named because of the nature of the offense. Nothnagel said that the man was walking through town when the women pulled up next to him in their maroon BMW. They asked him for directions to the Savoy Hotel and he got into the car to show them the way. At the hotel, the women persuaded him to join them for a drink before asking him for directions to yet another hotel. While on the road, the women suddenly changed direction and drove to a dark and empty field. "One woman produced a firearm and held the man at gunpoint," Nothnagel said. "The women got undressed and all three took turns to have intercourse with him."
MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING PRAIRIE DOG
(Colorado) - A Colorado man was cited for allegedly abusing a prairie dog by spray painting it bright orange. The Colorado Division of Wildlife cited Chad Reiner for cruelty to animals, illegal possession of wildlife and harassing wildlife. According to witnesses, Reiner was working at a construction site in Fruita when he caught the prairie dog, tied a rope around its neck and spray painted it.
MALL OF AMERICA SELLS NAPS FOR 70 CENTS A MINUTE
(Minnesota) - The Mall of America has a 74-foot Ferris wheel, a shark tank and a dinosaur museum. And now, if all that tires you out, a nap store will sell you some shuteye for 70 cents a minute. The new store will be called MinneNAPolis. It's just the thing for shoppers who get worn out traversing the more than four miles of storefronts in the Minnesota mall. Founded by PowerNap Sleep Centers of Boca Raton, Fla., the new store will include at least three themed rooms: Asian Mist, Tropical Isle and Deep Space. Each will have walls thick enough to drown out the sounds of squealing children at the indoor amusement park. The fee of 70 cents per minute works out to $42 an hour.
WANTED: COMPLETELY PERFECT LEGS
(Hungary, Reuters) - The mayor of one Budapest district wants female City Hall staff to wear miniskirts only if they have "completely perfect legs" and the skirts are no shorter than one inch above the knee. Gabor Mitynan, a conservative who runs the wealthy 12th district, also wants male employees to wear blazers in summer, and said the dress code is needed because he had seen staff dressed like beggars or vacationers. Mitynan also dislikes crop tops, popular in Budapest, saying "few women have well-trained bellies worth showing to people" and wants the city to legislate on stocking thickness. Mitynan is a rarity in Budapest's 23 mostly liberal districts, so his proposals stand almost no chance of being passed by the city assembly. Liberal Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky described the proposals as "crass."
SUPERMAN SPOTTED IN SERBIA
(Serbia) - Serbian authorities are investigating reports of a real-life Superman after people claimed to have seen a cloaked figure flying over their houses. Hundreds of residents in Ljubovija described seeing a cloaked person flying above buildings "as if he had an invisible engine on his back" and changing directions while in mid-air, local daily Blic reported. One local said, "It was like something out of Superman or Batman. No one has any rational explanation for what we all saw." Police in the town have refused to comment.
PSYCHIC'S CRYSTAL BALL BURNS DOWN HIS HOME IN UNFORESEEN BLAZE
(England) - If Herve Vandrot, a French amateur psychic, took out a warranty on his crystal ball, he may soon be claiming on it. Instead of predicting that his home would catch fire, the fortune-telling device was the cause of the blaze. Vandrot, who is studying botanics at Edinburgh University, left the ball on his windowsill while he visited the city's Royal Botanic Garden. By the time he returned, the ball had destroyed his own and two other apartments, and had left several others uninhabitable. The student, who uses the ball for psychic purposes, suffered blistering to his hand when he burst into his burning top-floor apartment in an effort to rescue his university course work. He was removed from the building by some of the 35 firefighters who had arrived to tackle the unforeseen inferno. Vandrot, released from the hospital after a night having his hand treated, denied that his crystal ball had been the cause of the blaze. Edinburgh's firefighters disagreed, and roundly blamed the ball. "Strong sunlight through glass, particularly if the glass is filled with liquid like a goldfish bowl, concentrates the sun's rays and acts like a magnifying glass," a spokesman said.
FUNNY MONEY LOOKS FISHY TO BARTENDER
(Indiana) - A keen employee at a downtown bar helped police link a Lafayette man with several counterfeit bills being passed in town. The dead giveaway that the money was fake? Abraham Lincoln's face, instead of Benjamin Franklin's, appeared on the side of a $100 bill. Earl H. Devine, 22, is charged with four counts of forgery and four counts of theft. "The watermarks on the bills don't correspond with the correct president's face," said Jeff Rooze of the Lafayette Police Department, a financial crimes detective who analyzed the money. "They all have Abe Lincoln's watermark, which is on the $5 bill." The bills also had red and blue dots all over the paper, which is consistent with documents printed with an inkjet printer, Rooze said. Despite those inconsistencies, Rooze said the bills were excellent fakes. Police have not determined if Devine made the bills himself or purchased them.
MAN SUSPECTED OF SMUT ATTACK ON 300 CARS
(Germany, Reuters) - German police have arrested a 31-year-old man they caught vandalizing two cars by scratching large penis-shaped gouges into them and said they believe he may be responsible for similar markings found on hundreds of others. A police spokesman in the western city of Bochum, Germany said the man was under investigation for vandalizing around 330 vehicles in the region over the last few months, most of which had also been marked with the same penis insignia. "Nearly all of them had this special motif," the police spokesman said. "He said he did it because he was mentally disturbed. I don't know if that was just a pretext." The suspect is now undergoing psychiatric treatment.
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