January 29, 2015
Dancing Genitals Video
Is A Hit In Sweden!
Stockholm (AP) In socially liberal Sweden, an educational video for children featuring dancing genitals has become an online hit and even drawn criticism for not being progressive enough.
The one-minute animated video by public broadcaster SVT, promoting a television series about the human body, has been seen by more than 4 million YouTube viewers.
Producers say many parents found it a great way to explain about private parts to children, though some called it inappropriate for a program aimed at children aged 3-6.
Programming director Peter Bargee said Thursday the clip also drew “unexpected” criticism from some Swedes, who said portraying the penis with a mustache and the vagina with long eyelashes reinforced gender stereotypes.
Bargee said the video was meant to be fun and not a “statement on gender politics.”
Woman Says Aliens Told Her To Break Into Theme Park
Fort Mill, SC (AP) Police say a couple broke into a theme park that was closed for the offseason near the South Carolina-North Carolina line, and the woman told investigators that God and aliens directed her there.
York County sheriff’s deputies told local media outlets that Francis Greene and Jason Lee were arrested Friday night after a security officer at the Carowinds theme park found their truck abandoned in the parking lot. The officer also found an 8-month-old boy alone in the truck.
The guard said the couple returned to the truck 20 minutes after leaving it. Greene is charged with child neglect, filing a false police report and trespassing. Lee is charged with child neglect and trespassing. It was not clear whether they had attorneys. The baby was taken into protective custody.
Man Who Bought Lottery Tickets To Break $100 Bill Wins Big
Boston (AP) A Massachusetts man who bought a pair of lottery tickets at a grocery shop to break a $100 bill for lunch has ended up winning $10 million.
Lottery officials announced Thursday that Richard Noll and his wife claimed the prize at lottery headquarters in Braintree this week. He chose a one-time payment of $6.5 million after taxes.
The Revere man says he needed to break a $100 bill to get lunch at a sandwich shop, so he bought two $20 “Platinum Millions” instant tickets at Lanzilli Groceria in East Boston. The shop gets a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Noll says he wants to buy a house, make investments and take his granddaughter to Walt Disney World.
German Court Upholds Man’s Right To Pee Standing Up
Berlin (AP) A German court has ruled that a tenant who liked to pee standing up doesn’t owe his landlord money for damages apparently caused by splashing, or missing his target altogether.
The Duesseldorf administrative court rejected the landlord’s claim of 1,900 euros ($2,200) for alleged damage to the bathroom’s marble floor, the dpa news agency reported Thursday.
While accepting expert testimony that urine had damaged the marble.
Judge Stefan Hank ruled the man’s method was within cultural norms, saying that “despite the increasing domestication of men in this context, urinating standing up is still common practice.”
Hank said further that the tenant could have expected “regular conflicts” with those he lived with but not that the bathroom’s marble floor would be damaged.
Holy Mackerel! Belfast Citizens Warned Not To Eat Free Fish
Belfast, Northern Ireland (AP) This fish tale might be a wee bit hard to stomach.
Belfast City Council is advising its citizens: Don’t eat fish found lying on the roadside. They’re too fishy.
Tuesday’s health warning follows the accidental dumping of thousands of mackerel on to the busy Ravenhill Road, apparently by a delivery truck with a loose back door. Locals grabbed bags to haul in their catch before passing cars could turn the stranded school to pulp.
Tommy Bardsley says he bagged 25 mackerel and deemed them off-the-boat fresh. “I know fish,” the 61-year-old declared.
The council says Bardsley and other opportunists don’t know microbiology, because they don’t know where the fish came from, and they could be contaminated by automotive pollutants.
Snowstorm Sasquatch? Watch Out For The Boston Yeti!
Boston (AP) The monster storm in Boston has brought with it another monster‚ a yeti.
The white, furry phantom has been getting laughs by walking through the blizzard in a sasquatch suit.
One was spotted in downtown Copley Square. Another was sighted trying to hail a cab in suburban Somerville.
New England Cable News reporter Tony Sabato tweeted a photo of the not-so-elusive creature.
Above a snapshot of the yeti looking rather pensive, he wrote, “Found the yeti in the blizzard at Copley Square in Boston.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were one or more yetis roaming the Boston streets.
As of midday Tuesday, the abominable snowman hadn’t revealed his or her true identity.