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Bride's Dress Falls Apart at Altar

A 30-year-old woman in Italy is suing her dressmaker for 23,000 euros after her wedding dress fell apart. The stitching came undone as the couple stood at the altar, revealing her bottom to the congregation. The ceremony was completed, but proper photographs could not be taken at the wedding in 2006. The bride and her husband have since separated.

Immigrant Cat Survives 7 Days in Locked Truck

A cat named Mia jumped into a delivery truck in Ezstergom, Hungary looking for a place to give birth. The truck driver then drove over a thousand miles to the company's home base in Milton Keynes in the UK. The truck was not opened for the seven day journey, during which time Mia delivered two kittens. The adventure gained Mia a nomination for the 'Most Incredible Story' category at the upcoming Rescue Cat Awards 2008.

Woman Kills Husband with Folding Couch

A woman in St. Petersburg, Russia was upset with her drunk husband and kicked the handle of their automatic folding couch as he was lying on the fold-out bed. The bed folded up, and the husband was caught between the mattress and the back of the couch. She waited three hours to check on him. Emergency service workers responded, but said that the man had died instantly.

Human Pincushion Welcomes Olympics

125olyflags.jpg58-year-old acupuncturist Wen Shengchu planted 200 miniature flagpoles plus an Olympic torch in his head to welcome visitors to Beijing for the Olympics. He had seen people paint flags on their faces and decided to outdo them. He says the piercing needles do not hurt, but he advices others not to try this stunt. Wen plans to put 2008 needles in his head to commemorate the opening ceremonies on August 8th. See a video here.

Naked Man Hijacks Bus

Police were called Tuesday after 35-year-old Charles P. Sell was seen naked and stealing beer in Las Vegas. Sells fled the scene, jumped onto a moving city bus, and broke out the back window to get inside. He threw the driver off the bus and drove it about 200 yards, then leapt off. A police officer had to board to stop the still-moving bus! Sells was arrested and sent for a mental evaluation, then booked on grand larceny and other charges.

Collecting Cow Farts

150cowfart.jpgScientists in Argentina are studying the effect of methane produced by livestock on global warming. To measure the amount of gas produced by cows, animals have been outfitted with pink tanks to collect their farts! Their findings: each cow produces between 800 to 1,000 liters of emissions every day, according to Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology. Researchers say feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain can reduced emissions by 25%.

Drunk Joins Firefighting Team

When a fire alarm rang out in Berlin, a 38-year-old inebriated man answered the call. He rushed to the fire station and was outfitted by firefighters, who did not know he was an impostor. After arriving at the burning apartment building, the other firefighters realized they had been infiltrated and called police.

"When fire breaks out, it's all hands on deck!" the man told officers when questioned about his motives. He was released without charge after sobering up overnight in a police cell.

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Watch Plastic Skeletons Being Made in a 1960s Factory
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The making of human teaching skeletons used to be a grisly affair, involving the manipulation of fresh—or not-so-fresh—corpses. But as this video from British Pathé shows, by the 1960s it was a relatively benign craft involving molded plastic and high temperatures, not meat cleavers and maggots.

The video, accented by groan-worthy puns and jaunty music, goes inside a factory in Surrey that produces plastic skeletons, brains, and other organs for use in hospitals and medical schools. The sterile surroundings marked a shift in skeleton production; as the video notes, teaching skeletons had long come from the Middle East, until countries started clamping down on exporting human remains. Before that, human skeletons in Britain and the United States were often produced with a little help from grave-robbers, known as the Resurrection Men. After being dissected in anatomical classes at medical schools, the stolen corpses were often de-fleshed and transformed into objects for study. The theft of these purloined bodies, by the way, started several of America's first riots. Far better they be made out of plastic.

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The Origins of 25 Monsters, Ghosts, and Spooky Things
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Though dressing up as an angel is acceptable, it’s ghouls and goblins that truly capture our imaginations during the Halloween season. As lit jack-o’-lanterns beckon and monsters lurk in the shadows, we explore the origins of 25 frightful things that go bump—or boo—in the night.

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