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Breaking in to Steal ...Bacon!

A man burglarized a house in Redhill, Surrey, England Saturday and stole a telephone and a package of bacon. That's all he took. According to police, the thief also left a slice of bacon over the door handle. The homeowners cannot figure out why anyone would want to steal bacon. The telephone was later recovered, but the bacon is nowhere to be found. Police have released a closed circuit television image of the suspect in hopes that someone will recognize him.

World's Shortest Man

Edward Nino Hernandez of Bogota, Colombia has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest man in the world. The 24-year-old Hernandez is 27 inches (70 cm) tall and weighs only 22 pounds. The previous record holder was He Pingping of China, who was slightly taller than Hernandez and died last March. Hernandez is currently working as a actor in a Colombian film in which he plays a "drug thug." His parents say that doctors studied Hernandez as a child, but could never explain why he is so small.

Zebra Crossing Zebras

When is a zebra not a zebra? When it's a zebra crossing, but that's only part of the story. A public safety advertising campaign in Russia hopes to draw motorists' attention to pedestrians crossing the road by using zebras. The police in charge of the campaign couldn't get zebras, so they did the next best thing -they painted stripes on white horses! The fake zebras drew plenty of attention, as they were paraded around the streets of Moscow festooned with safety messages. See a video report here.

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Stronger?

Isabella Blyth of Gorgie, Scotland turned 106 years old last Saturday. She looks much younger, and attributes her long and healthy life to the fact that she's never been romantically involved.

The plucky pensioner, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow, has no regrets about living a life of abstinence and in fact believes it has made her physically and mentally strong.

Miss Blyth's niece, Sheena Campbell, who visits her aunt a couple of times a week, said they would mark the day with a cake, champagne and a reminisce about the past.

"She says that she has never felt the need for a romance and has never had time for a man. She had a high-powered job as a private secretary with North British Distilleries, which meant she was always busy.

Zombie Studies

Students at the University of Baltimore signed up for Course No. CMAT 333, a class called "Media Genres". The actual subject matter was hidden in the course description, because if it were named "Zombie Studies", there would be a mad rush to sign up! The class will watch 16 zombie movies, study other materials, and then each student will submit an analysis, whether by academic paper, script, or storyboard. Credit in the class will help students achieve the new minor in pop culture offered by the university.

Angry Mob Burns Crocodile Sanctuary

Americans Cherie and Vince Rose moved to Punta Gorda, Belize in 2004 to open a sanctuary for two endangered species of crocodiles. The result was the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary. Sunday morning, an angry mob of villagers set fire to all the buildings on the property, including the Rose's home. The crowd was angered over two missing children. A psychic had told the people of the village that the Americans had fed the two siblings, ages 9 and 11, to the crocodiles at the sanctuary. The Roses were not home during the arson, but were at an island on a crocodile rescue mission. They have vowed to stay in Belize and rebuild their sanctuary.

Suing a Theater for Wasting Her Time

A woman in China has done what many of us would like to do. Chen Xiaomei, a lawyer in Xian, Shaanxi province is suing a movie theater and a film distributor for wasting her time by playing twenty minutes of advertising before a film. She isn't seeking big money, just an apology, her ticket price, and a small sum for damages. Her goal is to force movie distributors to limit advertisements to five minutes or notify theater patrons of how long pre-show ads will run. Chen's lawsuit has been accepted by the People's Court in Xian.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
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Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.

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