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Wedding Goes On as Lodge Burns Down

Mike and Nancy Rogers were to be married in the main lodge at White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia last Saturday. However, that building was on fire, so they and their guests were evacuated and they held the ceremony in another resort building. Firefighters from ten different departments battled the blaze, but the 83-year-old wooden lodge was a total loss. No one was injured. But the newlyweds took the opportunity to pose for a wedding portrait in front of the conflagration. That’s one photo composition you don’t see at every wedding!

Battle Over World's Largest Bra

Who made the world's largest brassiere? One bra was recently commissioned by the British Varnish company, and is said to be a size 1222 B-cup. It was hung on a building in London to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. When the Guinness Book people proclaimed it the world's largest, New York artist and prankster Joey Skaggs begged to differ. In 1969, he built a bra that was 120 feet long, which he hung on the U.S. Treasury building on Wall Street. His mission was to point out America's fixation on breasts. There is no word yet from Guinness about the challenge.

Husband Searches Through Dump for Ring

Brian McGuinn of Miami, Florida, accidentally tossed his wife's 1.5-carat diamond engagement ring into the bathroom trash when he threw away his disposable razor. By the time it was noticed, the trash has already been taken to a dump in Pompano Beach. McGuinn confronted a nine-ton pile of trash -which contained the ring somewhere. The waste disposal crew gave him protective gear and helped him locate where his trash would most likely be, but they didn't hold out much hope. McGuinn threw up at the sights and smells of the city's garbage, and ended up wading through several inches of watery sludge. But against all odds, after less than an hour of searching, he found the ring! Anna McGuinn says she will never take the ring off again.

Man Charged with DWI Wearing "I'm A Drunk" Shirt

Police in Long Island, New York, arrested 22-year-old Kevin Daly Thursday morning after he crashed his car into a police cruiser. And not just any police cruiser, either -it was a patrol from the Suffolk County Police Department’s SAFE-T (Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team), which looks for impaired drivers. Daly was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated. At the time, he was wearing a shirt that said, "I'M NOT AN ALCOHOLIC. I'M A DRUNK. ALCOHOLICS GO TO MEETINGS." The entire slogan is visible in his mug shot.

Robber Thwarted by Children

A would-be robber forced his way into a house in Schwanewede, Germany on Monday evening. Only two children and their terrified babysitter were at the home when the robber came in, wearing a balaclava and carrying a gun.

“The children had heard what was going on from upstairs and came down with their money, all their savings,” a police spokesman told The Local on Wednesday.

He said he was not releasing the ages of the children in order to protect them from being identified, but that they were both younger than seven.

“The robber must have realised what he was doing was awful, and simply put his gun away and left,” said the spokesman.

Local police have a description, and are on the lookout for the perpetrator.

Half a Million in Gold Found in Storage Locker

Dan and Laura Dotson run an auction business in which they sell off contents of abandoned storage lockers. They also are the hosts of the TV show Storage Wars. They sold the contents of a couple of lockers belonging to a deceased women to a man from San Jose, California. When the unnamed man looked through his purchase, he found a chest filled with gold doubloons with an estimated value of $500,000! Neither the buyer nor the owner of the storage facility want to be publicly identified. And unfortunately for the TV show, this particular auction was not caught on videotape.

In Line for Black Friday Sale 9 days Early

Christine Orta is one member of three families who are staking their piece of turf outside a Best Buy store in Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Black Friday sale. They set up a tent Wednesday, nine days before the sale, ostensibly to be first in line to take advantage of the Christmas shopping deals. Not mentioned was the possibility that Orta and her partners might avoid cooking Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for the sale next week.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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Nom & Malc, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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The Funky History of George Washington's Fake Teeth
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo

George Washington may have the most famous teeth—or lack thereof—in American history. But counter to what you may have heard about the Founding Father's ill-fitting dentures, they weren't made of wood. In fact, he had several sets of dentures throughout his life, none of which were originally trees. And some of them are still around. The historic Mount Vernon estate holds the only complete set of dentures that has survived the centuries, and the museum features a video that walks through old George's dental history.

Likely due to genetics, poor diet, and dental disease, Washington began losing his original teeth when he was still a young man. By the time he became president in 1789, he only had one left in his mouth. The dentures he purchased to replace his teeth were the most scientifically advanced of the time, but in the late 18th century, that didn't mean much.

They didn't fit well, which caused him pain, and made it difficult to eat and talk. The dentures also changed the way Washington looked. They disfigured his face, causing his lips to noticeably stick out. But that doesn't mean Washington wasn't grateful for them. When he finally lost his last surviving tooth, he sent it to his dentist, John Greenwood, who had made him dentures of hippo ivory, gold, and brass that accommodated the remaining tooth while it still lived. (The lower denture of that particular pair is now held at the New York Academy of Medicine.)

A set of historic dentures
George Washington's Mount Vernon

These days, no one would want to wear dentures like the ones currently held at Mount Vernon (above). They're made of materials that would definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth. The base that fit the fake teeth into the jaw was made of lead. The top teeth were sourced from horses or donkeys, and the bottom were from cows and—wait for it—people.

These teeth actually deteriorated themselves, revealing the wire that held them together. The dentures open and shut thanks to metal springs, but because they were controlled by springs, if he wanted to keep his mouth shut, Washington had to permanently clench his jaw. You can get a better idea of how the contraption worked in the video from Mount Vernon below.

Washington's Dentures from Mount Vernon on Vimeo.

There are plenty of lessons we can learn from the life of George Washington, but perhaps the most salient is this: You should definitely, definitely floss.

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