Duct Tape for the Big Night

Two Idaho high-schoolers will never forget their prom outfits — and neither will their classmates.

Lynlea Jayo and Josh Traughber, sweethearts from Hagerman, Idaho, used duct tape, thrift-store jackets and bed sheets to make their own formal wear for just $30.

"It's my last prom, and I wanted to go with a bang," Traughber told The Associated Press. "I think we hit on something way different."

Jayo's dress was made from an old sheet. She used three rolls of black and red tape on the hourglass-shaped gown with spaghetti straps.

"I thought about a lot of different ideas, but it's hard to imagine what a duct tape dress will look like until you make it," Jayo said.

Traughber's jacket weighed 14 pounds. He also made duct-tape slacks, a duct-tape T-shirt and a black-and-white checkered tie using six rolls of tape.

Jayo and Traughber's outfits put them in the running for $2,500 scholarships from the Duck brand duct-tape company as part of a national contest. Their school also stands to win $2,500.

"It was a memory in the making," Jayo said.

Snake Mistakes Woman for Rodent

BOSTON (AP) — Police rescued a Boston woman from the jaws of her 7-foot Burmese python (search) after the snake clamped onto her arm and started squeezing.

Wanda Nunes, 43, told the Boston Herald that her python Moma went for her arm shortly before she planned to feed her two rats Saturday morning.

"She must have smelled the rats because she reached back and lunged for my arm," Nunes said. "Before I knew it, she was all wrapped around me. ... Every time I tried to pry her off or move, she just got tighter around my leg."

Her 13-year-old son called police after trying, and failing, to pull the snake off his mother.

Two police officers were able to pry Moma off Nunes and put her back in her cage.

Nunes said the snake was part of the family, and she had no plans to get rid of her.

"The police wanted to put her down," she said. "But I begged them not to."

Smells Like Good Luck

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese are making pilgrimages to a beach in southern Vietnam to worship a dead whale.

More than a thousand people — many from hundreds of miles away — have journeyed to burn incense near the whale carcass discovered on the beach Friday, said a police officer in the Thanh Phu District of Ben Tre province (search).

Many villagers, especially fishermen, worship the giant mammals and believe a dead whale washing ashore is a sign of good fishing to come.

The 82-foot whale has started to decompose, but it could take weeks to decay completely, said the officer, who identified himself only as Minh. The villagers plan to use the bones to build a temple to honor the whale, he said.

A smaller whale washed ashore last month in the same area, about 100 miles southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, and the villagers have since built a shrine for it, Minh said.

110 Years and Still Going Strong

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Little Katherine Elizabeth Schulz is only a month old, but she helped her family continue a 110-year-old tradition by becoming the 50th infant to wear a cherished baptismal dress (search) handed down through five generations.

The dress, made by Katherine's great-great-great-grandmother, has become fragile but can still withstand a gentle hand-washing and pressing before each baptism.

The dress was made in 1894 by Josephine Voves Krismer, who used her wedding gown to sew a baptismal outfit for her five children.

"It will be interesting to see how long we can keep this going," said Katie's grandmother, Sandy Thompson, who wore the dress for her own baptism in 1948. Her children also wore the gown, as did her father and grandfather.

The dress is made of cotton and batiste eyelet and is worn over a long underskirt. Infants typically only wear the dress for a brief time during the baptismal ceremony and then are changed into a new outfit, Thompson said.

The dress may be needed again soon: Another baby was born in the family two days after Katie.

Punk Rockers Getting Younger and Younger

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — It used to be that schoolchildren might get their mouths washed out for using blue language. These days at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School (search), they're more likely to have their hair washed out — for sporting a blue mohawk.

Parents of a 6-year-old boy say they plan to consult an attorney after a school principal washed bright blue dye out of their son's punk-style haircut.

Levey Padocs Jr.'s father said he allowed his son to get the distinctive 'do more than a month ago for behaving better in class.

But parents of the boy's kindergarten classmates complained the haircut would spoil an upcoming class photo, so Principal Derek Cooper said he washed the boy's hair in the nurse's office after getting permission from the boy's mother.

The boy's father said neither he nor the mother approved the washing. They plan to discuss the situation with an attorney.

"Leave him alone. He's not a problem child. He's not hurting anyone," Levey Padocs Sr. said. "He's an individual, and that's how he's expressing his individuality."

Compiled by Foxnews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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