The International Clown Hall of Fame (search) has pie on its face: They inducted the wrong Bozo 10 years ago.
The faux pas is no laughing matter to those in the clowning world. But, the correct red-nose clown will be honored.
For years, entertainer Larry Harmon (search) claimed to have created Bozo and to have been the original silly clown. But after some investigation, the International Clown Hall of Fame found that Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston (search) actually created Bozo for recordings in 1946, and that the late Vance "Pinto" Colvig was the first person to play the clown.
On Friday, the hall is posthumously inducting Colvig as the first Bozo.
Meanwhile, Harmon's "Lifetime of Laughter Award" is being rescinded.
International Clown Hall of Fame's executive director, Kathryn O'Dell, said the group did some digging after getting information from sources who said Harmon was wrongly laying claim to the character.
"We started to do research and sure enough the information we were getting from outside sources was true," O'Dell said.
It turns out Colvig's voice was used in the first Bozo recordings and he was the first Bozo on TV.
In the mid-1950s, Capitol Records sold the rights to Bozo the Capitol Clown to Harmon, who ended up training more than 200 Bozos over the years and turning Bozo into a character for 156 cartoons.
Harmon, 79, denied misrepresenting Bozo's history.
"Isn't it a shame the credit that was given to me for the work I have done they arbitrarily take it down, like I didn't do anything for the last 52 years," he said.
He said he has always acknowledged that Livingston created Bozo The Capitol Clown (search). But he said he created Bozo's personality and image today.
Bozo The Capitol Clown had red mop hair and spoke with a drawl. Harmon's Bozo had bright orange-red hair, spoke faster and made up a new vocabulary, like "wowie-kazowie.”
The oldest man in Germany, Herman Dornemann, says his daily glass of brew and lack of exercise are what helped him reach his ripe old age of 111.
According to the Deutsche Welle World newspaper, Dornemann has also been known to drink the water used to boil his potatoes — because that's where the vitamins are.
For the celebration of his birthday, Dornemann just decided to invite a few close friends and family. But his 64-year-old daughter Rita Klein said he's still spry.
"I've never heard him complain. He was always very content," she said. She described her father as a gentleman of the old school, who even at the ripe age of 100 still held the door open for "young ladies in their 70s."
The mayor of Maplewood, Ohio, went from bureaucrat to crime-fighter when he helped stop a suspected criminal at a local bank.
Maple Heights Mayor Michael Ciaravino was on his way to pick up a sandwich when he drove past a Charter One Bank and heard a call on his police radio that security was detaining a suspicious man.
Ciaravino pulled over and entered the bank — where he was shocked to see a man charging directly at him, according to a local news station.
"He's lightning quick — I mean it was a full-speed sprint towards the door," said Ciaravino. "The door to the left of me was locked. I was in the open door."
Making a split-second decision to stand his ground against the suspect rather than retreat, Ciaravino grabbed the man.
"He ran into the door that was locked, and myself, with a security officer, pushed him to the ground," said Ciaravino. "Then the uniform officers were able to affect the arrest."
Ciaravino says he did what came instinctively. Now, people around city hall are calling him Mr. Hero instead of Mr. Mayor.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore residents can enjoy chewing gum once again, but stiff gum control measures are still in effect.
For the first time in 12 years, a ban on gum has been lifted by authorities in Singapore. But people who want to buy a pack have to submit their names and identification card numbers. If they don't, the pharmacist who sold them the pack could be thrown in jail for as long as two years.
Singapore, which is known for keeping its streets spotless, outlawed the manufacture, import and sale of chewing gum in 1992. The country's founding father had complained that the gum was fouling the streets, buildings, buses and subways.
Now that the ban has been lifted, Wrigley's Orbit gum is showing up in pharmacies, along with several other brands.
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A passenger who wanted off a Los Angeles-bound Greyhound bus is lucky to be alive after he jumped out the bus' emergency window and landed on Highway 101 on Wednesday.
Authorities say the bus was traveling about 55 miles per hour on the highway near Ventura when 41-year-old Fidel Cueva jumped out Monday.
Cueva hit the freeway, rolled and came to a rest in the fast lane — where several cars had to swerve to miss him.
Cueva was taken to Ventura County Medical Center and was treated for a few cuts and scrapes.
Authorities say Cueva got on the bus in Santa Maria and wanted to be dropped off in Ventura. But when the bus driver told him the express bus didn't stop in there he got upset, went to the back, removed an emergency window and jumped out.
Compiled by Foxnews.com's Marla Lehner.
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