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He just wanted to get her something nice.

Police in Charlottesville, Va., say a local man stole three rings from a jewelry shop, used them to propose to his girlfriend, and was caught when she went back to the same shop to have them resized.

"He was thinking with his heart and not his head," police Detective Jim Mooney told the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

The cops say Raymond Rashawne Carter, 20, walked into Glassner Jewelers (search) Feb. 11 and asked to see an engagement ring and his-and-hers wedding bands.

The clerk handed him a set to examine, but when he turned his head, Carter allegedly ran out the door with the goods.

On Monday, Carter's girlfriend walked into Glassner's, sporting the engagement ring and needing a bit of customization on each wedding band.

"He had told her where he got [the rings] from, not thinking she would take them there to get them resized," Mooney told the newspaper. "It didn't occur to him."

It'd be no problem, an employee told the unidentified fiancée. He took down her name and number and told her the bands would be ready in a week. After she left, he called police.

Carter turned himself — and the engagement ring — in on Wednesday.

Mooney said the woman burst into tears upon learning the truth. It wasn't clear whether the engagement was still on.

— Thanks to Out There readers Jeff R., Joe B. and Larry W.

Insole Company Sued Over Rude Shoes

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — There's no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear.

Customers complained that with every step, their shoes made the sound of someone passing gas.

"They were whoopie cushions for the feet," said Bryan Thomas, an officer with shoe maker Goosebumps Products Inc. (search)

The company on Wednesday sued a supplier, accusing it of delivering the wrong chemical for an insole gel, giving the shoes an unwanted sound effect.

"It very nearly put us out of business," Thomas said.

The company tossed out at least 35,000 pairs at a cost of $200,000 to $250,000, said its attorneys.

The suit claims the supplier delivered a low-grade glycerin that was watered down in late 2002 and early 2003. That caused air bubbles to form inside the insoles, it said.

When people step down on them, the inserts produce "a flatulence-like noise," according to a report by a Goosebumps' chemist, Richard Cavestri.

— Thanks to Out There reader Erin S.

Chicago Baseball Fans to Eat Infamous Ball

CHICAGO (AP) — Blowing the "Bartman ball" to smithereens last year didn't help the Chicago Cubs win a World Series. Maybe eating the smithereens will.

A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a promotional scheme involving what's left of the infamous foul ball.

It's the one that deflected off Cub fan Steve Bartman (search) during Game Six of the National League Championship Series in 2003. The Cubs lost the game, and went on to lose the playoffs.

A year ago — after buying the ball at auction for more than $113,000 — Harry Caray's Restaurant had a Hollywood special-effects expert detonate it on live television.

Now, Harry Caray's plans to soak the ball's remnants in Budweiser and brew it up into a "curse-ending sauce" that will be served on spaghetti to willing Cub fans next week.

Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (search).

Art Night in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A city ordinance bans complete nudity at all gentleman's clubs, but one has challenged that ordinance by distributing pencils and sketch pads to patrons during "art night."

The ordinance does give nudity exclusions for artistic displays which include dance, ballet and dramatic performances, so every Monday and Tuesday, the club encourages customers to sketch the models as they perform nude routines.

"As far as the Boise city code, it specifies it has to be a serious artistic manner and this is a serious artistic manner," said Chris Teague, Erotic City owner.

The club has put on art night for two months, and Teague said he has not received any complaints.

Boise Police officials say the club has not been cited for any ordinance violations.

Naked Jaybird Chickens Out Before Judge

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An environmental protester facing indecent exposure charges arrived at Auckland's District Court naked — but dressed before he entered the courtroom Thursday.

Computer technician Simon Oosterman, 24, was charged during the Auckland Naked Bike Ride (search) Feb. 13. Other riders covered the lower parts of their bodies to avoid arrest.

Oosterman and three supporters — two men and a woman — stood outside the courthouse naked on Thursday holding a banner reading: "Stop indecent exposure to vehicle emissions."

He then went inside and headed up the escalator, still naked, toward the courtroom.

But he donned his clothes before entering court, where he pleaded not guilty and was released to reappear on March 21.

Oosterman said he decided to dress because he didn't want to be charged with contempt of court.

A senior sergeant of police who saw the defendant travel naked up the escalator "told me he was grateful I got dressed at the top," Oosterman said.

Woman Pitches Wholesomeness at Lingerie Show

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Yvette Thomas is betting that abstinence sells in sin city.

Her wholesome wares stood out at MAGIC Marketplace (search), an intimate apparel trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Thomas quietly hawked her company's T-shirts and panties adorned with slogans such as "Virginity Lane: Exit When Married" and "No vows, no sex," amid booths sponsored by the likes of Playboy and Pamela Anderson.

"We have so much of the opposite out there, sometimes we have to remind ourselves what our values are," Thomas said Monday. "A number of people have walked by and said, 'I like your message.'"

Thomas launched Wait Wear (search) five years ago. Without prior fashion experience, she slowly built her Los Angeles-based company through online sales and displays at youth events.

This week marks Wait Wear's first appearance at MAGIC Marketplace, which draws 93,000 visitors and $129.7 million in non-gambling revenue to Las Vegas. The show ends Thursday.

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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