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Man's Giant Weenie Stolen

A South Carolina man would like his enormous wiener returned.

Loyd Ardrey, who owns the Ebenezer Grill (search) in Rock Hill, about 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C., came in to open up Wednesday morning when he discovered that the 12-foot-long smiling hot dog sign on top of the restaurant was missing.

"We looked around, and it wasn't in any yards next door or across the street or anything," Ardrey told the Charlotte Observer.

Turns out there's a giant hot dog thief on the loose.

"It was evident that the screws had been taken out," said Rock Hill Police Lt. Jerry Waldrop.

The aluminum sign, which weighs 35 pounds and cost about $750 to make and install, recently replaced a similar wooden sign that had hung above the popular diner since the 1960s.

"We've got a lot of professional offices nearby, and they use that when people are asking how to get to their office," Ardrey said. "They'll say, 'Do you know where the big weenie is?'"

Locals are all steamed up over the missing dog and bun.

"Dog-gone," regular customer Doug Morton said. "People will steal anything nowadays."

Ardrey is hopeful it was only taken as a prank.

"I'm expecting some mother to go out in the yard or in the garage and say, 'Hey, you've got to take this sign back,'" he told the Observer.

Ardrey had been planning to print up bumper stickers reading "Ebenezer Grill — Look for the Big Weenie," he told the Herald.

It appears police will have to take that suggestion to heart.

"I just want my weenie back," Ardrey lamented.

— Thanks to Out There readers Robin M. and Candy H.

Riding While Intoxicated

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A man has been charged with drunken driving — for riding a horse while allegedly intoxicated.

Millard Greg Dwyer, 42, was arrested Sunday night after he rode his horse onto a downtown street in front of an off-duty state trooper, Somerset Police Lt. Allan Coomer said.

Trooper Martin Wesley told local officers that Dwyer looked like he was about to fall off the horse.

Coomer said Dwyer admitted to being drunk and told officers that he had ridden the horse from Fishing Creek, which was about 5 miles away.

Dwyer told officers that he had consumed about a 12-pack of beer, Coomer said. Dwyer failed sobriety tests, Coomer said, and was charged with operating a vehicle other than a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

A breath test showed Dwyer's alcohol level at .244, more than three times the limit, Coomer said.

Dwyer was released from the Pulaski County Detention Center (search) Monday, jail officials said. He faces a fine of between $20-$100, plus court costs, Coomer said.

Coomer said the arrest was "very unusual," but Somerset police have arrested others for similar violations, such as riding a bicycle and a lawn mower under the influence.

— Thanks to Out There reader Paul C.

Here, Fido, Bark Into the Phone

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans hoping to communicate with man's best friend could be getting help soon from their cell phones.

KTF Corp., a South Korean mobile phone operator, said Thursday it will begin offering a service that will enable dog owners to know whether their pets are feeling happy or sad.

The users must first connect to Internet with their cell phones, and then register information of their dogs such as the breed and age. The service will then record the dog's bark.

The owner will receive text messages telling them how their pet is feeling, such as "I am happy" or "I am frustrated."

The service, which will begin on Friday, will also translate basic messages into dog sounds. The service will cost about one dollar.

Skin Bared to Sell Real Estate

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Real estate agent Wendy Heath (search) is undressed for success.

Heath, 34, said a blazer and slacks just don't cut it in the highly competitive Belmont Shore (search) housing market.

She chose to wear a bikini on a billboard that went up May 2.

"It's kind of flipped people out," said Heath, who reported receiving almost as many calls from Realtors upset with the ad as those voicing support. "A couple of agents are having a fit about it, but that's because they just didn't think of it first."

The billboard features Heath, a former personal trainer, wearing a bikini alongside the family English bulldog and the words, "Got real estate?"

"I'm here to create relationships with down-to-earth people who want to do business with me and appreciate who I am. More than anything, it's got people thinking," Heath said.

Floods Mark Flood Safety Awareness Day

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Talk about timing — terrible timing.

Thunderstorms caused flash flooding and water-related problems on — you guessed it — the National Weather Service's Flood and Flash Flood Safety Awareness Day (search).

The storms hit last Monday, which also was the start of the agency's first Severe Weather Awareness Week in Washington state. Water filled the streets and poured into several businesses.

Even a funnel cloud made a brief appearance near Union Gap, just south of town.

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the emergency dispatch center received 199 calls between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for power failures, small fires, car accidents and flooded basements and streets.

No deaths, injuries or major damage was reported from the storms, which resulted from a low-pressure system pushing northwest from Oregon into Washington.

Forecaster Julie Holcombe said it was just "lucky" that the storms hit on the state's first official flood awareness day.

But, she joked, if the woods or rangeland had gone up in smoke Thursday — designated Wildland Fire Awareness Day (search) — "that would be pretty suspicious."

Thats Just the Way Its Going to Be

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Apostrophe boosters were in mourning at the University of Minnesota (search) after it was decided to name a fancy new walkway the Scholars Walk, not the Scholar's Walk.

"I'm terribly disappointed," said Larry Laukka, who leads the group developing the $4.5 million walkway. "I'll have to lick my wounds. But I'll get over it."

For weeks, the issue has bedeviled those at the university and beyond who care a great deal about such things.

English professors, e-mailers from across the United States and even the Apostrophe Protection Society (search) of England offered advice.

Laukka argued to board members of the nonprofit University Gateway Corp. that an apostrophe would add distinction by suggesting it is owned by those it honors.

That argument didn't work. The board voted 4-1 against the punctuation mark.

The board worried that the apostrophe would make the four-block walkway appear exclusive at a time the university wants to be inclusive. It might even mean adding apostrophes to Regents Professors Square and a Professors Lane.

"Apostrophes would be out of control!" said board member Margaret Carlson.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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