Gender-Bending Bank Robber

The bank robber was a knockout — until she opened her mouth to speak.

That's when her voice, which a cop described as "deep and masculine," revealed that the curvy criminal was in fact a man, reports the New York Daily News.

Heads turned when the bodacious bandit, wearing a tight orange T-shirt, green slacks, sunglasses and a wig, strolled into a Citibank (search) branch in North Babylon, N.Y., at lunchtime Friday.

"The guy looked just like a woman, with obviously well-endowed breasts," said Suffolk County Detective Sgt. Bob Doyle.

But when the transvestite thief thrust a single white-gloved hand clutching a beach bag at a teller and announced she had a gun, her commands came out sounding more like Vin Diesel than Britney Spears.

The teller tossed an unspecified amount of money in the bag, and the stunning stick-up artist strutted out.

— Thanks to Out There reader Tony L.

Roadkill Becomes Utilitarian Art

LONDON (AP) — Ebony Andrews (search) is making a killing — turning roadkill into art.

Andrews, 22, said her artwork is a commentary on how we humans view animals as commodities. She turned a beheaded owl into a desk organizer, and put the insides of a dead squirrel into a remote control for a DVD player.

"They are animals people can identify and have a relationship with," she said. "It is showing how animals are used by people as commodities in the postmodern world."

Andrews, a 22-year-old fine art student at Newcastle's Northumbria University, combined the taxidermy skills she learned in a course with her artist's eye.

She said she's ready for criticism of her roadkill art show at the university, but notes that most people are taking the time to think about what she's trying to say.

— Thanks to Out There reader Bob C.

French 'Spider-Man' Climbs Chinese Tower

HONG KONG (AP) — A Frenchman who calls himself "Spider-Man" scaled a 62-story skyscraper in Hong Kong using only his bare hands on Saturday.

Alain Robert (search) scrambled up the Cheung Kong Center (search) in about an hour to find police waiting for him at the top.

They checked his passport but did not arrest him, even though he had not sought permission to climb the building.

"I slipped only once," he said. "On a scale of one to 10 in terms of difficulty, this would be a five. I really enjoyed the ascent."

Robert, renowned for climbing without ropes or other equipment, said the building stands 928 feet.

In December, Robert scaled the world's tallest building, Taiwan's Taipei 101 (search). It took him nearly four hours to reach the top of the 1,679-foot building because it was raining.

He has also climbed Malaysia's Petronas Towers (search) in Kuala Lumpur, the Eiffel Tower (search) in Paris and the Empire State Building (search) in New York.

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Cyclists Ride Nude Around the World

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of naked cyclists rode past Big Ben and the U.S. Embassy in London on Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars — and to push for more use of bicycles.

The organizers of World Naked Bike Ride 2005 (search) said protests were expected in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Israel.

In London, crowds watched about 100 cyclists leave Hyde Park Corner on a journey that took them past some of the capital's most famous landmarks.

Most of the riders stripped naked for the six-mile ride past Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the U.S. Embassy.

Some bikes carried banners reading, "Oil is not a bare necessity but a crude obsession" and "Support the trade justice movement."

"It's a protest against oil dependency and car culture and the overuse of cars for unnecessary reasons," said one of the organizers, Chad Neilson, 24, from north London.

"There is too much pollution. It stinks in London, and we use too much fossil fuel."

In the Spanish capital, Madrid, dozens of nude cyclists pedaled along major thoroughfares past famous landmarks, drawing surprised looks.

Most were men, naked except for shoes and helmets, or caps to fend off the hot Spanish sun.

"What we clearly want to show is that we feel naked against the traffic," said one organizer who gave only his first name, Javier. "Every day we have to put up with the traffic, the aggression of the drivers, their speed and bad manners."

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BB-Gun-Danger Study Dismissed as Too Dangerous

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Two eighth-graders who spent months working on a science project to prove how dangerous BB guns can be were disqualified from the state middle school science fair.

The reason for the dismissal: BB guns are too dangerous.

Nathan C. Woodard and Nathaniel A. Gorlin-Crenshaw spent seven months researching and testing their hypothesis that BB guns can be deadly and should not be used by children.

The students spent about $200 on ballistics gelatin, which has the same density and consistency as human flesh, to use during their tests.

Nancy G. Degon, vice president of Massachusetts State Science Fair Inc. (search) and co-chair of the middle-school fair, said fair rules prohibit hazardous substances and devices.

"The scientific review committee does not consider science projects involving firearms to be safe for middle school students," Degon said.

The boys were invited to present their findings to some judges and receive a certificate of accomplishment, but they rejected the offer because they were not allowed to compete.

"I was really disappointed," Woodard said. "We had a good point to prove."

Ice Cream Man Selling More Than Popsicles and Cones

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ice cream man felt the heat from law enforcement after he was arrested on charges of selling drugs along with his other frosty fare.

Authorities said Marshall Gene Beasley, 27, could be facing more chilling bars — those of prison — after he repeatedly sold undercover officers marijuana over the past two months while selling ice cream.

He was arrested last Wednesday.

"This is a guy going down neighborhood streets who's around and near children," said David McGriff, drug task force director. "I'm not saying he sold to children, but we bought marijuana from him while he was operating the ice cream truck."

The company Beasley worked for will get back the truck and its stock, because there's no evidence the business knew of his activities.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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