Man Gets New 12-Foot Weenie

Loyd Ardrey's got a new giant wiener.

The Rock Hill, S.C., restaurateur, whose 12-foot smiling hot dog sign, as earlier reported in Out There, was stolen from atop his Ebenezer Grill (search) last month, installed a replacement sign June 11.

"I'm not going to lose my weenie this time," Ardrey told The Herald of Rock Hill. "Even if I have to watch out all night."

"Maybe it needs to be an electric weenie," quipped a friend who was helping him put it up. "Keep the rustlers away."

Business has been way, way up at the Ebenezer since the wayward wiener got worldwide attention, easily paying for the $750 Ardrey had to shell out for the new sign.

"I had a guy in here today who was traveling in South Africa and saw it on television," said Ardrey. "Another guy heard about it when he was in England."

The restaurant roof has been weenie-less in the meantime, except for a neon cactus that another friend of Ardrey's put up there.

Alas, there's still no sign of the old sign.

— Thanks to Out There reader R.F.

Scavenger Hunters End Up Caught

A gang of Long Island jokers ended up getting snagged in their own scavenger hunt.

Suffolk County, N.Y., cops noticed two young men snooping around their police garage in Hauppauge late in the evening of Sunday, June 19.

When confronted, Jesse Sayre and Brian Benjamin, both 18 and from the nearby town of Selden, confessed that they were taking part in a suburban scavenger hunt, according to the New York Daily News.

Among the things to be obtained were a birdbath, a lawn ornament, a playground swing, a golf-course flag, a storm-drain cover and a "Children at Play" sign.

Sayre and Benjamin were allegedly scoping out the most valuable item on their list: a police-car license plate.

The extremely amateur criminals promptly gave up the names of eight other men, aged 18 to 22, who were also in on the scavenger hunt.

Charges against the 10 men included criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglar tools and reckless endangerment.

— Thanks to Out There reader Tony L.

Cabbage Good for Kimchi, Not Baseball

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's love for cabbage — the key ingredient in its national dish, kimchi — apparently doesn't extend to the baseball field.

The Korea Baseball Organization (search) ruled that wearing cabbage leaves inside a baseball cap constitutes as an "alien material" that may disrupt a game, the organization said in a statement.

The decision came after Doosan Bears pitcher Park Myung-hwan's cap fell off twice in a game last Sunday, revealing frozen cabbage leaves. He was using the vegetables to keep his head cool and no measures were taken at the time.

"What will we do if another team argues that because the cabbage leaf fell just as the pitcher was pitching, the batter got confused?" league rules committee chair Heo Koo-youn said, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency (search).

Park said he had planned to give up his unusual cooling agent before the decision.

"I wasn't planning to use cabbage any longer regardless of the decision of the rules committee, so I don't care," he told Yonhap.

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Boston Bra-Stuffer Wants Her Money Back

BOSTON (AP) — A Quincy woman who apparently stuffed $46,950 in cash in her bra before trying to board a plane to Texas for plastic surgery has sued a federal agency, demanding the return of her money.

The money was seized from Ileana Valdez, 26, after a security check at a metal detector at Logan International Airport (search) on Feb. 3. Valdez told authorities she was heading to Texas for plastic surgery on her buttocks and breasts.

"I don't know why she was carrying it in her bra," said Boston lawyer Tony V. Blaize, who filed the suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston on behalf of Valdez.

In her suit, Valdez said a male Drug Enforcement Administration (search) agent told her she had a nice body and didn't need surgery — and then seized the cash, claiming it was drug money.

Valdez, a single mother said in her suit that she has no criminal record and earned the money by selling her Dorchester business and two parcels of property in Boston's Jamaica Plain section.

Anthony Pettigrew, a spokesman for the DEA in Boston, said he could not comment on the lawsuit. But he said federal asset forfeiture laws allow agents to seize suspected drug profits.

Man Cashes in Over a Million Pennies

FLOMATON, Ala. (AP) — Edmond Knowles started out saving pennies in a 5-gallon can. Thirty-eight years later, he was storing them in four 55-gallon drums and three 20-gallon drums — nearly 1.4 million in all.

Knowles, who runs a gas station, cashed them in Wednesday, pocketing $13,804.59 after they were counted at a bank.

"It's just something that happened," he said. "I started so long ago that I don't even remember why."

He got some help along the way from customers at Ed's Service Station.

"Customers would come by and say: `Ed, throw these in your drum,'" he said.

Coinstar Inc., a company that maintains coin-counting machines in banks and supermarkets, said Knowles' 1,380,459 pennies breaks the record of 1,048,013 held by Eugene J. Sukie of Barberton, Ohio.

Coinstar spokesman George White said the company's research and U.S. Census data indicate that coins worth more than $10 billion are sitting idle in American homes. White said the amount collected by Knowles is about the same amount that passes through a person's hands over the years.

"Ed just took the time to close his hand," said White.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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