Wall Splits 'War of the Roses' Couple

It's literally splitsville for one Brooklyn, N.Y., couple.

A soon-to-be divorced duo should live unhappily ever after with a wall built right in the middle of their dining room dividing the house they shared for 18 years, a judge ordered, according to the New York Daily News.

The judge gave big-money sweater manufacturer Simon Taub the OK in August to split the house with sheetrock walls, so he wouldn't have to give it over to wife Chana Taub during divorce proceedings.

"I don't wish this on anybody," Chana Taub, whose husband owns homes throughout Brooklyn, including the one next door, told the Daily News. "I hope God will help, and somebody will straighten out this whole thing."

Under the half-and-half house plan, Simon, 57, would have his own bedroom, bathroom and kitchen on two floors in a roughly 900-square-foot area.

Even though Simon owns the home right next door, "The best way to deal with this is to split the home," Judge Sarah Krauss said, according to court papers.

Chana, 56, quickly appealed Krauss' ruling. If it's upheld it will be just like the 1989 Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner film — the "War of the Roses" couple will be walking around in the same house, split in two.

"No litigant should have to endure this kind of abuse," Chana's attorney, Susan Settenbrino, told the Daily News. "There should be recourse for such orders without having to spend $200,000 [on an appeal]."

Krauss granted Chana Taub an order of protection against her husband in August, and the wall woes ensued when, citing Simon's heart condition, the judge OK'd his bid to build the partition.

"I am not going to be excluding him entirely from his home," she said.

Krauss, who recused herself in December following Settenbrino's objections, provided a court-mandated roadmap for living in the now-halfway house.

"Neither party shall interfere with any of the electrical, plumbing, phones or other systems located in their respective portions of the marital residence," Krauss' outline said.

The wall would divide parts of two floors, only giving around 25 percent of the space to Simon, his lawyer, Frank Snitow, said.

Snitow emphasized the house's location close to Simon's synagogue, doctor and his four children, two of whom still live there with their mom.

"I don't think it's an extraordinary measure under these circumstances," Snitow told the Daily News. "This is one of the largest homes in Borough Park. You could even call it a mansion."

— Thanks to Out There reader Tony L.

Eat Your Heart Out, Bugs

This wabbit would feed Elmer Fudd for the rest of his life!

One of the biggest bunnies on Earth, German Giant, weighs in at 17 pounds — seven pounds over his breed's average, according to The New York Post.

And German breeder Hans Wagner said the huge angora hare is still growing.

"I don't feed him an unusual diet," Wagner told The Post. "He goes through more than his brothers and sisters, but he eats the same food mix. His favorite food is actually lettuce. He can never get enough of it."

German Giant is about 17 inches tall standing on all of his paws — on his hind feet, he's over three feet tall!

"Unlike some other rabbits I've had, he's really a gentle character — a gentle giant," Wagner told The Post.

"That's a huge animal. That's amazing," breeder Michelle Jones told the paper. "In the States, it's hard to get them past 12 to 15 pounds."

— Click in the video box above or click here to watch a video on one big bunny in "Around the World in 80 Seconds."

Did You Have a Fun Road Trip?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City teenager fell out the window of a moving bus while using the restroom Tuesday and landed on the New York State Thruway.

State police said Jose Gonzales, 17, lost his balance when the chartered bus swerved to change lanes. It was unclear how fast the bus was going.

Gonzales was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. Police said he'll recover.

Gonzales fell onto the shoulder of the thruway near Exit 23 southbound.

— Thanks to Out There readers Michael A. and Kathleen S.

Woman Does 'Mouth-to-Beak' — How Fowl!

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — This chicken had lips, just not her own.

A retired nurse saved her brother's chicken, Boo Boo, by administering mouth-to-beak resuscitation last week after the fowl was found floating face down in the family's pond.

Marian Morris said she hadn't had any practice with CPR in years, but she was interested to see if she "still had it."

"I breathed into its beak, and its dadgum eyes popped open," Morris said. "I breathed into its beak again, and its eyes popped open again. I said, 'I think this chicken's alive now. Keep it warm."'

She said she did not know how to find a pulse on a chicken.

Boo Boo's owners, Jackie and Becky Calhoun, put her in a large cardboard box containing a grain feeder and water. They also placed a heater nearby.

The chicken is called Boo Boo because she is easily frightened. The Calhouns thought Boo Boo was startled and flopped into the pond.

— Thanks to Out There readers John C., Scott F. and Shannon P.

What Do You Mean I Can't Drive, I'm 'God'!

READING, Pa. (AP) — A man who signs his name as "God" may have to surrender his driver's license.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told Paul Sewell in a letter last week that he would have to turn over the license if he didn't provide the agency his birth certificate and Social Security card by Feb. 14.

The letter came less than a week after the Berks County Elections Board questioned Sewell's signature on a voter registration form.

Sewell on Friday asked a court to intervene in the PennDOT matter. The department's letter does not cite a reason for the order and a spokeswoman declined comment.

State law requires a driver to write his usual signature on the license. The law also states the department can cancel a license if the licensee was not entitled to it, if the person failed to give required or correct information, if the person committed fraud in obtaining the license or if the license has been materially altered.

Sewell, a bail enforcement agent, has said he signs documents as "God" because fugitives always preface their comments with "Oh, God," when he captures them.

In his appeal to the court, he said, "I do not know why they are canceling my driver's license that I have had at age 16. Now I am 40."

He signed his appeal, "God."

Tell Me You at Least Read the Book

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A public library book issued in 1945 racked up more than $6,100 in late fees, but the fine has been waived.

"The Punch Library of Humour" borrowed from the Rotorua Public Library 61 years ago was recently found in the attic of a home in the North Island resort town.

A building inspector recognized the significance of the book and, using the list of borrowing rules pasted to its front cover, calculated what was owed in overdue fines.

The home's owner, Marie Sushames, was presented with the $6,114 bill on her 85th birthday, the Daily Post reported Wednesday.

Rotorua library manager Jane Gilbert said she would be delighted to waive the charges in return for displaying a book that has been checked out for so long.

"It's certainly the longest overdue book I've encountered in my 16 years here," Gilbert said.

Rotorua is located about 290 miles north of Wellington, New Zealand's capital.

— Thanks to Out There reader Susan T.

Do You Have a Permit for That Perilous Possum?

OWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — Possessing a possum without a permit puts people at peril.

That's according to New York's environmental conservation laws, which say it's illegal to possess wild animals without a state permit.

A Binghamton-area couple found that out after they had rescued a baby opossum they found in their back yard.

Tina and John Laskowski of Owego were hauled into court after a state conservation officer was tipped off that the couple had adopted the tiny marsupial a few months ago. They named the injured opossum Webster and nursed him back to health.

Webster was turned over to an animal rehabilitator when the couple was charged with possession of small game without a permit.

A town justice found the animal-lovers guilty and sentenced them to an unconditional discharge.

State wildlife officials say wild animals can carry diseases and even little critters can become aggressive as they grow older.

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Andrew Hard.

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