Faithful Fashionistas Bust Out the Bible Bag

This purse gives a whole new meaning to wearing your Sunday best.

New York designer Femme Sud, maker of the new leather Bible clutch, has found that coveting thy neighbor’s handbag isn’t always a bad thing — especially when said handbag sells for $495.

Each book-shaped Bible bag is nearly twice the size of a standard-issue Gideon Good Book and comes with vamp-red lipstick and a coin purse that says “Pennies from Heaven,” the New York Post reports.

But why sport a fashion statement of biblical proportions?

Apparently, it’s a sure-fire way to attract attention from the opposite sex.

"I went out in Houston with a friend and was carrying my Bible bag," said Robin Goetz, who co-designed the pious purses with Joanna Lipman. "We couldn't even have a conversation because every two minutes another guy would come over to ask about it."

And if a holy handbag isn’t your thing, the bookish carry-alls come in other styles: yearbook, wedding album, “Fame and Fortune,” datebook and diary.

"Bible-shaped handbags are nothing more than a cheap way for Christian zealots to shove their religion down the throat of agnostics and atheists. Which is why the Catholic League loves them. Our advice to ACLU attorneys — don't leave home without one,” Catholic League chief William Donohue said.

Happy Birthday to You! No, Happy Birthday to You!

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Glendell Smith should be able to recite word-for-word the greeting on one of the birthday cards he expects to get for his 63rd birthday Thursday.

After all, the card has been showing up each year for 42 years.

His brother, Everett, 65, who lived in El Paso and worked as a barber, first sent Glendell the card in 1964. Everett bought it for 15 cents and mailed it for a nickel.

Glendell, who was a student at McMurry University in Abilene at the time, mailed it back for Everett's birthday in February 1965.

"Where have I seen this card before?" Everett recalled asking himself.

The answer was simple.

"Glendell was always kind of a joker," Everett told the Abilene Reporter-News in Thursday's editions.

The brothers have always added messages to the card, which is now laminated. When there was no more space, they added handwritten notes. Now, there are six small note pages attached.

And they've only had one major scare.

In 1998, Glendell didn't include an apartment number when he mailed the card to El Paso. The card came back 10 days later. Glendell, still a coach and teacher in Amarillo, delivered it by hand a short time later.

"I almost cried when I saw the card," Everett told the newspaper. "I thought it was gone forever."

It's Not 'What's for Dinner' Anymore

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — A trucking company is trying to get one of its drivers to answer a simple question: Where's the beef?

Frozen beef worth $500,000 is missing, and the driver who was hauling it isn't returning phone calls, according to Priority Refrigerated Service.

The driver failed to make a delivery at 1 a.m. Monday in Suffield, Conn., company officials told Chesterton police. Officials called him and he told them he thought the meat was supposed to be delivered later that morning.

The 48-year-old trucker from Manchester, Conn., said he was en route, and the truck's Global Positioning System satellite showed he was 15 miles away. But the trucker never showed up, according to a company official.

The driver received 20 messages from the company within 24 hours but failed to return any of them, the official told police Tuesday.

After about 24 hours without any contact with the trucker, the company called police.

Connecticut State Police also were notified about the missing truck, valued at $80,000, and the cargo.

Fashion Police: 1; Idiot: 0

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A fashion crime has put ex-convict Joseph Azter back in custody.

Azter took his prison-issue windbreaker with him when he was released Monday from the California Institution for Men in Chino, where he had served time for theft.

But on Tuesday, several alarmed residents saw him standing on a street corner in Redlands with "C-D-C prisoner" spelled out on the back of his jacket.

Those neighbors called authorities to report an escaped inmate.

Redlands police say Azter told a responding officer that prison officials had given him the jacket.

But prison officials said the jacket was state property and that he should have turned it in when he was released.

Police arrested him Tuesday afternoon for investigation of possessing stolen property, and for failing to check in with his parole officer within 24 hours of his release.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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