Finders Keepers: Pricey Penny Could Net You $500

Feeling lucky? Check those pockets.

Before you toss that pretty penny into the coin jar, take a closer look — thanks to MidAtlanticCoins owner Steve A. Bryan, that penny saved could be $500 earned.

He might be crazy, but Bryan purposefully spent a rare 1914-D Lincoln penny worth 500 big ones because, well, he knows good publicity when he sees it, Dover's WFMY reports.

Bryan says he got the idea to make somebody's day after someone spent $100 bills with no serial numbers at a casino this past summer that could've been worth thousands — had they not been printed illegally by a sticky-fingered U.S. Treasury worker.

By spending the costly cent piece, Bryan hopes not only to get a little attention for his business, but to raise the spirits of would-be collectors who were duped by the fraudulent money earlier in the year.

"All we ask," he said, "is that they bring the coin in so that we can identify the coin and declare that it has been found."

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Doodie, but Were Afraid to Ask

MIAMI (AP) — Meadow muffins. Guano. Feces. Solid waste.

The words for poop are endless, but the Miami Metrozoo has another term to add to the list: educational.

Now on display is a 5,000 square foot exhibit on excrement titled "The Scoop on Poop," which invites visitors to explore the science of scat.

The exhibit is filled with photos of animals in some of their most indelicate moments. Stool sample models abound: hay-like football-sized balls (elephant), kidney-bean-looking pellets (porcupine) and coal-like lumps coated with fur (black bear).

Beyond the "ick" factor, however, zoo officials and the exhibit's creators say there is a lot of information being imparted. Visitors can smell the stench of flowers that mimic dung to attract flies for pollination. Videos include one of a hippo spreading its droppings around to mark its territory.

Miami is the exhibit's second stop after opening at a Virginia museum in May.

Need a Dirt Nap? You've Come to the Right Place

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Cheap and quiet accommodation is available for visitors to Thailand's upcoming international horticultural show, but some may find it too quiet. The lodgings are in the funeral hall of a Buddhist temple.

Three million visitors are expected at the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006 which opens Wednesday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and lasts until Jan. 31, the Bangkok Post reported Saturday.

The yellow, five-petaled Ratchaphruek is Thailand's national flower. The event, being held in honor of the country's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is expected to strain the capacity of the area's numerous hotels and guest houses, so local temples are also throwing their gates open to visitors, the newspaper reported.

At least one temple, Wat Jet Yod, will allow guests to sleep in its funeral hall, where religious rites for the dead are held before the departed is cremated, also on the temple grounds.The price is a bargain 20 baht ($0.54) per person per night. No alcohol is allowed on the temple grounds and guests must refrain from making noise, the temple's abbot, Phra Kru Baideeka Prasert Santipalo, was quoted saying.

Mr. Wilson Finally Had Enough

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) —The mischievous Dennis the Menace has gone missing — except this time, he's not hiding because he broke the rules.

A statue of the perennial pint-sized troublemaker that stood for almost two decades in a city park was unbolted and stolen sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, police said.

Police said the statue, which is 3 feet tall and weighs 125 pounds, is worth as much as $30,000. The city is offering a $5,000 reward for its safe return.

The statue was crafted by Carmel artist Wah Ming Chang. It was commissioned by Hank Ketcham, the cartoon character's creator who died in 2001.

Police aren't sure how the thief or thieves got the bulky statue out of the park but are asking the public for any tips about Dennis' whereabouts.

What a Beating

GAUHATI, India (AP) — There will be no drum roll needed for this new Guinness record.

Thousands of spectators chanted tribal victory cries as 7,951 people pounded their way into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest drum ensemble.

"The 7,951 drummers have created a new Guinness world record with their scintillating performance Saturday," Michael Sean Whitty, an adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records, told The Associated Press Sunday

The record breaking achievement took place in a packed sports stadium in Shillong, the capital of the Meghalaya state in India's remote northeast. Shillong is some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south east of Gauhati, the regions principal city.

The drummers, mostly tribes people, schoolchildren and members of the police, performed an orchestrated piece called 'Positive Vibrations' composed by a local musician, Rudy Wallang.

Some 25,000 people chanted "hoi kiw, hoi kiw," a local victory cry as Whitty announced the creation of the new world record, handing organizers a certificate to confirm the achievement.

The new record surpasses the 7,727 drummers organized by a Hong Kong charity in February 2005.

"This is a historic moment for us. People across the world would now know that Meghalaya, or India's northeast in general, is a vibrant place and a tourist destination," said Meghalaya's Tourism Minister, R.G. Lyngdoh, after the event that was organized to promote tourism to the region.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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