Band of Merry Rioters Take Robin Hood for All He's Worth

Robin Hood's latest adventure was more horror movie than merry tale.

When men dressed as the famous do-gooder and his sidekicks attempted to impart some civility into a New York City crowd, a riot ensued in which parkgoers of all ages and sizes were mowed down in a greedy frenzy, according to the New York Post.

Three Englishmen who call themselves Robin Hood and his Merry Men threw $1,000 into the air in Greenwich Village's famous Washington Square Park. As the bills flew, people began pushing and shoving one another to get their hands on some of the green stuff. Even children were stepped on as fellow New Yorkers ran for some cash.

"There were people pushing and people shoving," said Sally Caraballo, 38, one of the women who chased after the bills herself. "I got a nasty little scrape and my butt hurts from getting pushed down."

Fortunately, there were no major injuries, just some bumps, bruises and a little bitterness.

The three men were hoping they would see some common courtesy in a city known for its ill-mannered ways, but courtesy was lacking as people punched and pushed each other to obtain a few free bucks.

"I had to fight for my free money," said Caraballo. "But I got it in the end."

"I think I may have stepped on a kid," said Gabriella Horn, 26, a student at Parsons, "and a poor one at that. I wanted more," she said.

Nevertheless, Oliver, the group's founder, who did not want to give his last name so the group could remain anonymous, was optimisitc.

"We hope this encourages people to give something back," said Oliver. "It feels good to give."

Tee Time Has Gotten Mighty Tasty

The game of golf has just gotten a whole lot tastier. Two avid entrepreneurs have just unveiled what's sure to be the juiciest new trend for the golf enthusiast: flavored golf tees.

The product, entitled Tasty Golf Tees, comes in several yummy flavors including mint, cherry, grape and strawberry, reports MSNBC.com.

Why make them flavored, you might ask, since golf tees are wooden and not usually considered a food?

The inventors, John Packes and Ramon Peralta, say that the idea stemmed from the common practice of golfers holding the tees in their mouth as they change courses or wait to tee up.

The tees apparently double as breath fresheners, say the owners, and cost about 25 cents each.

And You Thought the Bathroom Couldn't Smell Any Worse

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — "Wet dog" and "stinky feet" are some of the words being used to describe the odor of some paper towels that were stocked in restrooms all over Jackson.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide looked into the situation. The newspaper found foul-smelling paper towels at six businesses and in most of the 20 Teton County government buildings.

Melissa Shinkle works in the county clerk's office. She says county employees didn't talk about the odor at first — but then it became a topic of conversation.

She says your hands are supposed to smell nice after you wash them. But she says the paper towels made her hands smell worse.

The towels were made by a Wisconsin company, S-C-A Tissue North America. A company spokesman says it's "highly unusual" for the company's products to carry an odor.

This Presidential Scandal Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger...

Tampa, Fla. (AP) — Cigar makers here hope a 101-foot, 53-pound cigar completed over the weekend is headed for the record books.

Wallace and Margarita Reyes, co-owners of Gonzalez Habano Cigar Co., put the finishing touches on the $5,100 cigar at the Cigar Heritage Festival on Saturday. Local cigar makers worked for about 75 hours over several weeks to build the giant cigar.

The Reyeses said the giant cigar marks the 85th anniversary of their Tampa cigar factory. They also hoped to beat a record 66-foot cigar made in Havana in 2005.

"I wanted to do something special," Wallace Reyes said. "I wanted to do something big."

Local officials documented the completed cigar so it can be submitted to Guinness World Records. They said Tampa's giant cigar could make the 2008 edition of the book unless someone rolls a bigger cigar before July.

Goodbye Miser's Heaven

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A small-town bank that drew $2.2 million in deposits from around the country because of its unusual name will close Jan. 31.

The Tightwad Bank opened on a shoestring 22 years ago in the small community along Missouri 7 halfway between Clinton and Warsaw.

Now, UMB Bank Warsaw, which operates the bank, is cutting costs and has urged customers to do their banking at its branches in Clinton and Warsaw.

Officials at UMB, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corp, would not elaborate on the decision.

"I don't like it at all," said Tightwad resident Linda Houk. "I'm not sure I'll leave my accounts at UMB."

Two months after the Tightwad Bank opened in May 1984, an article on it appeared in The Kansas City Times. Word began to spread.

"We were discovered," said Gene Henry, a Clinton banker who helped open the Tightwad Bank. "People would just mail us a check, Tightwad Bank, Tightwad, Missouri, sometimes with no ZIP code, and the post office, to its credit, found us."

Up to a dozen checks would arrive daily, each with a note asking for an account and a batch of Tightwad Bank checks, Henry said. In two years, customers from near and far gave the bank $2.2 million in deposits.

The bank started as a branch of a Windsor bank whose chairman foresaw growth fueled by development around the then-new Truman Lake. Henry said some even envisioned Tightwad as becoming the next Branson.

But growth never came. Tightwad, population 63, has eight more residents now than when the bank opened.

Compiled by Hannah Sentenac.

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