Hide the Guinness ... the Vikings are coming!
The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, has reconstructed an 11th-century Viking vessel, which it plans to sail to Dublin, Ireland, the Copenhagen Post reports.
The long ship, dubbed the Sea Stallion, is an exact replica of a Viking ship built in Dublin in 1042 and found in a fjord in 1962, the paper said Monday.
The museum reconstructed the 98-foot-long, 60-oar ship at a cost of approximately $350,000. It will have a crew of 70 volunteer Vikings when it sets sail on its voyage in July 2007.
It's "the most ambitious ship archaeology research project ever undertaken," said Tinna Damgard Sorensen, director of the museum.
The Sea Stallion will sail back to Denmark in 2008 — no doubt with a cargo of beer.
German 10-Year-Old Jumps Gun on Joyriding
One of Europe's youngest joyriders was in hot water with his stepfather this week after stealing a car and careening it into an embankment in eastern Germany.
The boy took his stepfather's car in Ueckermuende, Germany, in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, for a spin, driving it about 12 miles through several villages before he got into an accident, the South African Press Association reported.
The lad fled into the forest, but not before locking the doors.
It's not the first time the boy has nicked his stepdad's vehicle, though the parents declined to press charges.
100-Year-Old Takes Sweet Time Earning Diploma
WACO, Texas (AP) — When Marvin L. "Hub" Northen left Baylor University in 1929, he was one chemistry credit shy of graduating.
This fall, the 100-year-old was finally granted his degree.
Northen, who lives in a nursing home in Shreveport, La., did not attend Saturday's commencement at Baylor. But he was listed among the December 2006 graduates.
He had a surprise graduation ceremony at his Shreveport church on Nov. 28 when he was presented with a Baylor diploma, a cap and gown and his official transcript.
"I didn't expect any of it. Of course, I appreciated it. It wore me out all day long," Northen said.
Northen left Baylor because the Great Depression had hit and he needed to work to help his family.
According to Glenn Hilburn, the retired chair of Baylor's religion department, Northen has been participating in a class that can be substituted for the Chemistry 101 class he never took.
"He's passed this substitute class with a grade of A-plus without even knowing it," Hilburn said. "It's Life 101. He's mastered that course and mastered it well."
Spot of Shame for Handicapped Parking Space Scofflaw
UNION, S.C. (AP) — A man who parked illegally in a space reserved for handicapped drivers was sentenced to stand outside the store with a sign telling everyone about his crime.
Ragheem Smith, 29, stood in front of a Bi-Lo grocery store Thursday with a handmade sign that read "I am not handicapped. I just parked there, sorry."
Magistrate Jeff Bailey imposed the sentence. "I figured he needed to apologize in a public way," Bailey said.
Smith told Bailey he didn't have the money and couldn't afford the time away from work that a jail sentence would require. He could have been sentenced to 30 days in jail or fined $325.
"That was better than having to pay a lot of money," Smith said of his punishment. "I know I won't do it no more."
Thousand-Dollar Bill Nearly Priceless
DALLAS (AP) — An art collector has paid about $2.3 million for a $1,000 bill printed in 1890, according to the auction house that brokered the transaction between two anonymous private collectors.
"This $1,000 bill is one of only two known of its type; the other surviving example is in the museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco," Greg Rohan, president of Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, said Friday.
Rohan said that type of bank note is known to collectors as a "Grand Watermelon" because the green-striped zeros in the denomination "1,000" printed on the back of the bill look like the fruit.
"Only two Grand Watermelon examples are known with red-color Treasury Department seals printed on the front; the half-dozen other surviving Grand Watermelon notes have brown seals," he said in a news release.
The $2,255,000 price is more than double the previous record for an 1890 Grand Watermelon note. The previous record for any bank note was $2.1 million, according to the Heritage Auction Galleries.
Rohan said the buyer was "a very advanced and sophisticated East Coast collector of art and rare currency."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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