New Underwear Promises to Ease Pain of Passing Gas

Letting loose in public may become less of a social faux pas with a new kind of underwear that promises to keep the air flatulence-free.

"Anti-farty pants" vow to stifle those nasty odors and help gassy individuals "relieve the pain without the shame."

Under-Tec underwear makers have designed new "gas eater" underpants, an airtight undergarment that helps keep flatulence under wraps, reported Britain's The Sun newspaper.

The pants have a built in replaceable filter that cuts the smell of bad human gas. Happy customers cited on the Under-Tec Web site include those suffering from Crohn's Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome.

Testimonials on the Web site include: "Thank you. You saved my life. I can now go to school without worry" and "They really are working for me, an answer to my prayers because I like to wear them when I go out."

For more information or to purchase the underpants, which are available in a range of sizes, visit

Soccer Fan Stricken With Permanent Picture of Male Member

Thanks to a disgruntled tattoo artist, one dismayed soccer fan received a dirty picture permanently penned to his back, instead of the tribute to his favorite team he was expecting.

The young fan apparently approached a local ink artist in Argentina and asked him for the logo of the Boca Junior soccer team to be tattooed on his back, reported

The tattoo artist, however, was an avid fan of the opposing team, and decided to play a nasty prank on his customer. Instead of the team logo, the artist penned a picture of the male genitalia to the man's back.

The customer didn't spot the switch until he got home and proudly showed his parents, who alerted him to the graphic content of his new tattoo.

A police spokesperson said: "The tattooist supports Boca Junior's rival, River Plate, so he got annoyed when the teenager asked him to tattoo Boca's symbol and decided to tattoo a penis instead. Unbelievable!"

The victim of the prank is now suing the tattoo artist.

Shotgun Billboard Blows Away Neighborhood

The self-proclaimed king of car loans tried to "blow away" the competition … but instead he just succeeded in freaking out his neighbors.

When Mike Fraga erected his billboard on Mission Boulevard in Hayward, Calif., he thought the image of himself wielding a shotgun and promising to "blow away" the competition would bring business his way, reported United Press International.

Instead, residents were shocked and appalled by the ad's violent theme.

"I looked at it and I was so shocked," Diana Schaufler, a South Hayward resident, said to the Tri-Valley Herald. "I've never seen a billboard like that, and it made me really angry. I just thought, 'What kind of message is this?' It isn't funny."

"It is not my intention to offend anybody," Fraga told the paper. "If you want to make an article about it, it's just going to help me because advertising is so expensive ... It's going to make me more popular."

Schaufler said the advertisement was particularly troublesome given the area's history with gang violence.

Fraga, who said he pays $2,100 a month to maintain the billboard, said it would cost him $1,600 to change.

It Was Buried, But I Don't Know If It Qualifies as 'Treasure'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Organizers of a coming out party for a brand new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere could use some help.

The car, buried under the lawn of the Tulsa County Courthouse in 1957, is scheduled to be unearthed June 15 as part of the Oklahoma Centennial.

Promoters are looking for people who helped lower the car into its crypt in 1957 to perhaps shed some light on what to expect when the car is unearthed.

There's speculation the car may have turned into a pile of rust. Or that it's in pristine condition and worth thousands of dollars.

Sharon King Davis, who has chaired Tulsa's centennial efforts, looked at photos of the people responsible for burying the car in 1957 and found her grandfather.

"I wish grandpa had left me some instructions," she told the Tulsa World.

The car had been largely forgotten until Davis and her group started work on the centennial. Files on the car have vanished, so it's not clear what to expect when the lid is lifted.

What's known is that the car is on a steel pallet with jacks under the axles. Efforts were made to preserve it, but it's unclear if moisture has gotten to the metal and caused rust.

"There's a kind of Rip Van Winkle reaction," Davis says. "Most people had long ago forgotten the buried car, but as the time to dig it up nears, they are waking up and wondering about life in 1957."

Another unknown is who will be able to claim the car.

When the car was buried, a contest was announced to award the car and a $100 savings account to the person who came closest to guessing Tulsa's population in 2007.

Organizers concede that finding that person or his or her heirs may not be easy.

At the time, the guesses were recorded on microfilm and sealed in a steel container buried with the car.

No One Ever said New York Was Easy

NEW YORK (AP) — A newcomer to the city became hopelessly lost for five days after going for a walk.

Damon Mootoo was staying at his brother's house in South Jamaica, Queens, when he decided to go for the stroll last Wednesday — 12 hours after arriving in New York for the first time, the Daily News reported Monday.

The 32-year-old man quickly got disorientated by the confusing streets of Queens.

On Sunday night, after a good Samaritan came to his aid, he was recovering at Jamaica Hospital from dehydration and frostbite.

Mootoo, who is hard of hearing but can communicate in English, said he didn't ask for directions because he was afraid he'd be deported and because he had heard many scary stories about New York. He recently had received his permanent resident card.

The Samaritan, Michael Bharath, was walking home from church when he spotted Mootoo shivering on the street. After he and his wife made him a sandwich, Mootoo opened up and told them his story.

Luckily, Mootoo found a piece of paper with his stepmother's address in his pocket, and Bharath drove him there.

"When I see people in need, I try to help them," Bharath told the News. "He was in need, and I'm pretty sure that within a couple more hours he would have been a dead man."

Mootoo had begged for water, but was too ashamed and shy to ask for food or directions, his worried brother, Roger Miller, told the News. He slept in an abandoned car or sought shelter under a piece of wood in a stranger's yard. Temperatures dropped into the low 20s on some nights.

"When we saw him, he was just crying," said Miller, who had plastered flyers with Mootoo's photo all over South Jamaica.

"He said he was trying to find his way back," Miller said. "He said he was just walking all over. He was scared. He heard all the stories about New York."

"I want to go home," Mootoo told the paper. "I'm thinking about going back to Guyana."

Guess His Getaway Car Was in the Shop

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A gun-toting bicyclist tried to rob a man early Monday and then shot him before pedaling away, police said.

The victim was out walking just before 2 a.m. when a man on a bike stopped in front of him, pointed a handgun at him and told him to hand over his cash, Nassau County police said.

The victim turned and ran away but was shot in his left foot. He hobbled to a pay phone and called police.

The cyclist rode off.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital for treatment and was expected to survive, said police, who were looking for the cyclist.

Compiled by's Hannah Sentenac.

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