Gas Thief Gets Burned -- Literally

Police in Wisconsin said a man was arrested after he used a cigarette lighter while trying to siphon gasoline from a van. The man, who was visiting friends, went to drive home early Saturday but realized that he didn't have enough gas in his SUV.

Police said the man tried to siphon the gas with help from another woman, but he couldn't see how much gas was in the container, so he used the lighter to check.

A blast of fire burned his hands and caused nearby residents to call police.

Police said he and the woman were located later in a store parking lot. He was arrested for theft and negligent use of burning materials.

The woman was referred to authorities for being party to theft. Formal charges haven't been filed. (AP)

Man Shoots Self After Girlfriend Didn't Want Sex

Her refusal led to his flesh wound.

A Florida man shot himself in the arm after his girlfriend refused to have sex with him, according to police.

Jonathon Guabello, 29, and his girlfriend returned home from a bar early Wednesday morning, and when he got frisky, the girlfriend said wanted to go to sleep.

When Guabello got angry, the girlfriend ran to a spare bedroom. Several minutes later, she heard gunshots. She told deputies that Guabello came into her room and threatened her before knocking himself out cold in the kitchen.

Guabello was charged with threatening violence and firing a weapon in an occupied dwelling. He was being held on $100,000 bail.

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Human Skeleton Sells for $500

Richards' Auction Gallery had one interesting item up for sale this week just in time for Halloween: A real human skeleton.

The bones, wired together to keep them in place, were sold for $500 Tuesday. The winning bidder then donated the skeleton — believed to be that of a European man — to a forensics center for research.

Auctioneer Tim Richards found the skeleton among furniture and boxed items he collected from New Castle for the auction. The bones had apparently been someone's macabre decoration.

Tipton County Coroner Bob Nichols, after discussing the find with Richards, contacted University of Indianapolis forensic anthropologist Andrea Simmons, who examined the remains Friday.
Simmons concluded the skeleton was that of a European man who was between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-5 62 inches. Simmons told Mattingly the man died sometime before World War I and was not murdered.

Simmons suggested that the skeleton be donated to research instead of being used for a Halloween prop, but Richards already had advertised that it would be sold.

Jane Harper then made the purchase and donated it to the forensics laboratory at the University of Indianapolis.

"I just felt very strongly this person needed to be in a final resting place," Harper said. (AP)

Robbers Leave Loot After Getaway Car's Too Small

Two armed robbers hijacked a security van with $1.3 million inside but were forced to abandon more than half the cash because their small getaway car could not carry it all, Malaysian police said Tuesday.

The robbers and their compact getaway car were still at large with $524,000 following Monday's heist near Kuala Lumpur, district police chief Shakaruddin Che Mood said.

The robbers stole a small car then held up guards in the security van at a shopping mall. One robber drove the van away and the other followed in the car, Shakaruddin said.

The van was recovered nearby with nine bags containing $786,000 inside — evidently because the bags did not fit in the compact car, the police chief said.

"The bags are quite big. I consider them quite stupid. Their planning was very shortsighted," Shakaruddin said. (AP)

Handwritten Bible

A Christian book publisher says its next edition of the Bible will be handwritten by more than 31,000 Americans.

Zondervan is kicking off a 90-city, 15,000-mile cross-country tour Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of its popular New International Version translation of the book.

The tour will stop at special events, churches and U.S. landmarks to allow people to write out Bible verses.

The collection of handwritten verses will be published and sold after the tour ends in San Diego on Feb. 12.

The Michigan-based publisher says most verses will be written by regular people, although the company hopes to collect a few from President George W. Bush, the Rev. Billy Graham and others. (AP)

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Lawyer Gets Twin to Cover Her Cases

It was double trouble for a set of Italian twins.

An overbooked lawyer and part-time judge who didn’t want to miss out on legal fees is in a heap of legal trouble after she had her twin sister take her place in court.

When the woman — identified only as Gabriella – was called to be a substitute judge, she dispatched her twin sister, who is not a lawyer, to a prior legal engagement as a defense attorney. The clients figured out the sister was not Gabriella, and are now suing both sisters for damages.

The twins were charged with fraud.

Read more: Reuters

Diaper Fashion Show Hits the Catwalk

One after the other, the models strutted across the stage to bouncy '80s dance tunes, all showing off designs of the same article of clothing — adult diapers.

Japan has one of the world's most rapidly aging societies, and the fashion show Thursday proved the country's diaper producers are intent on keeping the elderly clean and dry.

"Diapers are something that people don't want to look at," said Kiyoko Hamada of the Aging Lifestyle Research Center, a leading organizer of the show.

"But if you make them attractive, then people can learn about them more easily," she said.

A survey by The Nikkei, Japan's leading business newspaper, showed sales of adult diapers have more than doubled over the past decade, reaching an estimated $500 million this year.

Speakers blared oldie hits such as "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood as models jaunted on the stage with diapers pulled on over black tights. (AP)

Political Stunt Gone Wrong

What started as a publicity stunt to get more votes wound up costing a Thailand gubernatorial candidate a staffer's life.

Underdog candidate Leena Jangjanya said her 32-year-old campaign manager Thirasak Sitanont drowned Thursday as she and other staff members were warning journalists of the crisis of residents who don't have access to clean water.

Some members of Leena's staff were bathing in a Bangkok canal to show the rashes they got from bathing in the filthy water.

"One of my staff saw him waving and crying for help, but we thought he was pretending and he was far away from us, posing for two TV crews," Leena said through tears.

Read more: Reuters

Naked Clown Calendar

Bozo in the buff — all year long!

Seeking to raise money for MS research, 16 graduates from the Clown Conservatory have unveiled its 2009 naked clown calendar, which features the jolly jokesters posing in nothing but their birthday suits.

The proceeds from the calendar benefit the Judy Finelli Fund, which supports research and advocacy for cures and treatment of MS.

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Compiled by's Tom Durante.

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