A Tale of Two Carries

There's room for only one Carrie Bare in Glenwood, Iowa.

Carrie Bare, youth pastor and soon-to-be bride, was very alarmed when her future mother-in-law saw a poster outside a strip club advertising an exotic dancer — named Carrie Bare (search).

"That's how I spell my name. I live five miles from there," youth-pastor Bare told KCCI-TV of Des Moines. "I've grown up in the community. People know me."

The performing Bare is apparently Miss Nude 2004 and renowned nationwide as a top exotic dancer.

The youth-pastor Bare is about to start teaching preschool. She called the strip club to see if the dancer could not use her name.

"Basically, they said there's nothing you can do about it," said the youth-pastor Bare. "She has an agent from L.A. That's her stage name. She travels. Does her thing."

To make things even more complicated, there's a third Carrie Bare in northern California, also a pastor, who ministers to college students.

The Iowa-based Bare had a message for her more exotic counterpart.

"You got my name," she laughed. "I'll take the money."

Strippers Ordered to Wear Permits

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Strippers in this city will soon have to put on something they can't take off — a business license.

The City Council on Dec. 17 approved a measure requiring exotic dancers to apply for permits and wear them while performing.

"We're trying to reduce criminal activity inside the establishments on the part of the entertainers, i.e., prostitution," said Lt. Mike Gorhum, who heads the vice squad.

The permit — expected to be roughly half the size of a credit card — would include the dancer's stage name and a photo.

"I really don't know where we're supposed to place it," complained a dancer who calls herself Tempest. "It's definitely going to get in the way of our performing, and it might just look a little bit tacky."

Gorhum said it is up to the dancers where they wear the permits, as long as they are in plain sight.

"It can be on the wrist or the ankle, or something like that," he said.

The new rule also mandates a 3-foot space between dancers and patrons to ensure no touching during table dances. Such contact is already banned, though violations are not uncommon.

"It's really going to cut into the revenue of my clients, which I think is the real purpose," said Jim Deegear, an attorney for a number of San Antonio strip clubs. "They can't legally say, 'We want to run these people out of business.'"

Tempest said wearing a permit might give away too much information to the customers.

"What scares me is we do get a lot of these guys taking it too far — they forget that this is just entertainment," she said. "How do we know that these guys are not going to try to obtain very personal information about us?"

She said the 3-foot buffer zones will make it hard for her to make money on table dances and will present logistical problems in a crowded club.

"If you're 3 feet away from one guy and 3 feet away from another guy," she said, "you're pretty much giving another guy a free dance."

— Thanks to an anonymous Out There reader.

Cow Really Does Fly

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — A year-old cow was tranquilized into contentment and then airlifted to safety Friday from a tiny island where she had been stranded for weeks by rising water.

"She's emaciated," said veterinarian Linda Sawyer, a member of the team that rescued the 250-to-350-pound heifer dubbed Blackshear. "She's 150 pounds lighter than she should be."

Sawyer said the cow was also slightly dehydrated. She had been marooned for about three weeks on a cypress-covered island the size of a city block in Lake Blackshear (search), a 20-mile-long lake in southwest Georgia.

After an animal control worker delivered a shot of sedatives and tranquilizers, the cow's knees got wobbly and she settled to the bank.

Rescuers then attached slings around her chest and stomach and a state patrol helicopter inched into position, lowered a rope and hauled the limp cow about 100 feet into the air for a ride to shore, some 300 yards away.

The Sumter County Sheriff's Department, concerned the island might be inundated within days as the lake level rose, led the rescue.

"It went well," said Lt. Andy King, as rescuers petted the groggy animal during her 30-minute drug recovery. "She's alive and that's what we wanted."

Blackshear apparently waded to the island when the water level was lowered to allow homeowners to work on their docks, and then became stranded.

No one has claimed her but a few residents were bringing corn by boat to keep her fed. Her new home will be at a local farm.

"No one around here could stand to see her drown or starve," Sawyer said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Margaret P.

Happy Hour for Bessie and Flossie

NORWAY, Iowa (AP) — Cattlemen are hoping to raise a better bovine with beer.

About a dozen eastern Iowa farmers have been spiking their cattle feed with beer. So far, the herds are lapping it up, said cattlemen Robert Miller.

They like it so much that they hesitate to eat when their feed isn't mixed with beer, Miller said.

It began about a year ago when an official at Fleck Sales, a Cedar Rapids beer distributor, contacted Fisher's Feed and Fertilizer (search) in Norway, a small town southeast of Cedar Rapids.

The company asked if the feed business would like to get free beer which had outlived its shelf life, not for its workers but to mix in with its feed, said Jack Fisher, the feed company's owner.

Fisher said research shows that beer has vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates and proteins, which all benefit cattle's diet.

Beer is commonly used in cattle feed in Japan and Canada. The animals' complex digestive system breaks down the alcohol in beer, turning it into food energy, animal nutritionists said.

Fisher took Fleck Sales up on its offer and now the beer is emptied into 5-gallon buckets which are taken to feedlots where the beer is given away.

Fisher laughed when asked if he and his friends ever test the free shipments.

"We have to make sure it's safe for the cattle," he said.

Guinea Pig Skydives, Owner Gets Busted

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University (search) student has admitted tossing a guinea pig tied to a makeshift parachute out of an eighth-floor dormitory, police said.

The 19-year-old student, who could face a felony charge of animal cruelty, told IU police that Thursday's incident was a "prank gone bad."

IU police officer Brice Boembeke said the student told police he had intended to retrieve his pet once it floated to safety, but it got stuck in a tree on the way down.

Janitors at Briscoe Quadrangle rescued the animal, which was slightly injured.

Boembeke said the student admitted throwing his pet out the window of an eighth-floor dorm room across the hallway from his own as other students egged him on.

"It seemed like one of those things where somebody had an idea, and it was taken to the next level," he said. "It definitely got out of hand."

A felony charge of animal cruelty has been forwarded to the Monroe County prosecutor's office for review, but no charge had been filed as of Friday afternoon.

Jason Eller, a Bloomington animal control officer, said the student could be ordered to pay a $500 fine for cruelty to an animal. Boembeke said the student might also face some type of disciplinary action from IU.

The guinea pig is doing well at the Bloomington Animal Shelter, where staff named the rodent Noel in honor of the holiday season, said shelter manager Leigh Ann Hoffacker.

Beware of Rat Traps Under Hood

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — OK, new safety tip: Don't start the engine without checking under the hood first for rats.

Los Alamos National Laboratory (search), in a recent online Daily NewsBulletin, instructed workers to open the hoods of their cars and inspect the engine compartment for rodent nests before turning the key.

The advice comes after flames broke out in two pack-rat nest-infested lab vehicles earlier this month.

A pack rat can crawl through a hole in a car engine or glove box and build a nest in a single night.

During a recent cold spell, a rat used the engine of a new U.S. government truck at the lab to get out of the weather.

To the driver's surprise, starting the engine ignited a nest of leaves, twigs and grass, said Kathy DeLucas, a lab spokeswoman.

The employee quickly doused it with a fire extinguisher.

After a fire broke out in another rat-infested lab vehicle this month, lab emergency managers decided to warn employees.

"Usually, it's not really a fire but a bad smell like something died," said Sammy Ortega of KSL Services, a local pest control company. "The urine and the droppings put together don't smell too good."

Pest control workers get 30 to 50 calls a year about rats and mice in vehicles, he said.

"They like to chew on the wiring," Ortega said. "They make messes."

The lab advised workers who find a nest in their engine to call pest control — and learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

If You Can't Be Naked at Home ...

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Alarmed by glimpses of sweaty citizens in the buff, the city council in the southeastern city of Villahermosa (search) has adopted a law banning indoor nudity, officials confirmed Wednesday.

The regulation, which takes effect on Jan. 1, calls for as much as 36 hours in jail or a fine of 1,356 pesos ($121) for offenders in the Tabasco state capital, 410 miles east of Mexico City.

"We are talking about zero tolerance ... for a lack of morality," said city councilwoman Blanca Estela Pulido of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which governs the state and city.

Opposition party councilman Rodrigo Sanchez said in an interview that the measure, part of a larger series of prohibitions, "tramples on the rights of the citizens by taking laughable measures such as contemplating penalties for citizens who walk around nude inside their houses."

"I have no idea how you detect the naked. You'd have to have a big operation to try to bring it under control," he added.

Pulido said she was confident that citizens who catch a glimpse of offenders would report them to police — though the law also threatens jail for peeping Toms.

The city on the southern Gulf of Mexico is noted for its swelteringly hot, humid climate.

"The majority of houses have a lot of ventilation, and we give ourselves the luxury of going naked," Pulido said. "Because we walk past the windows, you see a lot of things."

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.

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