Don't Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture

Andre 3000, we love the outfits, but you're just wrong.

The Polaroid (search) company has issued a statement in response to the refrain of OutKast's (search) infectiously catchy hit song "Hey Ya!" — you definitely should NOT "shake it like a Polaroid picture."

"Shaking or waving can actually damage the image," the company writes on its Web site in answer to a consumer's question about the song. "Rapid movement during development can cause portions of the film to separate prematurely, or can cause 'blobs' in the picture."

OutKast singer Andre 3000's (search) advice is outdated, the Web site explains. Peel-apart versions of the film "needed to dry before it could be handled, so waving the photo helped it to dry more quickly."

But in current consumer Polaroid types of film, "the image develops and dries behind a clear plastic window and never touches the air, so shaking or waving has no effect."

"The best way to ensure a perfectly developed image," the site adds, "is to simply lay the picture on a flat surface immediately after it exits the camera." How boring.

Polaroid does still make expensive, high-resolution peel-apart instant film, mostly for the professional and scientific markets.

Jenny, Jenny, I Almost Bought Your Number

In other pop-related news, a New York man tried to auction off a bit of musical history, even though it might not really have been his to sell.

Manhattan resident "John," who wouldn't give his full name, put the telephone number (212) 867-5309 on eBay several days ago, where it garnered an impressive number of bids until the auction site took it down Tuesday night.

Lovers of trashy '80s pop will recognize "867-5309" as the chorus to Tommy Tutone's 1981 hit "Jenny," about a man who gets a woman's number off a bathroom wall.

John told New York's Newsday newspaper he was astounded to discover a few months ago that no one had the number when he called Verizon, his local carrier, to install a second phone line.

He told the newspaper he often gets calls on the number, "mostly on weekends, mostly from people that are drunk."

Verizon said it's the owner of the number and it's not John's to sell. The eBay auction page insisted that recently instituted local number portability laws said he could transfer the number to anyone he wants.

The auction had been scheduled to end Sunday. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, before the item was taken down, the bidding had reached $80,700.00.

They Send the Terminator to Collect Overdue Fees

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — There will soon be a new librarian at work at Valparaiso University. This librarian won't get any days off because it's a robot.

About half the library's collection is being placed in steel bins, so robotic arms can fetch the books 24 hours a day. The robot limbs will drop the books off at a station where the human librarians can pull them out.

It's just one of the many modern features the Christopher Center for Library Information Resources will offer. The four-story, $33 million building will have plenty of computer and study space, large classrooms, a cafe and four lounges with gas fireplaces.

"The building is very high-tech," Rick AmRhein, university librarian, said.

The current library has 450,000 books, but the university hopes to have as many as 600,000 in the new one.

A Quiet Dinner With Man's Best Friend

HONOLULU (AP) — Cpl. Rita Levergood and her husband disagree whether four-legged members of their family should be able to join them out to dinner. The state, however, is clear: It's against the law.

A state senator's proposal going before a Department of Health committee this week would make it easier for animal lovers like Levergood to dine out with the pets they say are like family.

"I hate to leave them at the house by themselves," said Levergood, 21, who owns two dogs. "I most definitely would like to bring them."

Sen. Fred Hemmings, a Republican, wants to see state health rules eased to give restaurants the option of allowing dogs into outdoor seating areas.

His request faces a vote Thursday by the state's Advisory Council on Food Protection Practices. If it is adopted, Hawaii would join 21 other states with similar pet-friendly dining rules, according to Tara Kain of

Current Hawaii health regulations ban pets from food establishments. Violators face fines and, for repeated offenses, closure.

It was at a small cafe in the French resort Biarritz that Hemmings came up with the idea of relaxing the regulations. He says he still can't erase the memory of an elderly woman whose tiny dog was seated beside her.

"I would have to surmise that this dog was a very important part of this woman's life," he said.

Diamonds in the, Um, Rough

SALEM, N.H. (AP) — It took a little patience and a little medicine for Salem police to recover a stolen $10,000 diamond ring over the weekend.

Police say Kevin Lynch of Boston, 38, admitted stealing and swallowing a 2½-carat diamond ring set in platinum from a jewelry store on Friday.

They caught up with Lynch in a restaurant, one of two men whom they say drove away from the store in a stolen Jeep Cherokee and later abandoned the vehicle.

Lynch gave police permission to search him. An X-ray showed the ring was lodged in his digestive tract. Doctors gave Lynch medication to move things along and police recovered the ring Sunday morning.

Lynch is charged with theft. Police do not believe he intended to steal the ring as a Valentine's Day gift.

Hairy Monkey Delivers Message of Love

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Does "You Are So Beautiful" mean more when sung on bended knee by a gorilla?

It did to three employees at Zwink State Farm Agency in Grand Island, who were recently serenaded by a crooner in a gorilla suit.

Holly Fitch, who works at the agency, conspired with her co-workers' loved ones to arrange for the musical missives as a special Valentine's Day treat.

"It was awesome. It turned out great," Fitch said.

The three lucky ladies were Darlene Zwink, Judy Price and Amye Lilienthal.

The secret serenader inside the suit was Celeste Haveln, an employee at a flower shop owned by Fitch's mother and brother.

"It was very interesting," said Zwink. "It was a surprise."

Price said the unique Valentine delivered Thursday on behalf of her fiancé brought her little closer to the wild kingdom than she's used to.

"I have never been hugged by a gorilla before," Price said. "That was a first."

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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