Would you like that martini shaken, stirred or sparkling?
Guests at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo can now order a cocktail that would make James Bond envious. The new "diamond-tini" comes garnished with a 1.06-carat sparkler and a hefty price tag of $15,000, Reuters reports.
"It's a timeless drink and diamonds are a girl's best friend, so you combine both this time of year in Japan when proposals are rampant," Bernard Viola, the hotel's manager told the news service.
This extravagant vodka martini is prepared tableside to a serenade of the Shirley Bassey hit "Diamonds Are Forever." The diamond garnish is later set in a ring by a local jeweler.
No diamond-tinis have been sold yet, but Viola is confident that the hotel's bartenders will be able to sell at least three a month.
"There is a market for everything you create," he said. "Today it is all about luxury."
If the diamond-tini is too pricey, try the wagyu beef burger. Price tag? A modest $108.
Maryland Town Decides to Throw 'Bring Your Own Toilet Paper' Party
WALKERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — BYOTP.
That's the advice this town is giving visitors to its four parks.
All paper products were removed from the park restrooms after vandals set paper on fire in a men's bathroom, Town Manager Gloria Long Rollins said Monday.
Hand dryers will be installed, but visitors will have to bring their own TP, she said.
Rollins hopes the changes will help combat vandalism, graffiti and drug use in the parks.
Local Police on Egret Patrol
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Egrets are beautiful to behold with their snowy-white feathers and long, curving necks, but that doesn't count for much when thousands of them settle in Hutchinson each spring with noise, odors and other nuisances.
However, the migratory birds are protected by federal law so efforts to coexist with them require some imagination.
Police Chief Dick Heitschmidt and Lt. Troy Hoover have been on "egret patrol" in recent days, tying shiny ribbons to trees, placing owl decoys in places where the birds roost and occasionally firing flares to scare the birds away. They also plan to deploy floating balloons.
"The chief and I really dressed the place up," Hoover said of one neighborhood. "Last year, they just destroyed that area."
It's challenging work. After clearing the egrets from one area Monday night, the officers found them roosting in another part of the city, and by the next morning the birds had moved on to still another neighborhood.
Sometimes, the tide turns and residents end up helping the birds. During a heat wave last summer, many young egrets were killed when they wandered onto busy streets in search of water, so the city put up fences to keep them out of traffic and residents put out children's wading pools full of water.
Treasure Hunt Ends on Potentially Explosive Note
SARVER, Pa. (AP) — Lori Artman thought she'd uncovered a fortune when she found an old wooden box partially buried in her backyard.
But there was no hidden loot in the box — just dynamite.
"We were hoping for money, a buried treasure," Artman said. "Instead we just had a crazy day with the bomb squad."
The box was found Friday when Artman, her boyfriend and her nephew were inspecting the fence around her property in Buffalo Township, about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
They called police, who summoned the Allegheny County bomb squad.
The dynamite was wrapped in newspapers from 1968. Artman said she was told it likely came from an old mine or was left by a gas company that used it to blow up large rocks.
Authorities said they destroyed the 76 sticks of deteriorating dynamite by burning it in a field.
"It was very unexciting," said township Fire Chief Gary Risch Jr. "It looked like a bale of straw on fire."
Spring Has Sprung in Vermont the Cinder Block Way
WEST DANVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Spring arrived at Joe's Pond at exactly 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. That's when a 65-pound cinder block fell through the ice, earning a Montpelier man a cool $4,216.
Locals have been betting for 20 years on when the frozen northern Vermont lake breaks up for spring. A ticket to enter the contest, known as Joe's Pond Ice Out, costs $1.
Contestants guess the exact time the spring thaw comes each year, which is measured by the cinder block attached to an old-fashioned alarm clock. When the ice melts and the block falls through, the string tugs on the clock and stops it.
Dr. Robert Marshall was the winner this year with his guess of 4:36 p.m. on May 1, according to Jane Brown, secretary of the Joe's Pond Association. The next-closest guesses were 4:35 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The other half of the pot will go to the association to stage its annual fireworks show.
Turtle Wanted, Dead or Alive
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Satellite transmitters glued to the back of a turtle released into the South China Sea last year are beaming signals from an Indonesian coastal town — and scientists are offering $500 to anyone who can find them.
They believe the turtle — one of 12 released from a ship in the middle of the ocean as part of an experiment to monitor their behavior — was illegally captured and killed for its meat, but want to retrieve the devices to uncover insights into the behavior of the threatened sea creatures.
"We are interested in bringing closure to this case," C. H. Diong, a Singaporean zoologist taking part in the study, said Wednesday. "We are only interested in the science, not the legality. We don't want to frighten anyone."
The Olive Ridley turtle, which can grow up to 2.5 feet long and weigh nearly 100 pounds, had two satellite-tracking devices about the size of a cigarette packet attached to its shell.
One gave out a final signal several weeks ago from a port town on the southern tip of Sumatra island, while the other continues to transmit from the coastal town of Krui, around 149 miles away.
The reward offer for "information on and return of the two transmitters" has been passed to wildlife officials in Indonesia who plan to help the search by posting flyers around Krui, he said.
The 12 turtles from three different species were raised in captivity and released to see how they would adapt in the wild. Findings of the experiment will help in efforts to protect the creatures.
Diong said early data from the experiment suggested that the animals did well in their natural environment. They had not lost their ability to swim long distances or dive deeply, and were headed in the direction of other populations of their species, he said.
"Turtles are just turtles. We put them out there and they knew instinctively that it was their home," he said. "It was great to see them swim off speedily without hesitation."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel.
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