Gay Penguins Break Up

New York City's most famous gay penguin couple has split up.

Even worse, one of them has taken up with a female penguin new to the Central Park Zoo (search), the New York Post reports.

Silo and Roy, two male chinstrap penguins (search) native to the South Atlantic, made local headlines six years ago when they came out with their same-sex relationship.

Since then, the pair have successfully hatched and raised an adopted chick — after trying to incubate a rock — and become role models for six other same-sex couples among penguins at the zoo.

That all ended when Scrappy, a single female newly arrived from SeaWorld in San Diego, caught Silo's eye.

"Silo and Roy stopped spending as much time together or building a nest," said John Rowden, curator of animals at the zoo.

Silo promptly moved in with Scrappy, building a new nest with her. Zookeepers were at a loss to explain Silo's sudden conversion.

"Why does anyone bond? Why do people want to get married and divorced?" said Dr. Dee Boersma (search), penguin expert at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Presumably, they've got their reasons."

Silo and his hot-feathered home-wrecker have yet to produce an egg, but they've been busy trying.

On Thursday, Roy, all alone, sat disconsolately at the edge of the penguin area, staring at the wall.

"If you got divorced, would you want to see your old mate around?" reasoned Boersma.

Besides, she added, "he's probably courting other penguins, getting ready for next season."

Zoo Puts Humans Behind Bars

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Ever wondered how a lion feels, trapped in a zoo cage?

Visitors to Zagreb's zoo can find out, with two cages there set aside for humans as of Friday.

The cages — which visitors will be able to enter and leave at will — are labeled "Homo Sapiens" and are even partially furnished.

A recent exhibit at the London Zoo was partly for laughs. This project, launched by the head of the Zagreb zoo, Mladen Anic, goes beyond offering a behind-the-bars experience to warn about human devastation of nature.

"We wanted people to get a perception of how the animal perceive the cage," Anic told The Associated Press. "But we also wanted to inform people about all the ecological problems for which humans are directly responsible."

One cage is for "good man," and is furnished with things made of natural materials — bamboo chairs, and water and fruit displayed on a wooden table.

The other, for "evil man," has materials that harm nature — plastic chairs, and garbage in the corner, with a note above the mirror reading: "The most dangerous beast on the planet."

The "good" cage contains brochures on how to protect the environment; the "bad" one shows how it is being ruined.

"I hope this will make people think about the fate of ourselves and our planet," Anic said.

Already on Friday, dozens of people toured the cages. A group of youngsters amused themselves by throwing food to friends in the cages.

Naked Gorilla Runs Through High School

UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Some may have called it monkeying around, but school officials didn't find the stunt amusing.

A 17-year-old student was arrested Monday after streaking through his high school wearing only a gorilla mask and outrunning the school principal.

Union Springs High School Principal Kimberle Ward — who said she runs three to five miles a day — couldn't catch the fleeing student, but she was able to help police identify the teen after watching a hallway surveillance camera video and interviewing students.

"There's no way anyone in the district would consider this a prank," said District Superintendent Linda Rice. "We're here to teach children, and we do have high standards."

The student, whose name was withheld by police and school officials, was charged with exposure, a violation punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a $250 fine. He also faces up to five days' suspension and possibly more severe punishment if the case goes to a hearing before the superintendent.

The student said he had been dared by friends to streak through the school, according to police.

World's Laziest Man Discovered

NEW YORK (AP) — Couch potato, thy name is Suresh.

On Friday morning, Suresh Joachim (search) broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV — 69 hours and 48 minutes.

After passing the previous record of 50 hours and 7 minutes Thursday, Joachim continued until shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning EDT.

Joachim did his TV viewing in the lobby of WABC-TV as part of the "Guinness World Record Breaker Week" on the syndicated "Live With Regis and Kelly."

Sitting on a brown leather couch, he watched nothing but ABC shows.

"I'm going to be a little tired of watching TV after this," Joachim told The Associated Press by phone during a brief break.

Rules for the couch potato honor, as stipulated by Guinness, allow for a 5-minute break every hour and a 15-minute break every 8 hours. The viewer must otherwise be constantly looking at the screen.

The hardest part, Joachim said on "Regis and Kelly," was "I couldn't watch the people" — the many waving passers-by on the street outside the ABC studio.

Joachim, who lives in Toronto but hails from Sri Lanka, now holds more than 16 Guinness records, including the longest duration balancing on one foot (76 hours, 40 minutes) and bowling for 100 hours.

He does it, he says, to raise awareness of suffering children.

Man Generates 30,000 Volts

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — In a case of hot fashion, a man released so much static electricity from his jacket that he left burn marks in the carpet of a business.

Fire officials in Victoria state said Frank Clewer had built up at least 30,000 volts of static electricity in his jacket simply by walking around the city of Warrnambool, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

He received his first shock when he walked into a local business Thursday afternoon.

"It sounded almost like a firecracker or something like that," Clewer said.

Burns less than an inch in diameter were left on the carpet where he had been standing, the report said. It did not say if Clewer was injured.

Fire officials evacuated the building, fearing the incident might trigger electrical problems, but let Clewer go, the report said.

When he got in his car, Clewer's problems continued.

"I actually scorched a piece of plastic I had on the floor of the car," he said.

Fire officials took Clewer's jacket and said it continued to give off voltage.

Pro Ball Player Cutting Off Finger to Improve Game

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — An Australian professional football player said Tuesday he plans to have one of his fingers amputated in an attempt to improve his game.

Brett Backwell (search), who plays Australian rules football for Glenelg (search), a suburb of the city of Adelaide in South Australia state, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. he has suffered from pain and restricted movement since he broke his left ring finger three years ago.

Doctors had suggested fusing the bones in the finger, but Backwell rejected the proposal.

He said he believed that amputating the finger was the only way to stop the pain and allow him to keep playing.

"To chop a finger off, that's a bit drastic," Backwell told the ABC. "But I love my footy [football], and love playing sport, and if that's going to help me to succeed at this level, then it's something you've just got to do."

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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