Page 3 Girls Add New Twist to Topless Charity

Forget about taking it all off. Britain's Page 3 girls are piling it all on for that nation's latest charity calendar.

The Sun of London reports that its Page 3 girls — famous for greeting morning commuters with a flash and a grin — have posed for a breast cancer charity calendar.

But aficionados take note: This calendar is strictly a G-rated affair.

"Calendar Girls Get Dressed for Breakthrough Breast Cancer" is a glossy ode to the well-clothed hausfrau, with the normally nippy models sweltering under piles of woolen socks, sweaters and mittens.

"I was told the house was going to be freezing, but it was boiling," said Rhian, who as Miss October complements her assets with carved pumpkins and a meat cleaver.

Other British beauties struggle with teapots, flower arrangement and painting for the calendar, which is available online

And though they've now flirted with demure, the Page 3 ladies seem to prefer frolicking under no cover but spotlight.

"I think I'll stick to wearing less," Rhian said.

America Gives World 'Truthiness,' Germans Counter With 'Grief Bacon'

Spanglish watch out. Germans are sick to death of "Denglisch" and they're not going to take it anymore.

If this European nation has its way, the EU Observer reports, words like "fachidiot" and "kummerspeck" will be coming soon to a conversation near you.

For years, German language experts have complained about "Denglisch" — English words avidly adopted by the German populace — so now they're ready to pass along a few Deutsch gems to the Heartland.

The Goethe Institute announced the winner of a contest Dec. 8 for the German word that would best improve the English language. The winner? "Fachidiot," which roughly translated means "idiot of your own subject," the paper reported.

The winning entry beat out "kummerspeck" or "grief bacon," used to describe "excessive weight gain caused by emotional-related overeating" and the expression "quatsch," which is even more fun to exclaim when you know it means "nonsense."

It may take some time, however, before the nice gals of Boise let loose with a breathy "backpfeifengesicht."

After all, it's not everyday you see "a face that makes you want to slap it."

Meowing Was the Case That They Gave Him

JEANNETTE, Pa. (AP) — You could say it was the purr-fect ending a 14-year-old boy wanted.

A judge on Monday dismissed a harassment charge against the teenager, who was accused of repeatedly "meowing" at his neighbor, 78-year-old Alexandra Carasia. The judge reprimanded the boy, telling him he was immature and should have used better judgment, but decided no criminal charges were warranted.

The boy's family and Carasia do not get along. The boy's mother said the family got rid of their cat after Carasia complained to police it used her flower garden as a litter box.

The boy said he only meowed at the woman twice; Carasia testified that he did so every time he saw her.

The judge heard the case Aug. 22, but decided to wait 90 days before ruling to see how the boy and Carasia got along.

Carasia was satisfied with the reprimand.

"I'm just glad he at least reprimanded him," she said. "He used to be a good boy. It has done emotional harm to me. ... I was the one who was tortured."

The boy's mother said the case should have been dismissed in August.

Texas Weighs Sights for the Blind

A state lawmaker wants to make sure no Texan is left out when it comes to hunting, even if the hunter is legally blind.

Rep. Edmund Kuempel, a Seguin Republican, has filed a bill for the 2007 legislative session that would allow legally blind hunters to use a laser sight, or lighted pointing instrument. The devices are forbidden for sighted hunters.

Blind hunters would also have to have a sighted hunter along with them, but they could hunt any game that sighted people can hunt in the same seasons and using the same weapons.

"This opens up the fun of hunting to additional people, and I think that's great," Kuempel said.

Visually impaired people are able to shoot with the aid of a sighted person, he said.

"I've seen this on TV before, when they're taking target practice," Kuempel said. "When they aim the gun the guide tells them, aim two inches higher or two inches lower and you're on the target, and you're off and running."

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which regulates hunting in Texas, currently does not have a definition of what constitutes a legally blind hunter. Kuempel's bill would give the agency until Jan. 1, 2008, to come up with a definition so that the law could be enforced.

The hunter would have to carry proof that he or she is legally blind.

Kuempel's bill would amend the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code.

Under existing law, the use of laser sights, spotlights and headlights is strictly prohibited in all Texas hunting.

The Texas Legislature convenes Jan. 9 for its 140-day session. Lawmakers have been busy since November filing proposed legislation on an array of subjects. The Legislature meets every two years in regular session.

'Oh, Christmas Pee, Oh, Christmas Pee'

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — While many Christmas trees sparkle with tinsel and lights during the holiday season, some reek of fox urine or wear a splatter of pink stain.

A surge in Christmas tree poaching has forced growers and property owners to take action. Smelly, discolored trees are less likely to be cut and dragged off by thieves, they say.

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for example, evergreens are sprayed with a fox urine mixture and tagged with a warning to discourage tree thieves.

"It is a strong odor, and it smells just like what it is," said Kirby Baird, a landscape manager at the school.

When the tree is out in the cold, the smell isn't noticeable, Baird said. But once the tree is inside and starts to warm up...

"It's nasty," he said.

Live Christmas trees have made a resurgence with consumers in the past three years, said Rick Dungey of the National Christmas Tree Association. While no one tracks the number of thefts, some believe the increased demand has fueled pine pilfering.

Tree poaching once was a problem at Washington State University, which has more than 150 evergreen, spruce and fir trees on campus.

"We did have a lot of trees cut for Christmas trees, either entire small trees or tops of large trees," said grounds supervisor Kappy Brun.

The poaching all but stopped after groundskeepers began to spray campus trees with the oily, odorous liquid produced by skunks.

While Nebraska and Washington fought tree poachers with odor, Cornell University made their trees less appealing as Christmas decorations.

Workers there painted trees with "ugly mix" — a solution of hydrated lime and red food coloring developed by one of Cornell's veteran gardeners. The result: fluorescent pink trees. The mix stays on trees for about a month before fading, and is credited with saving dozens of evergreens over the years.

"Ugly mix" received widespread publicity and eventually was used by New York's Department of Transportation.

"I have gotten calls from Christmas tree growers and from more homeowners and landscapers, and they want to know what do we do," said Donna Levy, plant health care coordinator at Cornell Plantation, who said the university isn't recommending the mix, just sharing its strategy.

Cornell isn't using the pink goop this year because it sometimes is slow to fade.

"We thought we would go a year and see what happens," Levy said.

Dave Velozo, who owns a nursery near Harrisburg, Pa., recently lost a rare blue Sierra redwood to a tree poacher.

A jagged three-foot stump is all that remains of a 13-foot tree, which Velozo said he had nurtured for the past 15 years.

"Somebody must have seen it over the years and decided, 'Hey, this will look good in my trailer,"' he said.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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