This Idol Really Knows How to Sweat

While Americans tuned in to the 'American Idol' final Tuesday night, residents of Nepal kept an eye on an idol of their own.

Hundreds have flocked to a shrine several hours from Kathmandu to view a Hindu idol that has been "sweating," a signal of impending doom, Reuters reports.

The image of the god Bhimeshwor broke into two sweats Saturday, according to reports.

"I saw the right side of the black stone idol had become wet because of sweating," said Shanta Krishna Shrestha, chairman of a committee responsible for maintaining the temple. "This denotes something like major political change or a natural calamity."

Devotees have begun prayers and sacrifices before the idol, whose sweating habit is said to foretell a sign of turmoil or natural disaster.

"We must hold special prayers and make sacrifices asking for forgiveness," Shrestha said.

The idol reportedly broke out in cold sweat in 2001, months before Nepal's King Birendra and eight other royals were gunned down by the then crown prince, who eventually killed himself, Reuters reported.

Other reports said the idol's perspiration has also forecasted earthquakes in 1934 and 1989.

Were That It Were Only a Dream

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Michael Lusher apparently is a sound sleeper.

A small-caliber bullet struck the 37-year-old Huntington man in the head as he slept Sunday morning, but he didn't realize it until he awoke nearly four hours later and noticed blood coming from his head, said Cpl. R.H. McQuaid of the Cabell County Sheriff's Department.

The bullet that struck him was one of five that someone sprayed across his mobile home and truck in Huntington's Altizer neighborhood at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday, McQuaid said. The one the struck Lusher apparently lost velocity as it traveled through two walls.

"We're just glad he didn't suffer any life-threatening injuries with a head wound," he said.

Lusher came home from a night on the town about an hour before he was shot while lying in bed, McQuaid said.

His condition was not immediately available Monday.

The Splendors of Lawlessness Tend to Get You in Trouble

PHOENIX (AP) — A state official claimed on his MySpace page that he volunteers to help children only to indoctrinate them in the "splendors of lawlessness," but says it was a joke intended only for his friends, not the public.

"It's exactly the opposite of me as a person," said Dennis Seavers, executive director of the state fingerprinting board, of his profile on the popular networking site. "If I had known that the public would see it, I never would have done it."

But Sen. Linda Gray said she was troubled by his page and still had questions after speaking with him Monday.

"To me this is a sick joke," said Gray, a Republican who works on legislative issues about law enforcement. "I have a concern about what he wrote about himself and whether there needs to be professional evaluation of his behavior because he such a high responsibility as director of the fingerprinting board."

The small executive-branch agency considers appeals from prospective teachers and others required to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks.

Seavers' page said that he lived "a quiet daytime life as a state employee" but that his friends knew him "as wild debauchery, interested in self-promotion and enrichment. And by enrichment, I mean money. None of this self-esteem crap."

It continued, "Though afflicted by dipsomania, I stroll through crowds under the guise of sobriety. I volunteer as a Big Brother, only to indoctrinate children in the gothic splendors of lawlessness."

Gov. Janet Napolitano's spokeswoman said she was unaware of Seavers' page and had no immediate comment.

Seavers said Monday that he had canceled his account. Accessed late Monday, the page was up with a note: "This profile is set to private. This user must add you as a friend to see his/her profile."

Man's European Vacation More National Moon Than Lampoon

BERLIN (AP) — A 41-year-old American tourist on a sightseeing tour of Germany streaked through a historic city's center, apparently just to see what it was like to be naked in Nuremberg.

People who were treated to the Monday afternoon spectacle were less than impressed and pointed the streaking sprinter out to nearby traffic police, who took the man into custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The man, whose name was not released, was told to put his clothes back on and was ordered to pay a fine of $270, police said.

The tourist was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and told officers that he had not known streaking was illegal in Germany and that he just wanted to see what it was like, police said.

So Many Dates and Yet So Little Information About the Identity Thief

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Talk about desperate for a date.

Apparently unable to steal anyone's heart the usual ways, someone stole a woman's credit card and charged $1,400 for a computer and for various dating services.

Police Sgt. Dirk Blackmer said the charges were made between May 1 and Friday.

He said the thief's identity was unknown.

Compiled by's Sara Bonisteel.

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