Friday, December 15, 2006

Holiday Briefs

ELGIN, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s a Christmas Grinch at the Elgin, Illinois, Post Office. That’s because a letter written by a 4-year-old boy to “Santa Claus: North Pole,” has been returned and marked “Return To Sender, Insufficient Address.” The letter was mailed by the boy’s grandma who has sent similar letters in the past to Santa with no problem. The letter was taken back by the post office and the staff assured the child that his letter would get to St. Nick before Christmas.

LONDON – The meaning of Christmas can’t be found in a card this season. According to a study by the British newspaper The Daily Mail, out of 5,500 Christmas cards, fewer than 70 made any references to the birth of Jesus. In fact, many of the cards avoided any Christmas images at all – not even Santa or Christmas trees.

CHESHIRE, England – A group of teenagers in Cheshire, England, thought it would be fun to throw stones and potted plants at Santa Claus when he came to visit an autistic girl at her home. Santa and his helpers were passing out presents as part of an annual charity event in the posh area. The incident prompted the girl’s mother to ask, “Who’d have thought Santa would need security?”
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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

SYDNEY (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You should always flush your toilet. One woman in Sydney, Australia, learned this lesson the hard way when a 7-foot-long python snake was pulled out of her toilet bowl by a plumber hired to fix her blocked toilet. Wildlife workers quickly came to the home and pulled the fat, healthy snake out of the septic tank. Authorities plan to release it back into the wild.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – One man’s trash is another’s treasure – literally. One thrift-store worker in Grand Forks, North Dakota, found nearly $7,000 in $100 bills when checking the pockets of a donated jacket and money belt that was going to be sold. Shirley Meagher unzipped the belt and pulled out a bunch of $100 bills which she reported to police. Turns out, the coat belonged to a man who died last month and was donated to the thrift store by friends cleaning out his apartment. The family of the coat’s owner is being tracked down and should receive the lump sum.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Talk about a prize-winning buck. One hunter in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, killed his most unusual buck when he ran over it with his truck. The buck had nub antlers, seven legs, and both male and female reproductive organs. The freak of nature’s extra legs were said to resemble “crab pinchers” and after photos of the odd buck were taken the hunter skinned and ate the venison meat from the animal saying, “ was tasty.”

LARGO, Fla. – Big records come in small packages according to Brandy the Chihuahua who is the Guinness record-holding “World’s Smallest Dog.” Brandy is a mere six inches long, weighs less than two pounds and isn’t allowed on furniture for fear she’ll fall and break in two. The puny pup’s owner carries Brandy around in a sheepskin-lined purse and dresses her in a tiny Hawaiian dress and says Brandy is so small, you have to pet the pooch with only your thumb and forefinger.

SALISBURY, Md. – A teacher in Salisbury, Maryland, is under investigation for telling three eighth graders to pee in bottles instead of going to the bathroom. Apparently, the school requires teachers to escort kids to the restroom. Instead of walking the boys to the bathroom, the teacher told them to just pee in a soda bottle – which they did.
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most women would love to film a sex scene with Matt Damon but Angelina Jolie believes “there’s something unhealthy or not normal about it.” Jolie tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that she found doing the sex scene with Damon for the upcoming drama, The Good Shepherd, difficult because, as she puts it, “it’s actually one of those moments where you kind of just really don’t feel this should be part of my job....Especially when our kids play together.” For the record, Jolie admits her boyfriend, Brad Pitt, and Damon’s wife, Lucy, couldn’t have cared less.

HOLLYWOOD – George Clooney had a hard time directing AND starring in his new film, The Good German, but his biggest concern was a fight scene with Tobey Maguire. He tells Jeanne Wolf that he’s still recovering from injuries sustained while filming Syriana and had to be careful about his movements. Thus, when filming the big fight, he admits that all he could think of was “This is like a very old Batman going up against a fiesty young Spidey.”

HOLLYWOOD – George Clooney admits it’s a burden being declared People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” but he’s trying to deal with it. According to Jeanne Wolf, Clooney says pressure is starting to weigh heavy on him but he says he will hold on to the honor for another year before passing it on to his friend, Matt Damon.

HOLLYWOOD – George Clooney is a hero to the folks who run the hotel near his villa on Italy’s Lake Como. Seems that Clooney’s place is so often suspected as the site of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s impending wedding that the hotel is book solid from November through March – when the hotel usually shuts down. Clooney admits to Jeanne Wolf that he likes to tease the paparazzi who fly around the villa by having a friend who lives there set up tables and chairs on the lawn.

HOLLYWOOD – Beyonce Knowles plays one of three bickering singers in Dreamgirls but she says the plot has nothing to do with her relationship with her fellow former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. She tells Jeanne Wolf that even though the band has broken up, the three are all friends who vacation together and remember each other’s birthdays.

HOLLYWOOD – Jessica Biel is becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest young actresses, but don’t expect her to get wild and crazy like Lindsay Lohan. She tells Jeanne Wolf: “My parents would really kick my ass if they heard I was treating people any differently.”

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