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Published March 29, 2007




The Israeli political party Green Leaf advocates the legalization of marijuana. But the Jerusalem Post reports that even the Green Leafs are against pot on Passover. "You shouldn't smoke marijuana on the holiday, and if you have it in your house you should get rid of it," said spokeswoman Michelle Levine. Unless, she points out, you are a Sephardic Jew. They never adopted edicts against hemp, so there's no reason they can't smoke on the holiday. Except that it's still illegal and all, but otherwise, go for it.


A love so strong, it needs some bombs

A court in Bosnia has found Mladen Kragulj guilty of planting five explosives around the town of Mostar in January, Agence France-Presse reports. No surprise, since he confessed. But the court took it easy on Kragulj, giving the 54-year-old 10 months in prison and a $2,500 fine, because he did it for love. He has admitted planting the bombs in an effort to convince his girlfriend that Mostar was a dangerous city and that she should return to be with him in the bucolic confines of Prijedor. The punch line: It worked. The unidentified woman has agreed to marry him.


Need a parakeet? Seattle has plenty

A day after we learned that the guy in North Carolina had 77 sheep living downstairs comes the tale of an unidentified Seattle man with 110 parakeets in his apartment. "You could hear the noise from the street," animal control officer Neil Deruyter said, without specifically mentioning from how far away you could smell it. The man says he tried to give the birds to a shelter, but was told most would be euthanized, so he kept them. No charges are expected because he is cooperating. Animal services said it will adopt the birds out.


Snow angels

Guinness World Records has confirmed that the 8,962 snow angels created in Bismarck, N.D., on Feb. 17, above, are a record. Which generated some smack-talk in the Legislature. "If anybody wants to challenge (the record), bring 'em on," said state Sen. Dick Dever, as the body approved a resolution celebrating the feat. Next, the bill becomes the most important thing for the House to consider.

Sheep guy

David Watts of Apex, N.C., faces 30 counts of cruelty to animals after that many of the 77 sheep found in his home were euthanized because of health problems. In an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer, Watts said he has raised sheep for more than a decade and didn't see a big deal in keeping them in his house. "It's like in Florida, you can swim with the dolphins. If you can get sheep to follow you, it might be a similar experience." Uh, yeah, it may be.

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