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The skinny

Published June 15, 2007


On creepy camera

Tenants are clean, but just a little gullible

If your landlord gives you advice on which direction to face when you are showering ... wait, do we really even need to finish that sentence? Apparently, yes. According to Malaysia's New Straits Times, a group of women renting apartments owned by the same man in Kuala Lumpur needed a second hint that something was really weird about the landlord. That second hint was the flickering red light coming out of the black oval in the wall across from the shower. One woman got a ladder to take a closer look, and you'll never guess what she found! It also explained the landlord's long trips to the bathroom each month when he picked up the rent checks ... and videotape.

Low-speed chase

Follow that crook! And step on it!

In a scene two actors short of a buddy-cop flick, police in Hereford, England, commandeered a pedicab to chase down a fugitive from justice. Officers Sue Beament and Ann-Marie Rosier got Ben Matthews to give them a ride as they chased a man who had jumped bail. Fellow pedicabbie Will Vaughan saw the chase and helped. Soon he and Matthews caught up to the man, and Beament and Rosier apprehended him. "We got our man, " Vaughan said.

He's got the blues

In a lobster lottery, he's the winner

Yes, that's a blue lobster. And no, there was no spray paint or any other kind of artificial coloring involved. This is just how Steve Hatch, above, and his uncle Robert Green pulled it out of the Thames River in New London, Conn., last weekend. Apparently, about one in every 3-million lobsters is a crazy shade of blue because of excessive protein. "I've heard about them, but this is the first one I've ever seen, " Hatch said. The 1 1/2-pounder doesn't have to get nervous if someone breaks out the butter, though. It will live out its days with two other true blues in the Mystic Aquarium. Oh, and there is no aesthetic reason to cook it. It would just turn red.

A bill of goods

Granny's gift is fake, but there's a note

A 19-year-old German man was arrested on charges of trying to spend a counterfeit 100-euro note. He was pretty surprised, because it was a graduation gift from his grandmother. "He couldn't believe she had been involved in counterfeiting money, " the police said in a statement. Well, turns out there was an explanation, according to Reuters. Granny had sent a note, that went unnoticed in the glare of a cash prize. The note said: "I will transfer the real 100 euros to your account, here is a copy."

Compiled by staff writer Jim Webster from Times wire services and other sources.

[Last modified June 15, 2007, 13:29:54]

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