Saturday, November 22, 2008

Weekend Offbeat News

Two-Faced Kitten Born in Australia

A kitten with two faces that meows out of both mouths at the same time was born this week near Perth, Western Australia.

The kitten was delivered in a vet's operating room after its mother had complications with the birth. The two-faced feline was one of three in a litter and appears to be doing well.

It hasn't got a name yet, but the owner is thinking of calling it Quasi Modo, according to local news Web site

Veterinarian George Huber and nurse Louisa Burgess delivered the kitten. Burgess said that in her 12-year career' she had never seen a two-faced cat.

"I have seen cats with two tails and extra legs, but not this," she said.

City Owed $3.4 Million In Library Fines

Book borrowers owe the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library $3.4 million in unpaid fines, a debt that experts said is "mind-boggling."

Library officials say the fines date back to 1984. The figures come from a City of Stockton, Calif. audit released this week.

In response to the audit, library officials said they are making changes, including lowering to $9.99 the amount a borrower can owe before being cut off, and to $24.99 the debt level that qualifies for transfer to a collection agency.

Herbert Snyder, a professor of accounting at North Dakota State University who has written about library finances, said upon learning of the debt that "my eyes are sort of spinning."

Karolina Kurkova Named World's Sexiest Woman

Karolina Kurkova beat out the hottest actresses, models, and singers in the world for the title of "World's Sexiest Woman."

E! Entertainment Television bestowed the lofty honor on the leggy Czech lingerie model, noting the globalization of sexiness represented by its World's Sexiest Top 10 List.

"Far from being a U.S.-centric list, you'll find a face, and body, from six continents," E! said in a strange statement.

The "World's Second Sexiest Woman" went to Israeli model, and current Leonardo DiCaprio main squeeze, Bar Rafaeli. Former Leonardo DiCaprio main squeeze Gisele Bundchen came in fourth.

One can only hope that, should Kurkova be unable to fulfill her duties as "World's Sexiest," Rafaeli will be able to sufficiently amp up her sexiness, and take over Kurkova's sexy responsibilities.

That would be the sexy thing to do.

Following, then, are the "World's Sexiest Top 10," as ranked by E!:

1. Karolina Kurkova

2. Bar Rafaeli

3. Angelina Jolie

4. Gisele Bundchen

5. Scarlett Johansson

6. Adriana Lima

7. Heidi Klum

8. Penelope Cruz

9. Manuela Arcuri

10. Shakira

Dr Pepper to Deliver On Its Free-Soda Promise

Dr Pepper is making good on its promise of free soda now that the release of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" is a reality.

The soft-drink maker said in March that it would give a free soda to everyone in America if the album dropped in 2008. "Chinese Democracy," infamously delayed since recording began in 1994, goes on sale Sunday.

"We never thought this day would come," Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper's vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "But now that it's here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us."

Beginning Sunday at 12:01 a.m., coupons for a free 20-ounce soda will be available for 24 hours on Dr Pepper's Web site. They'll be honored until Feb. 28.

Dr Pepper is owned by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.

Elvis Lives? Self-Proclaimed Half Sister Says DNA Proves It

A woman in Ohio says Elvis is still alive, and she has the DNA to prove it.

Six years after a doctor claimed he was treating Elvis Presley in 2002, could new DNA evidence finally prove it's true?

Fox News spoke to the woman who claims she is Elvis's half sister after she says DNA we received from the man claiming he is Elvis matched her own DNA, and DNA from Elvis's family members.

Sorry, but I have to say it -

"'Hank ya, 'hank ya, vury muh."


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