Odd News

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - "Barack Obama" loses -- in Brazil. At least eight "Barack Obamas" who were running in Brazilian local elections have lost. Brazilian law allows candidates to put any name on the ballot as long as it isn't offensive. This time around, a number of candidates chose "Barack Obama." One of those candidates was running for mayor in a town on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He says the name of the American presidential contender opened doors for him. But official election records show he didn't get a single vote. Maybe he should have tried "John McCain."

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - Deputies want to bust the bra bandit. Authorities in Lee County report the crook has struck again in southwest Florida. This time, 160 bras were swiped from a Victoria Secret store. The lacy underthings are worth nearly $6,000. Since February, authorities say more than 45 bras have been taken from area Victoria Secrets. Investigators say in the most recent bra-napping, a female customer is suspected of stuffing the underwear in a bag while employees were busy.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Silvio has an eagle eye -- for phony ID's. He's known to generations of University of Michigan students as the bouncer at Dominick's. He's been manning the door at the Ann Arbor bar since the mid 1960s. Silvio refuses to give his last name. So far this year, he says he's snagged at least 29 fake ID's. silvio says he's out to help underage students, by keeping them out of trouble. He tells The Michigan Daily newspaper many of the former students comeback to see him, years after they graduate.

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - They aren't beach bunnies anymore. But they're still surfing. Five female surfers of a certain age call themselves the Duchesses. After all, older males surfers are known as dukes. The youngest of the Duchesses just turned 50. They gathered recently to catch some waves at Starfish Point, near Newport, Oregon. Tina Brush tells the Oregonian newspaper being a senior surfer has some advantages. She says because of her hot flashes she doesn't need to wear a wetsuit hood to keep warm.

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Some Massachusetts parishioners can pray
with their pups. Reverend Rachel Bickford is inviting pet owners to bring their four legged friends to her "Woof 'n' Worship" services, at the Pilgrim Congregational Church. Bickford says she got the idea while reading the Bible, with her own dogs at her feet. Bickford says all breeds are welcome, as long as they're on a leash.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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