Odd News -- October 20, 2008

COUPLES-SPLIT VOTES
FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) - Some New Hampshire couples aren't splitting up -- but they are splitting their votes. Sharon Turner supports Barack Obama. When a campaign sign was stolen from her yard, she didn't have to look far. She jokes her husband Paul could be a suspect. He says he didn't do it, but wasn't disappointed when it disappeared. Former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand, a Democrat, is backing Obama. His wife, Sandi Hennequin, is a Republican and supports McCain. They admit they've tried to persuade each other,but with no success.

VACUUM SEX
THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michigan police report something dirty was happening in a car wash. Officers in Thomas Township busted a man for -- quote -- "receiving sexual favors from a vacuum" at the car wash. A police sergeant says they received a complaint about suspicious activity early one morning last week. The Saginaw News reports an officer caught the man and the vac in the act. Police haven't released the name of the man arrested in the vacuum sex case.

POLICE-TATTOOS
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - There's a police cover-up in Texas. Beginning Nov. 1st, officers in Corpus Christi must keep their tattoos covered. Some officers don't like the new policy, including those who consider their military tats a badge of honor. Police Chief Bryan Smith says they're just trying to present a professional image to the public. But he says he's considering a grandfather clause for those who were tattooed years before the new ban.

BUCKYPAPER
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A paper car or plane? No, we're not talking about some kids' cutouts but something called buckypaper. It looks like old fashioned carbon paper. However, buckypaper is the product of nanotechnology made from microscopic tube-shaped carbon molecules. Researchers at Florida State University say buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger than steel. Now, it's only made in the lab at high cost and in small quantities. Researchers say they're working on manufacturing techniques to make buckypaper a commercial reality.

DOGGY BABY BOOM
FRUITVALE, Colo. (AP) - One Great Dane is big enough -- but how about 17 of them? Stephanie Pino's Great Dane had a great big litter last month. Her dog Kyla gave birth to 19 puppies, of which 16 survived. Now, those pups are 12 to 15 pounds each and growing fast. The western Colorado woman says even her vet was surprised at the size of the litter. Pino plans to offer the Great Dane pups for sale when they're old enough.

BRIDGE DAY
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Go take a flying leap off a high bridge. Hundreds of people did just that over the weekend. Once a year, skydivers are allowed to parachute from the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia. It's nearly 880 feet high. Officials say more than 400 jumpers registered to parachute off the bridge, while 22 teams of climbers signed up to rappel from its sides. Thousands more simply walked across. Organizer Cindy Dragan says this year's Bridge Day crowd was even bigger than last year's estimate of 155,000.

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


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