Odd News -- November 3, 2008

LAND O' LAKES, Fla. (AP) - If some Florida voters have their way -- it won't be just the chads that are hanging. People in a nudist community on Florida's west coast want to be able to vote in the buff. The Caliente Resorts, north of Tampa, would like a clothing-optional polling place. There's nothing like a no shirts, no pants, no vote law in Florida. But the county supervisor of elections says he's opposed to creating new precincts, before redistricting in 2010.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - First there was Obama the senator, then Obama the candidate. Now, "Obama the Musical." The play opened in Nairobi, Kenya, last night. But director George Orido isn't making any predictions on how tomorrow's election will turn out. The play ends with Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination. Kenyan actors also play John McCain and President Bush. Obama's family has Kenyan roots and Orido says the senator's story is a message Kenyans need.

DENVER (AP) - There's no escaping politics. Yesterday, a plane flew over Invesco Field in Denver, pulling a banner saying "McCain is a Raiders Fan." Of course, the Oakland Raiders are AFC West rivals of the Broncos. The liberal group ProgressNow hired the plane, in response to plans of John McCain supporters to hold a "hibachi tailgate" party in a stadium parking lot. Invesco Field is also where Barack Obama gave his speech accepting the Democratic nomination.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Your home and your 401K retirement fund aren't the only things losing value during these tough times. Just be glad you don't have Cincinnati Bengals season tickets. After the Bengals's dismal 0-8 start, many people have been trying to unload their tickets. Some seats are going for pennies on the dollar, other season ticket holders are giving them away. John Raines of Louisa, Ky. got a pair of $82 tickets for free. He and his wife made the three-hour drive to see yesterday's game. At least it was worth it. The Bengals won their first game of the season, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-19.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Twinkies are going on a diet. Hostess is introducing 100-calorie Twinkie snack packs in stores across the country today. David Leavitt is a V.P. of Hostess owner Interstate Bakeries. He says the 100-calorie "Twinkie Bites" are the real thing. He says there are three, miniature round Twinkies in each snack pack. The new mini Twinkies join the Hostess line-up of 100-calorie packs, which include cupcakes, muffins and coffee cakes.

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Marriage can be really scary -- at least to newlyweds Tracy Fox and Nick Adams. They tied the knot in a Waterbury, Conn. tattoo parlor on Halloween. The couple dressed for the occasion, as their favorite characters from "The Return of the Living Dead." The justice of the peace got in on the act, wearing a witch costume. The newlyweds even got new tattoos as part of the ceremony. She chose the word "werewolf" across her knuckles. He had "wormfood" tattooed on his. They also exchanged plastic Frankenstein rings.

by Jamie Friar

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

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