Odd News -- November 4, 2008

VOTING PERKS
UNDATED (AP) - From coffee to doughnuts, you could be enjoying an Election Day freebie. Starbucks is promising a free cup of brewed coffee to anyone who asks today. The promotion was going to be restricted to voters. But the company learned that some state election laws forbid that sort of offer. So, coffee's on house at Starbucks. Krispy Kreme will be giving away star-shaped doughnuts, with red, white and blue sprinkles. Ben and Jerry's is offering a free scoop of ice cream to each customer. The company calls it a "national party" to celebrate the election.

BEER-ELECTION DAY
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Voters in one Utah city will be able to cast their ballots -- and buy a beer today. The St. George City Council voted last week to suspend the ban on Election Day beer sales in restaurants. The city attorney notes the state had already lifted a ban on Election Day booze. But the city ordinance remained in effect. The city attorney says without the local change, restaurant patrons could have ordered a margarita, but not a beer.

MONEY RETURNED
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Bill Vint Junior says he almost didn't turn around when he spotted something while riding his bike. It turns out it was a bank deposit bag in the road. Vint didn't expect to find anything when he unzipped it. But he was wrong. The money bag was filled with $450 in cash and checks. It also had a deposit slip. So, Vint was able to return all that dough to a St. George, Utah, pizza parlor. The manager didn't even realize the bag was missing and is amazed to get it back.

BELGIUM-SMELLY ART
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) - Artist Jan Fabre's work stinks. And that's not an artistic critique. The conceptual artist has an exhibit at a contemporary art museum in Antwerp, Belgium, called "Spring is on its way." It consists of onions and potatoes hanging from the ceiling in condoms. Now, those hanging veggies are rotting. Museum officials say the smelly art will stay up until next spring.

CAVES FOR SALE
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - It's a deep deal. Steve Rush is offering his caves for sale on eBay. The Mystic Caverns are in the hills of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. The 28-acre property includes a gift shop and three caves, two of which are safe enough for visitors. Rush says bidding starts at just under $900,000. He's already cut his asking price from $1.2 million. Rush says he wants to sell the caves to become involved in Christian ministries. He adds he's tried of trying to entertain people.

AIRPLANE ARRESTS
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) - Hey, baby -- wanna see a plane? A late-night visit to an airplane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has landed a Michigan couple in trouble. A 22-year-old airplane cleaner was busted for bringing his girlfriend aboard a Northwest Airlines plane. An airport spokesman says the young man apparently was trying to impress his 18-year-old girlfriend. The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the couple was caught on camera and arrested for breaching security.

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


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