Odd news -- October 26, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - She's young, she's beautiful, and she was sitting on the lap of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But he's not trying to cover it up. Scalia was onstage Saturday night with the Washington National Opera. He had a non-speaking role that included Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova sitting on his lap in a dinner party scene. She put her arm around Scalia and the audience burst into applause. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also had a role as a party guest in the opera production.

NEW YORK (AP) - Tamara Duricka had her blog -- now she has her man. The New York woman launched her blog "31 Dates in 31 Days" to met new guys. She's also 31 years old and each date lasted at least 31 minutes. The final date was on Valentine's Day. But she tells the New York Post one of her prospects popped the question earlier this month. Duricka's blog has picture of her wearing her new engagement ring. Duricka says she's now busy writing a book about her dating blog and planning a wedding.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - It's a chance to get revenge for all those computer error messages. Folks fed up with technology got to take out their frustrations at Purdue University. A buck bought 30 seconds with a sledgehammer. Donors got the opportunity to pound away at computers, printers and other high-tech gear at the Indiana school Friday. Money from the event goes to an organization for Purdue students interested in computer graphics.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - See minivan -- think mom mobile. But to bears in California's Yosemite National Park a minivan means lunch. Researchers say the bears seem to know those boxes on wheels have a tasty combination of spilled juice boxes, Cheerios and coolers carrying other snacks. A study published this month says minivans are hit by hungry bears more than other types of vehicles. While the vans make up just just seven percent of the cars visiting Yosemite, they were the targets of 29 percent of bear attacks. The study is published in the Journal of Mammalogy.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - It's pink. But it's not pretty -- at least to some neighbors in West Lafayette, Ind. City inspectors told a property manager that a rental house needed a facelift. BK Management got a deal on pink paint but some people in the area say the new color scheme now devalues their property. The neighbors could be out of luck. The city zoning code doesn't cover color. But the students who live in the pink house don't seem to mind. They say the colorful house makes it easy for them to give directions.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - It's a zombie attack. But the zombie wasn't doing the attacking. Police in Iowa City report a man was hit after someone called him a zombie. The assault happened early yesterday morning, at a restaurant near the University of Iowa campus. Police say the man who was ordering was called a zombie by another patron, who then slugged him in the eye. Police say the man was punched again when tried to call police on his cell phone. The attacker ran out the back door. The victim was treated at a hospital for a broken nose.

by Jamie Friar

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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