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Can monocles make a fashion comeback?

Those Brits …

Can monocles make a fashion comeback?

A British chain of opticians is to start selling monocles after an unexpected spate of requests for them. Vision Express said most of the requests have come from young men wanting to ape the fashion of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers. Chief executive Bryan Magrath said: "We're as puzzled as anyone by the interest, but we're a responsive retailer and we are delivering. I guess it's one of those inexplicable fashion things." Monocles were very popular before World War II but have almost completely gone out of fashion. "We've read about the return of the tie to the modern wardrobe as men dress to impress again. I'm not convinced that a monocle is going to clinch the deal at a job interview, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't a conversation starter," Magrath said.

Breakfast in bed

Man prefers grits as single serving

A Louisiana woman faces a charge of second-degree battery for getting back at her sleeping boyfriend after a fight. The man told deputies in St. Charles Parish near New Orleans that he came home from work on Nov. 7 and got into an argument with 44-year-old Carolyn Brown. He told her that he was breaking up with her and then went to bed. Bad move, as Brown poured a pot of boiling grits over him, causing second-degree burns on the man's face and arms. No word on whether she made the grits specifically to hurt the man.

United Parcel saint

Brown can find your cash, return it

A UPS driver's unscheduled delivery in New Jersey has made one retailer very grateful. John Piontkowski spotted a bank bag in the middle of the road while he was making deliveries in Randolph. Inside, he found $5,200 and a Bank of America deposit slip showing the money came from Stuyvesant Liquors in Jersey City. The driver took the money to the bank. Store owner Don Knaus says he and his wife were running errands Wednesday and lost track of the money, which somehow landed in the road near their home. As they searched, their bank called to say the money had been found. The driver says the store owner gave him "a very nice reward."

Got milk?

Facebook lifts ban on dairy ads

Until Friday, social-networking giant Facebook had banned certain items from promotions: gambling, tobacco, firearms, prescription drugs, gasoline and dairy. "It's dumbfounding, and just plain dumb," said Center for Consumer Freedom research director David Martosko. "Does Facebook believe cottage cheese and yogurt should be controlled substances? Ice cream isn't combustible, flammable, or addictive, and it doesn't shoot projectiles." Martosko said. Facebook said the ban would be adjusted to only prohibit giving away dairy as a prize because of state laws.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

Can monocles make a fashion comeback? 12/11/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2009 11:01pm]
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