Bird poop facial will cost you $180 in NYC
Bird poop for beauty? That's what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop. About 100 women and men go into the Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, each month to get the treatment, which is promoted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth using an enzyme in the poop to gently exfoliate the skin. Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein, a Tokyo native married to an American, has been offering what she calls the Geisha Facial for about five years.
Time for change
Man pays with 4 tons of quarters
A southern Illinois businessman has paid off part of a court-ordered legal settlement with nearly 4 tons of quarters packed into dozens of bags. Roger Herrin of Harrisburg was ordered by an appellate court to repay $500,000 in insurance money related to a 2001 car accident in which his teenage son died. So in protest, Herrin repaid nearly a third of the money — $150,000 — with 50-pound bags of quarters he had trucked in by the Federal Reserve bank in St. Louis. Herrin says he paid in quarters because paying in pennies wasn't feasible.
If the shoe fits . . .
Police: Robber loses his sneakers
Police in central Pennsylvania are hoping to find the person who fits a pair of pink shoes he left behind after police say he accosted a woman, took $200 from her, then fled on a neon green bike. Altoona police Lt. Jeffrey Pratt tells the Altoona Mirror, "We have his shoes" — a pair of pink Adidas. Police say the suspect ran out of his shoes before hopping on a black-and-neon-green-colored BMX-style bike and peddling away.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.