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Moscow billboard gets drivers' undivided attention

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billboard gets drivers' undivided attention

Late-night commuters on one of Moscow's busiest roads were left wondering what the heck someone was trying to sell as they drove past a 30-foot-by-20-foot electronic billboard on Thursday. But whatever they were selling, drivers expressed their interest by slowing to a crawl to watch. Turns out, the two-minute clip wasn't an ad at all, but a clip from a porn video. That explains it. And people slowed because it was a pivotal scene to the plot of the movie, no doubt. Some people reported that they were shocked by what they saw, including Alyona Prokulatova, who said she was "so shocked that I couldn't even shoot video or take a picture of it." Wow! That is shocked. The sign's owner says that it is totally blameless and that it was assuredly the work of a hacker.

Scottish man just hates his clothes

Stephen Gough, 50, was found guilty on Tuesday of breaching the peace. Specifically what he did was, upon exiting the prison in Perth, Scotland, in December, he disrobed and began walking around naked. He had just spent a year in the prison for . . . let's see . . . here it is: walking around naked. This is something Gough does a lot, apparently. In 2003, he walked across Britain, naked, and was arrested 15 times and spent 140 nights in jail. He also took his clothes off on a plane. "This is about individual freedom," he told the Daily Telegraph. For his court date, he wore, well, nothing. The judge said he would grant Gough bail if he came to court clothed, but Gough declined. It is unclear what Gough wears during his time in jail.

Liquid discouragement

Trendy drinkers bitter over shortage

There is a global shortage of Angostura bitters, and there is nowhere that that is a bigger problem than Manhattan. Why? Because Angostura bitters is a key ingredient in the borough's homonymous cocktail, the Manhattan. "People should drink the Manhattans while they can," said William Tigertt, owner of Freemans Restaurant in Manhattan. "All the distributors are out and rationing bottles." The shortage is due to a dispute with a bottler in Trinidad, reports the New York Post. Production is expected to return to normal by February.


Don't tell his family, but he won lottery

Here is what we know about the winner of a $325,000 Irish Lottery jackpot: He is a man from Lancashire, England. He is a Manchester United fan. In his late 40s. Married. His winning numbers were 3-15-21-29-38. That's about it. We don't know his name. And the reason we don't know his name, according to the Lancashire Evening Post, is because if we knew his name, then his family would know he won. And that was the last thing he wanted to have happen. "He says he will not be telling his family of the win but will spend much of the winnings on home improvements," said a spokesman for the agency that sold him the ticket.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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