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The skinny: Birthday girl vanishes, but party rocks


Birthday girl vanishes, but party rocks

Better check your Facebook settings before posting a party invitation online. A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers, some on horses, were needed to keep the crowd under control. Eleven people were temporarily detained, one police officer was injured, dozens of girls wearing flip-flops cut their feet on broken glass, and firefighters had to extinguish two small fires at the 16th birthday party in Hamburg, police spokesman Mirko Streiber said Sunday. The birthday girl, identified only as Thessa, went into hiding, Streiber said, but "nonetheless the party was a hit."

tea, anyone?

After surgery, she sounds like queen

Karen Butler has a British-sounding accent, but she has never been to Europe. She woke up from dental surgery one day talking funny. A year and a half later her "foreign" accent remains. The 56-year-old tax consultant from Toledo, Ore., had all her top teeth and front bottom teeth removed in November 2009 because of gingivitis. That left her with dentures and — depending on whom you ask — an Eastern European, Swedish or British accent. Butler has been on the Today show and has told her story to more than a dozen other TV shows, newspapers and radio stations from Europe to Australia. "There's nothing wrong with having an accent," she said.

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Now, class starts minus wet clothes

Dozens of poor children in a Philippine village no longer have to swim to school while straining to hold their books above the water. A blogger who learned how children from Layag-layag village struggled to reach school raised money through Facebook to provide boats to the community in the southern Philippines. Until Monday, the children had to swim and wade through about a mile of chest-deep water to reach school when they could not hitch a ride on boats. "It's an inspiring story. They saw the school as the only way out of poverty," blogger Jay Jaboneta said.

she was right there

Forgetting where he left his wife

When a Swedish sailor realized his wife had drowned, he called emergency services. When they found him and his drifting boat near Kalmar off the south coast of Sweden, they soon discovered she was never on the boat but was safe on land, the newspaper Barometern Oskarshamns-Tidningen reported. After the unnamed man failed a Breathalyzer test, police arrested him for sailing while intoxicated.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources

The skinny: Birthday girl vanishes, but party rocks

06/06/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 9:25pm]
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