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The skinny: Dog in Germany gives birth to 17 puppies

puppy love at 17

She knows how Cruella De Vil feels — almost

A dog in Germany has given birth to 17 puppies, leaving their owner thrilled but fatigued after having to feed them with a bottle for several weeks because their mother couldn't cope with the demand. Owner Ramona Wegemann said Monday she barely slept for more than a couple of minutes without interruption during about four weeks in an "exhausting" struggle to make sure all of the purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback puppies would survive. Wegemann's dog Etana gave birth to eight females and nine males over 26 hours on Sept. 28 in Ebereschenhof, which is near Berlin. Etana gave birth to eight puppies in her first pregnancy, not uncommon for the dog's breed, Wegemann said. She hopes to get about $1,315 per dog, but will only give them to families with children, not breeders.

for the kids

An old alcohol myth is debunked

Dr. Peter Lommer Kristensen of the Hillerod (Denmark) Hospital took it upon himself to investigate an old Danish myth that it is possible to get drunk by immersing your feet in alcohol. To keep college students from wasting their time on the theory, he and two colleagues jumped in with both feet, soaking in a washtub containing three bottles of vodka for three hours. They measured blood concentrations of alcohol every half-hour and rated themselves on a scale of 0 to 10 on self-confidence, urge to speak and number of times they desired spontaneous hugs. They reported in the Christmas issue of BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) they found no evidence of absorption — and concluded that driving a vehicle or skippering a boat with boots full of vodka seems to be safe and that brewery workers can't become intoxicated by falling into a vat.

uae update

Hotel regrets $11M holiday 'overload'

An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that last week unveiled an $11 million 43-foot faux fir decorated with gold and gems admitted over the weekend it may have taken the holiday spirit a bit too far. A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel said it regretted "attempts to overload" the tree tradition by adorning it with premium bling including gold, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones.

oswald update

Brother disputes coffin auction

The brother of Lee Harvey Oswald said a coffin that once held the body of the presidential assassin should have been destroyed years ago rather then being auctioned off and allowed to exist as a ghoulish keepsake. Robert L. Oswald, 76, said he didn't know the coffin, which he says he bought in 1963, still existed until he read in a Texas newspaper this month that it had been put up for sale. An anonymous bidder on Thursday bought the water-damaged coffin that held the body of Oswald until it was exhumed in 1981 for $87,469.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Dog in Germany gives birth to 17 puppies 12/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:12pm]

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