Entrepreneur Offers pet Care for 'Raptured'
Bart Centre is an atheist, and proudly so. But he knows plenty of people do believe in God and in heaven. And believe in the Rapture, the day when true Christians will be called up to Jesus Christ. Some think that date is May 21. The Rapture could leave a lot of dogs and cats looking longingly at their food bowls after their owners have floated off to heaven. That's where Centre, 62 and retired from a major retailer, comes in. In 2009, he launched Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA. He guarantees that if or when the Rapture comes he or one of his 44 contractors in 26 states will drive to your home within 24 hours, collect your dog, cat, bird, rabbit or small caged mammal, and adopt it. (Rapture rescue services for horses, camels, llamas and donkeys are limited to New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho and Montana.) The cost is $135, plus $20 per additional animal. Payable upfront, of course, and good for 10 years. He takes PayPal.
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One head down, 15 more to go
A French museum has returned the mummified and tattooed head of a Maori to New Zealand officials after it spent 136 years in the Normandy museum, a belated gesture to restore dignity to the first of 16 such human heads once displayed as exotic curiosities. For years, New Zealand has sought the return of Maori heads kept in collections abroad, many of which were obtained by Westerners in exchange for weapons and other goods. Maori, the island nation's indigenous people, believe their ancestors' remains should be respected in their home area without being disturbed.
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Flash mob fetes the royal wedding
It was a change from the Changing of the Guard. Tourists outside Buckingham Palace on Monday were treated to a mass dance routine in honor of the recent royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. More than 100 dancers emerged from the crowds outside the palace gates to perform routines to a mix of tunes, including We Will Rock You by Queen. The seemingly spontaneous flash mob was arranged by the palace to mark a reception honoring youngsters in the performing arts.
Chicks dig gators, but cops don't
A suburban Chicago man thought he had the perfect chick magnet. Authorities only saw a dangerous animal. Dewayne Yarbrough, 43, of Ford Heights says he kept a 4-foot alligator to impress women, but he now faces a charge of possession of a dangerous animal. Yarbrough told Cook County sheriff's investigators he kept the gator in a small tank and fed it only 10 live mice a month to keep it from growing too large. He said he bought it five years ago in Indiana for $200.
Compiled from Times wires.