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The skinny: French officials sound way sexier on Twitter

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French officials sound sexier on twitter

Eric Besson is the industry minister of France and as such has amassed a respectable 13,000 followers on Twitter. Those aren't Ashton Kutcher numbers, but even so, it was surprising when they all got this tweet from Besson on Wednesday night: When I get home I'm going to bed. Really tired. With you? Sure, he's French, but 13,000 people is a pretty wide net for that kind of offer, right? Turns out, he appears to have intended to DM his wife . . . or whatever the kids are calling it these days. But he sent it out to everyone by accident. He deleted the tweet, but not before it got retweeted several times, which resulted in him gaining an additional 2,000 followers by morning. Reaching the people!

Police reports

Panty thievery returns to N.M.

Police in Las Cruces, N.M., may have a copycat criminal to deal with. Last year the force successfully solved the case of the pilfered fancy ladies' underduds from a sorority house at New Mexico State University, recovering all of the missing unmentionables, save one bra. Now they are investigating a report that a woman, whose name was not released, woke up to find that the nine pairs of panties that she had drying on the clothesline had been stolen overnight. The reported value of the garments was $60. If a suspect is caught, expect the defense to claim entrapment.

Hey . . . you're not the real Spider-Man

Spider-Man is not a very effective superhero in the mean streets of Jacksonville, N.C. First off, there aren't enough tall buildings for him to really effectively get around. So when he walked into a convenience store there, everyone was pretty skeptical. Plus, there was no crime going on, so there wasn't anything for him to really do. But the final straw was that he was carrying a sword. Everyone knows that Spider-Man slings webs and really doesn't have a lot of other weapons. Then he demanded money, which wasn't in any of the movies or comic books. So the clerks knew it wasn't the real Spidey, challenged him with a broomstick . . . and won. The incessant poking in the stomach eventually encouraged him to leave. Police later arrested Dale Foughty, 56, and charged him with everything they could think of.

Driver at least one pizza over the limit

It is best to be honest if a police officer asks what you've had to drink. Because in all likelihood, they are going to figure it out. WLKY-TV in Louisville, Ky., reports that police arrived at the scene of a vehicle in a ditch and asked driver Donn Adams, 68, if he had been drinking. He told them he had had two pizzas, at which point police were as confused as Adams looked. Even if he was on some kind of weird diet, that didn't make much sense. Police nosed around the car and found syringes, which appeared to contain heroin. Adams swore he had no idea how those got there, but police were a little too savvy to buy that story and charged him with possession.

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

The skinny: French officials sound way sexier on Twitter 10/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:27pm]
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