NO MORE HANDOUTS
hold on to bananas and save some cash
When in Bangkok, keep an extra $320 in your pocket if you intend to feed a street elephant. Thai officials say handing over bunches of bananas or sugar cane to the hulking beasts isn't acceptable, and a new ordinance threatens hefty fines for those who disagree. There is little demand these days for the animals' traditional skills in logging and other labor, so owners sometimes loan them out for begging from tourists and locals in major cities. That's not good. There have been cases of elephants hurting people and falling into drains, Bangkok official Manit Techa-apichoke explained Monday.
A nose for justice
Keeping dog whole in couple's split
What to do, what to do, what to do. Craig Myers wants the 16-pound Lhasa apso. So does Gayle Myers. Since the Maryland couple are divorcing and going their separate ways, how to decide the fate of the dog? Judge Graydon McKee didn't pull the old King Solomon trick and order Lucky split down the middle, the Washington Post reported. In his ruling last month, he had a unique idea: The divorced couple will share custody: six months for him and six months for her. Gayle's attorney, James Maxwell, said he researched the law in all 50 states ("and territories") and didn't come across a single custody order like McKee's.
Add soap, water
Money laundering for George, Abe
Like a good pair of old, dirty jeans, U.S. bank notes are going into the washer and coming out good to go in Zimbabwe. While the average $1 bill circulates in the United States for about 20 months, the life span of a dollar bill is many years in the African nation. Which explains how the money can become dirty and smelly, and in need of a wash. Laundry worker Alex Mupondi of Harare said customers asked him to try machine-washing some bills and the result impressed him. And gave new meaning to laundered money.
Taking it all off to make a splash
Before dressing and sitting down to a picnic of barbecued ribs, corn and apple pie, they stood up with only their sunscreen on. All naked 111 of them crowded into the pool at the nudist resort in Los Gatos, Calif., on Saturday to pursue a place in Guinness World Records, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The American Association for Nude Recreation used the event and about 100 more like it across the country to cap the end of Nude Recreation Week and see who could assemble the most skinny dippers. At Los Gatos, things wrapped up with a dance to the tune of Bare Buns Boogie.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.