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The skinny: House has no skeletons in closet. It's in the cellar.

Unreal estate

At any price, the house comes with this guy

The townhouse on the market on the Swiss island of Gotland is a bit of a stunner. There are five bedrooms, so plenty of room for company. Near the Baltic Sea. It was built in 1750. Used to be a Russian church. There is a glass-topped tomb in the cellar containing a skeleton. Updated kitchen! Really fabulous kitchen. What, more about the skeleton? Oh, it's no big deal, the real estate agent says. "It lies in consecrated soil and rests in peace," Leif Bertwig says. Check out the views. No? Still with the skeleton? Well, it's probably a Russian man who died about 800 years ago. And it's included in the $640,000 asking price.

Cleanup

Idaho drained after river clog

Officials in Idaho have unclogged a major toilet paper mess in the upper Lochsa River. Luckily, it isn't as disgusting as it sounds. A few weeks ago, huge rolls of unprocessed toilet paper fell off a truck and into the river, and officials have been trying to figure out how to remove it. When they started cleaning, it began disintegrating. So the updated plan called for mesh netting and tow trucks. That worked. So next time the toilet backs up, get a tow truck.

Housekeeping

Calif. may make fitted linens law

Ever been to a hotel and the bottom sheet on the bed is just a flat sheet with the edges tucked in and thought, "There oughta be a law against that?" No? Well, someone has, because there is a proposal in the California Legislature to require fitted sheets. "We are going to make it a crime not to use a fitted sheet? Really?" said state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, who clearly didn't sponsor the bill. Democrat state Sen. Kevin De Leon is the sponsor and says tucking flat sheets causes injuries to housekeepers. The hotel industry doubts this and says it would cost $30 million to buy new sheets and laundry machines to wash them. To recap: Making beds is dangerous. And fitted sheets require special laundry facilities.

To have and hold on

Cliffside proposal takes confidence

After dating more than three years, a Tel Aviv couple went on a date to a romantic spot on the cliff of Arsuf. He — reports in Israeli media don't reveal names, so we'll refer to them as "He" and "She," with "He" being the guy — had arranged the date with the intent of asking She to marry him. Awww. He was nervous, on one knee, presenting an expensive ring. She was excited, jumped for joy . . . and knocked said ring out of his hand. Did we mention they were on a cliff? He came back in the morning to rappel the face of the cliff. They took a metal detector to the beach below. But sometimes, it's just gone. As far as we know, though, the wedding is still on.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: House has no skeletons in closet. It's in the cellar. 08/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 7:59pm]
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