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The skinny: Husband has 39 wives, 94 kids under one roof

All in the family

Husband has 39 wives, 94 kids under one roof

An Indian man has a family of 167, all living under one roof. Among them are 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren. They all live in a four-story building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram state, in India's remote northeast. Ziona Chana, 66, brags that he married 10 women in one year, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. He has a private bedroom, while his wives share a dorm. The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen. The family consumes around 200 pounds of rice and more than 130 pounds of potatoes a day. Chana heads a local Christian sect that allows polygamy.

Snake on a train

Woman gets bill for runaway reptile

A woman whose 3-foot-long snake slithered away from her in a Boston subway car and hid there for nearly a month has gotten a hefty cleaning bill. Transit officials want Allston, Mass., resident Melissa Moorhouse and her husband, Ray, to pay $650 to cover the costs of disinfecting and sanitizing the train to protect passengers from germs such as salmonella that may have been left by a boa constrictor named Penelope. Moorhouse had traveled with the snake around her neck and lost it between stations Jan. 6. The snake was later spotted on the train by a commuter. Moorhouse says she'll pay more attention the next time she takes the snake out.

Say cheese

Man's gold tooth blocks bullet

A man who was shot by his brother was spared serious injury or death when the bullet bounced off his gold tooth, New Orleans police said. Walter Davis, 22, apparently smoked marijuana that belonged to his younger brother, Waltdell Davis, 20. The latter, to show his displeasure, unloaded on his brother with a .22-caliber revolver, the Times-Picayune reported Wednesday. Walter was struck in the upper lip and doctors said all they found was a bullet fragment near his left nostril. Paramedics said the victim told them the bullet ricocheted off his gold tooth. Police said Waltdell Davis admitted the shooting and was charged with aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Memory lane

Wallet returned after 40 years

A New York man whose wallet disappeared from his jacket pocket has gotten it back — 40 years later. Rudolph Resta was working for the New York Times as an art director in 1970 when he left his jacket in an office building. When he went to fetch the jacket, the wallet was gone. Fast-forward to last fall, when a security guard checking a gap by an unused window came across the wallet — apparently stashed there by a thief who had pulled out the cash. Resta was tracked down. He is now in his 70s, and enjoying the memories the wallet contained — photos of his sons as children, his glamorous wife and his late father.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Husband has 39 wives, 94 kids under one roof 02/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:23pm]
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