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The skinny: Iceland's penis museum finally gets human specimen

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iceland Museum Gets its First Human Member

In life, Pall Arason sought attention. In death, he is getting it: The 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction in one of his country's most bizarre museums. Sigurdur Hjartarson, who runs the Phallological Museum in the tiny Icelandic fishing town of Husavik, said Arason's organ will help round out the unusual institution's extensive collection of phalluses from whales, seals, bears and other mammals. "I have just been waiting for this guy for 15 years," he told the Associated Press. Hjartarson's museum started in Reykjavik but has since moved to Husavik, a small community better known for its whale watching. The Phallological Museum is an important part of the region's tourist industry, bringing in thousands of visitors every summer.

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Czech leader's swipe goes viral

Czech President Vaclav Klaus is going viral on the Internet after making a not-so-smooth move during a news conference in Chile. A video shows Klaus quietly slipping a ceremonial pen into his pocket as President Sebastian Pinera praises his visit last week. Czech TV broadcast the video, then a copy showed up on YouTube with the headline "President of Czech Republic steals pen," red circles and arrows and a crime scene soundtrack. A Klaus spokesman said it was "a common pen with a logo of the state or office, which presidents and members of their delegation receive during state visits." Actually, the pens are encrusted with semi-precious Chilean lapiz lazuili stones, but Pinera's spokeswoman said guests are free to take them.

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Exotic dancers test ethics students

Students at La Salle University in Philadelphia say exotic dancers were part of a professor's extra-credit symposium on business ethics. Officials at the private Roman Catholic school are investigating the March 21 seminar, which ended abruptly after the business school's dean showed up. La Salle would not comment assistant management professor Jack Rappaport's status, but students say they have a new teacher. The seminar was at a satellite campus about 10 miles from La Salle's main campus.

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Their tool prices are a steal

Police say two people swiped tools from a central Pennsylvania home then unwittingly tried to sell them back to their owner at his place of employment. West York Police say the victim was approached by two people at a service center March 24 and thought the toolbox looked familiar. He went home to find he'd been robbed. Police told the York Dispatch they arrested Cody Lee Littrell, 34, of Hanover and Rebecca Erinn Dice, 32, of Dillsburg. Both face charges including theft and receiving stolen property.

Compiled from Times wires.

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