Not original, but a winner just the same
Best lie of 2010? An old one from the past, it turns out. David Milz, 49, of Bristol, Wis., was named the top liar of the year by the Burlington (Wis.) Liars Club for this line: "I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met." Milz, a school superintendent, said he came up with the line while joking around with colleagues over the summer. Okay. But an online search turns up numerous instances where the line is attributed to comedian Steven Wright. "I don't know who he is," Milz told the Associated Press. Informed that the line isn't original, the club, which received almost 500 entries this year, said Milz will keep the 2010 title.
Snow fell and fell — $400,000 worth
A North Carolina jewelry store owner made a $400,000 bet against a white Christmas — and lost. Alan Perry, owner of Perry's Emporium, promised refunds for everything bought at his store between Nov. 26 and Dec. 11 if more than 3 inches of snow fell in Asheville on Christmas Day. Six fell. His insurance will cover most of it, he said. "The customers are coming in like crazy, bringing their receipts," he told the Asheville Citizen-Times.
A long, long list
Can't name that plant? Check here
Details on 300,000 plant species are now a click away. Kew Gardens in London and the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis said Wednesday that they have compiled the most comprehensive list of land plant species ever published. It includes more than 1 million names, of which 300,000 are accepted names for plant species. The list is intended to help resolve one of botany's basic problems: figuring out which plants go by what name. Find the list at theplantlist.org.
As food arrives, marijuana leaves
A California medical marijuana dispensary figured free pot was worth something. Quite a bit, it turned out. The Granny Purps in Soquel, about 60 miles southeast of San Francisco, offered a complimentary marijuana cigarette for every four cans of food a patient brought in this holiday season. Each patient was limited to a maximum of three cigarettes a day. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the dispensary took in 11,000 pounds of food and handed out 2,000 marijuana cigarettes between November and Christmas Eve, when the promotion ended. A spokesman for Second Harvest Food Bank, which got the food, said the total may be a record high for a business with just employees.
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