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The skinny: Oh, the flea-manity! Circus troupe wiped out

Unseasonable cold weather has claimed the lives of an entire troupe of 300 performing fleas in Germany. Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find their tiny corpses in their transport box. But the upcoming dates will be honored. The Associated Press reports that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to "train" 50 fleas in time for the first show Sunday. For the record, fleas require no training. They simply are sorted by their general tendencies to leap or crawl and then fitted with wire harnesses to pull chariots or be pinned down to kick light balls.

Lonelyvilles: The places that sex ignores

According to MissTravel.com, a web dating site that hooks people up to take trips together, poor Greensboro, N.C., is the least sexy U.S. city. That's based on the reluctance of people to share a romantic adventure there. It has been rejected all 107 times it has been offered. MissTravel.com founder and chief executive Brandon Wade explains: "When it comes to setting, there's frankly nothing sexy about North Carolina." Ouch. Other losers include Richmond, Va., Atlantic City, N.J., Beverly Hills Calif., and Atlanta. Tampa Bay, Orlando and Miami, by the way, get mentioned as desirable, but Jacksonville is rated the eighth worst romance city in the nation.

Had to happen: Idea: Add guns to crime zones

"My hypothesis is that criminals have no intention of dying in your hallway," reasons University of Houston graduate student Kyle Coplen as he explains his plan to distribute weapons to people in high crime areas. Coplen's nonprofit Armed Citizen Project is soliciting donations on its website to distribute about 100 single-shot, 20 gauge shotguns, the Houston Chronicle reports. Recipients must pass a background check, have been in their home a year and complete the organization's safety and tactical course. Of course, there are critics. Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence says the plan "is like distributing cigarettes in a community with a high incidence of respiratory disease."

Hmmmm Dept.: Urine for a good time

The Lehigh Valley's IronPigs Triple-A baseball team is introducing an innovation for stadium men's rooms. A "urinal game system" will let fans participate in, ahem, a live-stream video game, New York's Daily News reports. The system turns on when a user approaches. Skilled angling of personal output during a 55-second game guides a snowmobile down an alpine road and over plump penguins. The game system was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley (Penn.) Health Network to raise awareness about prostate health.

Compiled from wire services and other sources

The skinny: Oh, the flea-manity! Circus troupe wiped out 04/02/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:19pm]
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