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The skinny: Princess Beatrice's wedding hat to be auctioned

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hat that inspired a Facebook page Can Be Yours

The eye-popping hat worn by Princess Beatrice, 22, at Britain's royal wedding is to be auctioned to raise money for charity, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The famous creation — which some said looked like antlers — will be sold on eBay with the proceeds to go to the charities UNICEF and Children in Crisis. The hat was the handiwork of Britain's leading milliner, Philip Treacy, who designed many of the hats worn at the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The unusual design of the beige hat sparked a Facebook fan page called "Princess Beatrice's ridiculous Royal Wedding hat" and one computer-altered picture showed President Barack Obama and his national security team all wearing the hat as they watched the commando raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. The hat isn't on eBay yet, but a "Princess Beatrice Style Royal Wedding Paper Costume Hat" is currently listed at $9.99.

dollars in dung

Czech zoo director has a fertile mind

Prague Zoo has started selling what look like ice cream containers but are actually full of elephant dung. It's the latest fad among Czech gardeners who are buying out the manure pails to use as fertilizer. The brain behind the project is zoo director Miroslav Bobek, whose surname literally means dung. Zoo officials estimate they sell 200 of the 2.2-pound containers per weekend, at $3.90 each. Sales have been so brisk they are expanding to weekdays.

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Family taps into its deep talent pool

Four generations of an Ohio family learned a routine to help the clan's matriarch tap dance her way into her 80s. On Wednesday, eight family members ranging all the way down to a 6-year-old great-granddaughter joined Jean Ivers in a dance to the song Tuxedo Junction at an American Legion post in Newark in central Ohio. When Ivers turned 80 in February, her three daughters gave her a card promising tap lessons with family members followed by a group performance. Ivers has been dancing since age 8, performing on local stages and at her daughters' weddings.

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Hershey objects to Reese's packaging

Candymaker Hershey says a Pennsylvania sheriff candidate's campaign signs are a tasty case of trademark violation. The chocolate company says Lancaster County sheriff candidate Mark Reese lifted the font from the Reese's candy logo. A campaign spokesman says the Hershey Co. agreed to let Reese continue to use the campaign materials already made for Tuesday's Republican primary. If Reese wins, however, the campaign will change its font. Hershey spokesman Kirk Saville says the candy company doesn't endorse political candidates. The company is based in the town of Hershey in neighboring Dauphin County.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Princess Beatrice's wedding hat to be auctioned 05/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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