NO FAIRY TALE
Sound from croc really is a cell phone
Workers at an aquarium in Ukraine didn't believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her cell phone. Then Gena the croc started ringing. Uh-oh. He noshed on the phone after Rimma Golovko dropped it in the water of the aquarium in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk. Golovko had stretched out her arm, trying to snap a photo of Gena opening his mouth, when the phone slipped. Four weeks later, zoo officials say, Gena hasn't eaten or had a bowel movement, and he appears depressed and in pain. Chief veterinarian Oleksandr Shushlenko said Geba will be taken for an X-ray next week if he continues to refuse food. Surgically removing the phone would be a last resort.
PLASTIC BEATS PAPER
Your cash is no good in this town
In Discovery Bay, Calif., they have decided that cash is a bad thing. So officials voted to ban cash transactions for all services, the Contra Costa Times reported Wednesday. The officials say the move will save the town time and money and will ensure the safety of clerks who will no longer have to handle cash. Don Flint, a critic of city officials, wonders if they are really just trying to limit requests for public records, which are commonly paid for in cash. Checks, credit or debit cards and money orders are still accepted.
BAD IDEA AFTER ALL
Cross-dressing day will have to wait
King City Public School north of Toronto decided to make education more interesting by having the student council suggest fashion ideas. You know, days when students can attend classes in pajamas or funny hats or cross-dressing outfits. The cross-dressing didn't go across with some parents, the Toronto Sun reported Thursday. "The idea … has offended some people in the community, and the school doesn't want to do that," spokesman Ross Virgo said. So the school for grades K through 8th is accepting other fun ideas instead.
VOICE IS A GIVEAWAY
He likes bank cash and Obama masks
Say, isn't that the U.S. president with a gun in his hand? Not really. Authorities in Austria are searching for a bank robber who uses an unusual disguise: He wears a Barack Obama mask during his holdups. Police say the man is wanted for six heists since 2008. The most recent took place Thursday in the hamlet of Handenberg. Despite the mask, he sounds nothing like Obama, police report.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources