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The skinny: Welsh 'Hitler house' causes Internet stir

Design flaw

'Hitler House' causes stir, but gets no salute

An unassuming house in Wales has become an unlikely star after Internet users decided it looks a lot like Adolf Hitler's face. The Swansea home's tan-colored, four-window facade stared out from British tabloid newspapers Wednesday following heavy distribution on social networking sites. Its resemblance to the dictator's face is debatable. The lintel above its door vaguely echoes the Nazi dictator's toothbrush mustache, with the black sloping roof reminiscent of Hitler's side-parted hair.

Life-saving crash

Self-administered Heimlich maneuver

A Pennsylvania trucker may have saved his own life with an unintentional Heimlich maneuver. Police say Richard Paylor, 55, was driving while eating an apple in Reading, Pa., when he began choking Tuesday. Authorities say Paylor lost consciousness and crashed through a concrete median. The Reading Eagle reports that investigators believe the apple was dislodged when Paylor smacked his chest against the steering wheel. Police recovered a chunk of apple from the dashboard. Doctors also concluded that the accident dislodged the offending fruit.

Fowl play

Border agents bust feathered illegals

Border Patrol agents patrolling along the lower Rio Grande near Rio Grande City, Texas, made an unusual bust Sunday. A Border Patrol statement said the agents spotted two people walking north, carrying what appeared to be a birdcage. The two fled into nearby brush, and a search turned up the birdcage containing two parrots. The birds are worth about $500 each. Under international treaties, trapping of wild parrots is illegal. The birds will be turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Update

Tabby purrs, waits for recognition

Smokey, the gray-and-white tabby, continues to purr at a potentially record-setting 73 decibels as its owner, Ruth Adams of Pitsford, 70 miles north of London, waits to hear from Guinness World Records. The British community college that measured the sound said it peaked at 16 times louder than that of the average cat. That is about as noisy as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner. Guinness spokeswoman Amarilis Whitty said she is awaiting Northampton College's recording.

Compiled from Times wires.

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