zombies take the rush out of morning rush
As if the morning commute wasn't odd enough, intrepid New Yorkers trying to make their way to work on Tuesday had to battle past hordes of the walking dead. Two dozen zombies, their clothes spattered with fake blood, were staggering up and down the block outside Madison Square Garden. Downtown, others shuffled across the Brooklyn Bridge. Some pedestrians looked startled or amused by the ghost-white actors with bruised-looking eyes. Some people ignored them entirely. Others whipped out their cell phone cameras. The stunt was part of a campaign in 26 cities worldwide promoting the Halloween premiere of the AMC television series The Walking Dead. The show is being broadcast outside of the United States on Fox International Channels.
Call it fluff, but Aussie is serious
A librarian from Perth, Australia, has won a place in the Guinness World Records after collecting fluff from his belly button every day for 26 years. Graham Barker has amassed .77 ounces. "I became curious about how much navel fluff one person could generate (enough to stuff a cushion, maybe?), and the only way to find for sure was to collect it and see," he wrote on his blog feargod.net. "Millions of people collect stamps and coins, but as far as I know nobody else collects navel fluff. That makes my collection unique!" Barker, 45, plucks the lint from his navel before his daily shower and stores it in a clay pot. At the end of the year, he adds the harvest to his main collection, which is housed by color in glass jars and labeled by date. He sold three jars to a museum for an undisclosed sum and is a quarter of the way into a fourth.
Foiled holdup nets a promotion
A New York police officer who dodged gunfire and stopped an armed holdup in a salon where she was off-duty and getting her hair done Saturday was promoted to rank of detective Tuesday. "I don't fuss about much," Feris Jones said after Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly pinned a detective's shield onto her uniform at a City Hall ceremony with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Jones, 50, who had never fired a gun in the line of duty during her two-decade career, exchanged fire with an armed robber in the Brooklyn salon, shooting the gun out of his hand and firing the handle off the door, briefly delaying his escape. Winston Cox, 20, meanwhile, was arraigned in court on charges including first-degree attempted murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon and was held without bail.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.