Who's in your 5?
There's no way God doesn't have an iPhone
Despite the fact that you could always reach God anywhere, anytime, using the old-fashioned method, an artist in Holland has set up the Almighty with a cell phone. Artist Johan van der Dong created an installation called God's Hotline, in which the cell phone — probably on an unlimited plan — has a message that says: This is the voice of God, I am not able to speak to you at the moment, but please leave a message. So far, more than 1,000 messages have been left. Van der Dong has no plans to listen to the messages. "It's a secret between the Lord and the people who are calling." He says the idea is to focus attention on the way Dutch people perceive religion. Even with the new technology, God has no plans to abandon prayer requests.
To have, hold costs
Wedding invites may rival Val-Pak
To offset the cost of their wedding, Jane MacNeil, 24, and Andrew Hall, 33, of Nova Scotia are offering corporate sponsorships of the surrounding events. For discounts and donations, the couple will include companies on T-shirts they will wear to wedding-related events, and stuff business cards into thank you cards, invitations and party favors. They assure that it will all be in good taste. "There won't be any large banners floating around," Hall told the Chronicle-Herald of Halifax. "Nothing unsightly or gaudy." Though it was unclear if anyone has asked for large banners ... yet.
Hybridization makes for funny peppers
Three customers at a grocery store on Liberty Avenue in Queens, N.Y., inadvertently bought stuffed peppers when they just wanted the regular kind. When they got them home and cut open the peppers, which were imported from South America, they found bags of cocaine inside, reports the New York Post. It was clear that the store didn't know the peppers were stuffed, though, because they weren't charging extra. Police searched the rest of the produce department with drug-sniffing dogs.
Man saved by the seat of his pants
A 21-year-old man in Duluth, Ga., walked out of his neighborhood and saw a tower that held up high-voltage lines. Since he was drunk, he thought it would be a good idea to climb the tower. A companion tried to persuade him that it was a bad idea, but he did not listen, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He made it about 35 feet up the tower when something bad happened, causing an explosion and fire. It also cause him to fall, which probably would've hurt by the time he hit the ground. Good thing he didn't. His pants caught the tower, and he was left to sway in the breeze. It took rescue workers two hours to get him down.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.