The skinny

The skinny: Did it turn Prince William's head? Kate Middleton's dress sold for $125,871

Revealing the past

$125,871 paid for memento of royal romance

A piece of British royal history was sold Thursday for $125,871 when an unidentified buyer bought a see-through dress Kate Middleton wore in 2002 when she and Prince William were university friends. Some reports maintain that the sight of Middleton in the transparent dress as she walked down the catwalk at a charity fashion show helped convince William that she was someone he wanted to get to know better. They soon started a long-term romance that will bring them to the altar of Westminster Abbey on April 29. The dress was supposed to be a skirt, but Middleton wore it as a dress, with black underwear beneath.

Legislative dilemma

Lawmakers never fed up with debate

Some senators fretted about "weird things" and "strange people," but legislation to remove the current 1-year age limit for breast-feeding in public was approved by committees of the Tennessee state House and Senate this week. Tennessee is the only state with a limit. "Is 35 a child?" asked Sen. Bo Watson during the debate, "I'm thinking of a situation in a bar where maybe things got a little crazy … weird things happen in our society." Sen. Stacey Campfield wanted to end public breast-feeding at age 3 since "there are a lot of strange people in this world."

It's a snip

Men, an idea for March Madness

A West Des Moines clinic's ad campaign hits below the belt by urging sport fans to have a vasectomy today, then recover while watching NCAA tournament basketball. Iowa Clinic marketing executive Jessica Grant told the Des Moines Register that the campaign is aimed at men whose partners want them to get the procedure and who complain they watch too much TV. The ad reads, "After your vasectomy: Stay on couch. 32 games in two days. Return to work on Monday." The clinic performed 102 vasectomies in March 2010 when the ads debuted; this month, 129 are scheduled.

Puppy blitz

Polish Great Dane is mom to 17 pups

Seventeen Great Dane puppies born by C-section are keeping their mother and their breeder busy. The eight male and nine female puppies were born Monday at a clinic near Warsaw, Poland, after breeder Gabriela Kubalska decided to spare the mother, 4-year-old Hania, a long labor. They are Hania's first litter, Kubalska said Thursday. Hania's litter is not the biggest: Tia, a Neapolitan bull mastiff, had 24 puppies in Britain in 2005.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Did it turn Prince William's head? Kate Middleton's dress sold for $125,871 03/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2011 12:17am]

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