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Goldfish 'three-second memory' myth busted

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-02-19 11:00.

A 15-year-old South Australian school student has busted the myth that goldfish have a three second memory.

Rory Stokes, from the Australian Science and Mathematics School in Adelaide, conducted an experiment to test the commonly held theory that goldfish have short memory spans.

He was also keen to open people's minds to the cruelty of keeping fish in small tanks.

"We are told that a goldfish has a memory span of less than three seconds and that no matter how small its tank is, it will always discover new places and objects," Rory said.

Kitten Found After 25 Days in NYC Subway

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Mon, 2008-02-18 10:26.

NEW YORK (AP) - A skittish kitten that scampered out of its carrier on a subway platform has been found after 25 days in the underground tunnels.

Transit workers tracked down 6-month old Georgia under midtown Manhattan Saturday. Police reunited her with owner Ashley Phillips, a 24-year-old Bronx librarian.

After hearing that the black cat might have been spotted below Lexington Avenue and East 55th Street, track workers Mark Dalessio and Efrain LaPorte went through the area making "meow" sounds.

Blow-up doll stands in for groom

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sun, 2008-02-17 12:18.

GROVE CITY, Ohio -- If one bride felt lighter than air in her wedding gown, her groom certainly felt like air itself as 19 couples renewed their vows near Columbus.

Sheila Smith's husband, Bob, had to go away on business and couldn't make the Valentine's Day recommitment service at Grove City United Methodist Church. So friends brought a life-size inflatable doll to serve as a stand-in.

They dressed Blow-up Bob in dress pants, a shirt and tie, and taped on a head-shot photo of the real Bob Smith.

Online Resting Place for Broken Hearts

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Sat, 2008-02-16 12:43.

(AP) NEW YORK - If the love affair is dead, why not give it a proper send-off?

A new Web site offers the lovelorn a way to bury memories of an old love affair _ by writing an obituary.

Relationshipobit.com is the brainchild of Kathleen Horan, a 38-year-old reporter for WNYC public radio.

She recalled that after a two-year relationship fizzled she found it "oddly comforting" to write her father’s obituary. It made her think that if she wrote an obituary for her relationship, it might help her move on.

Radio Station Giving Away Free Divorce For Valentine's Day

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Thu, 2008-02-14 11:23.

(AP) CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Charleston radio station is observing Valentine’s Day with a reminder that Cupid sometimes misses his mark. WKLC-FM, better known as Rock 105, is giving away a free divorce.

Valentine’s Day isn’t all hearts and flowers, says WKLC Program Director Jay Nunley. There is a darker side, he said, "where maybe you despise your spouse and resent the entire day."

Can't Make This Up - Moose That Fell Off A Cliff Nearly Squashes Alaska Trooper's Patrol Car

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Wed, 2008-02-13 11:32.

(AP) Alaska State Troopers see plenty of hazards, but Trooper Howard Peterson was nearly felled by a new one: falling moose. Peterson was driving Feb. 2 on the Seward Highway south of Anchorage when something big and black fell out of the sky about 20 feet in front of his patrol car. "Falling rock!" he thought, ready to steer clear if it bounced onto the highway.

The thing didn't roll or shatter. It turned out to be a moose that fell from cliffs next to the highway.

Illinois man still has Nixon's sandwich after 47 years

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-02-12 12:31.

Sullivan, Ill. - Steve Jenne's half-eaten sandwich is a story that seems like it will never go away.

Of course, it is no ordinary sandwich.

In 1960, Jenne was a 14-year-old boy given a big responsibility.

Woman Declaired Dead By Mistake ... Twice

Submitted by Dmitri Davydov on Tue, 2008-02-12 12:13.

SUMMIT, N.J. (AP) ? A 57-year-old New Jersey woman has been declared dead twice in the past year by the Social Security Administration, despite the fact that she is very much alive.

Susan Lindsley, who is developmentally disabled and works about 10 hours a week, relies on Social Security income to get by.

Two months after the Summit, N.J., resident's husband died, the SSA not only stopped her disability and her widow's benefit payments, but also dipped into her bank account in July to reclaim $7,000.

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