Bizarre News-Exhibitionist Hotel

November 5, 2009 11:12:53 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're trueEXHIBITIONIST HOTEL
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a hotel with a view -- of the naked guests. The Standard Hotel in Manhattan has floor-to-ceiling windows, giving people in the new High Line park below an eyeful. Some hotel guests fail to close the curtains, while others give an X-rated performance in front of the windows. Aaron Lipman works in the neighborhood and says the shows are "healthy and fun." He says it's like watching a human "Wild Kingdom." But some city council members want the hotel to make sure those curtains are shut.

PAPA JOHN'S CAR
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A-quarter million bucks sounds like an awful lot to pay for an old Camaro. But not to Papa John's pizza chain founder John Schnatter. He offered a $250,000 reward for his 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Schnatter sold it 1983 to help save his father's tavern and start the pizza business. Turns out the car only changed hands twice from the original buyers. It was last owned by Jeffery Robinson of Flatwoods, Ky. He paid four grand for it about five years ago. Robinson recently delivered the Camaro to Papa John's Louisville headquarters and got his 250-K. Schnatter says to celebrate, Papa John's will be giving free pizza to all Camaro owners today.

JAILED BY REQUEST
HASTINGS, Mich. (AP) - A drunken Michigan man wanted to go to jail -- and he got his wish. Deputies in Barry County report a loaded 30-year-old Kalamazoo man walked into the sheriff's office at 3 a.m. yesterday morning and asked to be locked up. When deputies refused, authorities say he threatened the desk sergeant and challenged him to a fight. The Grand Rapids Press reports the guy was busted and jailed.

DUI CARWASH
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - There will be suds aplenty -- but not the sort that got these drunken drivers into trouble. A car wash fundraiser this weekend for Mothers Against Drunk Driving will have DUI offenders doing the washing. Car washes at an Auto Zone parts store in Bristol, Tenn., Saturday will cost ten bucks apiece. The Bristol Herald Courier reports jail inmates wearing orange- and white-striped jump suits will be doing the scrubbing. Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson says the inmates enjoy this sort of project. He adds the prisoners feel like they're giving something back to the community.

HOOFING IT TO HOLLYWOOD
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Disney's newest star isn't letting the bright lights go to his head. That's because Cyclone Larry has a lot of horse sense. Larry is a 3-year-old race horse owned by Heather Benson, of Fargo, N.D. The four-hoofed star will be featured in the film "Secretariat," about the 1973 Triple Crown winner. While Larry doesn't have Secretariat's markings, he'll get his own makeup artist. Larry is one of several horses that will be used for the title role.

GUERRILLA ART
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle's Gas Works Park has some new but unauthorized art. A gold-colored collection of papier-mâché sculptures appeared the other night. There's a full-size male figure standing on the waterfront, surrounded by what appear to be shells, some with heads of people emerging from them. The Seattle Times reports a plaque attached to the work says it's a gift to the people of Seattle, and symbolizes that everyone has shells to break through. The unknown artist also says he or she will remove the sculptures if it starts to rain.


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