Bizarre News-German Green Brothel

November 5, 2009 11:12:36 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're trueGERMAN GREEN BROTHEL
BERLIN (AP) - The House of Desire brothel is offering discounts -- to help save the environment. The legal brothel in Berlin is giving customers $7.50 off their tab for riding a bike or taking public transit. But if you walk to your 45 minutes of fun, you're out of luck. Berlin's bordellos have seen a decline in their fortunes as the world economy has slumped. The owner of the House of Desire says business has picked up since they've offered the green discount.

BIRTHDAY BOWLER
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Floyd Burns has big plans tomorrow for his 80th birthday. The Mesa, Ariz., man says he'll celebrate by bowling his age. It will be the third time he's done it. When he turned 77, Burns bowled 77 games in 12 hours, 32 minutes. At 78, he bowled 78 games in 12 hours, 20 minutes. He skipped bowling on his birthday last year. He plans to start tomorrow morning. He'll bowl 10 games at a time on two lanes.

TREEHOUSE WORKSHOP
ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - It takes more than a hammer and a fistful of nails to build a treehouse. A recent workshop in Washington County, Va., attracted people from around the world to learn how to build a home above the forest floor. Treehouse Workshop co-founder Jake Jacob tells a local paper (Bristol Herald-Courier) a treehouse attracts the kid in all of us. He says today, adults want to escape to a treehouse to get "unplugged" from the rat race.

HIGH SCHOOL TWINS
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - Thirteen times two. That's the lucky number for students at a Southbury, Conn., high school. Thirteen sets of twins are seniors at Pomperaug High. The kids hope to set a record this spring for the most sets of twins to graduate at one time. The current Guinness record is 10 sets twins, who graduated from a high school in Acton, Mass., in 2007. The students at Pomperaug High say they'll be submitting their paperwork to the Guinness people in the coming weeks. Perhaps they'll send the twins record application in duplicate.

FIREHOUSE INTRUDER
NEW YORK (AP) - A dapper looking dude is feeling the heat -- charged with breaking into a New York City firehouse. When the firefighters returned from a false alarm, they say they found a well-dressed man making himself at home. The firefighters from Engine Company 303 and Ladder Company 126 in Jamaica, Queens, asked the man what he was doing. New York's Bravest say he told them he was hungry. The firehouse intruder now faces a number of charges, including burglary and criminal trespass.

WACKY ATTRACTIONS
UNDATED (AP) - They're wacky! Travel advice site TripAdvisor is out with its list of the nation's 10 wackiest attractions. Western Nebraska's automotive replica of England's famed Stonehenge is second. Carhenge uses old cars painted stone gray to replicate the stone formations. And number-one on the wacky list? It's the toilet seat museum in San Antonio featuring more than 800 decorated toilet seat lids. But don't look for a working toilet, in the toilet seat museum. It doesn't have a bathroom.

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