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It's no joke to have an unusual name

WE’VE ALL heard a joke or two about names like Mary Chris Mas, Washington Dy Sy, and Edgar Allan Pe. What about the Japanese girl named Taeko who married an American and became Taeko Brown? In Naga, a couple nicknamed their children Adobo, Menudo, and Igado (an Ilocano dish). We get a good laugh from it, but those who have to bear the unusual names are not laughing. Fortunately, the law provides a way out.

Woman ordered to remove nipple rings at US airport

LOS ANGELES - A woman who claims she was ordered by federal airport screeners to remove her nipple rings with pliers demanded an apology from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Thursday.

Aussie farmer finds mystery space junk

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A cattle farmer in Australia's remote northern outback on Friday said he had found a giant ball of twisted metal, which he believes is space junk from a rocket used to launch communications satellites. Farmer James Stirton found the odd-shaped ball last year on his 40,000 hectare property, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) west of the northern Queensland state capital of Brisbane. But Stirton only started inquiring into what the ball of metal really was, and where it had come from, in the past week.

New way to beat stress: Lie in open grave

BERLIN (Reuters) - A vicar in Germany who had the novel idea of helping parishioners escape the stresses and strains of daily life by letting them lie in an open grave was upset when intrusive journalists spoiled the atmosphere.

Indian marksmen fed up with shooting blanks

MUMBAI, India (Reuters) - India's marksmen are threatening to boycott the Beijing Olympics unless the government steps in to help alleviate a shortage of ammunition for training. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Baljit Singh Sethi said a shortage of ammunition for air weapon competitors was hampering preparations.

Life sentence of security guard for ATM theft cut to 5 years

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese worker convicted of taking 175,000 yuan (25,000 dollars) from a faulty ATM machine got his life sentence reduced on Monday following an uproar over the length of his term, state media reported.

Text messages to dancer gets minister in trouble

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's foreign minister faced calls for his resignation after a tabloid newspaper published a suggestive text message he had sent to an erotic dancer. Minister Ilkka Kanerva sent about 200 text messages to dancer Johanna Tukiainen. In one of the messages, Kanerva had asked Tukiainen: "Would you like to do it in an exotic place? Where could it be?"

Sexy lingerie offered as gift for dead

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Sexy lingerie sets have reportedly become a hit among Malaysia's ethnic Chinese, who buy them to offer to their dead relatives on the Qingming Festival this Friday.

'Text message made fools of Cabinet on April 1'

Hours before the clock struck 12 midnight April 1st, abs-cbnNEWS.com got a text message saying that a Cabinet revamp will happen in the next few weeks. But as ABS-CBN News asked around the Palace Tuesday, officials said the text message that spread was all empty talk.

New record set for ironing under water

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A group of 72 Australian scuba divers has flattened the world record for ironing under water, taking the plunge off a pier near the southern city of Melbourne with ironing boards and irons, and their linen. So-called "extreme ironing" has spawned a cult following in recent years. The Web site extremeironing.com espouses it as being the "latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt."