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Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International   |   July 18, 2003 at 4:00 AM   |   Comments

SEXUAL WEB ON THE WEB

Oh, what a tangled Web they weave as more and more married people sneak into Internet chat rooms for romantic or sexual thrills.

A University of Florida study finds chat rooms are the fastest-rising cause of marital breakdowns.

"Never before has the dating world been so handy for married men and women looking for a fling," says University of Florida researcher Beatriz Avila Mileham.

Eighty-three percent of the study's participants said they did not consider themselves to be cheating, and the remaining 17 percent deemed it a "weak" form of infidelity that was easily justifiable.

Twenty-six of the 86 study participants went on to meet the person whom they had been engaged in an online relationship with, and of these, all but two ended up having a real-life affair.


LOADED GUN IN TEDDY BEAR

Federal investigators are looking a little girl and the person who gave a her teddy bear with a loaded gun inside.

The girl gave the bear to a 10-year-old boy vacationing in Orlando, Fla., where federal screeners at the Orlando International Airport spotted the gun.

Security screeners detected the .22-caliber gun as the boy passed through the checkpoint before boarding a flight to return home to Grove City, Ohio, The Miami Herald reports.

"It could have gone off in the child's lap at 30,000 feet," says Robert Johnson, director of communication and public information for the Transportation Security Administration in Washington, D.C.


DRANO BOMBS

New York police are on the lookout for a new street weapons, dubbed "Drano bombs," that have injured nine people since April.

Teens have been shaking plastic bottles filled with water and Drano, which explode a short time later, the New York Post reports.

Eleven "bombs" were tossed -- into a schoolyard and along a street in Queens in May.

None of the victims, who included a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old, were seriously injured, the Post says.


OWNER AND GIZMO REUNITED

When he was sprung from Manhattan Criminal Court, after being in custody for more than 41 hours, Angel Melendez couldn't wait to get back to his cat Gizmo.

Police officers in New York City were holding black-and-white kitty in the Union Square transit police station, where they had charged Melendz with having an unrestrained animal in the subway.

Gizmo had been asleep and his owner was playing drums on a bucket at the time of the arrest, the New York Daily News reports.

Melendez was held because he had ignored an earlier violation, there was a warrant for his arrest and no one could find the paperwork on the earlier case.

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