DALLAS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based specialty retailer, Tuesday rolled out its 2004 Christmas Book featuring a "His & Her" bowling center for $1.5 million.
The 78th edition features a new line of unique holiday gifts that also includes a 230-foot-long Zeppelin, a custom suit of armor, and an underwater diving device called the Deep Flight Aviator.
The featured car this Christmas is the Neiman Marcus Limited Edition 2005 Maserati Quattroporte, priced at $125,000.
"For our customers, the arrival of The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book marks the official start of the holiday season," said Brendan Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Direct.
The fully equipped, 5,000-square-foot, four-lane Bowling Center is the annual "His & Hers Gift," another Nieman Marcus Christmas tradition. It includes an entertainment center with two large-screen plasma TVs and a karaoke machine.
The modern Zeppelin NT, built to accommodate 12 passengers, a pilot and flight crew, can achieve 70 knots and stay airborne for 24 hours. Price: $10 million.
New York Dog magazine includes doggy obits
NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The New York Dog, a 108-page, full-color, glossy magazine, goes on sale Friday with three pages devoted to eulogies for dogs that have died.
"These are not death notices or part of the classified section," publisher Gregg Oehler said in a statement. "They are actual obituaries: beautifully written, incredibly moving pieces, paying tribute to dogs that have died in the last month from all over America."
The dog obituaries are a free service and the magazine is already overwhelmed by the number of people who have submitted one for their deceased pet, Oehler said.
A recent survey by the American Pet Association showed 30 percent of those polled said they were as attached to their dog as they were to a best friend, 14 percent said they were as attached to their dog as to their children, and 10 percent felt as attached to their dog as to their spouses.
In addition to the dog obituaries, the nationally distributed magazine will feature articles on subjects such as how to win your dog in a custody battle, canine haute couture, advice from an animal behaviorist, and a close look at dogs on the Atkins diet.
The magazine, priced at $4.99, will be published six times annually by Gatsby Publishing Inc.
Survey: Britons fool around, alot
LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A British survey has found almost half the nation's adult population has cheated on his or her partner, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
The ICM survey said of 643 people between the ages 25 and 34, 47 percent admitted to being unfaithful at some point in a relationship.
A fifth of those questioned said they had cheated on their current partners. Men were more "active" than women with 25 percent admitting to straying, compared to 15 percent of women. And out of those who confessed to being unfaithful, 92 percent revealed they were repeat offenders.
Illicit liaisons were not confined to those in short-term relationships: 16 percent of people who were either married or living with someone had been unfaithful to their current partner.
Despite the high proportion of infidelity, 78 percent of women and 55 percent of men thought cheating was immoral.
Seventy-three percent of the cheaters regretted being unfaithful, but 24 insisted they didn't feel guilty. And a defiant 6 percent thought having sex with someone else did not constitute cheating.
Regional differences were striking: 29 percent of Londoners said they were prepared for an "open relationship," compared to 5 percent in the north.
Professor is Britain's first pet shrink
LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An animal behaviorist has become the first professor of animal psychiatry in Great Britain.
Lincoln University professor Danny Mills will study dogs, cats and horses in search of ways to reduce anxiety in the animals, with an eye on what can be learned about human behavior, the Telegraph reported.
"Pet dogs are better matched to the human mind than any other animal, even the chimpanzee, which is traditionally thought to be the closest animal to a human," said Mills. "We look at their intellect, their problem-solving abilities, their social awareness. It's of benefit to both dogs and humans."
Mills recently became Britain's first specialist in veterinary behavioral medicine to be recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and runs a clinic for animals suffering behavioral problems.
He developed a stable mirror to help horses with isolation problems, and has used animal pheromones to control unruly pets.
Among the projects Mills will be working on: why some dogs don't like riding in cars and how to reduce stress dogs suffer when left alone.