Typo sends college applicants to sex line
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Applicants to New Jersey's major Catholic university got a shock when they called an 800 number for assistance and instead received an invitation to sex talk.
Seton Hall University blamed the problem on the transposition of two digits, which gave students the number of a phone sex business.
"We did 973 instead of 937. As you can see, it's an easy mistake," spokesman Thomas White told the Star-Ledger of Newark.
The typo occurred both on the university's Web site and on printed application materials. The number was supposed to be that of World Education Services, a New York company that screens foreign high school transcripts.
White said the university had received no complaints about the error and he did not know how long the misprint has been on forms.
Strip club offers bathroom valets
WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A strip club preparing for opening in eastern Pennsylvania plans to offer unusual amenities, including tuxedoed bathroom attendants and valet parking.
Club 10 Plus, of course, also plans to include exotic dancers who will take it all off, the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader reports.
Local officials have been fighting the club, scheduled to open in February, for well over a year. Steven Barrouk, president of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, called it a "disgrace to the community."
Ordinances aimed at the club would require dancers to keep at least 20 feet away from customers and bans them from accepting tips. Elaine Cook, a lawyer representing the owner, Sal Scalzo, argues that those ordinances would not apply to Club 10 Plus because they were passed after its license was approved.
John O'Neill, an assistant professor of hospitality management at Penn State, said that the club's luxury touches are unusual for the area as well as for the type of business.
"There wouldn't be anything in Wilkes-Barre or State College for that matter that really fits into that category," he said.
Poker party in nudist country
LAND O'LAKES, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- After they ante up at Florida's Paradise Lakes Resort Friday, poker players won't have aces up their sleeves since they won't be wearing clothes.
A strip poker tournament geared toward students at the University of South Florida will highlight an all-day "Bulls in the Buff" event at the clothing-optional resort.
Resort owner Joe Lettelleir said Kristy Lucas, an unpaid USF intern, came up with the strip poker idea. Lettelleir has been trying to find ways to introduce younger people to the nudist lifestyle.
"I think the (USF students) will enjoy it," he told the Tampa Tribune. "It's all in fun."
A hotbed of nudist resorts, Land O' Lakes is home to four of five such resorts in Pasco County. An estimated 100,000 nudists, part of a fast-growing niche in the tourism industry, reportedly pour into the area each year.
Lettelleir expects a large crowd. The strip poker tournament is for couples and single women.
Guilty plea from man with bag of reptiles
BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Japanese man caught at the airport in Brisbane with 39 exotic snakes, lizards and turtles in his bag will have an extended stay in Australia.
Katsuhide Naito pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court and received a 3 1/2-year sentence, the Australian reported. The judge suspended all but 14 months of the sentence and gave Naito credit for time served.
Naito reportedly hoped to exchange his bag full of reptiles for a champion Australian cattle dog. They had an estimated value of $20,000 Australian ($15,000 U.S.).
Prosecutor Madonna Hayes called Naito's crime "brazen."
She said some of the reptiles were members of endangered species and three of the reptiles died during the trip. Many of them were packed in harsh conditions, with six snakes jammed into plastic containers and bottles.
The surviving animals were euthanized to prevent the spread of animal disease, then stuffed and donated to the Queensland Museum.
Naito claimed an intermediary in Thailand who had arranged the exchange packed the bag, and he knew he was carrying snakes but did not know about the monitor lizards, iguanas and other animals.