Couple gets luxurious stay at 1940s price
CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A couple stayed in Chicago's luxurious Palmer House Hotel for only $9.90 a day, the same price they paid for a room there 60 years ago.
Larry and Miriam Orenstein of Milwaukee were taking advantage of a promotional offer for those who slept in the hotel's lavish rooms decades ago, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Hotel spokesman Ken Price said that taking advantage of the 136-year-old hotel's newest offer isn’t always easy, given the length of time between guests' stays.
"A lot of people just don't have their original receipts," Price said of the offer's key requirement.
The Orensteins stayed at the Palmer House for their honeymoon -- and they still had their original receipt stored away among their wedding memorabilia.
Miriam told the Sun-Times that for their stay this weekend, the hotel even gave them the penthouse suite, which typically costs guests $1,600 a night.
"We are just surprised and shocked," the 81-year-old said. "What a nice present!"
Captain Underpants strikes school again
NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Not only did Captain Underpants make an appearance at Long Beach High School last year, but his memory has now prompted a costume ban at the New York school.
Because three of the high school's students decided to wear the fictional character's trademark tighty-whitey costume, school officials have banned all students from wearing costumes to school this year, New York Newsday reported.
Principal Nicholas Restivo said the unauthorized appearance of author Dave Pilkey's scantily-clad superhero at the high school proved that costumes in school were not a good idea.
"Captain Underpants certainly convinced me again that banning costumes was the right way to go," he said. "As a result of Captain Underpants, I found out that we are definitely in the minority of schools that allowed kids to come in wearing costumes."
While students at the school have since begun circulating a petition against the ban, Restivo told Newsday no change would occur.
"I had to sit back and ask myself 'Are you being an ogre?'" Restivo said. "I'm being a principal. I'm not being an ogre."
Mensa welcomes 5-year-old member
DALLAS, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The family of 5-year-old Mason Flood always knew the Dallas boy was smart, but they were surprised when Mensa accepted him as a member.
Mason's father, Marc Flood, said when his family met with officials from Mensa International, an association for the highly intelligent, they didn't think the organization even accepted children, The Dallas Morning News reported.
"When we approached Mensa, our original intent was not necessarily to put him in the organization," Marc Flood said. "It was more just to ask questions and find out what should we be doing, if anything, for him."
Mason has become the group's sixth youngest U.S. member.
To apply for Mensa membership, one must test into the top 2 percent on a standardized intelligence test. But even that does not ensure membership, as the group only accepts a small fraction of applicants.
Swedish TV employee in trouble over breast
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A Swedish television producer has been charged with giving an elderly man in a Stockholm park a glimpse of her bare breast.
The flashing episode was intended for "Raj Raj," a comic television show. But the man was not amused and complained to police.
He has refused to drop the case, even though the producer apologized and promised that he would not be on the program, The Local reported.
The episode was billed as one in which "plucky girls" would attempt to shock members of the public.
The producer has moved on to Strix Television, where another employee got into hot water for spraying Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt with water under cover of an interview.