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Sept. 10, 2009 at 5:31 PM
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Man banned from displaying Viagra rocket

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A New York state man was banned by a federal judge from displaying a replica missile bearing the Viagra slogan due to a trademark violation.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley said in his ruling Tuesday Arye Sachs, 49, of West Hempstead, violated drugmaker Pfizer's trademark by towing a 25-foot replica missile emblazoned with "Viva Viagra" past the corporation's headquarters in New York, Long Island Newsday reported Thursday.

Sachs said the incident was aimed at getting attention for his advertising business.

"Defendant's midday sojourn with a missile to Pfizer's world headquarters traded on the fame and reputation of Viagra," Pauley said.

Sachs was ordered to cease displays of the replica missile and pay Pfizer's legal fees.


Dachshund, 20, may be world's oldest dog

SHREWSBURY, England, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A British man said Guinness World Records is investigating whether his dachshund, age 20 years and six months, is the world's oldest dog.

Peter Jones, 68, of Shrewsbury, England, said he believes the dachshund, Otto, is the world's oldest living dog after the death of a 21-year-old dachshund in the United States, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

"When I saw this dog had died and he was the oldest in the world, I thought Otto must be getting on to being the oldest as well," Jones said of the canine, who has reached 147 in dog years. "I thought it would be good to see if Otto is the oldest. My vet said to me that they hadn't got any older dogs going to see them.

"He will follow me wherever I go and doesn't go running off. If I go out, I come back and he's sat by the door waiting. He's got a bit of arthritis but apart from that, he's quite well."

Jones said he has submitted a certificate proving Otto's age to Guinness World Records.


Bottle message found after 5 years

GOONHAVERN, England, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A British man who discovered a message in a bottle on a beach said he tracked down the U.S. teenager who dropped it from a cruise ship five years ago.

Tony Hoskings, a retired electrician, said he found the bottle in July while walking his dog in Goonhavern and discovered a message inside from cruise ship passenger Daniel Knopp, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

"I noticed paper and could just see that it said Grandeur of the Seas, which I recognized as a cruise ship belonging to the company that my wife and I took a cruise with on their liner Song of America," Hoskings said.

The message, which bore the date June 21, 2004, reads: "Hello, my name is Daniel Knopp. I am on a cruise ship. I hope whoever reads this finds great joy. God bless."

The note also identified Knopp's home as Baltimore, Md.

Hoskings said his local paper, The West Briton, contacted the Baltimore Sun for help in locating Knopp. He was found after a seven-week search and discovered to be a 19-year-old political science student at the University of Maryland.

"I was 14 when I threw the message off the ship in Freeport, in the Bahamas," Knopp said. "I thought it would be unreal if it were ever to be found, and I figured it would be destroyed by the ocean environment.

"I was astounded by it not only being found, but the message still being legible -- it's almost story-like that it was located."


Group plans nude protest on beach

SAN ONOFRE, Calif., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A California nudist group said it is planning a nude protest at the state-run Trail 6 beach in San Onofre against a new ban on going naked.

Allen Baylis, a Huntington Beach, Calif., attorney and a leader of the Naturist Action Committee, said the group is calling for beach-goers to shed their clothing at Trail 6 Sunday to protest the state Department of Parks and Recreation's announcement that nude sunbathers will be cited at the beach, which was previously considered clothing-optional, the Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Thursday.

"It kind of comes down to that the state has better things to spend their money on than running after naked people on the beach," Baylis said.

Roy Stearns, a spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, said he does not agree with the decision to protest.

"You know forcing a confrontation doesn't solve this problem and just makes the lack of civility in this issue worse," Stearns said. "They're entitled to have a rally but what's the purpose of the rally?"

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