230-foot cigar rolled in Cuba
HAVANA, May 5 (UPI) -- A Cuban cigar roller said he is submitting his 230-foot cigar to Guinness World Records for recognition as the world's longest cigar.
Jose Castelar Cairo, 67, who uses the name Cueto for his cigar rolling, said he began rolling the massive Habano -- a cigar containing 100 percent Cuban tobacco -- April 25 using tobacco from his own farm in San Juan y Martinez and completed the project Tuesday, the Cuban News Agency reported Wednesday.
Cueto set previous records with a 36-foot cigar in 2001, a 48.8-foot cigar in 2003, a 70-foot cigar in 2005 and a 149-foot cigar in 2008.
The roller said he believes the "Guinness (record) of the largest Habano in the planet should always belong to Cuba."
The giant cigar is currently housed at the Morro-Cabana fortresses in Havana for display at the upcoming International Tourism Fair FITCuba 2011.
Voter hotline was phone sex number
INDIANAPOLIS, May 5 (UPI) -- Indiana officials said a typo caused residents calling a voter information hotline number distributed in a news release to be connected with a phone sex line.
The Indiana Secretary of State's office said the number given for the Hoosier Voter Hotline in Monday's news release was the incorrect number and caused callers to be connected with a recording telling them to dial a second number for "fun, stimulating conversation," The (Elkhart) Truth reported Wednesday.
A.J. Feeney-Ruiz, a Secretary of State spokesman, said the error was corrected within 35 minutes of the news release being sent out.
"This is my mistake. I actually wrote down the wrong number," Feeney-Ruiz said. "Human error."
Stolen Superman plaque returned
CLEVELAND, May 5 (UPI) -- Officials in a Cleveland neighborhood said a stolen plaque honoring the creators of Superman has been returned undamaged.
Tracey Kirksey, executive director of the Glenville Development Corp., said the plaque honoring Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster was cut off a post three weeks ago and turned up undamaged Monday outside a fire station near the intersection where it was taken, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Wednesday.
The plaque was erected in 2003 at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and East 105th Street, near the home where Siegel and Shuster lived when they created Superman in 1938.
Kirksey said the sign is being housed at the Glenville Development Corp. building until it can be returned to its former perch.
Fla. man had pot in mouth at traffic stop
BARTOW, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- A Florida high school teacher who allegedly hid marijuana in his mouth during a traffic stop was shocked with a Taser and arrested, police said.
Bartow police said Bradley Gummow, 33, who teaches 11th and 12th grades at Bartow High School, was pulled over shortly before 11 a.m. Monday and an officer saw what appeared to be a plastic bag in the suspect's mouth while he was talking to police, WTSP-TV, St. Petersburg, reported Wednesday.
Police said Gummow refused to show them the contents of his mouth and resisted officers until he was shocked with the Taser. Officers said the suspect spit out five small bags of marijuana.
Gummow, who was previously on probation for reckless driving involving alcohol, was charged with a probation violation, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer without force or violence.
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