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UPI NewsTrack Quirks in the News

Dec. 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Security firm's program 'Saving Jesus'

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A New York firm said its Saving Jesus program is dedicated to using GPS to prevent and solve thefts of baby Jesuses from nativity scenes.

Todd Morris, chief executive of BrickHouse Security, said he started the program seven years ago after hearing of how often baby Jesus figurines are stolen from outdoor nativity scenes, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Morris said the company implants GPS devices in the figurines and publicizes the security measure to deter thieves.

Marc Horowitz, the company's editorial director, said none of the hundreds of figurines under the company's protection has been stolen.

"If you're out and you've had a couple of drinks and you're looking to pull a prank, this would not be a good idea," Horowitz said.


After 48 years, marriage found unofficial

REDLANDS, Calif., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A California couple said they had to have a second wedding after discovering their 48 years of marriage were not legally official.

Bob and Norma Clark of Redlands said they were preparing legal paperwork to get their affairs in order and soon discovered the San Mateo County Hall of Records had no documentation of their Aug. 29, 1964, ceremony, the Redlands Daily Facts reported Monday.

The couple said the church where they held their wedding had a copy of the certificate, but they were unable to file it because it had been more than two years since the wedding.

The Clarks said they went down to the county Hall of Records on San Bernardino's Hospitality Lane Nov. 21 with the bride's siblings, Deanna Silvestri and Bill Thrall, as witnesses for the filing of their new marriage certificate.

"I got her a nice bouquet, and it was just a hoot," Bob Clark said. "There were about 35 people there who were asking us why we were there. We told them that we've been married ... and we brought along a book of all our pictures and showed them [off]."

Bob Clark said he abided by a man in the crowd's suggestion that he "kiss the bride" when the filing was done.


Boaters asked to watch out for manatees

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Officials in a Florida county are asking boaters to watch out for manatees while navigating waterways during the winter.

Broward County officials said the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division discovered cold conditions brought a record 477 manatees to the county's waterways during the first week of December, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

Officials said the number has since decreased, but is likely to climb again due to the current cold front.

"The current cold front should cause the number to jump back up well into the hundreds," said Pat Quinn, a Marine Resources officer with Broward County NRPMD.

Officials are asking boaters to be on the lookout for the endangered marine mammals by wearing polarized sunglasses and watching for large circular slicks on the surface of the water known as manatee "footprints."

The officials said the manatees will likely be traveling south in the Intracoastal Waterway to find warmer waters.


24 elephants to race in Nepal

CHITWAN, Nepal, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Organizers of a Nepalese elephant festival said the ninth annual event will involve 24 racing pachyderms and eight elephants playing soccer.

Organizers of the Chitwan Elephant Festival said the three-day event will include a race between 24 elephants, a soccer game featuring eight of the animals and five elephants participating in a beauty contest, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

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