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Jan. 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM   |   Comments

Swedes shed pants to ride trains

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- More than 100 people in Stockholm, Sweden, shed their trousers in cold weather for the annual No Pants Subway Ride.

Betty Jarra, an organizer of the event, said the underdressed people on the commuter trains Sunday were taking part in what has become an annual tradition, The Local.se reported Monday.

"It's always been a success since we started with just eight people back in 2009. And it works because it makes people happy, and it gets them to react. It doesn't matter how they react -- as long as they do," Jarra said.

"People get engaged more than they usually do in Stockholm and we think that's important," she said.

The event was inspired by a New York tradition, started in 2002 by performance group Improv Everywhere. There are now No Pants Subway Rides in 60 cities around the world.


Bear births broadcast online

ELY, Minn., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The North American Bear Center in Minnesota broadcast the births of a pair of black bears during the weekend at their mother's den.

The center said Lily the black bear, who previously gave birth to cub Hope in 2010 and cubs Faith and Jason in 2011, gave birth early Saturday morning at her den near Ely and the event was broadcast worldwide via webcam, the Duluth News Tribune reported Monday.

"Lily was restless Friday evening and surprised us by giving birth a week earlier than she has previously," said Lynn Rogers of the North American Bear Center. "We're thrilled to hear the sounds of healthy cubs."

The cubs have not yet been named by the center, officials said. Previous births have been followed by cub naming contests open to the public.


Cat survives 36-mile trip on truck engine

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Missouri family said their 9-month-old cat survived a 36-mile trip on the engine of a truck with only a few minor scratches.

Johnathan Widdows of Fredericktown said he picked up his son from the boy's grandmother's house Sunday morning and when they arrived home, his son heard a faint cry coming from under the hood, KSDK-TV, St. Louis, reported Monday.

Widdows said he opened the hood and discovered the family's cat, Nyan, trembling on top of the engine.

Nyan, who had only minor injuries, appeared to have recovered from the stress of her ordeal a few hours later and was back to acting normally, Widdows said.


Siblings reunite after 60 years

DAVENPORT, Iowa, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An Iowa man said he was able to reunite with his sister 60 years after the siblings were separated thanks to an iPad-wielding 7-year-old.

Clifford Boyson of Davenport said he has tried for years to discover if any of his four siblings, from whom he was separated as children in Chicago when they went to different foster homes, were still living, but he was not able to find evidence of them until his landlord's 7-year-old son, Eddie, was able to find his last remaining sibling, Betty, on Facebook, WHO-TV, Des Moines, Iowa, reported Monday.

Clifford and Betty, who lives in St. Louis, were reunited recently in Davenport.

"My heart was going 60 miles per hour. I never thought it would come true," Clifford said.

Betty said seeing her brother brought back memories.

"He reminded me a lot of my brother Bob who I knew and he's deceased and it was like seeing him again," she said.

The siblings said they have set up a bank account to help Eddie pay for college as thanks for helping them reunite.

"Don't give up hope if you're looking for someone because you'll never know what 7 year old can do for you," Clifford said.

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