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March 14, 2013 at 6:30 AM   |   0 comments

World's smallest book printed in Japan

TOKYO, March 13 (UPI) -- A Japanese printing company said it has created what it believes to be the world's smallest book, with pages measuring only .03-inches in each direction.

Toppan Printing said the book, which contains names and illustrations of flowers, cannot be read with the naked eye and is being sold with a magnifying glass and a larger copy for $305, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported Wednesday.

Toppan said it has applied to Guinness World Records, which currently lists the world's smallest book as a 30-page Russian book called "Chameleon."


Man in Lady Liberty outfit arrested

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 13 (UPI) -- Police said they arrested a man dressed in a Lady Liberty costume who was trying to get customers for a tax services office in Texas.

Fort Worth police said Channing Gould, 19, was arrested Monday afternoon for violating a city ordinance against distributing, selling or soliciting on medians and traffic islands, WFAA-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, reported Wednesday.

Police said he was also charged with resisting arrest when he refused to comply with the officer's orders and had to be subdued with a stun gun.

Gould said he tried to explain to the officer that he was just doing his job on half of Liberty Tax Services.

"I told him, 'Get away from me! What are you doing? Go talk to my boss!'" Gould said. "[The officer] doesn't cooperate with me. And then he takes out his Taser."

Gould said he plans to fight the charges.


Texas teen gets perfect ACT score

AUSTIN, Texas, March 13 (UPI) -- A Texas student said he was feeling confident when he took the ACT college placement test, but he was surprised to learn he had achieved a perfect score.

Arnav Sastry, 17, of Austin said he was confident when he took the test because he had done well on six practice tests. But he was still shocked and elated to learn he had earned a perfect composite score of 36, a feat accomplished by only one in 1,000 test takers, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday.

"I knew I was going to do well," Sastry said. "I didn't expect to do that well."

Sastry said he is hoping his test score will help him get into the University of Texas at Austin, the Georgia Institute of Technology or, "if I get really lucky," Stanford University. He said he wants to study computer science.


Ohio customers get the wrong gas

MEDINA, Ohio, March 13 (UPI) -- Motorists who filled up at three Ohio gas stations said their cars were damaged when diesel fuel came from the pump instead of 87 octane regular gasoline.

The drivers said thousands of dollars of damage was done to their cars when they filled up at the Sunoco station in Medina and at Giant Eagle GetGo stations in Fairlawn and Massillon, WKYC-TV, Cleveland, reported Wednesday,

Terry Rollins, whose Toyota Prius was one of the affected cars, said a manager at the Sunoco station blamed a fuel supplier for the mix-up. However, she said the manager told her the station would not be paying for her repairs.

A statement from Giant Eagle apologized for the incident and said it resulted from Bulk Terminal Storage delivering a shipment of 87 octane that had been contaminated with diesel. The company asked drivers whose cars were damaged by the contaminated gas Tuesday to submit claims for reimbursement.

WKYC-TV said Sunoco did not respond to a request for comment.

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