Men wear kilts to clean windows, gutters
HOLLISTON, Mass., April 3 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts business called Men in Kilts offers customers window washing, pressure washing and gutter cleaning by men dressed in traditional Scottish garb.
Shane Ross of the Holliston, Mass., business, a franchise spun off from the original Men in Kilts service in Vancouver, British Columbia, said the response had been positive, WHDH-TV, Boston, reported Wednesday.
"I got a good thumbs up from everybody. They liked it, they liked the idea of the kilt," Ross said.
Ross said he isn't bothered by working in a kilt.
"Nope, I'm Scottish so I don't mind it at all, paying tribute to my heritage," he said.
Judy Briggs, the franchise owner, said the men do a lot of climbing in their kilts but they remind customers of their "no peeking" rule.
"We did a photo shoot last week in Boston. My son was up on the second floor and the women were walking down the street and instead of going around the ladder, they'd go under the ladder. And he just politely said, 'no peeking,'" Briggs said.
Likely twins raising funds for reunion
LOS ANGELES, April 3 (UPI) -- A student in London and a Los Angeles actress are raising funds online to help them discover if they are long-lost twin sisters.
Anais Bordier, 25, a French fashion student living in London, said she saw Samantha Futerman, also 25, in a 3-minute YouTube sketch and thought it was like "looking back at myself," ABC News reported Wednesday.
Bordier said she decided to investigate further after seeing Futerman in the film "21 & Over" and she found out Futerman had also been born in South Korea and adopted at a young age. She said she decided to find the other woman on Facebook when she found out they had the same birthday, Nov. 19, 1987.
"At first glance, I only saw my face staring back from her profile picture," Futerman says. "After just a few clicks and a personal message from Anais, I knew I was about to embark on a journey that no one else had ventured before ... I was positive that this girl was in fact my biological twin sister."
Futerman said she and her likely sister found they share "a twisted sense of humor, a love of cheese and an apparent Napoleon complex."
The women are using fundraising website Kickstarter.com in an attempt to finance a meeting and a DNA test to prove their relation. The women said they have raised $34,000 with 15 days left to go in the fundraising drive.
Welsh teenager snares rare white mole
CARMARTHEN, Wales, April 3 (UPI) -- Experts said a white mole caught in a farm trap set by a Welsh teenager is a one in 100,000 animal.
Gary Childs, 17, of Carmarthen, who makes extra money by setting mole traps on farms, said he was stunned when he went to check on one of his traps recently and discovered it contained an albino mole, The Mirror reported Wednesday.
"I'd heard of white moles but never seen one," Childs said. "So when I saw it in the trap I couldn't believe my eyes -- I was certainly shocked."
Childs, who said farmers pay him about $15 per mole he catches on their properties, said he discovered a stuffed albino mole recently sold for about $908 on eBay.
Brian Alderton, founder of the British Traditional Molecatchers Register, said only about one in 100,000 moles have the unusual coloration.
"I've been catching moles for 15 years and I have never caught one and I have caught thousands of moles," Alderton said. "I know people who have been catching for 30 years and they have never caught one.
Childs said he has not yet decided what to do with the animal.
Dog found after nine days on mountain pass
ASPEN, Colo., April 3 (UPI) -- A Colorado woman said she has been reunited with her dog nine days after the female Shar-Pei vanished on a mountain pass.
Judy Dunn, of Aspen, Colo., said she was walking her two dogs on Independence Pass March 23 when 4-year-old Sophie ran off and disappeared, The Aspen Times reported Wednesday.
"I was up there until midnight looking for her," Dunn said, adding she returned at 7:30 a.m. to resume her search.
However, there was no sign of Sophie until Monday morning, when Aspen resident Andre Mpitsos spotted her while walking his own six dogs on the pass.
"About 200 or 300 yards past the gate, I see this little face peering from behind a tree. I said, 'You want a treat?' and she came barreling out," Mpitsos said.
Mpitsos said he recognized Sophie from the missing dog advertisements and fliers around town.
"I was there at the right time, I guess. It was exciting," he said.
Dunn said Sophie lost weight and suffered frostbite to her nose and paws but wasn't seriously injured during her nine days in the cold.