Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By ELLEN BECK, United Press International  |  Aug. 15, 2003 at 4:00 AM
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Tourists in Florence and Venice in Italy have been banned from sitting anywhere they like after officials decided more decorum is needed around historic sites.

The Italian cities have started fining people $56 if they sit or lie down on the steps in front of churches, such as Florence's cathedral, the Duomo, and the Basilica of St. Mark in St. Mark's Square in Venice.

Last month, the Rev. Timothy Verdon, of Florence's Duomo, said the area outside the famous church had become "an open toilet" at night.

He accused city officials of neglecting the religious sites, saying those who wanted to enter the church to pray had to run an obstacle course of squatting tourists and souvenir sellers, the BBC reports.


Onur Gunturkun, from the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, says when people kiss, most lean their head to the right.

Gunturkun happened to be stuck for five hours in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and noticed that when a couple kissed, they each tilted their head to the right -- so each person's nose was to their right of the other person's nose.

He collected data on 124 scientifically valid "kissing pairs" at airports, parks, beaches and railway stations.

The results were clear-cut -- two-thirds of people tilt their heads to the right -- about 90 percent of humans are right-handed, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports.


Women complained and the Bonner County Fair decided to pull its first ever tight-fitting jeans contest, the Bonner County Daily Bee in Idaho reports.

"Some ladies in the community think that it's inappropriate," fair Manager Rhonda Livingston told the paper.

While the women complained it was exploitation, sponsor Wrangler -- the jeans company -- said that was not the intent.

The paper notes folks who work around horses and livestock like to wear tight clothes because they are less likely to snag on the animals.


A 91-year-old Texas man walked into an Abilene, Texas, bank and handed a teller an envelope with the word "ROBBERY" printed on it.

J.L. "Red" Rountree allegedly left with $2,000 and fled in a '96 Buick Regal, the Web site The Smoking Gun reports.

He was arrested 30 minutes later by police who had been given his license plate number by an alert bystander.

Rountree, who once owned a successful manufacturing business, has been convicted on bank robbery charges twice in the past five years.

In a 2001 interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Rountree spoke of his long dislike for savings institutions, ever since one in Texas "forced me into bankruptcy. I have never liked banks since."

It's not known for sure if he is the oldest Texas bank robber.

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