Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International  |  Dec. 17, 2003 at 6:53 AM
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PLAYBOY TO AUCTION 300 ITEMS

A photograph of a topless Marilyn Monroe is one item to be auctioned at Christies in New York, along with other Playboy items, on the magazine's 50th anniversary.

The Monroe photograph, estimated to get $10,000, was the "sweetheart of the month" pix in the 1953 centerfold of the magazine's premier issue, described as a "handbook for the urban male," Britain's ITV reports.

Hugh Hefner had bought the previously unpublished shot of Monroe from a calendar company.

The first Playboy edition was printed without a date so it could remain on news stands indefinitely. It sold more than 50,000 copies.


THE $2,900 COAT HANGERS

The jury in the embezzlement trial of Tyco tycoon Dennis Kozlowski can wade through 300 pages of invoices to figure out how decorators spent $7 million on his apartment.

Manhattan, N.Y., prosecutors released the invoices that reveal decorators spent $515 on a toaster, $2,900 for coat hangers and $4,050 for a tablecloth, among other items, the New York Post reports.

In their case against Kozlowski, prosecutors say the executive charged everything to Tyco as unauthorized compensation.

Kozlowski attorneys defend the purchases as an investment because the apartment was listed on Tyco's books as an asset and Kozlowski used it for business purposes.


UNDERTAKER APOLOGIZES FOR MIX UP

A British undertaker apologized to two families for a mix-up that resulted in a funeral being conducted with the wrong coffin.

Co-operative Funeral Service in Cheltenham, England, allegedly tried to cover up its mistake by taking the same coffin to the right funeral to be blessed a second time, the London Telegraph reports.

The mix-up resulted in one body being cremated without having been at the service attended by relatives, or having been blessed.

"When this was discovered our funeral manager's first concern was to avoid distress to the family, so she decided not to inform them of the mistake but to ensure that the right coffin was the one that was later cremated," the funeral home's spokesman said.


WORKERS CRIED AT HEARING OF BONUS

Tears flowed at a Maine shoe factory when the workers heard about this year's Christmas bonus.

"They called us all together and said we would each get $1,000," Lawrence Wyman said. "Everyone started clapping and then they said it would be $1,000 for each year worked."

That's when the tears began flowing. At a time when manufacturing jobs are being lost to automation or sent overseas, SAS Shoemakers gave a bonus to its workers totaling an estimated $200,000, Britain's Sky News reported.

Plant workers, Lawrence, and his wife, Charline, each received checks for $19,000 for working at the plant 19 years.

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