Cyprus radio scratched by fleas
NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Cyprus state radio had to scratch an entire day of live programming to rid its building of a flea infestation attributed to feral cats.
"The Cyprus Broadcasting Corp. announces that due to the immediate need to spray its studios, Radio 1 and Radio 2 will broadcast recorded programs until 2100 tonight, with news on the hour," an announcer told listeners Tuesday, the BBC said.
A CyBC reporter told the BBC the root of the problem lies within a huge colony of stray cats that lives around the building.
"The problem with the cats is causing a terrible situation. There are hundreds of them and they are running into the studios and onto the roof," one reporter said. "At one point, a cat fell through the roof and landed on someone's head."
With the fleas wiped out, it was unclear what CyBC officials planned to do about the cats.
Driver keeps going after buddy loses head
MARIETTA, Ga., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A telephone pole support wire decapitated a Georgia man in the passenger seat of a pickup truck -- and the driver apparently just kept going.
The victim, Francis Daniel Brohm, 23, and his friend, John Kemper Hutcherson, 21, both of Marietta, left a tavern Saturday night when Hutcherson's truck was ran off the road and hit a support wire, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.
The wire sheered off the truck's exterior right-side mirror and Brohm's head, police said.
Hutcherson continued driving several miles to his house where he parked in the driveway -- with Brohm's headless body still hanging out the passenger side window -- and went to bed.
A man and his daughter out walking Sunday morning saw the body hanging from the truck and called police.
Officers found Hutcherson sleeping in blood-stained clothes and charged him with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failure to stop at an accident with death or injury and failure to maintain lanes.
Hutcherson's severed head was later recovered near the accident site.
Hotel guests leave behind phone chargers
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Hotel guests leave a variety of belongings behind when they check out, but the most frequent items appear to be their cell phone chargers.
Hotel guests also leave their false teeth, sex toys, canes, toothbrushes, camping cots and full liquor bottles, the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun reported Monday.
"Once we found a triple-X movie sitting in the VCR, so I ended up mailing it to (the teenage guests') parents," said Greg Williams, president of Myrtle Beach Rooms for Rent.
Joe Towery, of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, says cell phone chargers are most often left behind by hotel guests.
Hotels hold on to items left behind by guests, but many remain unclaimed.
"They usually call back for their teeth," Towery said.
Love-hungry zoo chimp takes up smoking
ZHENGZHOU, China, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A sexually frustrated chimpanzee at a Chinese zoo has taken to smoking cigarettes and occasionally spitting, China's official Xinhua news agency reports.
Feili, 13, is apparently dissatisfied with the physical performance of her cage-mate, who is 28 years older, said Liu Bing, the Zhengzhou zoo director.
Liu said he doesn't believe the chimp is addicted to nicotine, but is bored and imitating the people she sees outside the cage as they smoke and spit.
The report said Feili becomes excited when she sees a visitor light up a cigarette, and becomes impatient when they show no sign of giving it to her. Tourists who throw the chimp a lit cigarette short of the cage pose no problem for Feili, as she uses a stick to drag the butt within reach.