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By United Press International  |  Nov. 29, 2004 at 6:00 AM
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Urine may bring down Indonesian bridge

JAKARTA, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An Indonesian bridge could collapse because locals relieve themselves on it so much, Sky News reported Sunday.

Urine is rotting one of the steel pillars of Ampera bridge on the island of Sumatra, causing the span to list and even rock under the weight of heavy traffic.

"We are concerned that one of its main support piers has been weakened by urine, as it is a popular spot for locals to relieve themselves," a public works official told the Jakarta Post.

He added the corrosive forces of urine could eventually cause the bridge to collapse.

Vehicles weighing more than one ton are being diverted from the bridge.

Old baseball cards fetch $800,000

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A collection of baseball cards found inside a shoebox at a New York woman's home has sold for $800,000, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The 144 cards -- wrapped in napkins and in their original envelopes -- included a complete set of 1914 Cracker Jack cards of legendary major-leaguers Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and others.

The sale, believed to be a record for baseball cards, is expected to be announced Monday by Willowbrook auction house MastroNet Inc.

"No one could predict it would sell for this number," said MastroNet President Doug Allen. "We're in a business where people call us all the time and tell us 'Hey, look at what I have here' and it's rarely a gold mine. This one was."

Both buyer and seller have asked for anonymity.

The cards belonged to the woman's uncle, who died during World War II, and her father kept them until his death. After some research on the Internet, the woman realized the cards were valuable, Allen said.

One collector said he was in a "state of mini-shock" when he saw the cards.

Giant snowball fight might be cancelled

WAUCONDA, Ill., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The Great Fruitcake Fling and Grumpiest Old Men Ice Fishing Derby are still on, but Illinois' Wauconda Lions Club says it may cancel the giant snowball fight.

. The club in the Chicago suburb of Wauconda hopes to raise some money for charity with its Jan. 29 events, which also include a Main Street Ice Sculpting Contest, the second annual Chili Cook-Off, and the Ice Crystal Ball and Bonfire.

However, there has been some hesitation in approving the giant snowfall fight that would be an attempt to break the Guinness World Records of 3,000 people in a snowball fight, the Waukegan News-Sun reported.

"I think it's very aggressive," Trustee John Amrich said during a recent village board meeting. "I don't really think we should have that snowball fight."

Amrich said he was concerned such a large event might place the village at risk for personal injury, property damage, or other lawsuits.

The current Guinness World Record for the largest snowball fight involved 2,473 people in Graubunden, Switzerland, Jan. 18, 2003.

About 50 U.S. dogs are sniffing for mold

DENVER, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Sniffing dogs can find drugs, bombs and other hidden contraband, as well as lost people and even cancer, and now some 50 U.S. dogs are sniffing for mold.

Rolly, a 2-year-old Australian shepherd who lives in Arapahoe County in Colorado, is one of those dogs. She has spent more than 1,000 hours training to become an expert in finding molds, reported the Denver Post Sunday.

"Superman has X-ray vision, she has an X-ray nose," Pierre Barthle, who owns and employs Rolly, Told the newspaper. "She can see right through a wall."

While machines can detect molds in particles per million, Rolly's nose can detect particles per trillion, according to Barthle.

In addition, machines measure air particles and have to be analyzed, which can take days. Rolly can detect mold and find the source, often behind walls and under floors -- immediately.

A graduate of the Florida Canine Academy, Rolly has so far worked about 100 jobs in Colorado, both residential and commercial, including Colorado State University, the Post reported.

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