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By United Press International   |   April 12, 2005 at 6:30 AM
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Cruise vacation goes buggy

ORLANDO, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- A dream vacation turned into a nightmare cruise for a Florida couple attacked by bed bugs while they slept in their cabin.

Alan and Nathalie Wasserstorm described their misadventure aboard the Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas to WKMG-TV, Orlando, Monday.

"I was in such disbelief at first, you know, I mean, it was hundreds and hundreds of bugs, we had leaned against all the night before, I mean it literally made my skin crawl," Alan Wasserstorm said.

The couple moved to another room, but not before receiving numerous bites.

"We really wanted a dream vacation and instead I am taking nitro pills instead for pains," Alan Wasserstorm said.

Royal Caribbean apologized and refunded their $2,800 tickets. However, the company refused to reimburse them for medical care or hotel expenses.

The Wasserstorms said they would never take another cruise.

Poet was real author of London sex guide

LONDON, April 11 (UPI) -- Irish poet Samuel Derrick was the real author of a popular but controversial 18th century list of London prostitutes, a British historian concludes.

It was long believed was Jack Harris, whose real name was John Harrison, wrote "Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies," but historian Hallie Rubenhold told the Guardian her investigation concluded Derrick was the real author.

The publication, which scandalized many during its nearly 30-year run starting in 1757, described the people and services they would perform in London's night life.

It also was highly popular and sold an estimated 250,000 copies, the historian said.

Rubenhold said Derrick probably paid Harris, whose autobiography was titled "Pimp General to the People of England," to use his name.

The publication was Derrick's financial salvation, although only a public appeal paid for the Irish poet's funeral in 1769.

Some used Prius selling higher than new

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 11 (UPI) -- U.S. demand for the Prius, a gas-electric hybrid made by Toyota, has grown so strong, some used models are reportedly selling for more than they cost new.

A study conducted by Kelly Blue Book and Harris Interactive found that to avoid the typical two-month waiting period for the Toyota Prius -- some waiting times are higher -- many people are willing to pay a premium for a used model, reported CNN/Money.

The survey also found 8 percent of the consumers polled considered hybrid vehicles during March, double the amount in February, but if gas prices reach $3 per gallon, 77 percent of car shoppers would seriously consider a more fuel efficient vehicle.

The Prius uses an electric motor in addition to a gasoline engine to achieve an EPA estimated 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 60 mpg in the city.

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