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May 5, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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N.Y. town dedicated to honoring Jell-O

BATAVIA, N.Y., May 5 (UPI) -- True Jell-O fans might think they are in seventh heaven if they get to Le Roy, a New York town that practically worships the gelatin brand.

More than 10,000 Jell-O fans travel to Le Roy each year to partake in its Jell-O Gallery exhibits, dedicated to recognizing the popular dessert, The New York Times reported.

The General Mills Inc. factory that originally produced Jell-O has been closed for more than 40 years, but the gallery celebrates Jell-O in all its unnatural glory.

"Most little historical societies would give their eye teeth for a hook like we have," gallery director Lynne J. Belluscio said.

Bulluscio, whose gallery is paired in Le Roy with a Jell-O Brick Road, told the Times that Mormons are particularly fond of the dessert food.

In fact, Jell-O was officially declared the state snack of the Mormon-rich state of Utah in 2001.

The Times said based on gallery information, Jell-O was invented in 1897 by Le Roy carpenter Pearle B. Wait, whose wife is credited with coming up with the name that has become known worldwide.

'Rickroll' prank comes to Baltimore

BALTIMORE, May 5 (UPI) -- Almost 50 people sang the lyrics of British pop star Rick Astley in Baltimore during the weekend as part of a "rickroll" prank, fans say.

Fans either sing or redirect Internet browsers to recognize Astley's 1980s hit song, "Never Gonna Give You Up." The Baltimore Sun said Sunday.

"I'm in love with this song," said Ryan Goff, who organized the "rickroll" event Saturday at the city's Inner Harbor. "I thought I'd be absolutely sick of it, but I like it more. I'm working on singing it backward."

Traditionally a "rickroll" takes place online when unsuspecting browsers click on a serious-sounding link only to watch a video of Astley singing his hit.

For Goff, and others like him, the online bit was not enough. Soon Astley fans were taking to the streets to share their love of the pop star with strangers, the Sun reported.

"It's grass roots; you've got to make the best of it," Goff said. "It's all in the spirit of Rick."

Daley clearly not a big 'Ellen' fan

CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is clearly not a loyal fan of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" or he wouldn't have called its host "Helen" at a recent event.

Daley introduced the popular TV talk show host as Helen DeGeneres at a special taping of the series in Chicago this weekend and the comedian immediately pounced on the error, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

"The city has a whole transportation system named after me. 'El.' 'Ellen,'" DeGeneres told the nearly 1,300 people in attendance at Saturday's taping.

Daley's error also became fodder for comedian Robin Williams, who used the bungled announcement for a joke when he came on stage.

"My name is Reuben here," Williams said.

The Sun-Times said the videotaped show will air Tuesday. By the way, Daley did not engage in the show's custom of guests dancing with the host.

Elusive bear spotted again in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- A bear that eluded capture by Orlando, Fla., wildlife officials last year was spotted again this weekend hiding in a tree, only to escape once again.

The bear, which was foraging for food in a residential area, was startled by onlookers and climbed into a tree, later climbing down and scampering into a nearby wooded area as police looked on, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported.

A spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the newspaper the bear had most likely spent the winter in the area's woods and had emerged because it was hungry. Officials urged residents to leave the bruin alone.

The same bear had last been seen in November rummaging through trash in Orlando's College Park neighborhood. Wildlife officials had tried unsuccessfully to lure it into a trap baited with glazed doughnuts.

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