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Transit riders drop trou

PHOENIX, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Mass transit riders in 24 cities, including Phoenix and Atlanta, say they rode pantless as part of a performance act started eight years ago in New York.


The No-Pants participants rode only in their shirts and underwear Saturday, acting as if nothing was awry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, noting the international stunt is sponsored by the arts group "Improv Everywhere."

At least 34 people participated in Atlanta, including Patrick Carlson, a design-firm owner who wore shiny blue boxers that matched his suit and tie.

In Phoenix, more than 90 pantless people participated, ranging from gray-haired men in suit coats to young women with neon-colored hair, The Arizona Republic reported.

"We need more things like this," said Ken Weise, vice mayor of Avondale, Ariz., who was riding but not participating during a train ride into Phoenix.

Woman posts ad for wedding party

LONDON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Ukrainian woman whose family cannot attend her wedding in London has posted an ad for people to sit on her side of the church.

The Telegraph on Sunday reported the unnamed woman posted her ad on the classifieds Web site for 30 people to sit with her.


"I'm having a large mixed wedding of about 150 people. My partner has loads of family around to invite to the wedding," the ad says. "Unfortunately for me, my family are all in Ukraine so they all can't make it, only my mum and dad will be there."

The woman said in the ad that in addition to volunteer bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers, she needs "30 decent people" for the church wedding. She promised attendees free reception tickets.

"This includes free meals and dance, it could be just a time for you to relax and have fun," she said. "To get a ticket please send a picture of yourself and tell me a bit about you."

Gumtree trends analyst Trisha Routledge commended the woman's resourcefulness.

"It's great to see that they're finding other ways of filling the seats, whilst offering some lucky people the chance to go to a wedding for free -- and you never know who you might meet," she said.

Couple weds in Taco Bell

NORMAL, Ill., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- An Illinois couple who said they enjoyed hanging out at Taco Bell decided to marry there.

"It's appropriate. It's an off-beat relationship and we figured that would be off-beat," said Paul Brooks, 30, a professional videographer from Normal, Ill.


Friday night, Brooks wed Caragh Brooks, 21, an Australian artist and writer he met through an Internet dating service more than a year ago, The Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill., reported.

Although the couple shared the same last name before marriage, they are not related.

The bride dressed in a $15 hot pink dress while the groom wore a lavender shirt and purple and magenta tie in honor of Taco Bell's colors. The entire wedding cost no more than $200, The Pantagraph reported.

"This is the way to go -- there's no stress," the groom's mother, Kathy Brooks, said shortly before the ceremony.

Antlers popular with burglars in Illinois

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Police say burglars in two Illinois counties have added deer and elk antlers to the more common heist targets like computers, jewelry, televisions and stereos.

In all, 89 racks of antlers have been stolen in residential break-ins since mid-November in Jersey and Macoupin counties just north of St. Louis.

"It appears that some individual or individuals like antlers," said Lt. Mike Kostich of the Macoupin County Sheriff's Department.

Rare antlers sell for as much as $1,000 on eBay, while most racks appear to sell for between $15 and $20, Kostich told The St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch in a story published.


The stolen antlers could find their way into use as furniture, lamp parts and knife handles, Kostich said.

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