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Survey: Germans 'least funny nationality'

LONDON, June 6 (UPI) -- A London-based Web site said its poll of 30,000 people in 15 countries named Germans the "least funny nationality."

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Social networking site Badoo.com said 30,000 users of the Web site were asked during the months of April and May to choose the funniest and least funny nationalities from a list of 15 and they chose people from the United States as the funniest and Germans as the least funny.

Ranking second on the list of the funniest nationalities were the Spanish, followed by Italians, Brazilians, French people, Mexicans and the British.

Following the Germans on the least funny list were Russians, Turks, the British and people from the United States.

"When we meet someone new, one of the first things we notice is whether they make us laugh", said Lloyd Price, Badoo's director of marketing. "Sometimes, it seems the most important thing."

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Anti-crime materials stolen from car

PALM BAY, Fla., June 6 (UPI) -- A Florida anti-crime program said a black carry-on luggage bag containing $700 worth of presentation materials was stolen from a worker's car.

Larry Lawton, founder of the anti-crime group Reality Check, said an unidentified thief took the bag, containing a $600 projector and $100 speakers, from the car of program assistant Erica Clydesdale while it was parked overnight Saturday at her Palm Bay home, Florida Today reported Monday.

Lawton said the bag also contained other materials for the program's classes.

"What was in that package is articles about people in prison. It's letters from people that are in prison," Lawton said. "It's letters from people who have gotten killed in prison."


Dog caught in tornado found in wreckage

MONSON, Mass., June 6 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts family said a dog, pulled from their home by winds when a tornado shattered windows, was rescued from wreckage about a block away.

Audrey Carabetta, 34, said Shadow, a black Shar Pei-Chow mix, was sucked out of her family's Monson home during a tornado Wednesday, the Boston Herald reported Monday.

"We all just huddled together in a corner, downstairs in the basement and you could hear Shadow just hitting walls and his nails scratching the tiles from being dragged out of the house. It was horrible," Carabetta said. "We didn't think he was alive."

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But good news came Saturday after Massachusetts State Trooper Brian Pearl was flagged down by a neighbor who told them a dog was trapped beneath the collapsed roof of a home about a block from the Carabettas' residence. Pearl crawled into the wreckage and was able to retrieve Shadow using an animal-catching pole.

"We just started bawling because we could finally believe he was OK," Carabetta said. "It was seeing him come away completely unharmed that made this a lot more bearable."


Woman resisted after asking for jail

NEWCASTLE, Del., June 6 (UPI) -- Police in Delaware said a woman who asked to be taken to jail wound up charged with resisting arrest for trying to fight with state troopers.

The Delaware State Police said they responded to a complaint at the Super Lodge Motel in Newcastle at about 6 a.m. Saturday and the troopers were approached by Teiera Rider, 20, who they said was "demanding" to be taken to jail, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday.

Troopers said Rider refused their requests for her to calm down and she is accused of kicking and spitting at them as they placed her under arrest.

Rider was charged with resisting arrest, offensive touching of law-enforcement officers, criminal mischief, underage drinking and disorderly conduct.

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Police said Rider may have requested to be arrested due to a bench warrant for her arrest stemming from Rider allegedly spitting on a Wilmington, Del., police officer at the scene of a car crash.

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