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Sept. 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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San Fran 'nude-in' celebrates nakedness

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Organizers of a San Francisco "nude-in" said the naked gathering is expected to draw a number of nudists to the corner of Castro and 17th streets.

The organizers said the naked people will gather at the location, dubbed the Buff Stop, at about noon Saturday to celebrate the coming of Sunday's Folsom Street Fair, which stretches across 13 blocks of the city and celebrates nudity and leather fetish wear, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

George Davis, 65, who unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2007 election, said the nude-in is about drawing attention to the fact that public nudity is legal in the city.

"You wouldn't believe how many people don't know it's OK to be nude; it's not illegal," he said. "It's just conveying a message that nude is not lewd, that you have a right to be nude. That's about it."

Speedo sues over gay porn sites

SYDNEY, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Swimsuit manufacturer Speedo is taking legal action against a self-described "bisexual blogger" for using the company's name on his gay porn Web sites.

Lawyers for the company, registered in the Netherlands and Britain, are asking a Federal Court in New South Wales, Australia, to force Dave Evans, who uses the online handle "aussiespeedoguy" and describes himself as a "bisexual blogger," to stop using the company's name in the Web addresses of gay pornography sites he creates, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday.

Speedo said it is seeking to protect the "substantial and valuable reputation and goodwill associated with the name and trademark Speedo."

The lawsuit also seeks to have Evans' existing domain names containing the word Speedo turned over to the company. Speedo is also seeking unspecified damages from Evans.

Evans declined to comment, the Morning Herald said.

Moon rock turns up among Clinton papers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A moon rock given to Arkansas 35 years ago has turned up in a box of Bill Clinton's papers and memorabilia dating to his days as governor, an official said.

An archivist going through some 2,000 boxes at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies found the rock in one of them, the Arkansas News reported.

"It's sort of a mystery solved," said Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System.

Astronauts from the 1972 Apollo 17 mission brought back the rock and gave it to then-Gov. David Pryor in 1976, the News said.

"It has probably been there, sitting in that box, 30 years, 32 years, we're guessing," Roberts said. "We're delighted it was found and not damaged."

Roberts surmised that the rock had probably been packed by one of Clinton's staff members in 1980 when he lost his first re-election race to Republican Frank White.

Clinton defeated White two years later and served as governor for a decade before being elected president in 1992.

Roberts said he intends to give the moon rock to Gov. Mike Beebe so it can be publicly displayed.

Other states also received what came to be known as Goodwill Moon Rocks from the Apollo 17 mission, and New Jersey and Alaska are still looking for theirs, Fox News reported. The network said the rocks are estimated to be worth millions of dollars.

Museum celebrates Cup Noodles

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Japanese company behind the Cup Noodle line of ramen noodle foods has opened a museum dedicated to the products in the city of Yokohama.

Nissan Foods said the museum, which opened to the public Saturday, includes the history of the product, which was created by company founder Momofuku Ando in 1956, as well as a cinema featuring films about Cup Noodle and a "factory" allowing visitors to design their own instant ramen noodle creations, The Asahi Shimbun reported Thursday.

Ando's son, Koki, said the museum is a way for the company to honor its founder, who died in 2007, as well as look forward to the future of the product.

"I think we've only explored 40 percent of Cup Noodle's potential," he said. "At the moment, we're looking into noodles that can be reconstituted with cold water. We're also experimenting with a type that can be dipped in a separate sauce."

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