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Nov. 21, 2011 at 6:30 AM
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Dog caught driving in Australia

DARWIN, Australia, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A dog allegedly was spotted driving a mobile home down the street in Darwin, Australia, after learning how to drive by observing his owner, observers claim.

Woodley, a 2-year-old German Koolie, allegedly took the mobile home for a spin while his owner, Richard McCormack was in a store, The Sun reported.

"I came out and saw the bus going down the road. I couldn't believe it," McCormack said.

This isn't the first time Woodley has tried to take the wheel, his owner explained.

"He sits next to me when I'm driving and in the driver's seat when I'm not. The handbrake is on the dashboard and he's seen me release it many times. He was just copying me. He's tried it on before," said McCormack.

The vehicle was eventually brought to a stop when bystander Phil Newton, 30, jumped in an open window and put the handbrake back on after seeing that a dog was navigating the mobile home.

"This was weird, even for the Northern Territory," he said.

Man arrested in Arizona minus pants

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Arizona police say they arrested a pantless man who fled a nightclub in an attempt to avoid having to pay his $84 bar tab.

Flagstaff officers arrested the 27-year-old Virginia man after a foot pursuit during which he lost his shoes, pants, hat and shirt, the Arizona Daily Sun reported Sunday.

When the man attempted to leave the bar without paying his tab, he was stopped by a bouncer, but ran out the door of the nightclub and across Route 66, the newspaper said.

A bar employee called police and said the man was running toward some railroad tracks and had "lost most of his clothing as he ran away."

Two Flagstaff officers found the man hiding in some bushes and arrested him.

Although bar staff said they wouldn't press charges if he paid the tab, the man started cursing at officers and bar staff when taken back to the nightclub and was subsequently booked into jail on charges of theft, police said.

NYC pastor delivers sexy sermons

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A New York City pastor is delivering sermons on how to keep marriages alive that feature public kissing contests during services.

Pastor Maurice Johnson of the non-denominational Winners Church in Queens gives sermons, titled "The Power and Pleasure of Romance," to highlight the importance of marriage in the African-American community, the New York Post reported Saturday.

"Some people were like, 'It seems strange to do at church,'" he said, "but they thought it was very creative."

During services, held in the PS 38 gym in the Queens borough's Rosedale neighborhood, four married couples are asked to approach the pulpit. Then, accompanied by R&B music, the couples demonstrate their passion by making out for 5 minutes.

The congregation then chooses a winning couple by applause. The most amorous pair win $50 to spend on a date.

"You see kissing in all kinds of contexts, but you don't necessarily see it in a marriage context," said Frantz Cochy, 39, who won the contest with his wife of 13 years, Makeetah, 36. "I wasn't embarrassed, but I guess I felt a little awkward."

Johnson, 39, told the Post that showering your spouse with physical affection is a good way to strengthen a romantic partnership.

"God created a desire for love and romance," Johnson said.

"Any society that celebrates marriage, romance and love is going to be a free society. Public displays of affection aren't wrong. Adam and Eve were naked, and they were not ashamed."

Strip poker art exhibit wraps up in NYC

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- New York artist Zefrey Throwell wrapped up his latest performance art piece that featured poker players stripping down for passersby on the street.

The installation project, titled "I'll Raise You One," was staged at Art in General's storefront project space in Tribeca, the New York Daily News reported.

For seven days from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., people on the street were able to watch project participants playing a game of strip poker.

"I asked players to show up with whatever they wanted -- clothes equal currency," Throwell said. "Wear layers, that was the advice they were given."

The project, which ended Saturday, was Throwell's latest attempt at social commentary through an artistic medium.

"I see it as an economic and social critique of how society has its wealth distributed," Throwell told ArtInfo.com.

Throwell is best known for "Ocularpation: Wall Street," another performance piece that featured nude actors mimicking Wall Street workers.

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