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Nov. 29, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Bar installs urine-controlled video games

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A London bar has installed a video game above its men's room urinals that the game's designer says is the world's first to be controlled by urine flow.

The Exhibit bar in the Balham neighborhood said the 12-inch screens feature games including simulated skiing, fire extinguishing and a trivia challenge, The Sun reported Monday.

All of the games, which were developed over three years by designer Gordon MacSween, are controlled by the player aiming his stream of urine.

The games give players codes at the end of rounds to allow them to enter their scores at online leader boards.

MacSween said the games have proved a boon for advertisers who have seen sales of their products rise since they were installed as well as helping the bar owners prevent damage to their bathrooms.

"Because people are having a laugh, there's a lot less vandalism -- people tend to get less angry," he said.

N.Y. man searches for opera-singing parrot

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A New York man searching the city for his missing parrot said the bird " has a huge vocabulary and loves to sing opera songs."

Allen Kirson said Captain, his green and yellow Amazon parrot, apparently flew off his shoulder while he was riding his bike in the Brooklyn borough's Kensington neighborhood Friday, the New York Post reported Monday.

Kirson said the parrot has become a local celebrity, performing at homes for seniors and children's hospitals.

"He talks, sings and dances. He has a huge vocabulary and loves to sing opera songs," Kirson said.

Chargers kicker seen urinating on live TV

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak had an embarrassing moment during a game against the Denver Broncos when footage of him urinating was aired on TV.

CBS cut to footage of Novak on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, which was tied 13-13 at the time, to accompany a conversation about the kicker between booth announcers Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts, reported Monday.

However, instead of seeing the kicker preparing for the possibility of a field goal attempt, viewers were treated to the spectacle of Novak relieving himself next to his team's bench while someone held a towel to give the kicker a small amount of privacy.

Novak later missed a 53-yard field goal and the Broncos won by 3 points.

Fla. water tower chosen for calendar cover

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Paint company Tnemec said the newly refurbished water tower in Hollywood, Fla., was chosen to be the cover image of its new calendar.

The firm said the tower, which was refurbished earlier in the year, was chosen as the cover image due to the vibrant colors of the fish and turtles painted on the structure, The Miami Herald reported Monday.

"Hollywood's water tank definitely stood out," said Mark Thomas, vice president of marketing for Tnemec. "It's a landmark for the community."

The water tower received a clock and temperature reader as part of the work that ended in May, but they have yet to work properly, officials said.

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