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Oct. 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Life-sized 'Mousetrap' teaches physics

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The creator of a life-sized version of the Hasbro board game "Mousetrap" said in Michigan the goal is to teach physics -- and crush a car.

Mark Perez, who brought his creation to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, said his Rube Goldberg device is based on the Hasbro game, but instead of ending with a mouse in a cage it concludes by crushing a junked Hyundai, CNN reported Thursday.

Perez said it took him 13 years and 50,000 pounds of objects to build his "Life Size Mousetrap" and the machine takes five days and a crew of 10 to assemble each time it is moved to a new location.

"One of our major goals is to teach kids and adults about the physics that surround us," Perez said. "Give us the really unplugged vision -- you know it's not wired in. It's the real thing with counterweights and science and engineering."

Woman calls 911 over fast food order

NICEVILLE, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they warned a woman who called 911 while in tears to complain about her service at a Burger King restaurant.

The Niceville Police Department said a woman called 911 from Burger King Sept. 22 while "extremely upset and crying" and she told a dispatcher she "got crappy service and they won't give her money back," the Northwest Florida Daily News reported Thursday.

A department employee spoke with the restaurant's manager, who said the woman's order was corrected and she was given a refund, but the customer would not let her explain what she did.

Police warned the woman not to call 911 without an emergency.

Goat disappears from Fla. restaurant

GROVELAND, Fla., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The owner of a Florida restaurant said a 6-month-old goat is believed to have been stolen from the eatery's farm.

Patrick Borsey, owner of the Red Wing restaurant in Groveland, said Elvis the goat was one of about 100 animals kept on the restaurant's farm until he disappeared Monday, WKMG-TV, Orlando, Fla., reported Thursday.

Borsey said the premises does not have any security cameras and he is hoping someone with information about the goat will contact him.

Russian night noise fine criticized

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Russia's Public Chamber criticized a proposal to impose fines of about $1,000 for nighttime noises in St. Petersburg.

The Public Chamber, which analyzes draft legislation and monitors Russian governmental bodies, said the bill before the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly would outlaw "nocturnal screams and knockings" in addition to "whistling, the moving of furniture, singing and the playing of musical instruments, as well as any other actions that disturb the peace and quiet at night," RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

The fine would also apply to residents whose pets make late-night noises.

"We have seen a lot of strange legislative initiatives coming from St. Petersburg," said Anatoly Kucherena, the head of the Public Chamber's safety committee. "All this is turning the lawmaking process into some kind of clowning around."

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