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March 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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Drunk man went to bed in wrong house

GAVLEBORG, Sweden, March 11 (UPI) -- Swedish police said a drunken 20-year-old apparently wandered into the wrong house and crawled into bed with a 70-year-old man.

Gavleborg police said the elderly man woke up around 3:30 a.m. Sunday to discover the young man sleeping next to him in bed at his Gnarp home, The Local.se reported Monday.

"He got a bit of a shock. He'd been sleeping with earplugs as it was quite noisy in the area," police spokesman Max Forsstrom said.

Police arrived and awoke the 20-year-old, who officers said was apologetic. The man explained his house was less than a mile away and he must have simply entered the wrong house in his intoxicated state.

"We let him walk home and sober up in the fresh morning air. He definitely needed the walk. I'm guessing that he found his way home," Forsstrom said.

The man is not facing any charges.

"The young man had no bad intentions, there was no malice involved," Forsstrom said.

Scientist: Naps have benefits -- and risks

MIAMI, March 11 (UPI) -- A Florida sleep-center scientist had this advice for Napping Day, observed Monday: Naps can be helpful, but there could be risks.

Dr. Alexandre Abreu, co-director of the UHealth Sleep Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said naps can be helpful for adults who do not get enough sleep during the night, The Miami Herald reported.

"Sleep is essential for your overall well-being, quality of life, for your mood, for your growth, and also for the prevention of diseases, because the lack of sleep can trigger inflammatory response in your body and can make you more susceptible to infection," Abreu said.

But he warned that taking too long of a nap can lead to grogginess and insomnia. He said the need for a nap could potentially be a sign of disruptive sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

"Take naps because it's cultural, as long as it doesn't interrupt nighttime sleep, or because you have poor sleep and need to perform at driving or work, so you're protecting yourself and others from your sleepiness," he said.

Napping Day was created in 1999 by now-retired Boston University Professor William Anthony and his wife, Camille, as part of efforts to help people adjust after changing their clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Man makes daily commute on unicycle

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 11 (UPI) -- A Minnesota man said he makes his daily 18-mile commute year-round on an unusual vehicle -- a unicycle.

Bob Clark, 51, said he travels to his office in downtown St. Paul every day on a unicycle, regardless of the weather, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday.

"It's not as hard as most people think it is," Clark said. "Anyone who can ride a bike can ride a unicycle, with a little practice. It's a mind-body thing that happens automatically."

Clark said he owns four unicycles and averages about 10 mph in the winter and 12 mph in the summer.

He said riding his unicycle in public gets him a lot of attention.

"The comments are 99 percent positive," he said. "Lots of people stick their cellphones out the car window to take a picture."

However, he does have to deal with the remaining 1 percent.

"I had a firecracker thrown at me once," Clark said.

"Most people," he said, "just ask where the other wheel is."

Ariz. students irked by new Sparky

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 11 (UPI) -- Some Arizona State University students and alumni are demanding the school go back to its original design for Sparky, the school's devil mascot.

The school unveiled the new design, which was created in cooperation with the Walt Disney Co., last week, and since then two Facebook groups, a YouTube video and an online petition have been created to demand the return of Sparky's old look, The Arizona Republic reported Monday.

The school's Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution last week seeking to have the new mascot banned from sporting events. A student referendum, a purely symbolic move, is being planned for next month.

ASU President Michael Crow said officials are meeting with student leaders to discuss the issue.

"We're getting pretty mixed reactions to the new Sparky," Crow said. "Some unhappy alums, some unhappy students. Some happy students, some happy alums. Lots of people who say, 'Who cares?' Other people who say, 'It's really important.' They care a lot."

The new version, which features larger eyes and bulging muscles among the changes, is scheduled to officially take over from the old design April 13.

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