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WHO@ Newsletter - October 31, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I can just see some drunk coming out of a bar and thinking it was real-life "Planet of the Apes"
Runners suit up as gorillas for charity
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/30/Runners-suit-up-as-gorillas-for-charity/UPI-48291320012115/

More than a thousand runners dressed in ape suits took part in an annual 5K Gorilla Run for charity in Denver, event organizers said.

The eighth annual run in to raise money for the Denver-based Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund attracted more than 1,200 runners dressed in gorilla suits to the starting point at the Wynkoop Brewery Saturday, The Denver Post reported.

"It's strictly built on fun and raising awareness," said Frank Keesling, 46, who runs the event each year.

"We have to be the largest importer of gorilla suits in the country," Keesling joked.

Keesling said his mother Ruth, 83, is the real force behind the event.

Ruth Keesling became interested in gorilla conservation afte…

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WHO@ Newsletter - October 24, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Jewelry thief leaves name behind
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/24/Jewelry-thief-leaves-name-behind/UPI-67491319435371/

Police say a woman who stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from a shop in Obernburg, Germany, erred big time -- she left her name and address behind.

The 38-year-old woman allegedly grabbed a tray filled with about 10,000 euros ($13,900) worth of gold and silver jewelry and watches from a glass case Thursday, The Local reported.

Police had little trouble tracking her down. They said she had given her name and address to the store clerk shortly before the theft when she asked to have a bracelet cleaned.

She was arrested, eventually confessed and the stolen jewelry was recovered, The Local said.

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WHO@ Newsletter - October 17, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Italian retiree must prove he is alive
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/15/Italian-retiree-must-prove-he-is-alive/UPI-76611318697457/
A retired construction worker is struggling to prove to the Italian government he is still alive. Giulio Marchetto, 62, said he discovered when he inquired why he was no longer receiving his pension that the government had him listed as dead, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Marchetto, who lives in Boschi Sant'Anna near Verona, is getting together the documents he needs to demonstrate he is still alive. "I don't why they stopped paying someone who's alive when there are so many swindlers getting pensions from dead relatives around the country," Marchetto said.
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WHO@ Newsletter - October 10, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried: Woman finds bottled message, knows sender
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/10/08/Woman-finds-bottled-message-knows-sender/UPI-89891318060800/
A Swedish woman who discovered a more than 20-year-old message in a bottle in the Baltic Sea said she was shocked to realize she knew the sender.
Annica Winhagen said she discovered the bottled message, which was written in a child's handwriting, while sailing with her husband off the coast of Bonhamn, The Local reported Friday.
"Hi the one who finds the message in the bottle send a letter I like post cards," the message read.
Winhagen said she was surprised to recognize the name of the sender, Josefin Grund, as the daughter of a former work colleague.
"It wasn't just that is was so old that was exciting, but that I actually knew the person who had sent it," Winhagen said. "I had worked with her mother when she was just a little girl."
Winhagen said she got in contact with Gr…

WHO@ Newsletter - October 3, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .GPS Really Works!

Owner tracks stolen boat 2,500 miles away
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/09/30/Owner-tracks-stolen-boat-2500-miles-away/UPI-63271317417774/

The owner of a powerboat stolen in Florida was 2,500 miles away in Nevada but was still able to tell police where the stolen craft was headed, authorities said.

A Global Positioning System device on the 32-foot, $260,000 boat told the owner through his cellphone that the craft, stolen Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla., was being hauled north on Interstate 95 in Brevard County, Florida Today reported.

With help from a police helicopter, deputies located the Ford F-250 towing the 2009 Yellowfin Yachts Center Console and arrested two men after they exited the interstate.

Maykel Calafet Calderon, 28, and Manuel I. Telles, 38, both Cuban natives living in Miami, were arrested on charges of theft.

"The owner giving us updates was by far the thing that assisted us the most," Todd Holland of …