Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Most people wear glasses to see better. But in Israel, there's a prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision, so they don't have to see women they consider to be immodestly dressed. The ultra-Orthodox community's unofficial "modesty patrols" are selling glasses with special blur-inducing stickers on their lenses. The glasses provide clear vision for up to a few yards so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that gets blurry -- including women. It's not known how many have been sold. The glasses are going for the "modest" price of $6.


DENVER (AP) -- A black bear went in and out of a candy store in the Colorado resort town of Estes Park multiple times early one July morning. But he used the front door and didn't break a thing. He did, however, steal some treats. Surveillance video at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory shows the bear opening the door, grabbing some candy, taking it outside and eating it, then returning for more. He made seven trips in about 15 minutes, finally leaving after a passing car apparently scared him away. Store owner Jo Adams says the bear managed to pop open the door because the deadbolt wasn't completely closed.


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A half century after Elvis Presley had a hit with "Return to Sender," a Dartmouth College professor and three other economists have used the same idea to rate the efficiency of the world's governments. Rafael La Porta mailed letters to nonexistent businesses in 159 countries and waited to see which were sent back to the campus in Hanover, N.H. After a year, 59 percent had returned. Only four countries sent the letters back within 90 days -- the United States, El Salvador, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg. The economists say the results suggest that governments in developing countries are plagued by the same inefficiencies as the private sector.


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- An 80-year-old Manhattan diner rescued from oblivion by a couple who put it on a trailer and hauled it 2,400 miles to their hometown in Wyoming might soon hit the road again. Cheryl Pierce says she's calling it quits after spending three years trying to make a go of the Moondance Diner in tiny LaBarge, population 400. This time a victim of a slump in the natural gas industry, the Moondance is up for sale again. The asking price is $290,000. That's how much Cheryl and her husband, Vince, say they still owe the bank. They bought the Moondance for $7,500 in 2007. After extensive remodeling, the restaurant reopened in Wyoming in 2009.


CHICAGO (AP) -- A group of environmentalists and artists say they know one way to draw attention to pollution in Midwest rivers: Put its garbage on display. An art project known as "Garbage Wall" is arriving in Chicago next month. It'll contain actual garbage from the Chicago, Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. The Natural Resources Defense Council is helping on the project. The goal is to highlight water pollution issues and inspire change. The exhibit will be constructed this month and placed on display for three days at Navy Pier starting Sept. 20.


OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Ogden, Utah, residents may need to hold their tongues because cussing at parks could earn a citation if some city workers have their way. Park officials want the City Council to pass an ordinance that would make foul language part of the disorderly conduct provision. First there would be a warning, but continued use of profanity would be misdemeanor. City Public Services Director Jay Lowder said the goal is to encourage sportsmanship and proper behavior at recreational events, city parks and playgrounds. Any behavior that encourages fighting or is threatening would also be deemed inappropriate.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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