Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

SUPER BOWL-ROMAN NUMERALS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ready for Super Bowl X-L-V-I? Of course, it's Super Bowl 46. But in the NFL tradition, the big game is written out in Roman numerals. It all started with Super Bowl 5 -- that's V. Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs, credits the idea of using Roman numerals to the late Lamar Hunt. Hunt was owner of the Chiefs and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. Hunt is also credited with coming up with the Super Bowl name. So, why the Roman numerals? Historian Moore says the fancy numbering made the game seem more important.

MAYORS-SUPER BOWL BET

NEW YORK (AP) -- With the big game just days away -- it's time for those Super Bowl bets. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino have a friendly wager. If the New York Giants win, a New York City family will receive a free trip to Boston. The Bean Town excursion will include a stay at the Ritz Carlton, dinner at Legal Sea Foods and box seats to a Bruins or Celtics game. If the New England Patriots win, a Boston family will get a trip to New York paid for by tourism-industry companies. The Big Apple trip will include dinner at the Russian Tea Room, tickets to "Phantom of the Opera" and a VIP tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bloomberg says people in the winning city will be able to enter an online lottery after Sunday's game.

CHURCH BELL STOLEN

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) -- It's one bell of a story. Authorities in Georgia report recovering a stolen church bell. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office tells WSB-TV that a man bought the bell because he thought it was an antique. He told authorities he realized it was stolen when he saw some TV reports. The 100-pound bell belongs to the Duncan Creek Congregational Church. Reverend Wayne Stancel says it's worth about 15 bucks for scrap, but it's priceless to his church members.

STOLEN CAR SPOTTED

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) -- Taking the bus pays off for the victim of a car thief. Authorities in central Florida say a woman was forced to take the bus after her car was stolen. But she saw her car drive past while she was on the bus. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the woman called 911. A responding deputy spotted the car and pulled it over. Aaron Hosack and Amber Jones now face multiple charges, including grand theft.

FISHLESS FISHING TOURNEY

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) -- It's a fishing contest -- but with just one fish. Just a single fish was caught in a Michigan charity ice fishing tournament over the weekend. The event was sponsored by Big Brother Big Sisters of Delta County. A local paper (Daily Press of Escanaba) reports Jason Pepin caught the sole fish. It was a four and a-half ounce perch. Pepin wins the $3,000 first place prize. Organizers say people spotted other fish, but they just weren't biting.

WHISKER CONTEST

SEATTLE (AP) -- Having a beard 16-inches long is a good way to meet women. At least that's what one guy claims. The bearded dude was part of Seattle's Beard and Stache Fest over the weekend. They met in a bar in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood for some hairy guy fun. But there was also a serious side to the whisker wingding. The Seattle Times reports the event raises money for Treehouse, a nonprofit that helps foster children.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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