DALLAS (AP) -- As if the Girl Scouts' Samoa cookie isn't sinful enough, a longtime State Fair of Texas treat provider is perfecting a way to improve the chocolate-coconut-caramel cookie for fair goers: Deep-fry it. Christi Erpillo's family has served deep-fried items at the Dallas fair for 40 years. She says the Samoa is her all-time favorite cookie and she's found a way to drop the classic into a deep fryer without getting it soggy and without losing its taste. She tells The Dallas Morning News the Samoa embellishment is intended to help the Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary.
PLEBES NO MORE
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Students closing out their first year at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis have completed the traditional climb up the Herndon Monument. It took 19-year-old Andrew Craig, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a little over two hours and 10 minutes on Tuesday to replace a first-year student's "Dixie cup" hat with a midshipman's cover on Tuesday. The event is made extra challenging by greasing the 21-foot obelisk with about 50 pounds of lard. Students began the yearly event in 1940.
SWINE STATUE STOLEN
CINCINNATI (AP) -- A life-size swine statue is back at home after disappearing in Cincinnati, the city once dubbed "Porkopolis." The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Maggie Gieseke and her family have kept the heavy, 2-foot-tall statue for a decade in their front yard. Sometimes they dress it up, giving it a white beard and red hat for Christmas, a bow for Valentine's Day, or bunny ears at Easter. It was wearing only eyeglasses when it disappeared Saturday. Someone let them know the pig was in tall grass behind some businesses nearby. Dirty, banged up, with an ear broken off and the initials "NF" scratched on it, the pig was back home as of Tuesday.
ROCK OF ART
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It will be a rockin' good time in Los Angeles next month when earth artist Michael Heizer's latest creation is unveiled. It's a 340-ton boulder positioned to appear as though it were floating in mid-air. The public display of "Levitated Mass," as it's called, is scheduled for June 24 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Officials haven't said if the reclusive Heizer plans to attend the unveiling.
SOUTH AFRICA-ART SPAT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress are seeking a court order to have a painting removed from an art gallery. At issue: The painting depicts the president's genitals. The case pits freedom of expression against the right to dignity, both guaranteed by South Africa's constitution. Two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint on Tuesday.
OBIT-REMOTE CONTROL INVENTOR
CHICAGO (AP) -- Couch potatoes everywhere can pause and thank Eugene Polley for hours of feet-up channel surfing. He was the inventor of the first wireless TV remote. Polley died of natural causes Sunday at a suburban Chicago hospital at age 96. Polley's Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the corners of the television screen. Each corner activated a different function, turning the picture and sound off and on, and changing the channels.
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