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Get Thee to a Nunn’ry, er, Monastery

A monastery in Moscow (one of the city’s oldest, founded in 1395) seems to have kept up with the times, but in a less than clerical manner. The male monastery Ulitsa Sretenka has been a “hotel for lovers,” and an apparently well-known one. The monastery Father Superior is a buddy of Premier Putin, and the monastery is located up the road from the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters and down the road from an adult “sex” shop. Local media reported the hotel rented its rooms at rates starting at $50 per hour. According to a church spokesman the building was acquired by the monastery recently and was evicting the occupants. — The Balkan Chronicle, balkanchronicle.com; Dec 2, 2012

Drones Shot Down (Yawn) … Wait, Where?

Animal rights group SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) was using a remote controlled helicopter to film a pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania when shots rang out. The drone received $4000 in damage according to SHARK prez Steve Hindi, but was able to land safely after the November 2012 incident. Apparently, SHARK has experience with anti-aircraft operations. It had another drone shot down over a pigeon shoot in South Carolina in February 2012. In Illinois — due to the drones in Pennsylvania – the state legislature introduced House Bill 1652 making drone harassment of hunters and anglers a criminal act. — Lehigh Valley Express, November 19, 2012 and thetandd.com (SC) February 14, 2012 and pantograph.com

Just Say No!

Not too long after the economy tanked in 2008, a United Nations’ crime and drug watchdog reported it had indications that money made in illicit drug trade has been used to keep banks afloat in the global financial crisis. In a story in the Austrian weekly Profil it was reported that drug money often became the only available capital when the crisis spiraled out of control. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime noted there were “signs that some banks were rescued in that way.” Heart be still. — Reuters, January 25, 2009

Let Me Get This Straight … $150 a Gallon?

So. A 23-year-old Lantana, Florida, entrepreneur ran an ad on Craigslist in November, 2012, advertising moonshine for sale. Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco became aware of the ad and called the gentleman. Agents set up the meeting outside a West Palm Beach IHOP and purchased two gallons of 180-proof moonshine for $150 a gallon. After a further three-month investigation they arrested the advertiser and two friends. For $150 gallon that had better be some potent stuff! — January 11, 2103, Sun Sentinel; sun-sentinel.com

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit … Opt for Surgery

Apparently — much to the mystification of the male gender — shoes are very important to women. A November 2012 report noted that, “Surgical procedures such as shortening toes, receiving foot injections and even completely cutting off pinky toes are on the rise,” all because some women can’t fit into their high heels. A Memphis doctor reported he has as many as 30 patients a month with shoe problems, though he says he won’t take toes off — he recommends doctors who do if that’s what the patient requests. Men? They just buy comfortable shoes. — November 20, 2012; foxnews.com

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