A temporary teacher who told a class of seven-year-olds that Santa doesn't exist was barred from returning to the school after parents complained. Some of the parents said they have to spend hours convincing their children that the Jolly One do indeed exist.
The Russian businessman Oleg Teterin said he had been granted the trademark for the emoticon ;) by Russia's patent agency and that companies using it without a license will have to pay up.
"... as president I couldn't allow us to keep paying a debt that was obviously immoral and illegitimate." -- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa on why his country will default on billions of foreign debt.
The 28-year-old Gypsy Lawson and her mother were convicted in Thailand for trying to smuggle a rhesus monkey out of the country by hiding it under her loose-fitting blouse.
A 29-year-old Los Angelino is so frustrated with her job hunt that she's taken to wearing a t-shirt with her resume printed on the front and her cover letter on the back.
"I just can't stand the thought of them doing away with Saturn." -- Proud Saturn owner Dianne Pollard said on General Motors' plan to do away with the car line.
"I'm embarrassed. I can't believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I'm still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, 'How did I let this happen again?'" -- Oprah on her weight gain.
Scientists in Germany have developed a composite material that can conduct electricity like metal but with the weight and cost of plastic.
The Max Planck Institute in German was embarrassed to learn that the "poetry" that graced their special issue on China was effectively an ad for a brothel in Macau promising, among other things, "hot housewives in action."
"While we're still the U.S. sales leader, we acknowledge we have disappointed you. At times we violated your trust by letting our quality fall below industry standards and our designs became lackluster." -- US automaker GM wrote in an ad.