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“Dave Hockey’s wife isn’t as distraught as you might expect at the prospect of him keeping other female company on holiday – because his companion is a plastic doll. The father-of-two has taken ‘Bianca’ on road trips across the US and to Britain, including visits to Oxford and Stonehenge. But the 57-year-old insisted his wife Wendy – a retired doctor – doesn’t mind. ‘She knows I’m not going to run off with a piece of silicone shaped like a woman,’ he said. Weighing 90lb, Bianca has to be moved in a wheelchair. She is one of 14 dolls on whom Mr Hockey has spent $21,000 on travel and outfits, including $1,700 of lingerie.” w/ photos
“A blind orangutan at a rescue center in western Indonesia has given birth to a healthy pair of twins. Ian Singleton, who works with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, said Thursday that Gober, the mother, so far appeared able to care for the babies herself. “But vets and staff are ready to step in if necessary,” he said, adding that Leuser, the father, also is blind. There are around 50,000 orangutans left in the wild, 90 percent of them in Indonesia, with more than 2,000 others in rescue centers. Some of those at centers were seized in the illegal wildlife trade and others orphaned when their mothers strayed from rapidly disappearing rain forests in search of food. The twins — a boy named Ganteng and a girl named Ginting — were born last Friday. “It’s hoped that both infants will eventually be released to a life in the wild, something that has been denied both their parents due to their blindness,” Singleton said. The twins’ mother, who has cataracts in both eyes, was captured by vets two years ago in an area surrounded by palm oil plantations. They were worried she’d be killed by villagers for routinely raiding crops and took her to the rescue center.” w/ photos
“A deep, nice quality hinged metal case with textured outer covering contains small battery operated radio by Topp. A metal plate is on top of the case which reads ‘Batman Secret Super-Micro Radio’ along with a bat symbol. Inside of case lid is an illustrated cardboard insert with additional text and a great image of Batman holding this very radio. Below him is Gotham City skyline. Bottom of case has silk-like fabric covering around cardboard insert designed to hold the radio. Slight aging to cardboard insert and fabric but hinged case remains Exc. The radio is 1×2.25×2″ tall and has a chromed metal front, back is plastic and version in black. Front speaker cover has name plate. Both volume and tuning knobs on top are complete with insert discs. Attached by chain to one side is metal medallion with bat symbol on one side and text “Transistor Bat-Radio” on the other. This medallion is actually to be used to open the screw on back for battery placement. A special order battery is needed. Radio has not been tested and the terminal does exhibit a bit of corrosion. Otherwise interior is clean. Complete with the original earphone unit which appears unused as a vinyl band holds cord together. The radio is in choice condition with full, bright luster. Exc. Very rare and desirable, among the most sought after 1966 items. This is the first we have offered in our 45 years.” w/ photos
“Bill Murray is a bad ass. Some of these stories are legend, and some may have indisputable proof, yet they are all amazing and sound exactly like the kind of awesome thing the most enigmatic celebrity (that we actually like) would do. From stories from the set to sightings in Karaoke clubs and even crashing random house parties, this is a list of the greatest (real) Bill Murray encounters of all time. And no one will ever believe you.” w/ photos