September 19, 1995
Web posted at: 10:00 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT)
BEIJING, China -- Government officials have relegated more public funding to dance halls than to public libraries in an east China county.
In the past three months, Qingyuan County spent $36,000 on dancing as opposed to a mere $1,200 a year for the library, said a state newspaper. Attendance at the dance halls is encouraged by government officials who own stock in them. Some halls are believed to be fronts for brothels.
NELSON, New Zealand -- Officials have solved the mystery of the five dead sheep dangling from forest treetops. Apparently, a helicopter pilot was transporting the sheep carcasses when the straps that held them in place snapped, sending them tumbling into the trees. Rural services said the scene became grisly when the decomposing bodies began to fall to the earth.
SYDNEY, Australia -- The landmark Opera House in Sydney, Australia, was flaming hot, all in the name of world peace.
Members of the Chili Club Fire-Breathers huffed and puffed, shooting fire from their mouths for a crowd of onlookers. The club handed out literature on how humans can avoid their world from going up in similar flames. The fire eaters also used the event to rack up a couple of world records.
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