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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

BOSTON (Wireless Flash) -- The city of Boston is giving parking violators a chance to pay tickets with toys instead of money. The "Boston Herald" reports that anyone who received a parking ticket on Dec. 1, 2, or 3 can settle their debt with toys with a value equal or greater than their tickets. The toys will go to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots. The offer ends today (Dec. 10) and a sales receipt is required for proof of value.

ENTERPRISE, Fla. -- A couple in Florida is pitching a tent as well as a fit because of their kids. Cat and Harlan Barnard moved out of their house this week and set up a domed tent in their front driveway, and are refusing to cook, clean or drive for their two children until the brats shape up. The couple says they have tried "everything," including reverse psychology to get their 17-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl to be more responsible. The Barnards say they will continue their strike until they see some changes.

ATLANTA -- Christmas trees bring holiday cheer, but they also bring many to the hospital. According to a new study by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5,800 Americans are expected to be treated in emergency rooms for falls that occur when putting decorations on Christmas trees. The majority of falls in the past have occurred among those between the ages of 20 and 49 while men are 40 percent more likely to suffer such an injury.

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- An Iowa psychiatrist has been fined $250 for allegedly paying a parking ticket with dollar bills smeared with excrement. Ronald Preston McPike was charged with harassment of a public official for the foreign brown substance on the bills. McPike's defense was that the money fell into the toilet and retrieved before he used it to pay the fine.


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