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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash) -- What's the scariest part about getting married? For many brides, it's the best man's speech. According to ModernBride.com, 48 percent are afraid the best man will bring up embarrassing details about the groom's former "player status."

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Horton hears a sue: An artist in Portland, Oregon, has been convicted of attempting to extort millions of dollars from Dr. Suess's widow, Audrey Geisel, by threatening to release sexually-themed paintings of Suess characters like Horton the elephant, the Cat in the Hat and Cindy Lou Who. According to "The Oregonian," a judge has sentenced artist Charles Steen to three years probation and anger management counseling.

BURNABY, B.C. -- Some off-duty Canadian Mounties were in the right place at the right time Wednesday when they intercepted a bumbling thief who had just robbed a bank in Burnaby, British Columbia. The robber ran past the cops and into a nearby sporting goods store where he tried to hide inside the ceiling, but was too heavy and came crashing down onto the floor. The officers arrested him and recovered the money stolen from the bank.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- An Alaskan man has grown a record-breaking cantaloupe in climate conditions far from the warm weather melons require to grow. Scott Rob's 64.8-pound muskmelon will be displayed at the Alaska State Fair next week, and record holders say it may take months for Guinness record-keepers to verify his achievement.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma judge who was accused of "banging his gavel under his robe" says he will step down from the bench rather than face a hearing. Judge Donald Thompson was facing charges of removal for allegedly masturbating and using erection enhancement devices under his robe while sitting on the bench. Since he is retiring, he will be allowed to keep his full pension.

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