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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Wireless Flash) -- Out of sight is out of mind as far as Americans are concerned. According to a Harris Poll, 38 percent have no opinion whatsoever about Chile and 31 percent never give a second thought to Argentina. In addition, one third of Americans don't have much to say about Norway, Brazil or the Netherlands.

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Three Saudi Arabian men were trampled to death yesterday (Sep. 1) in a mad dash to get coupons at the opening of the country's first IKEA furniture retailer. More than 20,000 shoppers stampeded to receive free $150 vouchers, which were only awarded to the first 50 customers. Sixteen other shoppers were also injured, and medics had to revive another 20 who fainted in the crush.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A 156-year-old statue of a continental soldier that resides in New York's Auburn Correctional Facility has been hit below the belt, literally. The statue of Copper John was removed for restoration, but according to the AP, workers fixing up Copper were told to reduce the size of his crotch. Few people are talking about why John's manhood will be shrunk but department spokeswoman Linda Foglia confirmed the change.

AUGUSTA, Maine -- One of the founding members of Maine's Antique Tractor Club was buried on Tuesday with his favorite tractor resting alongside the gravesite. The tractor towed 82-year-old Harold Peabody's casket to the cemetery on a hay trailer and was part of an 18-tractor procession organized by the late man's family. His son told the "Kennebec Journal," "My father said he didn't want to go to the grave in a hearse."

NEW YORK -- Although September is a popular month for weddings, don't expect too many brides and grooms to get hitched on Saturday, September 11. According to a survey by "Bride's" magazine, 34 percent of engaged ladies think it's "inappropriate" to get married on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Only 9 percent of the soon-to-be brides in the survey will get married this Sept. 11.

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