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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

BROOKFIELD, Wis. (Wireless Flash) -- License plates aren't the only thing Americans want personalized: A new poll shows that 62 percent of folks who want funerals want their ceremony to be personalized too. The study by the National Funeral Directors Association shows some of the preferred personalization methods include: playing their favorite music, which was chosen by 47 percent; and displaying personal photos, picked by 42 percent.

CHICAGO -- Companies still have the holiday spirit. According to a new survey by global outplacement firm, Challenger, Gray and Christmas, more than 70 percent of companies plan on throwing a holiday shindig this year. The survey also predicts one in four of these companies will cut costs with a simple daytime lunch instead of an all-night bash while 63 percent of companies will restrict their holiday fiestas to employees only.

LOS ANGELES -- What's the best music to listen to while you plunge a stake into a vampire? New Line Cinema -- which will release the vampire-killing movie "Blade: Trinity" on Dec. 8 -- is trying to find out. At musictoslayby.com, people can enter a contest where they select a "slaylist" of songs they would listen to while killing the blood-suckers. The contest ends on Dec. 8 and the contestant with the music list rated best by site visitors gets a free Apple iPod.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Here's food for thought: The entire eighth grade class of Geeter Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee, was suspended from school after starting a food fight in the cafeteria on "meat loaf day." A school spokesman said the students were asked to apologize and help with the clean up, but when the most of them refused to comply, the entire class was suspended.


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