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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

OSTHEIM, Germany (Wireless Flash) -- Here's one for the record books: German postal carriers have delivered a letter almost 300 years late. The note sent by a Lutheran church official in 1718 to another church was initially delivered to the wrong town. It sat in that town's archives until recently, when a historian found it and decided to deliver it to the correct church.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Oy vey! A Kosher coffee has been created for Hanukkah. Called "Dreidel Delight," the white chocolate mousse-flavored coffee is available on the website bocajava.com.

LONDON -- British scientists have designed a biodegradable cell phone cover that includes a seed that sprouts a flower when it's discarded. Sunflower seeds have been used in the protocols, but the scientists will also test poppies and roses to see their cell phone-originating sprouting power. The environmentally conscious phone is expected to hit the market next year, but the price has not been determined.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Two men in Idaho were arrested for dumping dirt in the forest. The men, who have not been identified, broke a federal law that prohibits dumping anything, including soil on federal land. The dirt apparently came from the men's driveway which they were preparing to get paved. The pair from the town of Coeur D'Alene admitted to police that they dumped the dirt under a big fir tree and used rakes to spread the soil to make it look nice.

NEW YORK -- Company big wigs will be letting down their hair this holiday season. According to a new survey conducted by Battalia Winston International, 95 percent of companies plan on throwing a holiday bash. Sixty-five percent of the seasonal shindigs will be held in the evening while the other 35 percent will take place during the day. Drunken episodes by employers and employees may be less likely though: 63 percent of these companies will take measures to manage alcohol consumption by using bar tickets, limiting the beverage choice to beer only and only serving the suds for a limited time.

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