With February 29 coming up fast, About.com encouraged its writers to create some leap year-related content, so I did my part.
Definitely learned some new info from writing this — such as that February is shorter than every other month because the Roman Senate, in trying to suck up to Augustus, took a day from February and added it to his month (August) to make it longer.
Tired of the same old roses, chocolates and dinner out for Valentine's Day? St. Albans Sanatorium offers something a little different. Forever and Always: Tales of Love Gone Wrong is a haunted house attraction about lovers for lovers. Sounds like fun, but I still want the chocolates too!
Update: The link and video above are from 2013 but they have a 2016 attraction too.
Mechanical Duck Attacks Puppy
CHICAGO, Dec. 26 — A mechanical duck disrupted the Christmas day quiet in the Lonnie Miller home.
The toy, wound up by 8-year-old Donald Miller, waddled across the floor and latched on to the tail of Smokie, a 10-month-old puppy.
Smokie howled. So did Donald. The duck held on grimly to the tail which was entangled in its clockwork mechanism.
Donald's father took Smokie and the duck to the animal welfare league where Allen Glisch separated the two with pliers, a screwdriver and wire snippers.
Paul Di Filippo
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