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Brandeis University's Community Newspaper — Waltham, Mass.

Strange but true

Published: March 23, 2007
Section: Arts, Etc.

India's police officers to get sweet smelling uniforms

Ahmadabad, India's police officers will recieve newer, lighter police uniforms by the end of this year, equipped with one of three fragrances: soothing rose, jasmine, or tangy lemon. The goal is to make the approximately 8,000 officers smell more pleasant during their courses of duty, as hot weather conditions make sweat and odors all too commonplace. The new uniforms will also have special ventilation outlets to help ease the sweating.

New Mexico lawmakers to scientists: Pluto a part-time planet

Despite recent scientific classification of Pluto as a “dwarf planet” rather than a full fledged one, New Mexico's House of Representatives is attempting to pass a bill under which Pluto will officially be a planet whenever it “passes overhead through New Mexico's excellent night skies.” The bill also names March 13 of every year from now on to be “Pluto Planet day.” The temporary reclassifications of Pluto would apply only to New Mexico.

Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, resident of New Mexico. It was downgraded to “dwarf planet” in August 2006 because its orbit overlaps with Neptune's.

Man sends letter with coins rather than stamp

When a Philadelphia resident didn't have time to buy stamps, she simply attached thirty-nine cents to an envelope where the stamp would normally go, plus a five cent tip, and sent it to her girlfriend in New york. A few days later, the envelope successfully completed its journey, ripped, the tip gone, and in another envelope apologizing for damage. The original thirty-nine cents were still intact.