The morning Odds & Ends
WELLINGTON, New Zealand New Zealanders are feeling sheepish over a new postage stamp that shows an ewe with powerful, curled horns horns that in real life are found only on a ram.Merino ewes, the type depicted on the stamp, have tiny stumps of horn if any at all, opposition National Party lawmaker Katherine Rich pointed out Tuesday.The stamp is an absolute impossibility, she grumped.The subject is not being taken lightly in New Zealand, famous for its beautiful meadows full of gamboling lambs and the fact that its 40 million sheep vastly outnumber its human population of 4 million.The stamp shows the female sheep with two lambs.Given the sheep is a major icon of this country, youd think they would have at least passed the stamp design by someone with knowledge of agriculture, Rich said.The stamps designer, artist Samuel Sakaria, admitted taking artistic license. The males have the curly horns, he said. I thought just to add a bit of a dynamic Id just add in the male equivalent as opposed to the female.
STATELINE, Nev. A Pennsylvania man is pretty happy he didnt stop to eat before hitting the slots here.Stephen Phares was on a ski vacation when he hit a $1.3 million jackpot Saturday night at Harveys Casino and Resort.Phares, 42, said he wanted to go get dinner but was prodded by friend to play a progressive Wheel of Fortune MegaJackpot machine.Now, he said, Im very happy we played.The home mortgage branch manager from Holland, Pa., said hes not sure what hell do with his winnings.He said hed like to invest in Lake Tahoe property. But he also sees his windfall as a chance to help others.
PETOSKEY, Mich. John and Jennifer Dallos have quite a handful with their twins. But things are going to get a lot busier very soon.Jennifer Dallos is expecting triplets in June.Were pretty much shocked, John Dallos said. We have been up on this cloud, just in a haze. You lay down at night and wonder, How are we going to be able to do this? But you just know its going to be great.John and Jennifer Dallos, 31 and 28 respectively, hadnt even planned on having another baby. But they were open to the idea of another child.We did have two the first time, so we thought that maybe it wasnt in the cards for us to have more kids, Jennifer Dallos said. We thought, if it happens, it happens.Jennifer Dallos did not use fertility drugs.When we found out she was pregnant, we thought it would be nice to have another child, her husband said. We didnt expect to have three.Without using fertility drugs, the odds of having identical twins are about one in 250 births, said child care author Dr. Vincent Iannelli. The chances of having triplets without the help of fertility drugs are about one in 8,100.
INDIANAPOLIS An 82-year-old woman whose lifelong dream was to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has finally added her voice to the groups heavenly crooning.Virginia Spelbring joined the choir Thursday night after a group that makes senior citizens dreams come true helped arrange the grandmothers big singing engagement.It was absolutely everything I hoped it would be, and more, she said. They had three TV stations and the newspaper there. They almost made a star out of me.Although the choir rarely invites outside singers to join them, leaders of the internationally heralded choir asked Spelbring to sing with their 360-member group after learning about her dream.At age 12, she sang at funerals and weddings at her church. She sang while raising her four children on the 180-acre farm she worked with her late husband Harold.Often, she was listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.I cant imagine living without music in my life, Spelbring said.
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