October 9, 2008

Stealing Cash, Not Hearts

n New York

You may want to try this at home.

Suresh Joachim of Toronto, and Claudia Wavra of Germany, claim to have broken the world record for continuous movie watching, after seeing 57 films in 123 hours in a plastic-glass house in New York's Times Square.

A Guinness World Records spokesman said it appears the non- dynamic duo have broken the record but said it will take two weeks to officially verify.

The attempt began Oct. 2 when eight challengers started watching "Iron Man." After 72 hours, only two remained. They watched "Thelma and Louise" until the end on 3:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Susan Sarandon, a star of that film, dropped off the final film.

The rules: Each movie had to be viewed until the last credit rolled, and competitors couldn't divert their eyes from the screen. They were allowed 10-minute breaks between movies.

* Bridgeport, Conn.

A Connecticut judge has given the brush-off to a blonde woman's lawsuit claiming L'Oreal Inc. ruined her social life when she accidentally dyed her hair brunette with one of its products.

Charlotte Feeney of Stratford says she can never return to her natural blonde hue, a shock that left her so traumatized she needed anti-depressants.

She says she suffered headaches and anxiety, missed the attention that blondes receive and had to stay home and wear hats most of the time.

A Superior Court judge dismissed Feeney's 2005 lawsuit Monday, saying she never proved her allegation that L'Oreal put brown hair dye in a box labeled as blonde. The company also had disputed the claim.

Feeney referred questions on Wednesday to her attorney, David Laudano, who has declined to comment.

* Chicago

The beefy looking gunman doesn't look like the trim, ascot- wearing Hugh Hefner.

But the FBI dubbed him "The Playboy Bandit" after he robbed a suburban Chicago bank while wearing a cap with the distinctive bunny logo.

The bank robber is the latest in a rogues gallery of criminals with catchy nicknames. Agents hope their creative names attract attention to the yet unsolved cases.

Other of the FBI's inventive monikers include "The Groucho Bandit" for a bank robber who wear a fake bushy black mustache, and "The Second Hand Bandit" for one that wore old clothes.

The "Playboy Bandit" remains on the loose after taking an undisclosed amount of cash from a Charter One Bank in Alsip last month.

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