Watercooler Stories – November 1, 2011 – UPI.com

‘Essex’ inspires British undie sales

LONDON, Nov. 1 (UPI) — British fashion retailers are crediting ITV2 series “The Only Way is Essex” for rising sales of sexy lingerie.

The Peacocks clothing chain said the reality TV program is inspiring girls to wear the typically night-time underwear during the day and sales spike with every episode of “Essex,” The Sun reported Monday.

The chain said lingerie sales at its stores across Britain are up 73 percent over the same time in 2010.

“The ‘If you’ve got it flaunt it’ generation is officially upon us, with customers becoming more adventurous than ever,” Peacocks marketing director Lisa Bond said.

‘Pregnant Man’ done having kids

BEND, Ore., Nov. 1 (UPI) — An Oregon female-to-male transsexual who became known as the “Pregnant Man” said his third child was his last.

Thomas Beatie of Bend, who was born a woman and did not have his female reproductive organs surgically removed when he legally became a man in 2002, told an interview with syndicated program “The Doctors” he will not be having any more children, Radar Online reported Monday.

Beatie, who gave birth to children Susan, Austin and Jensen after his wife Nancy was found to be infertile, said he had to go off his male hormones during each pregnancy and a hysterectomy will help stabilize him as a male.

Police: Men stole 89 funeral urns

CHICAGO, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Chicago police said they arrested two men accused of stealing 89 metal funeral urns and a metal funeral plaque they allegedly planned to sell as scrap.

Police spokesman John Mirabelli said the men were arrested at 8 a.m. Monday after a 911 caller reported a burglary in progress at a three-floor apartment building on the city’s South Side, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Mirabelli said officers arrived to find the men loading the urns and the plaque, which had been defaced to obscure its inscription, into a sport-utility vehicle parked behind the building.

The spokesman said the urns and plaque would have fetched $8,900 to $44,500 from a metal recycler.

Police said charges against the men are pending and investigators are working to determine from where the items were stolen.

Apollo gets fig leaf at Russian theater

MOSCOW, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Officials with the newly renovated Bolshoi Theater in Moscow say a fig leaf placed over the genitals of an Apollo statue was the artist’s original design.

The theater-topping statue of Apollo, which appears sans leaf on the 100-ruble note, was given a fig leaf to cover the Greek god’s genitals during the recent renovation and officials said the statue was originally given a leaf by sculptor Pyotr Klodt prior to the theater’s 1825 opening but was lost after World War II, RIA Novosti reported Monday.

“The 100-ruble note portrays Apollo in great precision: the laurel wreath is broken, the fig leaf is lost. Now everything is back in place again,” the federal NTV channel said of the renovation, which lasted six years and ended with the theater’s reopening Friday.

However, some bloggers said they doubt claims of the fig leaf’s historical accuracy.

“Why would Klodt make a removable fig leaf? There just shouldn’t be anything under the leaf,” Novosti quoted one blogger as writing.

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