Pa. business auctions vandal’s brick for $1,150


The brick a vandal tossed through a Pittsburgh printing shop’s window last Monday night fetched its new owner more than $1,000 in an impromptu auction Tuesday.

Business owner Dan Rugh says what was initially a frustrated joke turned into a big moneymaker, with people and businesses alike pitching in prizes. One woman offered tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, a brewery offered a free tour and restaurants donated gift certificates.

The final $1,150 bid for the brick came in at 11:59 p.m. Donations totaled about $1,000 more.

The window cost only $425 to fix, so Rugh and his partner say they’ll donate the rest to charity.

Michigan LaughFest exceeds fake-mustache record


Organizers of a Grand Rapids laughter festival say they’ve set a third world record in as many years.

They asked participants to help set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches and say 1,544 people did so Thursday. The record awaits Guinness certification.

Gilda’s LaughFest says participants who came to Rosa Parks Circle received official LaughFest mustaches.

According to LaughFest officials, the current fake mustache world record of 648 participants was set in September at an event organized by the St. Louis Rams.

Last year, LaughFest’s kickoff event broke a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake animal noses. The year before that, it was people tossing rubber chickens.

LaughFest began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Portland replaces tree stolen from world’s smallest park


The world’s smallest park is no longer treeless.

Portland Parks & Recreation spokesman Mark Ross says a Douglas Fir was planted last week at Mill Ends Park to replace the lone tree that someone stole recently.

The 2-foot-diameter park lies in a median strip in downtown Portland near the Willamette River. It was established by newspaper columnist Dick Fagan in the 1940s and became an official city park in 1976.

Though the tiny park doesn’t require much maintenance, the city does water, weed and trim when necessary.

Ross says a motorist noticed the tree was gone recently. The thief has not been caught.

Associated Press

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