GROSSEST BILL OF THE SESSION
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —The sponsor of a measure in Indiana calls it “the grossest bill of the session.” It would effectively ban eyeball tattooing. That’s when ink is injected into the eye to make the whites change color. Republican Sen. John Ruckelshaus of Indianapolis says he is not aware of any health-related issues that have arisen in Indiana from the process, but, he wants to proactively avoid the “extremely dangerous” complications that could arise. Last fall there was a flurry of news reports about a Canadian model and body-modification enthusiast experiencing major complications after getting her eye permanently colored a shade of purple. Ruckelshaus’ proposal would prohibit the procedure unless the person performing the procedure is a licensed health care professional acting within the scope of their expertise. That sets a threshold so high that it amounts to an effective ban of the procedure.
DOUBLE DOWN ROMANCE
GREEN BAY, Va. (AP) — A set of identical twin sisters will fulfill their dream when they marry a set of identical twin brothers in a joint wedding this summer. The Lynchburg News & Advance reports Jeremy and Josh Salyers proposed to Briana and Brittany Deane on Feb. 2 at Virginia’s aptly named Twin Lakes State Park. The engagements came six months after the pairs met at the Twin Days Festival, which bills itself as the world’s largest annual gathering of twins and other multiples, in Twinsburg, Ohio. Brittany says the festival is “is a magical place,” that she and Brian have been visiting for years. Josh says he and his brother made their first festival visit last year and “lucked out on (their) first attempt.”
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A lion has lost its ear in State College, Pennsylvania. Not just any lion, though. This is the revered Nittsany Lion Shrine — a statue to the Pennsylvania State University mascot. Authorities were called to the university early Sunday to reports that an ear on the right side of the statue was broken off and found nearby. University police are investigating to determine if the damage was intentional or accidental. And they haven’t said if the damage was connected to the weekend’s State Patty’s Day celebrations. In the past, that unofficial campus holiday led to several alcohol-related arrests and hospital visits.
UNDATED (AP) — Talking intelligent drones that accompany astronauts on space missions are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Cimon, a free-flying ball-shaped robot with a smiling face, an appreciation of music and a vocabulary of more than 1,000 sentences is set to join the crew of the International Space Station later this year. Is name is short for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion. Cimon is designed to float and fly around the ISS offering technical help, warning of system failures and dangers, and providing a source of entertainment.
UNDATED (AP) — A family of Venezuelan immigrants who moved to Colombia has decided to re-purpose their former money. They took their bolivars and turned them into origami paper wallets, belts and even purses. Now, each collector’s item they produce fetches between 10 and 15 dollars. That’s a lot more than the pennies that bolivars could get on Venezuela’s black market, as the currency devalues amid four-digit inflation. They came up with the idea to make artwork one night when they were as staring at a pile of cash. They say they had a lot of money, but nothing to buy, “because in Venezuela your money is worth nothing.”