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Here are some interesting and amusing developments from the past week that aren’t exactly news but might make you smile.

1. Popular tattooed Barbie causes controversy

Is this the barbie doll you’d buy your kids this Christmas? “The doll sports short pink hair, a black off-the-shoulders sweater, leopard leggings, and an assortment of tattoos that peek out from her sweater, over her shoulders and up to her neck,” US News and World Report explains. “Many parents are not too happy about the tattoos, saying they set a bad example for Barbie’s young fans.”

2. College instructor fighting bacteria banned from McDonald’s

How clean is too clean? “Chandler [Ariz.] resident Erin Carr Jordan got a morning surprise from McDonald’s this week and there were no eggs or muffins involved, says the Arizona Republic. It was a 7 a.m. hand-delivered letter from a lawyer prohibiting her from setting foot in eight Valley McDonald’s and threatening her with criminal trespassing charges if she did.” Her offense? She says she found Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in various PlayPlaces of area McDonald’s and warned visiting parents about it. The company says they’re looking into it.

3. When pumpkins attack

Ready for some road pie?  The other day in Detroit, pumpkins started falling off the back of a truck on the freeway.  “They were bouncing off people’s cars,” Michigan State Police Sgt. James Kemp told the Detroit Free Press. “At least one windshield was shattered, but at least he didn’t get hurt.”

4. Elite Polish cops sacked for protecting Paris Hilton

Is Paris Hilton finally finding it hard to get paid just for showing up? If her latest appearance is any indication, maybe. She recently did a mall opening in the Polish city of Katowice, where she caused a stir by her protection: three Polish police commandos who aren’t supposed to expose their faces. According to a police representative, “If the policemen who protected Hilton do not leave on their own by the end of the week, they will be disciplinarily fired,” reports Reuters. Who knew Hilton was in Poland? Who knew “disciplinarily” was a word?

5. Want to buy a bridge? Kentucky’s giving one away

If you just bought a bridge, you wasted your money. Kentucky’s trying to get rid of one gratis. “The state is willing to have the bridge disassembled, transported and off-loaded at no charge,” reports Reuters. “All the new owner has to do is reassemble and maintain it, said H.B. Elkins, spokesman for the Department of Highways.”

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