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Xela, December 1, 2009: A South Korean woman succeeds in passing the written exam for a driver’s license on her 950th try…among other news you can’t live without.

South Korea

A South Korean woman finally succeeded in passing the written exam for a driver’s license on her 950th try. The 68-year old Cha Sa-soon had taken the test almost daily since 2005, spending over 5 million won (or $4200) in fees, but failed until recently to garner the minimum of 60 out of a possible 100 points needed to qualify for a driving test. Cha said she needed the license for her vegetable-selling business.


In order to lift its sagging business, a Berlin brothel is going green. The Maison d’envie, or House of Desire, decided to offer discounts of 5 Euros to any of its customers who leave their cars at home and arrive instead by bicycle or public transport. The brothel’s owner, Regina Goetz, is pleased. “Everyone’s a winner,” she said, including the business (legal in Germany), which has brought business back on track, which earlier was down 50% due to the economic crisis. Around 10% of customers have taken advantage of the green promotion.

United States

A woman from Waco, Texas is said to have lied about having breast cancer and spent $10,000 raised at a benefit to have her breasts enlarged. Police investigators say that 24-year-old Trista Joy Lathern shaved her head to look like a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy. Lathern told police she wanted to have breast implants to try to save her marriage. She was charged with theft by deception.

United States

A man from Oxford, Ohio who dressed as a blood-alcohol test for Halloween found himself taking one himself after he was stopped by police for driving the wrong way on a one-way street without headlights.  During the stop, police found beer in the front seat and in the trunk of suspect 20-year-old James P. Miller’s car. Miller was reported to have a blood-alcohol level double the legal limit. Miller was arrested on charges including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, underage possession of alcohol, having an open container of alcohol, possessing a fake ID, and a one-way street violation.

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