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  • A high school in Hoosic Valley, N.Y., is facing criticism after poor proofreading resulted in the printing of hundreds of yearbooks that label one student as "Creepy smile kid" and another as "Some tall guy," reports.

    Acting Superintendent Amy Goodell called the mishap a "nonintentional, honest mistake," according to WNYT. "The yearbook editor and staff are devastated. Apologies are being made."

    "As many books as possible have been held and are being amended," Goodell also wrote in an emailed statement to The Saratogian. "The Yearbook adviser, staff, administration and board of education are very sorry that this occurred. Parents that have a student who was not referenced to correctly have been contacted. The parents and students affected by the error have been understanding."

    The school's track and field team was particularly hard hit. WNYT reports that one member of the team was labeled "Isolation kid." Other members of the team are referred to as "Someone." The bowling

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  • Boxes full of discarded dog excrement are being shipped back to the pet's owners (Europa Press)

    Dog parks are an oasis for millions of pet owners—pups can run around, interact with other dogs and get a taste of nature without having to head out of town on weekends.

    Some careless dog owners, however, don't abide by dog park rules, or simple common decency, and leave their dogs' waste behind for others to clean up.

    Well, a small town in Spain, reports the Telegraph, has decided to remedy the situation by mailing the discarded dog excrement back to the offending owners.

    The paper reports that the town council of Brunete, located about 20 miles from Madrid, has undertaken a complex effort to crack down on the disrespectful dog owners. Twenty volunteers have been enlisted to approach dog owners who leave their pet’s poop behind, and to strike up a conversation with the goal of finding out the name of the dog.

    "With the name of the dog and the breed it was possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database held in the town hall," a spokesman from the council told the

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  • The German language has one less long word to worry about.

    "Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz," a 65-letter word meaning "law delegating beef label monitoring," has been dropped following changes to European Union law regulating the testing of cattle, the BBC reports.

    The so-called "tapeworm" word—common in Germany—was introduced in 1999 during the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (aka "mad cow disease") crisis. But now that the EU has halted testing of "healthy cattle at abattoirs," the BBC said, "the need for the word vanished."

    With "rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz" ousted, the 49-letter "Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitaenswitwe" ("widow of a Danube steamboat company captain") appears to have inherited the longest-word mantle, though it does not appear in the German standard language dictionary. The longest word found in there is "Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung," or "automobile liability insurance."


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