July 29, 2010 |
LONDON -- A partial set of British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill's gold-mounted dentures has fetched 15,200 pounds ($23,770) at auction, over three times the estimate. The false teeth, specially designed to disguise Churchill's lisp, were sold by the son of the technician who was commissioned to make them. They had been expected to make a maximum of 5,000 pounds at Thursday's sale by Keys auctioneer. "The atmosphere was electric," said a Keys' spokesman.
September 20, 2007 |
Brandon Breazell was the one player putting some bite into the UCLA offense last week. Sinking his teeth into a hamburger, well, that can be biting off more than he can chew. That Breazell, a senior, continues to play, and produce, for the Bruins is more than just the marvels of modern dentistry. It also involves some intestinal fortitude that the Bruins can only hope is contagious.
August 20, 2007 |
Despite daily brushing, George Washington lost all but one of his teeth by the time he became president. He went through at least six sets of dentures over his lifetime, although they weren't, as legend has it, made of wood. Until the 20th century, false teeth were often made from gold, pearl or agate; hippo, walrus or elephant tusks; ox or cattle bones; or teeth pulled from cows, horses, donkeys -- or human corpses.
March 1, 2005 |
The leading U.S. denture maker must end a practice that has prevented other companies from boosting their market shares, a court ruled. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said that Dentsply International Inc. of York, Pa., had improperly stifled competition for more than a decade by requiring its dealers to sign exclusive sales agreements.
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February 13, 2002 |
Under the heading "Only in Hollywood," the LAPD's Blue Line publication relates that a suspected burglar bit his victim, then fled in a stolen car. But he left one piece of evidence behind: his false teeth. Officers noticed a name and serial number inscribed on the dentures. "An inquiry in the computer system revealed the number was, in fact, a California Department of Corrections ID number," Blue Line said. The suspect was an ex-con. The defanged suspect topped off his day by crashing into a signpost while being chased by other officers, who captured him. Moral of the story: If you're going to bite a victim's arm, use a pair of unmarked false teeth.
July 16, 1999 |
Cheerful Giving Bureau: Some theologians believe that God repays acts of charity tenfold. Others say a hundredfold. Either way, we're curious to see the return on investment for several English churchgoers. In a survey published by Ship-of-Fools.com, British clergy were asked to name the weirdest object they'd ever found in a church collection plate. Their answers: a pair of false teeth, a woman's shoe, a cigarette lighter, a condom, a hearing aid . . . and money.