How does D.C. stack up as a drinking town?
Apparently, it's one of the drunkest. The Daily Beast listed the 25 Drunkest Cities of 2012, and the District ranked ninth overall. Nearby Baltimore finished 13th. The list was compiled by analyzing the total drinks served in each city, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics on binge drinkers in each area. Each adult resident in the D.C. area is served on average 15.6 alcoholic beverages a month, and one in five residents is classified as a binge or heavy drinker. Who tops the list? Boston.
How did a quick-thinking New Yorker use technology to get back his stolen cellphone?
Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg saw in his email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone he had left in a cab the night before. He logged onto the service and, posing as a woman, suggested a date to the would-be Lothario. When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill while holding a hammer -- just in case, the Associated Press reported. The thief handed him the phone and left without a word.
What is at the center of the lawsuit over a gilded 17th-century necklace?
The ceremonial necklace was originally owned by the Kaufmanns-Compagnie Wismar guild, a merchant group of brewers with roots stretching back to at least 1379. Adorned with a gold parrot, the gold-plated silver necklace was awarded to the winner of a shooting competition where the targets were wooden parrots. The guild dissolved during World War II, and the necklace was buried in a graveyard to keep it out of the hands of the Soviets. It was recovered in 1965 in the dead of night by a former guild member and spirited to West Germany. Though the family tried to donate it to a business association in the guild's hometown of Wismar, Bloomberg reported, the city of Wismaris now suing for it, claiming that the graveyard excavation was legally questionable.