Talking Points: Gator aid, birthday suit, just jesting

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What did a Pa. man do when he found a young, lost reptile?

He offered the gator aid. The Philadelphia man called animal control authorities to help rescue a juvenile alligator he found near a sewer grate on his street. Police took the reptile to the city's Animal Care & Control Team who named it Allie-Gator.

The animal control team said Wednesday despite the name it hasn't determined the alligator's gender because, "Who's going to do that job?"

Allie-Gator will remain with the team until a permanent home is found.

Why is the owner of the Happy Birthday song being sued?

Los Angeles-based Warner/Chappell, which claims exclusive copyright to "Happy Birthday to You," is being sued over whether it actually owns the rights. Good Morning To You Productions, which is making a documentary about the song, argues that evidence dating to 1893 helps show the song's copyright expired around 1921. It says four previous copyrights to the melody of the similar-sounding song "Good Morning to All," filed in 1893, 1896, 1899 and 1907, have expired or been forfeited. The film company filed the lawsuit after having to pay Warner/Chappell a $1,500 licensing fee and sign an agreement to use the song in a scene -- or face a $150,000 penalty.

How does one Austrian hotel treat its guests like royalty?

They have a jester on staff to keep their customers entertained. Well, they will. They are looking to hire one now. The hotel is advertising for a modern-day court fool, who is communicative, extroverted, musical, creative and imaginative. Applicants are asked to bring -- and play -- their musical instrument during the job interview. Also welcome: creative costumes. The successful candidate will earn 1,400 euros -- around $1,900 -- a month.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner