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A new take on singing in the shower

A Los Angeles music producer recently discovered that recording music aboard his 40-foot sailboat, particularly in the head, gives his records a “fresh, unique vibe.”

With a microphone propped up on the seat of the bowl, L Seven Records owner Lenny Douthett records vocals in the head, and all other instruments, except drums, below deck, the Associated Press reported. Douthett has worked with such hip-hop stars as Babyface, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

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A Manteca, Calif., man recently protested a fine he received for illegally parking his boat by painting a message on his garage door: “Do you know what sucks? A $250 ticket for parking my boat in my own driveway.” City officials issued Ty Fredrick the fine for parking his boat in his driveway while washing it, according to California’s KXTV News 10. A city ordinance states that owners of houses built before 1978 can park boats anywhere on their property. Fredrick’s house missed the cutoff date by one month.

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Two Canadian doctors cruising off Venezuela in November say that pirates — armed with pistols, a shotgun and a machete — bound them, sexually assaulted their female companion, and stole $10,000. Steve McVicar, an orthopedic surgeon, said that the five men also made off with his satellite phone, VHF radio and other electronics, and clothing, the Vancouver Sun reported. McVicar and his passengers eventually freed themselves and returned to shore for help.

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Eccentric Icelandic pop star Bjork is planning to sail around the world. The singer told contactmusic.com late last year that she enrolled in a 10-week course on how to captain a 30-ton vessel, and will undertake the circumnavigation with her boyfriend, artist Matthew Barney, and their 3-year-old daughter, Isadora. “The course I’m taking tests whether I have the balls to do this,” Bjork says on the site. Bjork plans to bring along a laptop and hopes the voyage will inspire her next album. “Sometimes I feel I need to go to theend of the world on my own with a recorder and do vocals,” she says. “That’s what I’m like.”

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A man who stopped to check out a boat for sale at a Virginia home in December helped in the arrest of a suspected burglar. Pulling into the driveway where the boat was parked, the man noticed that the front door of the house was open, the Free Lance-Star newspaper reported. Suspecting something was amiss, the man, who wasn’t identified in the report, saw a male wearing dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt exit the house. He called his wife and asked her to contact authorities. Police apprehended the 35-year-old suspect about a block away.

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A shark repeatedly attacked the rowing boat of a New Zealand team competing in the Atlantic Rowing Race in December. After circling Team Sun Latte, the shark battered the boat for about 15 minutes, according to information on the team’s Web site (www.teamsunlatte.co.nz). At one point during the attack, team member Iain Rudkin said he considered taping a flare to a gas cooking canister to try and get rid of the shark “Jaws style” but thought better of it. The race’s primary support vessel arrived six hours later, well after the attack, but stayed with Team Sun Latte for support as they continued.

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A Flippin, Ark., boater recently found a high school class ring, lost nearly four decades ago, on the bottom of a lake. Clint Peruchi was helping to move a boat on NorforkLake because of low water levels when he noticed the ring near the dock at a spot normally 50 feet from shore, the Baxter Bulletin newspaper reported. Upon inspecting the ring, Peruchi made out the initials L.E.C. and “Thayer, Mo. High School 1966.” With help from the school’s librarian, Peruchi traced the ring to Lewis Childers, who apparently lost the ring in 1968 while swimming with his cousin.