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In a Tokyo hotel: Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notice.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator: Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator: To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 am daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In a Japanese hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

On the menu of a Polish hotel: Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.

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Canada's Chickens On Border Patrol

They don't look like ordinary Mounties guarding Canada's national interest. They scratch the dirt, swivel their heads, and peck at whatever lies beneath their feet. They are placed strategically at secret points along the border,

watching, waiting - with no clue what they are waiting or watching for. They are the Royal Canadian Mounted Birds, guarding the world's longest undefended border against a potential invasion from the United States.

On this side of the border, few are laughing because the threat is real: Mosquitoes carrying the potentially deadly West Nile virus were spotted in Buffalo, N.Y. - too close for comfort in Canada. In the U.S., the mosquitoes have infected at least 60 people and killed seven, and New York State recently was declared a West Nile alert zone. The virus, spread by certain types of mosquitoes, first appeared in New York last year. Canadian officials have a plan.

"We are using sentinel chickens," said Harvey Artsob, chief of zoonotic diseases at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "We put chickens in areas where they get exposed to mosquitoes."

The government placed 360 birds at 36 sites along the border, 10 birds to a coop. The exact locations are top secret.

As Canadian scientists see it, if mosquitoes carrying the virus venture into Canada, the chickens will provide the first warning. The mosquitoes bite the birds, but the birds cannot spread the virus.