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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- From an average office product hitting the black market to a tail for humans, THV's Tom Brannon catches you up on some Weird But True headlines.

    Prosecutors say there's a black market for copier toner that is making New York City businesses vulnerable to employee theft.
     
    So far, there have been arrests in separate inside jobs at a leading cancer treatment hospital and a large law firm in Manhattan.
     
    In the hospital case, a clerk earning a modest salary was convicted of financing a luxury lifestyle by secretly ordering $1.5 million in toner and reselling it. An employee at the law firm  has been charged with stealing toner cartridges worth up to $259 a piece and dumping them for as little as $10.
     
    The scope of the black market is unclear. But there have been isolated instances of similar toner diversion schemes in other parts of the country.

    And while most theatres insist viewers to turn off their cell phones while wanting a movie, a performing arts center in Rhode Island wants you to keep that iPhone out.

    The Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, R.I. has designated a section of its theater for "tweet seats" since last spring. Located in the back two rows to avoid distracting patrons, the seats are free for those who promise to live-tweet a performance.

    It's a controversial idea in the arts world because some says theatres should remain free of distraction while others believe theaters can't afford not to engage the digital generation.

    And last, but definitely not least, if you could have a tail like a dog or cat, would you?

    A Japanese man has invented the "Tailly", a wearable tail that wags in relation to one's heart rate.

    The inventor says that "Tailly is not just a toy, nor is it a fashion accessory or a gadget. It is those three items combined, and, since it reacts to the heart beat rate, an extension of the users' body."

    The tails are expected to go on sale in the United Kingdom, very soon, but no word yet on when they'll make it to the U.S.

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