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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a Chee-to!

It's believed to be the largest Chee-to in the world. The cheesy glob of fried cornmeal that Navy Petty Officer Mike Evans found last week in a bag of the snacks is about the size of a small lemon and weighs in at about half an ounce.

Evans, a fervent user of online auctions, posted his find on eBay. He never expected the flurry of attention that followed.

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Radio stations from around the country interviewed Evans, a Gulf War veteran stationed in Pearl Harbor who patiently explained that he bought the bag of Chee-tos for his 3-year-old son. Giant Chee-to T-shirts and Chee-to puppet auctions sprung up online. And pranksters bid up the Chee-to into the millions of dollars - so much that eBay canceled the sale and a frustrated Evans donated the Chee-to to a good cause: a sleepy farming community in Iowa.

The folks in Algona, Iowa - a one-movie-theater town with 5,970 residents - can hardly wait to get their hands on the giant Chee-to. They plan to shellac it, lay it on plush velvet and put it under Plexiglas.

$9 mil for a pizza?

An online banking glitch gave a Princeton University student access to university accounts totaling $9.9 million when he tried to access a student publication's account.

Freshman Ira Leeds didn't take any money.

Leeds, financial manager for The Princeton Tory, was attempting to access the conservative magazine's account with PNC Bank on Friday when he accessed all 15 of the University's accounts, which totaled just over $9.9 million.

It was his first time trying to access the account online.

"We buy a lot of paper and stamps and envelopes, sometimes pizza for meetings and so forth. It helped to have the online access so I could track the activity on our debit cards as they were being used," he said.

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Leeds alerted PNC Bank officials that night and The Tory sent e-mails to university President Shirley Tilghman and Provost Amy Gutmann about the error.

Good things come in threes

Good things came in threes for a Florida Panhandle mother.

Samantha Noble gave birth to her third child on Monday, March 3 - that's 3-3-03 - at exactly 3:33 p.m.

Dean Noble weighed in a 7 pounds, 2 ounces. He was 19 inches long.

"When I had my first ultrasound, I remember thinking, 'This better not be triplets,"' his mother said. "The threes have to stop sometime."

She said her husband, Aaron, joked about having the child at 3:33 p.m. when he brought her to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

"I told him, 'No, I don't want to wait that long,"' she said.