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Here are a few pop culture tidbits that caught our eye last week.

­■ A woman claims airport security agents in St. Louis confiscated a tiny toy pistol wielded by her stuffed sock monkey. Immediately leading to cries of profiling by Fabric Americans.

■ A sleeping airline passenger awakens to find himself in a dark and secured plane after the in-flight staff apparently forgets about him. What’s worse, the airline plans to charge him for a sleeper seat.

■ Downtown Las Vegas’ free Wi-Fi service goes live. Downtown hotels respond by offering new “Nigerian Prince” room discounts.

■ Mars rover Curiosity ­▶ discovers evidence of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars. The biggest clue: the empty beer cans found nearby.

JOHN PRZYBYS (jprzybys@reviewjournal.com)