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Hans Schwarz had lots of time on his hands aboard the ship he was taking from Europe to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. So he wrote one of those if-you-find-this notes, stuffed it into a bottle, and tossed it into the Indian Ocean. Now, fast-forward to this month. Schwarz, who fell in love with Oceania, makes his home in Wellington, New Zealand, these days. His phone rings, and a caller reports finding the long-forgotten message. So what, you ask? The finder and Schwarz live only about 40 miles apart.


There are public opinion polls and then there's the survey 3Com Corp. plans to take next month. Over five days, the Santa Clara, Calif., computer networking company will sample the attitudes of millions of people around the globe on sex, religion, and other matters, posing such questions as: Would you switch your race if you couldn't change it back? It will be, a 3Com official said, "a chance for the world to hold a digital mirror up to itself."

Top wedding-trip destination: It's Hawaii, travel agents say

The honeymoon market generates almost $4 billion in spending annually, says Antonia van der Meer, editor in chief of Modern Bride. With this in mind, the magazine asked more than 3,000 travel agents what the hottest destinations are for wedding couples. Tropical islands reigned supreme, accounting for seven of the top 10 spots. Hawaii rated No. 1 overall as well as in the "most romantic" and "best beaches" categories. The top overall rankings by Modern Bride, as they are to appear in the December/January issue, which goes on sale next week:

1. Hawaii

2. Jamaica

3. Mexico

4. Tahiti

5. Bermuda

6. St. Lucia

7. Aruba

8. US Virgin Islands

9. Italy

10. Las Vegas

- Associated Press

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