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Can you skip a stone on water? Fifty one times?

stone-skimming record

A US man has been named the world’s top stone skimmer after throwing a stone that skipped on water 51 times.

Russell Byars, 43, from Pennsylvania, shattered the previous world record of 40 skims on July 19 – but it took the Guinness Book of Records until now to declare him the new record holder.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Can you skip a stone on water? Fifty one times?

Here’s to you Mr. and Mrs. Sims on your 80th anniversary – Clink!

80th anniversary

A Scottboro [Alabama] couple recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary, one of the longest marriages among living people when compared to reports in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

Alonzo, 97, and Beulah Sims, 94, celebrated their anniversary a day early Sunday at the nursing home where they have lived since May 2002.

Without their families’ approval, the two teens married in 1927, when he was working at a farm, plowing fields with a mule and picking cotton for 50 cents a day.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Here’s to you Mr. and Mrs. Sims on your 80th anniversary – Clink!

Crime tip: When using a stolen truck don’t park it in the jail parking lot

Stolen truck

Deputy Dave Wagner had just finished booking a suspect at the Marion County [Oregon] Jail Tuesday when he heard a radio report that a stolen pickup truck had been spotted in northeast Salem. He decided to check it out. He didn’t [have to] go far.

In the jail’s parking lot, two women were [sitting in the stolen] 1984 Toyota truck [visiting] a boyfriend. Deputies said the women had 21 grams of methamphetamine, scales and packaging material in the truck along with them.

Police said the two Salem women, 24 and 25, were booked there on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and drug charges are [pending].


Oh. And leave your meth business tools at home.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Crime tip: When using a stolen truck don’t park it in the jail parking lot

That ass ate my money!

news odd

donkey.jpg A donkey at an Algerian market ate the money of a man who came to buy him, making the unfortunate buyer and the owner wonder who the animal belongs to, an Algerian newspaper reported.

Neither the district court nor the city court was able to make a ruling that would satisfy both parties, so the case was passed on to the Algerian Supreme Court.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on That ass ate my money!

Never mind cell phones – put down the oatmeal

KPRC Houston

Four people were injured when a driver eating oatmeal collided with a METRO bus in downtown Houston on Monday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

METRO police said oatmeal was found all over the inside of driver’s sport utility vehicle, the bus and the road at the intersection of St. Charles and Pierce streets at about 7 a.m.

Witnesses said the driver of the SUV ran a red light and slammed into the front of the bus, spun around and hit the back of the bus.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Never mind cell phones – put down the oatmeal

Phantom sculptor

Phantom sculptor

A phantom sculptor has been baffling Yorkshire folk by leaving mysterious stone heads outside their homes.

Nineteen heads have appeared across Yorkshire, each different but bearing the same carved symbol that appears to spell the word “paradox”, reports The Sun. A cryptic note attached to every head says: “Twinkle twinkle like a star, does love blaze less from afar?”

October 2, 2007 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Phantom sculptor

Custody fight over amputated leg

You can’t make this stuff up.

An amputated leg has become the subject of a tug of war between the man who lost it, and the man who bought it at auction. John Wood’s leg was amputated after a plane crash in 2004 but he kept it so he could be buried “whole” when he died, reports the Daily Telegraph. But Mr Wood, of South Carolina, saw his home repossessed and his possessions auctioned after he couldn’t afford to keep them in storage.

Unfortunately those possessions included the leg which Mr Wood had kept in a barbecue smoker, and which was bought by Shannon Whisnant in the auction. Mr Whisnant initially gave it to police, who subsequently turned it over to a funeral home once they realized no foul play was involved. But Mr Whisnant, who put a sign on the empty smoker charging adults $3 and children $1 for a look, now wants it back.

“He’s making a freak show out of it,” Mr Wood told The Charlotte Observer. “He wants to put money in his pocket with this thing.”

Mr Whisnant, who was unsuccessful in a bid to get the leg from the funeral home, consulted with a lawyer and decided his best move was to persuade Mr Wood to share custody and profits. “It’s a strange incident and Halloween’s just around the corner,” he said. “The price will be going up if I get [a stake in] the leg.”

Mr Wood, who is heading to Maiden to pick up his leg, said the two men can meet, but he is not interested in using the leg to make money: “I just think it’s despicable,” he said.

October 2, 2007 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Custody fight over amputated leg