Thursday, February 02, 2006

Offbeat news

Headlines you may have missed

Students in Tutus Saved from Mountain Road (Associated Press)
Two dozen Caltech students wearing Superman capes, tutus and other odd attire as part of a hazing stunt were rescued after getting stranded on the Mount Wilson Toll Road.

Shark a Reel Surprise (Canadian Press)
A shark the length of a car has been reeled in by a woman out for a day of ice fishing.

Woman Downs 26 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Associated Press)
A 100-pound woman ate 26 grilled cheese sandwiches in 10 minutes at a New York restaurant, winning the World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship.

Punching Horse May Land Man in Deep, Uh, Trouble (Associated Press)
A 24-year-old man could be shoveling horse manure as part of his punishment for punching a police horse.

And, finally, a 'miracle':

Ski Holiday Ride 'Cures' Deaf Man (BBC News)
A former soldier who lost his hearing 15 years ago has suddenly regained it on a ski lift in the Italian Dolomites.

With thanks to The Associated Press, Canadian Press and BBC News

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Rose said...

How does a woman who weighs 100 pounds eats 26 grill sandwiches in 26 minutes and doesn't gain any weight. Obviously she had to practice...

Hasan Mubarak said...

picking up a shark while ice fishing....

Man, this woman definitely deserves something.

Alina said...

I wonder which was the srark's line in this case: surprise?

As for the miracle, let's hope for more to come!

Nth Dimension said...

I am not able to recall the exact details, but there was a report this past year right around the July 4th Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest, that mentioned something about slim/petite people doing well in competitive eating contests.

Deb S. said...

Rose: Yes, I agree. I think any 100 lb. woman who downs 26 grilled cheese sandwiches much have had some practice!

Hasan and Alina: I can't even imagine how the ice fisher felt when she reeled in that shark!

Nth Dimension: How right you are! On July 4, 2005, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan sucessfully defended his title in a hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, NY. Kobayashi consumed 49 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes. Kobayahi, of Nagano, Japan, won his 5th consecutive hot dog eating contest last July.

According to contest organizers, Sonya Thomas, who ended with 37, was on Kobayashi's heels throughout the first half of the contest. Many observers feel that Thomas pushed Kobayashi harder than any American ever has. This female contender set an American record.

Petite at 100 pounds and standing 5 feet 5 inches tall, Thomas told reporters that she trained for the event. By the way, she manages a Burger King restaurant in Virgina.