Friday, May 09, 2008

Around and about...

With Beer to Eternity. Bill Bramanti, 67, of Chicago, plans to be buried in a custom built silver casket designed as giant can of his favorite beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon. "I'm going to use it as a cooler until I really need it," he said. "You see, I'm going to get my money's worth..."

What kind of "specially made shoes" make your feet smaller? "A German court has ruled that car maker Volvo has to pay compensation to a man who claimed his size 12 feet were too big to use the accelerator on his new car ... Under a court-supervised settlement, Herzog obtained a £1,350 refund to pay for a specially made pair of shoes that allowed him to squeeze his foot into the space. He was also compensated for the time spent changing back into street shoes each time he got out of the car ..." (The teeny vehicle.)

On the one hand ... but then on the other... Jens Wilhelms, 27, survived a 25ft plunge down an elevetor shaft when his fall was broken by landing on a 57-year-old woman who had fallen down it the day before and was lying there unconscious. He was unhurt and called out rescue services who took the woman to hospital. "Doctors said she is in a critical condition after sustaining injuries in her original fall, and then again when Wilhelms landed on her ... but it also probably saved her life that he fell on her", because that's how they found she was there and saved her from dying of internal bleeding.

Road kill on the grill, and in the fridge and freezer. Fergus Drennan, 36, vows to live naturally for the next year eating only wild foods he scavenges gathers by hand within a ten-mile radius of his home near Canterbury. That would be the like of fruits, berries, and dead animals he comes upon, including road kill.

"A bird!" he shouts. "It's not even been dead that long; you can tell from the rigor mortis. It's so cute, isn't it?" ... "One of the few things that I tend to avoid are cats and dogs," he explains. "In theory, I'd have no problem with eating them. But they've always got name tags on their collars..." Drennan is on a mission to convert Britons to his way of thinking....
I don't know about that. Drennan refrigerates and freezes his finds at home, and on his web site he offers up recipies for delicious cooking and grilling ... But just how "wild" is kitchen roasting a defrosted possum that was squashed by a van?

Clever criminal of the week. "Police didn't have to do much guesswork to identify a suspect in the armed robbery of an Athens, Ga., convenience store ... Demetrius Robinson filled out a job application while waiting for an opportunity to rob the Golden Pantry store last week. He left his real name and his uncle's phone number on the application... "

Woman bites dog. "I ended up biting the pit bull on the nose ... I didn't plan it, that's what happened. I broke the skin and had pit bull blood in my mouth..."

Green transportation -- the electric Uno. "The bike is fairly easy to ride, but takes a bit of getting used to because you have to learn to trust it."