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Published June 12, 2007


Ex-fans of X-Coaster


In the photo above, the photographer didn't need a superfast shutter speed or even excellent timing. That's because these thrill seekers at an amusement park in Hot Springs, Ark., were stuck in this position - upside down, 150 feet above the ground - for 30 minutes on Saturday during a power outage at the Springs & Crystal Falls park. Rescue workers eventually got riders off the X-Coaster using a ladder truck. One person was treated for neck pain, and another threw up ... after getting back on the ground. "I love the amusement park, but I will never get on the X-Coaster again, " said Connie McBride.


Check recipe before going shoplifting

- Whatever the robber in Wisconsin was cooking, we don't want the recipe. A man in Grand Chute was arrested after leaving a grocery store with 12 bottles of whiskey, two heads of lettuce and a thermometer. As he left the store, he gestured at employees to suggest he had a gun. It's all on tape. Police have invited him to dinner at a county facility for the foreseeable future.

- Maybe the man in Wisconsin was supposed to bring the salad to dinner at this guy's house. Germany's Spiegel reports that a 58-year-old man in Wanne-Eickel tried to walk out of a supermarket with a frozen turkey stuffed in his shirt. He might've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for the fact that it fell out of his shirt as he was walking past the checkout clerks.

25, 600 LIPS SMACK

Hungary smooches back into record

Those Hungarians are a proud people. When 6, 124 couples got together in February to break Hungary's world record for a simultaneous kiss, there was a national outcry. "We became defiant and said we would take it back again, " journalist Ferenc Pallagi told Reuters. So Pallagi organized the Kissing Party, which sounds like an awesome political group, but was actually a meeting of more than 6, 400 patriotic lip-lockers in Budapest on Saturday. This is the second time Hungary has overtaken the Philippines for the title. One couple, Orsi and Pityu, started kissing a half-hour before the record attempt. "That's the least we can do for the nation, " Pityu said.

Compiled by staff writer Jim Webster from Times wire services and other sources.

[Last modified June 12, 2007, 00:01:12]

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