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Global Bizarre

By Times Wires
Published March 4, 2008



To Emma, it felt like they were in tree 35 hours

How many times do people have to be told to not take their chihuahua paragliding with them? The Melbourne Age reports that Paul Hansen went out with his mini-dog, Emma, strapped to his chest, and as always seems to happen when you take the puppies paragliding, they got stuck in a tree 200 feet off the ground for five hours. He had trouble keeping a signal on his cell phone, and his radio got none. Finally, he sent a text to friends with his GPS location, but even when emergency workers got there, it took them an hour to get them down. "She knew that we were in danger, but she didn't panic," Hansen said. "She loves it. I wouldn't take her if she didn't like it." Emma was not made available for comment.

Guns in the news

No more heat for Mass toll takers

The Boston Herald reports that toll collectors on the Massachusetts turnpike are not allowed to carry guns with them while at work anymore. Which brings up the corollary news: Up until recently, Mass Pike toll collectors could carry guns. "I didn't want to have a wild west show out there," said Alan LeBovidge of the turnpike authority. LeBovidge ordered the new policy when he learned that the collectors did not have proper police training and that their guns weren't properly maintained. "It's absurd," said state Sen. Steve Baddour. "The last time I saw a toll taker carrying a gun was when Sonny got blown away in The Godfather." Well, that's the last time he knows he saw a toll collector packing heat.

To take a day off, he takes a bullet

Apparently it would be so much trouble to pretend to have the sniffles, because police say Daniel Kuch of Pasco, Wash., asked a friend to shoot him in the arm so he could get a day off. So his pal winged him, then he called the police and said he had been shot in a drive-by while jogging. His story unraveled during a police interview, and it was uncovered that he was just trying to avoid a drug test at work. There was no word on whether he still has a job to be drug tested at.

Traffic signs

Does your zodiac foretell car trouble?

A British auto club has done a study that finds that Libras are more likely to have mechanical problems with their car than those born under other zodiac signs. Also, blue cars break down more than other colors, so if you're a Libra in Britain, definitely don't buy a blue car. It also found that one of every 50 drivers there prefer to drive in their "lucky pants," a finding that, gratefully, was offered without further explanation. The club readily admits that there is no scientific basis to the findings, but that won't deter Pisces from believing it. They hardly ever break down.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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