Super Carb Overload

Hope this guy does not walk away a diabetic after this 60 day carb extravaganza! Sticking to an all-potato diet for 60 days has earned Chris Voigt the National Potato Council’s Potato Man of the Year honor.

The Columbia Basin Herald reports the award was presented to the Pasco man last weekend at the council’s annual meeting in Las Vegas. The award goes to someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty to represent the potato industry.  Voigt is head of the Washington Potato Commission. He ate nothing but potato dishes for a 60-day stretch last fall to demonstrate they are healthy and not junk food.  He evens claims to have lost 21 pounds during this spud-fest.  I don’t think it had anything to do with his diet exactly, I think he was just sick of eating potatoes so he was not eating much.

Fox Shoots Hunter

This is a great story out of Moscow for all you animal lovers!

A wounded fox shot its would-be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

“The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,” one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus that borders Poland.  Nice going mr. fox!

Weird Auction – Coffin

For the JFK-assassination conspiracy junkie who has everything: L ee Harvey Oswald’s coffin. Body not included.

A Los Angeles auction house said on Tuesday it would sell the simple pine coffin in which the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy was buried for almost 20 years.

Bidding will start at $1,000, but the item is expected to fetch strong interest from museums and collectors of presidential memorabilia when it goes on the block on December 16.

“There’s just a lot of interest in Kennedy and anything to do with his assassination,” said Laura Yntema, auction manager at Santa Monica, California-based Nate D. Sanders.

The coffin was unearthed in October 1981 after a legal dispute between Oswald’s widow, Marina, and his brother, Robert. Marina successfully sought an exhumation to test a conspiracy theory that a lookalike Russian agent had been buried in her husband’s place, according to the auction house.

A medical exam showed the badly decomposed body was indeed Oswald’s, and he was returned to Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas, in a new casket.

The original coffin, which had suffered extensive water damage, is being sold by Baumgardner Funeral Home, the local undertaker which handled the re-internment.

Don’t Smoke Weed and Drive

And definitely don’t carry 500 pounds of it and run a red light! Police stopped a driver for running a red light and discovered more than 500 pounds of marijuana inside his minivan, authorities said.

Clement Hunter, 30, was awaiting arraignment on Monday following his arrest on drug charges, authorities said.

Hunter ran a red traffic light in the city’s Queens borough early on Sunday morning and tried to evade police for several blocks, police said.

When he was pulled over, the 513 pounds of marijuana stuffed into large garbage bags was partly visible inside his minivan, police said.

He faces 50 counts of felony possession of marijuana as well as charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing officers.

The source of the marijuana and Hunter’s destination were still under investigation, police said.

Drop the Snowball or We Will Shoot

Two Berlin police officers were pelted by snowballs thrown by a group of about 40 youths but were able to fight them off with pepper spray, police said on Sunday.

The officers were investigating a brawl early Saturday morning. They ignored demands from a group of about 25 youths to leave and were then attacked by snowballs. The number of youths throwing snowballs quickly grew to 40.

The officers first retreated but then fought back with the pepper spray, prompting the youths to flee. Many were later arrested. There were no injuries, police said.  Take it from me, snowballs can really hurt!

Gay Birds Eat Mercury

Researchers in Florida and Sri Lanka studied the effect of the metal in white ibises’ diets to find out why breeding was down.

They found the higher the dose of mercury in the wading birds’ food pellets, the more likely a male bird was to pair with another male.

Dr Peter Frederick from the University of Florida, who led the study, said: “We knew mercury could depress their testosterone levels but we didn’t expect this.

“We’re seeing very large reproductive effects at very low concentrations of mercury so we really need to be paying more attention to this.”

The team fed the birds on food pellets which contained concentrations of mercury equivalent to those in the shrimp and crayfish that make up their wetland diet.

As Seinfeld would say, “Not that there is anything wrong with that.”

Odd Statue

I guess a Polish joke is not politically correct but they did spend $300,000 on this statue to commemorate a bear that apparently fought along side the army against the Nazis!

The £200,000 monument is to commemorate the extraordinary life of  Wojtek, a 6ft tall, 500 pound brown bear who served alongside Polish soldiers — and lived out his years after the war in Edinburgh Zoo.