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The skinny: 'Egg-normous' prize may bring celebrity to Iowa hen

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'Egg-normous' prize may bring celebrity to hen

A hen in Bonaparte, Iowa, has provided its owner with a prize he says is "egg-normous." At 4.1-ounces, it is about twice the size of large eggs sold by the dozen in supermarkets. After it was laid Feb. 18 by an Australorp hen, Nathan Batten, 37, carried the egg around in his coat pocket for a couple of days to show his friends. He has since put it in his refrigerator. The egg measures 3.5 inches long, 6.5 inches around. Australorp eggs usually weigh about 3 ounces. Batten intends to contact Guinness World Records to see whether he has a worthy entry.

Low-priority mail

WWII-era letter arrives a bit late

Okay, it isn't exactly the Pony Express, but at least the letter sort of made it to its destination. The World War II-era letter, addressed to a woman at a Red Cross hospital in California, was delivered nearly 70 years after its postmark in Alabama. It is addressed to Miss R.T. Fletcher, American Red Cross Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, Calif. Camp Roberts was closed in 1970, so the letter was delivered to the Camp Roberts Historical Museum. Curator Gary McMaster said he hasn't opened the letter for privacy reasons. The envelope is torn where the return address would be located, so it's not clear who sent it.

Cool canine

Visiting dog takes over family's fridge

A runaway dog darted into an Arizona apartment and found a cool place to hide — the bottom of the refrigerator. The family told Yuma Fire Department officials the pooch rushed into their home when they opened the front door. When they went to the fridge to get some food to try to lure the dog outside, the animal jumped in and refused to come out. Firefighters found the small black terrier-type dog crouched on the bottom shelf, snapping at anyone who approached. They used protective gear to pick up the pooch and put it in a carrier. The dog lived at the apartment complex and was returned home safely.

Permits matter

False leg fails to stop parking ticket

Should a one-legged person get a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot? That's what happened to Sylvia Taylor of Llanedeyrn, Wales, the British tabloid Mirror reported. A traffic warden issued a parking ticket despite being shown Taylor's false limb. The warden nearly fainted after Taylor, 67, rolled up her trouser leg and said: "Take a look at that," her daughter said. Taylor's mistake: She forgot her disabled permit. She returned from shopping to find the warden had just issued the ticket. Taylor, who lost her left leg when she was 16, said: "He told us to write to head office to explain." Traffic officials eventually canceled the fine.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

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Jim Barach, political humor blogger (

The skinny: 'Egg-normous' prize may bring celebrity to Iowa hen 03/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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