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German kids fired up after hitting sauce too hard

Dumb kids

Ten boys in Augsburg, Germany, participated in a test of courage on Wednesday. It was clear afterward that two of them had clearly won. The test involved drinking hot pepper sauce that measured 535,000 Scoville units, which makes it about 200 times hotter than Tabasco. Eight of the boys, ages 13 and 14, ended up in the hospital. They were kept at the hospital overnight for observation.

Smart kid

Hero today, and in 4 years, her prize

Anna Scheuering is only 12, but she has already secured herself a car when she turns 16. And she knows how to drive it. We know that because when Anna and her brother Zach were in the mountains of West Virginia with their grandfather, George, who has diabetes, he began to feel dizzy and faint while driving, according to WGHP-TV in Greensboro, S.C. So Anna told him to pull over, she took the wheel and drove down the mountain. Meanwhile, Zach got their dad on the phone, and he called a gas station 12 miles down the road they were on. When Anna pulled in to the station, an ambulance was waiting for them. Doctors said George Scheuering would have gone into a diabetic coma if he hadn't gotten help so quickly. And so George told Anna that when she turns 16, he's getting her a car.

Angry parents

Boyfriend lucky lake was frozen

Police in Michigan arrested Scott David Sullivan, 43, of West Bloomfield on Tuesday. They say that at about 1:30 a.m., he found his daughter at the beach, in the back seat of her boyfriend's car. Her boyfriend was also in the back seat. The report says that Sullivan then pulled his daughter from the car, got in the driver's seat and drove it onto the ice of Pleasant Lake. Then he got back in his car and drove his daughter home, leaving the boy and his 2010 Dodge Charger on the ice. Sullivan was charged with malicious destruction of property and reckless driving.

Jury is probably going to like her

Police in Memphis arrested Monika Spraggins and Larry Malone and charged them with aggravated assault. According to the police, they used table legs and chair legs to beat an unidentified man, the Commercial Appeal reports. Well, the victim was not identified by name. But Spraggins said she could identify him by his profession. She said the man had sold her teenage son marijuana.

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

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