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Indiana boy can resist anything but a dare

Hammond is the hometown of Jean Shepherd, author of the book that inspired the movie <i>A Christmas Story</i>, which famously included a similar scene.

Hammond is the hometown of Jean Shepherd, author of the book that inspired the movie A Christmas Story, which famously included a similar scene.

Those crazy kids

Indiana boy can resist anything but a dare

It might not be news that a 10-year-old Indiana boy, unidentified by police, had to be rescued after getting his tongue stuck on a metal light pole. It was 10 degrees in Hammond, a Chicago suburb, and his tongue got stuck there exactly the way you would assume it did: A classmate dared him. Probably triple-dog dared. The boy extricated himself before the ambulance got there and will be fine. All of which is small stuff, until you realize that Hammond is the hometown of Jean Shepherd, author of the book that inspired the movie A Christmas Story, which famously included a similar scene.

Nonstop laughing is not funny for girl

St. Petersburg's Hiccup Girl can probably relate: A girl in Chongqing, China, has been unable to stop laughing for 12 years. The condition started when Xu Pinghui had a fever at 8 months old. "Ever since then, she has been laughing uncontrollably," her mother told the Chongqing Evening Post. A neurologist has suggested a brain scan to try to establish the cause of the girl's condition.

Punishment fits crime in Mexico

Four teenagers in Guadelupe, Mexico, were accused of painting graffiti on public property. The teens said the police officers who caught them took punishment into their own hands, opting for a sentence that amounted to "an eye for an eye." The teens say that the officers spray painted them. The teens were fined $200. The officers have been suspended.

'Magic powers' fail young suspect

Police in Indonesia are very excited to have arrested Salman, a 19-year-old suspect in a series of robberies. They say he was especially tough to catch because he used "magic powers" to commit his crimes. "Salman is a specialist cellular phone thief who is known by the local people to have a magic power because he is invisible each time he carried out his stealing activity," said Andi Dady Cahyo of the Mataram police. It was not immediately clear why Salman did not use his invisibility powers to avoid being caught by police.


World's best job

Tourism officials in Australia were caught off guard by the interest in their offer of a job that pays $100,000 for someone to sit on the beach for six months. They have increased the number of servers from one to 10 to handle requests. So you might be able to get through to now. The successful applicant will be required to work 12 hours a month, and should be willing to swim, snorkel and sail. Application deadline is Feb. 22.

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

Indiana boy can resist anything but a dare 01/16/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 17, 2009 3:03am]
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