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It's sort of like the Cuban census burro

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It's sort of like the Cuban Census burro

News has been going around of a big effort to conduct a census this year. But the one that spent all the money on the Super Bowl commercials and for people to not do any work for it isn't the only census going on. Cuba is having one, too. But not necessarily to count people. It seems Cuba has absolutely no idea how many mules are in the country, and it has been determined that this is information they need to have. The government thinks the country is running a mule deficit, especially in the highlands, where they play an important role in the transportation of food. So between March 1 and 10, they'll get counted. And it is the responsibility of every mule to participate.

Cat found help, even with blinders on

A cat was wandering around Fife, Scotland, with her head stuck in a can, reports the BBC. Officials at the SPCA Wildlife Rescue Center have no idea how far the cat walked in that condition, but they know where it ended up: at the SPCA Wildlife Rescue Center. Which is actually a perfect place for an animal in distress to go, if amazingly coincidental. Rescue workers there were able to remove the can and checked her out and have sent her to an adoption shelter. "The little cat was very pleased to be freed from the discomfort that comes with having your head stuck inside a tin can," manager Colin Seddon said. Which is probably considerable.

Winter games

Snowboarder had money to burn

Snowboarder Dominik Podolsky, 22, was the last one on the ski lift on Saturday, going down a mountain in Hochzillertal, Austria. Unfortunately, the staff isn't in the habit of tracking people riding down the lift, and switched it off at dusk, trapping Podolsky about 33 feet above the ground. He didn't have his phone, and no one heard him scream. It was about 0 degrees. "I thought about jumping down, but then I'd have probably broken both legs and would have frozen to death," Podolsky said. To gain attention, he started a fire on the lift, burning the contents of his pockets. A handkerchief. Receipts. A note from his girlfriend. Then he started burning his cash. He went through about $135 and was burning his last bill when help finally came. In the official version, he might consider saying he burned the cash before the note.

London laundry

Poll: Dirty sheets no big deal in Britain

If you are visiting anyone in Britain anytime soon, just know this: According to a poll by a British insurance company, more than half a million people in the country wash their bed sheets an average of three times per year. Londoners were most guilty, with almost a quarter of respondents from that city admitting it, reports the Daily News. And not only are the sheets not getting washed, but an increasing number of people reported eating in bed.

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

It's sort of like the Cuban census burro 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:38pm]
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