Cash back offer
Nice people collect money for biker
Ever have one of those days where you are riding your motorcycle down the street, and $100 bills are flying out of your pocket? No? Well, it would seem rare, but it happened to Anthony Burres as he was riding through Omaha, Neb. Someone flagged him down to tell him he was raining cash, and he backtracked to see how much he could recover. He found that other drivers had stopped, picked up the money, and were waiting for him to return. "About eight to 10 people just handed me all kind of money," he said. He says that he got all but $100 of the $2,500 he lost back.
Donation requires fancy footwork
The Timberland company has donated 100,000 shoes to a charity in Norfolk, Va. That does not mean, however, it necessarily donated 50,000 pairs of shoes. The shoes were unsorted. Volunteers John and Kimberly Wright have been pairing up the shoes in what amounts to a gigantic jigsaw puzzle since June. So far they have paired up 7,000 shoes. "I foresee another year of this," John Wright told the Virginian-Pilot. "It's a labor-intensive process." So far, the paired-up pairs have been shipped to Haiti. But there is a catch. "All of the women's shoes are size 7 and the men's have all been size 9," said Kimberly. That has made the matching job a little easier.
Curved swords are hard to swallow
Part of the trick in sword swallowing is limiting yourself to the straight kind of sword. So it became a problem for Wang Liang of Dengta, China, when an audience member challenged him to swallow a curved sword. An eight-year veteran, he probably should've known better, but he gave it a shot. "While pushing the sword down, I felt sharp pains in my throat," Wang told the Huashang Morning Post. They know what causes that now. "I immediately stopped and pulled the sword out." The stunt resulted in a 1.5 centimeter cut in his esophagus which doctors said could have killed him if it had not been immediately treated.
World's best job
The application pool for the "best job in the world," a contest in which the winner gets to be caretaker of a tropical Australian island for six months, has more than 10,000 video resumes. One of the latest has come from someone purporting to be Osama bin Laden. Who could better use an attitude adjustment? "I enjoy the outdoors and sandy areas," the video subtitles read. "I've got experience with videos, delegating tasks and experience with large scale event coordination." The Sydney Morning Herald reports bin Laden will not be considered, but applications will be accepted until Feb. 22.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.