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The skinny: 375-pound shark leaps into Texas fisherman's boat

man vs. food

This shark was just begging to be caught

It's the catch of a lifetime, but it's not clear whether a Texas fisherman landed an 8-foot shark or it landed him. Jason Kresse, 29, of Freeport and two crew members had been fishing for red snapper about 50 miles into the gulf and were dumping fish guts into the water about 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard two big splashes in the distance. "All of a sudden something hit the side of the boat," Kresse told the Associated Press on Tuesday. "He ends up landing on the back of the boat." The mako shark had apparently been in a rush to feed. It began thrashing around, and Kresse said he and his crew couldn't get close to the 375-pound fish to toss it back in the water. It damaged the boat before dying several hours later.

reptilian wit

AWOL cobra has Twitter following

The Bronx Zoo may still be looking for a cobra missing since Friday, but a tongue-in-cheek Twitter user is charting its supposed progress. Someone using the handle "BronxZoosCobra" has been tweeting to a quickly growing number of followers — more than 40,000 by Tuesday afternoon. In contrast to the user posing as the 20-inch, highly venomous snake, the Bronx Zoo had about 6,000 followers. "On top of the Empire State Building!" BronxZoosCobra posted. "All the people look like little mice down there. Delicious little mice." Tweets included one about Sex and the City: "I'm totally a SSSamantha." Another riffed on the weather and New Yorkers' fears: "It's getting pretty cold out. I think it's probably time to crash. Oh look, an apartment window someone left open just a crack. Perfect!"

excuse me

Forger punctuates her sentence

A California woman facing nearly five years in prison for forging drug prescriptions showed up for sentencing with a phony doctor's note seeking a delay in the proceedings. Michelle Elaine Astumian was free on bail and pleaded no contest in January to felony counts of forgery and using a fraudulent check. While the judge wasn't buying it Monday, ordering her into custody, Astumian did avoid sentencing, by collapsing and being taken to a hospital.

back on top

Frenchman climbs the tallest tower

A Frenchman scaled the world's tallest building Monday, even navigating the tapered spire that extends beyond the top floors of the Dubai structure. Alain Robert's climb up the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa took just over six hours. Unlike previous climbs, he used a rope and harness to comply with organizers' requirements in the gulf sheikdom that opened the tapering metal and glass tower in January 2010. Robert, 48, has scaled more than 70 buildings, including Taiwan's Taipei 101, which before the Burj was the world's tallest, in 2004.

Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: 375-pound shark leaps into Texas fisherman's boat 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
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