ruling the empire
It's no run of the mill feat for this german
Thomas Dold of Germany won the Empire State Building Run-Up for a record sixth straight year Tuesday, hustling up 86 flights of stairs in 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Alice McNamara, 24, of Australia, a rower competing in the race up the Manhattan landmark for the first time, was the women's winner in 13 minutes, 3 seconds. Dold, 26, scaled the 1,576 steps from the lobby to the outdoor observation deck of New York's tallest building and beat last year's time by six seconds. It was his third-fastest finish, behind a 10:07 in 2009 and 10:08 in 2008. Two other men have won five times since it began in 1978, American Al Waquie from 1983-87 and Australian Paul Crake from 1999-2003. Crake remains the world-record holder at 9 minutes, 33 seconds but has not competed since a devastating bicycle accident in 2006.
Comedic opera? That's not funny
A Montana theater group has apologized for updating Gilbert and Sullivan's comedic opera The Mikado by having the character of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, list Sarah Palin among people who would not be missed. MCT Community Theatre executive director Michael McGill told the Missoulian, "Oh, man, we made a mistake." Director Curt Olds, however, noted the pacifist executioner's target list is often updated to make it relevant. He said Palin was added because she is so well-known.
food for thought
Owner has a waist product problem
A former Olympic wrestler is serving a 1.5-pound hamburger at his Wyoming restaurant while competing on TV to be The Biggest Loser. The mighty Rulon Burger at Rulon Gardner's Burger Barn restaurant in Afton is so big, it's molded in a pizza tin. It comes on a bun with all the toppings. Gardner won gold in 2000 by beating a Russian who hadn't lost in 13 years. His challenge to all comers now: Finish the burger plus a basket of fries and a 44-ounce drink in 20 minutes. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the 474-pound Gardner's best is 8 minutes, 23 seconds.
To be or not to be is still the question
A notorious criminal case that waited 400 years to go before a jury resulted in no definite answer to the question of whether the defendant — Hamlet Prince of Denmark — was sane when he committed murder. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy presided over a mock trial at the University of Southern California. It gave noted Los Angeles attorneys an opportunity to argue for and against the proposition that Hamlet was suffering from a mental disease when he stabbed Polonius, the adviser to the king in the classic Shakespeare play. After 20 minutes of deliberations, 10 jurors found him sane and two found him insane.
Compiled from Times wires.