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The skinny: It's not just a wallaby ... it's a lawnmower!

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It's not just a wallaby … it's a lawn mower!

Mary Davies of Horsham, England, is marketing the newest, most environmentally friendly lawn mower ever invented. Either that, or she is just desperate for a marketing gimmick to get rid of the 17 wallabies her family is selling from the family gardens where they live and graze. "Wallabies work 24 hours a day, rain or shine. They get to places some lawn mowers cannot reach and they chew along banks as well," Davies said. The animals are priced from $440 to $1,500, depending on color and gender, and not appetite. Davies says she will sell them in pairs because they are social creatures, though with 17, that won't totally work. Davies admits that while they keep the turf at a manageable level, they aren't perfect at the job. "They can't chew nice stripes into your lawn."

Convertible

Bus driver didn't have clearance

The driver of the double-decker bus who went under a bridge in Langley, England, and lost the roof because there wasn't enough clearance has a very good excuse for why it happens. The man, 49 but not identified, said he forgot he was driving a double-decker. Which is actually a good excuse. Police weren't so sure, though, and arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving. Which is a much worse excuse. No one but the driver was on the bus when the accident happened.

Parenthood

She can't adopt, so she has her own

Krasimira Dimitrova of Rousse, Bulgaria, really wanted to adopt a baby, but officials told her that she was too old. So the 62-year-old psychologist was left with no alternative but to sign up for in vitro fertilization. "Age was not an obstacle for me," she said. "I so much wanted to have children. I would not like to look too much in the future. I hope that the babies will be well." Merry and Jacqueline were born on May 5, prematurely, but otherwise healthy.

the hamburglar

McDonald's crew beats up robber

When a guy came into the Bremerton, Wash., McDonald's after midnight on Friday and said he was robbing the joint, employees reacted by rolling their eyes. They assumed it was a co-worker pulling a prank. And when he said he had a gun, they got annoyed. He demanded money 10 times before deciding to just take money from the register, and punched an employee who tried to stop him. To that, according to police reports, the employee said "Oh no, it's on," reports the Bremerton Patriot. At that, he and other employees pummeled the man and held him for police. The robber was unarmed.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

The skinny: It's not just a wallaby ... it's a lawnmower! 05/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:18pm]
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