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The Skinny: Lost in Outback, German survives on flies

Swat and eat

Lost in Outback, man survives by eating flies

A German tourist who was missing for more than two weeks in the Australian Outback survived on insects after becoming lost and stranded by floodwaters, police said Friday. Daniel Dudzisz was picked up by a motorist late Thursday in Queensland state, police Inspector Mark Henderson said. The 26-year-old insulin-dependent diabetic had last been seen on Feb. 17 when he left Windorah on a 48-mile trek. Dudzisz had an adequate supply of insulin and a few days' food supply. "He joked about never going hungry in the Australian Outback because of the amount of flies you can eat for their protein," Henderson told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. Dudzisz remained determined to continue his trek, but on main roads.

'A miracle'

Blind man falls in front of train, lives

A blind man who fell off the edge of a subway platform Thursday and into the path of an oncoming Metro train survived. "It really is a miracle," Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Paul Gonzales told the Los Angeles Times. "It's something you only see on TV." The man, an unidentified 47-year-old Los Angeles resident, had been using a cane to feel his way toward the edge of the Wilshire/Vermont platform. The operator of the train honked to warn him, but it was too late: The man fell and tumbled into the track bed. The Fire Department rescued him about 20 minutes later, shaken but largely unhurt.

'Granddaddy'

Minn. farmer's 50 feet of snow

A farmer has created a towering tribute to winter's excess. Greg Novak says he has invested hundreds of hours to build the 50-foot snowman named "Granddaddy." And he admits it has some neighbors questioning his sanity. Granddaddy began to take shape when the Gilman farmer needed to move mounting snow piles. "As long as you're moving it, might as well do something practical with it," Novak said. Friends and family pitched in to help. Novak used skid loaders to pile snow and a silage blower to direct snow into stacked cylinders, the St. Cloud Times reported. "It puts a smile on people's faces," Novak said.

Way overdue

Book checked out in 1992 from library

More than two decades after a cookbook was checked out of a Kansas library, it's just now been returned. Channel 6 of Lawrence reports a copy of The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World's Most Healthful Foods was placed in a Lawrence Public Library return box one night this week. The book had been checked out on Sept. 24, 1992. The maximum late fee in 1992 was $3; it's now $4.50.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: Lost in Outback, German survives on flies 03/07/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 10:15pm]

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