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The skinny: Mexican borough makes world's biggest enchilada

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big enchilada makes them the big enchilada

A Mexico City borough went for the whole enchilada — and got it! Residents of Iztapalapa cooked up a 230-foot-long, almost 1½-ton enchilada Sunday. Guinness World Records official Ralph Hannah announced that it was the world's biggest. The colossal concoction was made of corn tortillas, white onions, serrano chilis, green tomatoes, avocado, cheese, cream and a sea of salsas, among other ingredients. "With this Guinness record we are showing the world that Iztapalapa is a high-level tourist destination," Mexico City tourism secretary Alejandro Rojas said. Mexico City has gone for a number of world records recently, including the largest number of people dancing Michael Jackson's Thriller and most people kissing simultaneously.

bone of contention

Evidence of flour in stone-age diet

Ask about the stone-age diet and the popular image is someone gnawing on a chunk of woolly mammoth. Now archaeologists are saying "not so fast." They have found evidence, according to today's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that people living 30,000 years ago in present-day Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic used stones to grind seeds and roots into a type of flour. They say it would have provided a good source of carbohydrates and energy. And it could be stored for times when meat was less available.

bridging the divide

A mating service for orangutans

Endangered orangutans on Borneo island are using fire hoses slung across rivers by humans to help them move around isolated forests to potentially meet new mates and boost the species' chances for survival. Malaysian authorities are building more of the makeshift bridges after some orangutans, who cannot swim, were spotted using them over the past year, said Marc Ancrenaz, co-founder of the French-based conservation group Hutan, which is working with Malaysian state wildlife department officials on orangutan protection. Conservationists estimate 11,000 orangutans live in Malaysia's Sabah state in Borneo, but many are isolated from each other because swaths of forest have been cut for development, logging and oil palm plantations.

pack of trouble

Wolves interrupt a traffic stop

A traffic cop in Russia had to dive for cover — when a pack of wild wolves started chasing after him on a highway. He had pulled over a motorist who had a headlight out when he spotted the wolves behind him and jumped into the back of the car he had just stopped. He stayed inside until the 10-strong pack had passed by before returning to his patrol car. Wolves have been in the news in Russia recently, attacking shoppers in a Moscow supermarket parking lot.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Mexican borough makes world's biggest enchilada 10/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 8:25pm]
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