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The skinny: No need for rabbit foot or horseshoe

living to tell tales

No need for rabbit foot or horseshoe

You might want to call up Rick Oliver near Cary, N.C., and have him play the Powerball for you. It seems he has been struck by lightning and attacked by a black bear — and lived to tell the Raleigh News & Observer all about it. He told the newspaper he was struck by lightning in 2006, and since then he has had trouble sleeping. On restless nights, the paper reported, he tends to piddle about his 17-acre farm, checking on his chickens, working on his tractors and, as he was in the wee hours of June 3, fixing up his Chevy Malibu. Enter the bear. "I heard this strange huffing," Oliver said. "And the next thing I know, I had been run over and stepped on by a bear." The bear's claws gouged his wrist, but he's carrying on. Now, some may see the strike and the attack as bad luck. Consider this: Oliver is alive and talking. In a word, lucky.

legal shenanigans

You mean unicorn is not really real?

The folks at ThinkGeek thought they would have a little fun and at the same time remind everybody that pork isn't the only other white meat. There's unicorn meat, remember? The online retailer offered it for sale as "the new white meat." Since every child knows unicorns don't exist (Do they?), ThinkGeek honcho Scott Kauffman was a little surprised at what happened next. The National Pork Board sent a 12-page letter telling the company to cease-and-desist with the unicorn pitch or else. Hey, it was just an April Fool's prank, Kauffman explained this week. Honestly, he has no unicorn meat for sale.

Cowboy, Cowgirl in a showdown

New York City just ain't big enough for the Naked Cowboy and the Naked Cowgirl. No, sir, pardner. The Cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck, says the Cowgirl, whose real name is Sandra Brodsky, is ripping off his trademark, the New York Post reported Tuesday. The Cowboy is known for strumming his guitar wearing only briefs and a cowboy hat. The Cowgirl is a fiftysomething former stripper who wears a red, white and blue cowboy hat and matching bikini. The Cowboy has sent her a cease-and-desist letter. Or else, of course.

ARE FRIES INCLUDED?

From mighty roar to novelty burger

A lion meat burger. Made from real lions. Cameron Selogie is offering said burger at his Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Ariz., to give customers a South African experience during the World Cup, the Arizona Republic reported on Tuesday. The meat is actually from a USDA-regulated, free-range farm in Illinois, and it's mixed with ground beef. Anyhow, the critics aren't giving Selogie four stars. He has received a bomb threat and more than 150 e-mails from protesters.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: No need for rabbit foot or horseshoe 06/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 1:02am]
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