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The skinny: Some British kids convinced Buzz Lightyear was first man on moon

Spaced out

They do know someone landed on the moon

The first man on the moon? Uh, Buzz Lightyear? Or was it Lance Armstrong? A study of 2,000 British schoolchildren found 20 percent believe Buzz Lightyear was the first person to walk on the moon. Christopher Lloyd, the author of the What on Earth? Wallbook, said: "Neil Armstrong would not be happy to learn a plastic action figure is getting the credit for first man to step on the moon." The survey also found a third did not know Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, while one in five thought it was Charles Darwin. Science and space knowledge was down a bit: 11 per cent said Isaac Newton discovered fire and Albert Einstein was Frankenstein's brother. And one in six misidentified President Barack Obama as Mr. T — or as Nelson Mandela. The research was carried out to mark the launch of the book, which details developments from the creation of Earth to the present day.

Very dearly beloved

'Danger' Akuku is survived by ...

Ancentus "Danger" Akuku, of Kisumu, Kenya, has died of complications arising from high blood pressure and having married 100 times. He was in his 90s, the Kenya Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday. Mr. Akuku got his nickname — "Danger" — because of his charm and ability to woo women. He had nearly 160 children, though he admitted the size of his extended family made it impossible to keep track of them. State media reported that Mr. Akuku credited traditional food and vegetables for his longevity and zeal for life. He married his first wife in 1939 and his last wife in 1992, and divorced as many as 30 times.

Halloween thriller

Pumpkin just shy of world record

This pumpkin weighs nearly enough to be Cinderella's coach. South Dakota farmer Kevin Marsh of Parker knows his 1,674-pound pumpkin isn't pretty — it has already won an ugliest pumpkin award at a Colorado event. But it's also only 51 pounds shy of the world record listed by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. When Marsh grows them, he grows them big: One grown earlier this year was 1,536 pounds, and he had one at 1,488 pounds last year. Marsh doesn't have any big secrets: He buries vines so they get double the amount of roots and uses a lot of organic fertilizers.

Update

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Johnston County school district in North Carolina to admit high school student Ariana Iacono, 14, who was suspended for wearing a nose piercing she says is part of her religion. Her attorney said Iacono was attending science class at Clayton High School on Friday afternoon.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Some British kids convinced Buzz Lightyear was first man on moon 10/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 8:55pm]
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