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The skinny: Water aerobics take a back seat to crocodile

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Water aerobics take a back seat to crocodile

The regularly scheduled water aerobics class at Howard Springs Holiday Park in Darwin, Australia, was postponed Tuesday when a 5-foot crocodile showed up in the pool. It had not signed up for the class. Wildlife officials came to remove the animal, which was determined to be a freshwater variety that is not generally lethal to humans. It is suspected that it crawled under a fence from a nearby swamp, and it was expected to be returned there. After the capture, the aerobics class returned to its natural habitat.

Surveillance

A dog walk is immortalized

There was a day when Wendy Southgate of Elmswell, England, was walking her dog, Trixie, and thought there was a weird car following her. "I didn't know what it was doing. It was just driving round very, very slowly," she told the Sun. Then she got home and forgot about it. Fast forward to the day that her husband, Terry, was checking out Google Street View, looking for his house. It was a slow day. But imagine his excitement when he saw Wendy and Trixie in a shot. Then another. And another. He followed their regular walking route and found 43 images of them, many featuring Wendy looking in the direction of the camera.

Moral: Someone is always watching

Rachel Gayhart of Lorain, Ohio, didn't need Google Street View. She was trying to figure out why street repairs in her neighborhood were taking so long, so she looked at the home security tapes to watch the workers. She was surprised to see a man with a concrete saw in her driveway. She was more surprised when the saw lost its blade, which careened across the yard, hit an unoccupied house next door and left a three-foot gash in the side. And she was stunned when the worker looked around to see if anyone noticed, then retrieved the blade and went back to work. She says that a couple of feet either way and the blade could have hit her garage or a gas line. City officials have seen the tape and said they'll make sure it doesn't happen again.

Dancing in the street

Limo ride makes a night to remember

High school proms often have Hollywood-inspired themes. Casablanca. Grease. Saturday Night Fever. Hardly any schools go with the Repo Man theme. Until Friday in Jenks, Okla. And students there didn't so much choose it as a theme but watched as it developed as one. Upon arriving at the event, all the students stepped out in their finery, then someone else hopped in and drove off. "Our limo is getting carjacked," Landon Wiland told KTUL-TV. Police pulled the limo over, only to find that the man who took it was repossessing it for a collections agency. The limo company swears it was a big misunderstanding and has offered all the students service in the future. Like, next prom maybe.

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

The skinny: Water aerobics take a back seat to crocodile 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:01pm]
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