No, no ... no!
Doctors try, and they try, to revive patient
Sam Carter, 60, of Stoke, England, really likes the Rolling Stones' song (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. But an attack of anemia left him in a coma for 10 weeks, reports the Daily Telegraph. When all the medical options were exhausted, a doctor suggested that his wife, Eva, play music for him while she sat by his side. She didn't think much of the suggestion but gave it a try and put Satisfaction on the playlist. It worked! "I can't remember much from being in a coma, but I do remember that when that song came on it took me right back to when I was a youngster," Sam said. "I suddenly had a burst of energy and knew I had a lot more life left in me and that's when I woke up." Sam said he'd like to thank the band.
Some art stinks
When the wind blew, the doo flew
An exhibit called "East of Eden: A Garden Show" at a Swiss museum featured an outdoor ... um ... piece by an American artist. It was a giant inflatable replica of a dog dropping. You probably had to see it to understand the deep meaning and subtext of its statement on the human condition. But given that it was inflatable, when the wind kicked up, the dropping started rising, and that's when everything hit the fan. The ... um ... installation broke away from its moorings and blew into the streets of Berne, where it took out a power line and broke a window at a children's home before officials could break out the giant pooper scooper. Museum officials have yet to decide if the ... um ... work by Paul McCarthy will go back on display.
News from Sweden
Man included with small apartment
If you are looking for a place in Stockholm, there is a sweet place up for auction. It is a top-floor studio, 376 square feet, with a balcony overlooking the city's trendiest district. It also comes with a guy. Seems that the owner died a few years ago, and her live-in partner refuses to move. But the flat went to her daughter, who wants to sell. So the man will become an amenity. "Whoever buys the flat will have to organize the current tenant's eviction," the daughter's lawyer said. If you would like to see the property, well, you can't, because the man is not letting anyone in.
Swedes can now enjoy a baby Bud
Sweden has reversed course and will now allow parents to name their babies Budweiser, if they choose. A decades-old policy allowed tax authorities to prohibit new parents from giving their bundles of joy names of companies or rock bands or whatever else they decided to deny. But the tax authority recently relaxed its standards. "There is nothing negative about a name like Coca-Cola or McDonald's today," said spokesman Lars Tegenfeldt. In the 1970s, maybe it was." It still has final say, though, and authorities say they will refuse swear words and satanic or deity names.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.