New neighbors like farms, if not farming
Rhett Davis is a farmer in Hooper, Utah. But many of his new neighbors are not farmers. They have told him they like looking at his horses and cattle, but don't like the bugs they attract. And they like the pasture, but think it's all icky how dusty it gets when he bales hay. He offered to split the cost of a fence with them, but they didn't want to lose their view. So Davis got three cars that had been in a demolition derby — and presumably lost — and planted them nose-in-the-ground. He swears it wasn't in spite. "I respect that they're here and spent a lot on their homes, but on the other hand, give me a little bit, too," Davis told the Standard-Examiner of Ogden. "This is just a fun way for me to say, 'Hey boys, I'm still here.' This is my redneck Stonehenge." Unlike Stonehenge, though, future generations are unlikely to be confounded by it. "These can come out just as easy as they went in."
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Man has near-death football experience
Jost Ben, 21, was vacationing in California, driving the Pacific Coast Highway with friends. They stopped at a scenic point near Big Sur to check out the view at a 400-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After being properly awed, they played a little football in the parking lot, and learned why they never build football stadiums on the edge of cliffs. The ball went over, and Ben went to get it, sliding 250 feet down. You can get a football for about $20. "It was idiotic, if not suicidal, to attempt to go down there," said firefighter Dennis King. Rescuers recovered Ben, but not the ball. "He's lucky he's alive," said police Officer Garrett Sanders.
Yessir, no more wasps ... or garage
A man in Norway was having a problem with wasps in his garage. So he doused a rag with lighter fluid, lit it and threw it on the nest. Which was in a woodpile. In his garage. "Maybe using lighter fluid wasn't such a good idea," the man surmised in an interview with Norwegian Broadcasting. "But the wasps are gone!" Which is the eternally optimistic assessment, considering his car and his garage are gone, also. He is waiting to hear from his insurance company to see if he is covered.
Kids: Don't do this. Or this. Or this.
Ah, beer. It can make you do stupid things. For instance, it made Jon Payne of Biggleswade, U.K., make a video of himself using a nail gun to shoot himself in the nose, in the ear, and in the rear. He was also breaking bricks over his head at the construction site where he works. He thought it was just for goofs. "I did it for a laugh after a bet," he told the Sun. But then his cameraman put the video on YouTube, and Payne, 31, was overcome with civic responsibility. "I realize now how stupid it was. If any children saw the footage, I'd say to them, 'Don't try this.' " For the record, a spokesman at a nearby hospital agreed. "Deliberately shooting yourself with a nail gun is quite clearly extremely dangerous." In case you weren't sure.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.