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Published Oct. 28, 2008


The world's heaviest man has tied the knot. Manuel Uribe, who hasn't left his bed in six years, married his longtime girlfriend, Claudia Solis, on Sunday in northern Mexico in a civil ceremony attended by more than 400 guests. A flatbed truck towed his custom-made bed to the wedding at a local event hall. Uribe wore a white silk shirt with a sheet wrapped around his legs. Solis, 38, wore a strapless ivory dress, a tiara and hot-pink lipstick. For the traditional first dance as newlyweds, Uribe and Solis held hands and swayed to a romantic ballad. Uribe, 43, tipped the scales in 2006 at 1,230 pounds, earning him the Guinness World Record as the world's heaviest man. He has since shed about 550 pounds. His mother said he steered clear of the five-tier wedding cake.


Leopard Man changes his spot

Tom Leppard, also known as the Leopard Man, who lived in a hut with no electricity or furniture on the Scottish island of Skye for 20 years, has decided he was getting too old for that lifestyle. Leppard, who used to have to canoe 3 miles for his weekly shopping, has moved from his remote stretch of shoreline into a one-bedroom home in Broadford, also on Skye. Now 73, Leppard, an ex-special forces soldier, said: "I was perfectly happy . . . but I'm like everyone else - I'm getting too old for that kind of life. ... All I want now is peace and quiet and just to relax a bit more. I can walk to the local shop instead of canoeing." Leppard held the title of world's most tattooed man until recently, when he was overtaken by Lucky Diamond Rich from New Zealand.


Thieves' big job, small payoff

Thieves thought nothing of the fact that it was daylight and that neighbors were home when they stole a large fence weighing at least 700 pounds from a Sacramento home over the weekend. All that's left of the 6-foot-tall wrought iron fence are the stubs of eleven posts. The home has been in foreclosure for the past two months, and neighbors say contractors and maintenance workers had done work on the house frequently. The thieves needed to saw through 11 iron posts and dismantle the fence, a job of several hours. A recycler told local TV station CBS13 that if the fence was sold for scrap, it would get about a penny a pound, making the 700-pound fence worth about $7.

Compiled by Alex Zesch from Times sources.


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