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Published May 19, 2011

Fast food fan

A retired prison guard in Wisconsin ate his 25,000th Big Mac on Tuesday, 39 years to the day after eating his first ... nine. Don Gorske was honored at a ceremony at a McDonald's in his hometown of Fond du Lac. Guinness World Records recognized Gorske's feat three years and 2,000 Big Macs ago, and the 59-year-old says he has no desire to stop. "I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," he said. "It's still my favorite food." Gorske, who appeared in the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, which examined the fast food industry, is trim and walks regularly for exercise. He said he was given a clean bill of health, and his cholesterol is low. His last Big Mac-less day was when he forgot to stock up and the outlet was closed for Thanksgiving in 2000.

Oh my hat!

Princely bids for princess' topper

Online auctioneer eBay says that bids for one of the wackiest pieces of royal wedding headgear have approached $30,000.Princess Beatrice's massive, ring-and-bow-shaped hat, turned heads at the wedding of her cousin Prince William last month and has since become an Internet sensation. The Philip Treacy creation has been compared to a toilet seat or a pretzel, and even altered to show a cat crawling through it. Money from the hat's sale is going to the UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities. The auction ends Sunday.

Fill 'er up, quick!

$1.10 a gallon gas was back in error

Word spread quickly about a Los Angeles gas station selling premium unleaded for $1.10-a-gallon, but it wasn't a promotion. The owner said the too-good-to-be-true price was a computer glitch that cost him $21,000. Long lines snaked from the pumps at the Valero station in Wilmington on Sunday. Police were even called to control traffic. The Torrance Daily Breeze reported that within four hours, about 7,000 gallons of premium were pumped. Station owner Kenny Nguyen said a price change didn't take, so the system defaulted to $1.10 - a cut of more than $3 a gallon. An attendant at the register failed to catch the error.

Travel companions

We both get to go, or we just hoof it

An unidentified man tried to buy Arriva Trains Wales tickets for himself and a pony for a journey in Britain on Saturday. The man tried to take the animal into a lift to get to the train platform but was stopped from boarding the train. He left the station on foot, and it is not known how he continued the journey from Wrexham to Holyhead, Wales, of nearly 100 miles

Compiled from Times wires


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