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Hungry world

If you love noodles you're sure not alone

If you ever wondered, yes, there is a Japan-based World Instant Noodles Association and it has news: Global sales of instant noodles have topped 100 billion units annually. That's more than one monthly serving for every person on the planet. The leading consumers are China, Indonesia and Japan but the United States is No. 6, buying 4.3 billion packages. Instant noodles, by the way, were invented in Japan by Momofuku Ando, founder of major noodle maker Nissin Foods, in 1958.

Big whoops

This is my world record ... oh, no!

Master English puzzlemaker Dave Evens recently spent 35 days painstakingly creating the world's biggest hand-cut wooden puzzle. It has more than 40,000 pieces, is 191/2 by 8 feet and depicts a montage of images of the queen. He intended it to be a tribute during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and an entry in Guinness World Records. But then, just hours after finishing his masterpiece, he was showing it off when it collapsed under its own weight into, well, thousands of pieces. Evens, 60, now has just a few days to piece it back together before it's due to go on display at the queen's Sandringham House in Norfolk. He has asked for volunteers to help. "I was annoyed to say the least. I had no choice but to sit on the floor and start picking up the pieces one by one," Evens said.

You're Busted, kid

Hire the dog,know the truth

Colorado parents worried about their kids taking drugs now have a new service available: a drug sniffing dog for hire. Mark Haines, the owner of K-9 Force Security in Fort Collins, says his pooch Storm is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, psilocybin mushrooms and even some opiate-based medications like OxyContin. reports Denver's, KDVR-TV. The company's website promises that its searches are private, confidential and, mystifyingly, "completely non-invasive" It does not list prices for a dog-snoop.

Drive careful, son

Dad lets his kid, 9, drive the Ferrari

Police in southern India have charged a father who let his son drive his high-powered sports car. Authorities say Mohammed Nisham was charged with endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive. Nisham's wife filmed the boy driving the sports car on his 9th birthday two weeks ago, with his 5-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video went viral on YouTube and caused an outrage across India. India's economic boom has created a class of super rich, whose excesses are frequently in the news, the Associated Press reports. The boy's mother said she's "proud of him. He's been driving since he was 5."

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

THIS JUST IN

"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made $2.3 billion from the Facebook stock he sold before the company's IPO. If he would have held onto that stock for another year it would have been worth as much as $7.58."

Jim Barach, on his website, jokesbyjim.blogspot.com/

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