Sunday, March 16, 2008

What’s your “NEWS” I.Q.?

Test your knowledge of current events and compare your percentile against the rest.

I Believe I Can Fly

Bumpy Landing

No More

Hand Full

Arm Full

Where are we?

Guinness Book of World Records Title for the......

Longest Tail on a Horse at 12 Feet 6 Inches

Gorda: Home of $5.20-A-Gallon Gasoline

GORDA, Calif. (AP) - Try not to run low on gas in the tiny Big Sur town of Gorda, where a gallon of unleaded regular costs $5.20. And it's $5.40 a gallon for premium.

Amerigo Gas Station employee James Willman says at least once a day he gets an earful from motorists who pull into Gorda, which is about 35 miles north of Cambria on scenic Highway 1.

The good-humored Willman usually responds, "Hey, I just work here."

Many potential customers slow down, look at the price, then keep on rolling.

Station manager Leo Flores says the high price reflects the cost of bringing fuel to the town's remote location as well as its reliance on a diesel generator for all of its power.

Funeral directors forced to use different means to lower man into grave

728 pound man buried with the help of backhoe.
It took a backhoe and a team of cemetery workers to lay John Jeffrey to rest.
His grave, at 4ft 8in by 7ft 8in, was twice the normal size.
Dave Butler, cemetery grounds man, said the grave was "twice as big" as any other he had heard of.
Mr Jeffrey was buried rather than cremated because his body was too wide, he added.
Funeral workers struggled for four hours to maneuver his reinforced casket into position.
Everyone did their best to give the big man a dignified send-off. But there was no one to shed a tear for the 29-year-old who had no known relatives. Just a solitary Good Samaritan - believed to be a local care worker-turned up to pay his respects at the £800 council-paid funeral in Taunton, Somerset. More photos here.

Store staff miss snoozing woman

A woman had to be rescued after she fell asleep while trying out a sofa bed at a Slumberland store.
Gertrude Muller, 72, called emergency services when she finally woke up in the store in the town of Luebz to find it closed.
A police spokesman said: "It appears the bed was in a corner of the showroom and she was overlooked by staff as she lay there sleeping quietly."
She had come in to test the sofa out and she said the last thing she remembers before falling asleep was thinking how lovely and comfortable it was. She just nodded off. "She was a bit scared when she woke up still in the store but managed to find a phone in the salesroom and called us." She was impressed by the quality of the sofa bed but she is understandably a bit upset that the store staff did not see her and left her there so she is not quite as impressed with the quality of the service."