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Dutch are the world's tallest people
In the last 150 years, the Dutch have become the tallest people on Earth, and experts say they're still getting bigger. It is a tale of a country's health and wealth.
Prosperity propelled the collective growth spurt that began in the mid-1800s and was only interrupted during the harsh years of the Nazi occupation in the 1940s, when average heights actually declined.
With their protein-rich diet and a national health service that pampers infants, the Dutch are standing taller than ever. The average Dutchman stands just over six feet, while women average nearly 5-foot-7.
The Dutch were not noted for their height until recently. It was only in the 1950s that they passed the Americans, who stood tallest for most of the last 200 years, said John Komlos, a leading expert on the subject who is professor of economic history at the University of Munich in Germany. He said the United States has now fallen behind Denmark.
Many Dutch are much taller than average. So many, in fact, that four years ago the government adjusted building codes to raise the standards for door frames and ceilings. Doors must now be 7-feet, 6 1/2-inches high. Article here.
Dude tries to smuggle crack inside puppy dog
Officers who stopped a car at a DUI checkpoint around 2 a.m. yesterday arrested its driver for attempting to hide crack cocaine by feeding it to a puppy.
"There were 20 officers working that checkpoint, and they were all upset and highly agitated that someone would do this. It was just a small little puppy," said Lt. Scott Schubert of the Pittsburgh Police, who was at the scene.
The name of the driver, who was charged with cruelty to animals and DUI, has not been released. Trooper Tom Stacy of the State Police in Pittsburgh made the arrest. Staff at the 24-hour veterinary hospital, to which officers rushed the puppy, named her Stacy, in his honor.
The 2-month-old tan and white female boxer is going to be fine, said Dr. Kenton Rexford, owner of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Shaler. "She didn't have any symptoms of being intoxicated. Other than that, she's a little bit thin and has some fleas," he said. Article here.
Photoworthy skater dude
This picture from 1978, shows Tony Alva inside a concrete water pipe in the desert near Mesa, AZ.
California drivers cannot drive with cell phones
Drivers in California will need an ear piece or speaker to use their mobile phones while on the road under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Motorists could face fines of up to $50 if they violate the law, which makes it an infraction to hold a cell phone while driving. It takes effect July 1, 2008, and is similar to laws in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.
Cell phone use is the top cause of accidents triggered by distracted drivers, according to California Highway Patrol statistics dating to 2001.
Calls made to emergency-service providers are exempt, as are drivers of emergency vehicles. Commercial vehicle drivers can use push-to-talk phones until July 1, 2011. Article here.
One hell of a bathroom toliet fan
Britney Spears names her son, Sutton Pierce
Britney Spears and her rapper husband Kevin Federline have reportedly named their new son Sutton Pierce. Britney Spears gave her son a very rare name, probably because of its meaning. Britney Spears' baby name Sutton means "southern settlement" or "town to the south", while Pierce originated from the name Peter.
Britney likes the name because it's the same initials as her first son, Sean Preston.
According to Thinkbabynames.com, 'Sutton is a rare male first name as it was not ranked for males of all ages in the 1990 U.S. Census. Sutton is a very popular surname, ranking 283 out of 88799 for people of all ages in the 1990 U.S. Census.'
The new Spears-Federline baby boy weighed in at 6 pounds and 11 ounces when he was first born. The 'Toxic' singer had a scheduled C-section. Spears and Federline are set to reveal the name and photos of their son soon.
Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Britney gave birth in the same room as her hero - Madonna. A source from inside the hospital says the Caesarean section took place in the same VIP suite in which Madonna gave birth to her and her husband Guy Ritchie's son Rocco.
The hospital insider also revealed that actresses Jennifer Garner and Kim Basinger delivered their babies in the same suite. Article here.
Attempted sex assault with dead girl? WTF?
Three men accused of trying to dig up a young woman's body to have sex with it had charges of attempted sexual assault dismissed Friday by a judge who noted Wisconsin has no law against necrophilia.
Grant County Circuit Judge George Curry dismissed those charges against twins Nicholas, Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke. The three 20-year-olds were arrested after an alleged attempt to dig up Laura Tennessen, 20, of Cassville, who was killed Aug. 27 in a motorcycle crash and buried at the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Cassville.
Grant County Sheriff Keith Govier said the three were not acquainted with Tennessen but had seen an obituary with her photo. Someone called authorities to report suspicious activity in the cemetery Sept. 2, and deputies found someone had dug down to her vault.
Police said that Radke told detectives that Nicholas Grunke (pictured left) had fantasized about having sex with a corpse. Radke (pictured right) allegedly said that Nicholas Grunke asked him to help dig up Tennessen's grave and take the corpse back to a preselected location behind his house with the intent to have sex with her, WISC-TV reported.
The judge said there's no Wisconsin law that addressed necrophilia, but that there is enough evidence to continue the case because of criminal damage to property and attempting to break into a burial vault, whose contents belongs to the Tennessen family.
The remaining charges could carry prison terms of up to five years. The defendants are all free on bail pending trial. Article here.
Dude saves his BMW SUV from rolling over cliff
Aspen's "Vomit Comet" buses will have cops
Aspen Colorado partygoers, beware. Transportation officials have voted to hire a security firm to patrol the bus station and late-night buses on Fridays and Saturdays that commonly have to take drunken passengers home from Aspen. The bus service on those nights has been inauspiciously dubbed the "Vomit Comet."
"Due to people being pretty intoxicated, things can get out of hand every once in a while," said Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO Dan Blankenship. The transit authority must spend about $21,000 per year to deal with unruly drunks on buses, the transportation authority concluded Thursday.
Hiring guards should allow drivers and supervisors to concentrate on moving people instead of coping with "these crazies on the bus," said Kent Blackmer, the authority's co-director of operations.
The agency has been dealing with an increasing number of people unable to walk, fighting and hassling other passengers or just plain passed out, Blackmer said.
"I've been on the Vomit Comet before, and most of them aren't true criminals," he said. "They're just drunk."Couldn't of quoted it better myself, drunk people act drunk -- weird. Article here.