Cows get in the ring, with lots of slobber.
Updated: July 27, 2012 - 1:52 PM
Bullfighting may be on the wane in some countries, but in the village of Aproz, Switzerland, there is a replacement each May: cow-fighting contests. According to a Wall Street Journal dispatch, this is a serious business, especially for Alain Balet, whose cow Manathan has won the heavyweight title for three years running, and who "follows training regimens worthy of professional athletes," including engaging masseuses.
The action, however, is mostly head-butting -- plus "abundant slobber," reported the Journal. The "contest" is won when one of the cows loses interest and wanders away.
When Sherry Bush returned home in Westlake, Ohio, in May, she found an "invoice" written on a napkin, left by "Sue Warren," billing her $75 for a housecleaning that Warren had done while Bush was out. However, Bush never heard of Warren, and there had been reports by others in Westlake of Warren's aggressive acquisition of "clients." "Did you get the wrong house?" Bush asked Warren when she found Sue Warren Cleaning online. "No," said Warren, "I do this all the time. I just stop and clean your house." Warren was not immediately charged with a crime.
Police in Decatur, Ala., were called to a house in May on a report of a gunshot. They found that a 61-year-old man, who had been drinking beer to ease his toothache, had finally had enough and attempted to eliminate the tooth by shooting his jaw with a .25-caliber pistol. He was hospitalized.
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