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James Cave of Oklahoma City was bit on the hand by a pygmy rattlesnake. This caused him to fall backwards onto a copperhead snake, which bit him on the foot and the groin. - Washington Post, 7/15/05

The manager of a Hungarian supermarket told his staff to drastically lower the price on beef tenderloin, then told his wife to come in and buy 47 pounds of it. Authorities are trying to determine if the events are connected. - Chicago Sun-Times, 7/19/05

Over 15,000,000 Americans abuse prescription drugs (such as OxyContin). That's more than those who abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants combined. - Reuters, 7/11/05

A first-time bank robber handed a teller a note that said, "Hi, I'm Thomas Mason." The note also mentioned that while he didn't have a gun on him at the moment, he knew where he could probably get one. Mason was arrested behind a liquor store where he had $100 of lottery tickets, drinking a case of beer. - Associated Press, 6/20/05

A disabled Italian woman has taken her first steps in 23 years. After doctors were unable to come up the reason for her disability after endless tests, Stefania Vanoni correctly diagnosed her own illness on the Internet. -, 6/15/05

A Nepalese couple have exchanged wedding vows on top of Mount Everest, the first people ever to marry there. They briefly took off their oxygen masks and put on plastic garlands, while the groom symbolically applied red powder on the bride's forehead. Moni Mule Pati and Pem Dorjee Sherpa kept the plan secret as there was no guarantee they would reach the top of the world's highest peak. - BBC News, 6/3/05

Five Montana drivers who claim they were wrongfully convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license because they were never issued a driver's license have taken their case to the Montana Supreme Court. - Billings Gazette, 6/10/05

Some people seem to have all the luck. Just ask Donna Goeppert. In early 2005, she won $1 million playing a Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off ticket. She then turned around and won another million-dollar jackpot in June 2005. The estimated odds of being a winner twice are 419 million to 1. -, 6/14/05

An 11 year old girl, Katie Brownell, of upstate New York, pitched a perfect little league game where she struck out every batter that she faced. She is the only girl in the entire Oakfield-Alabama Little League. - USA Today, 5/19/05

An 86 year old woman, Lettie Kistler of Tacoma, Washington won over $2,000,000 in the state lottery. She announced one of the first things she'd buy is "one of those long-handled brushes to clean out the toilet." - Tacoma News Tribune, 5/19/05

38 year old Jeff Foran jumped from the window of a car that was going 60 mph to retrieve his dropped cigarette. - Texarkana Gazette, 5/23/05

A British couple recently celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary. He is 105, she is 100. - Daily Sentinel, 6/1/05

An Ohio man was arrested for wearing a "Grinch" mask in publc. - Kansas City Star, 5/26/05

A robbery attempt and a gunshot wound to the leg didn't stop a Tampa pizza delivery man from making his deliveries. Thomas Stefanelli says it was "dedication" that drove him to deliver four pizzas after being shot in the thigh by a man in a Halloween mask who pointed a gun and demanded money. -, 6/8/05

A 69 year old Fort Lauderdale, Florida woman fell out of a 9th-story window, and wound up with only a dislocated shoulder. A green canopy supported by a metal frame on the first floor broke her fall. - Chicago Sun Times, 5/12/05

A man was found wandering in a rainstorm on the Isle of Sheppey (UK) in a dark business suit and tie. He was drenched to the bone and would not speak. On a sheet of paper provided by hospital workers, he drew what looked like a flag of Sweden and a grand piano. Hospital workers led him to a piano in the facility’s chapel, where he played flawlessly. He has been playing since, for up to four hours at a time. He protests when he is forced to stop. - Quad City Times, 5/17/05

A Columbus, Georgia high school student was suspended for 10 days for refusing to end a cell phone call with his mother, who was calling from Iraq (she is a soldier currently serving there). "I'm not going to hang up on my mom," Kevin Francois told his teacher. -, 5/6/05

4,000,000 Americans live in a country other than the United States of America. - North County Times, 4/23/05
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