A name like no other
Britain’s most heavily tattooed man has been refused a passport because of his unusual name: King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite. The 34-year-old, who has covered 90 percent of his body in tattoos, sent off for a passport after legally changing his birth name, Mathew Whelan. But government officials denied the application, saying they could not accept “strings of words or phrases” as a name. “This is a breach of my human rights,” said Body Art, as he is known for short.
Honoring a patriarch's dying wish
An Ohio man’s family has fulfilled his dying wish to be buried astride his beloved 1967 Harley-Davidson motorbike. After Bill Standley, 82, died last week, embalmers fixed him to the seat of his Electra Glide cruiser using straps and a metal back brace. The biker, dressed in black leathers, was then transported to his extra-large burial plot in a 9-by-11-foot Plexiglas coffin, which his two sons built so the world could see him ride off to heaven. “He’d done right by us,” said his son Pete, “and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to.”
It's a dog, it's a big cat, it's a...
A Chilean woman had a terrible shock when she went into her kitchen to make breakfast and found a big cat there—a really big cat. “I thought it was a dog because I saw its legs first, but it was a puma,” said Amalin Haddad. “A puma like you see in the zoo.” Haddad screamed and locked the predatory carnivore in the kitchen, which it quickly trashed, tearing apart furniture and window blinds. Animal welfare officers shot the puma—thought to be an escaped pet—with tranquilizer darts, and took it to the national zoo.