It must be true... I read it in the tabloids
■ A Canadian man saved his pet dog from a cougar by punching the big cat in the face. William Gibb, 31, rushed outside when he heard his husky, Sasha, yelp in pain and saw the dog being attacked by a wild animal. “I hit the thing in the head,” Gibb said. “It ended up being a cougar and I thought, ‘What the heck?’” After the beast ran off, Gibb took Sasha to a vet, who treated her for bite wounds . “I wouldn’t recommend everybody rassle with a cougar,” said police officer Jack Poitras, “but in this case it worked out for the best.”
■ Once the runt of the litter, Freddy the Great Dane is now the world’s tallest dog. Guinness World Records recently bestowed that title on the giant pooch from England, who measures 7-foot-6 when standing on his hind legs. Owner Claire Stoneman never thought Freddy would get so big, because he struggled to feed as a pup. The 200-pound Great Dane now devours $120 worth of food a week, including whole roast chickens. Stoneman doesn’t mind the hefty food bill. “He’s my baby,” she says, “and I can’t imagine life without him.”
■ Sri Lankan church goers attending a Christmas carol service got a shock when they looked down at their hymn sheets and saw they’d been printed with the profanity-laced lyrics to Tupac Shakur’s gangsta rap song “Hail Mary.” Instead of the traditional Catholic prayer of the same name, puzzled congregants saw references to sex, the N-word, and such lyrics as “On a one-way trip to prison, sellin’ drugs/We all wrapped up in this livin’ life as thugs.” The church’s Father Da Silva blamed a “young boy” for printing out the wrong lyrics.