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I read it in the tabloids
■ In Japan’s latest cultural fad, drivers dressed up like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, and other Nintendo characters are zipping through the streets of Tokyo in low-riding go-karts—causing a spate of accidents. The fad, inspired by the popular racing game Mario Kart, is possible because of a legal loophole that allows go-karts in Tokyo’s hectic traffic. After many accidents, city officials will require go-kart drivers to wear seat belts and helmets over their costumes and install fenders to stop costumes from getting caught in the wheels.
■ An Oklahoma veterinarian found 21 pacifiers inside an ailing dog that was brought in after she swallowed a baby’s binkie. The 4-year-old shar-pei, named Dovey, was brought in by her family after throwing up a pacifier. Dovey had been vomiting and losing weight recently, leading the family to suspect that she might be behind a rash of missing binkies at the house. An initial X-ray showed seven to nine pacifiers in Dovey’s stomach, but the operation turned up even more. “In 20 years, this is the craziest surgery I’ve ever done,” said veterinarian Chris Rispoli.
■ An Indian driver received an award for not honking once in the past 18 years. Dipak Das, a Kolkata-based chauffeur, observes a strict no-horn policy to help cut down on the noise pollution that plagues the country’s chaotic, traffic-clogged streets. Indian motorists honk constantly, but Das hopes to inspire others with his example. His car carries a placard reading “Horn is a concept. I care for your heart.”