It must be true... I read it in the tabloids
■ A 63-year-old Japanese man used his black-belt karate skills to fight off a snarling black bear. Atsushi Aoki was fishing in a mountain stream when the 6-foot animal suddenly charged him, biting him and mauling him. Aoki clambered to his feet and adopted a karate stance. “I thought, ‘I kill him or he kills me,’” said the martial arts expert. He delivered several quick punches to the bear’s eyes, causing it to retreat. Bleeding from his head, arms, and legs, the fisherman hobbled back to his car and “drove himself to the hospital,” said a police officer. “He even remembered to grab the fish he had caught.”
■ Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift have broken up, after the British actor insisted that she stop treating him “like a glorified escort,” said RadarOnline.com. Hiddleston, 35, grew sick of flying all over the world to appear at the pop star’s side in paparazzifriendly public displays of affection, which Swift, 26, meticulously choreographed. But a source said his complaints “infuriated” Swift, who thinks Hiddleston should be grateful for all the “free press” he received.
■ A Chinese college is rationing restroom water to stop students from getting flush-happy when they go to the toilet. Each student at Kunming Health Vocational College will be assigned 650 gallons of water per month on a preloaded card that must be swiped before flushing on campus. If they go over the quota, they’ll have to pay charges. The goal is to cut down on water wastage, but some students worry the quota could have a nasty side effect. “Won’t this encourage students not to flush the toilet?” asked one critic.