It must be true... I read it in the tabloids
■ A British dog rescued an elderly woman’s prosthetic leg as it floated away at the beach. John Dooner was strolling along a Welsh beach with his German short-haired pointer, Gertie, when a distressed man ran up and said his wife’s artificial leg had been carried away by a freak wave. Knowing that Gertie loved to play fetch, Dooner threw a stone toward the floating plastic limb. The dog dove into the rough surf and paddled back with the leg in her mouth. “The woman was delighted,” said Dooner, “and Gertie is getting a big bone as a reward.”
■ A trash-talking spectator out-putted the pros at golf’s Ryder Cup last week. Team Europe’s Andy Sullivan and Rory McIlroy were struggling to make a tricky 12-footer during a practice round in Minnesota when fan David Johnson shouted that he could easily sink the shot. European player Henrik Stenson pulled the heckler from the crowd and challenged him to do just that. “I closed my eyes, swallowed my puke, and hit the putt,” said Johnson. The ball went in the hole as the crowd roared, and Johnson got high-fives from the pros. “He’s the man of the hour, the day, the week,” Stenson said.
■ Residents of the Japanese city of Osaka no longer have to hold their noses when a sewage truck drives by— because the vehicles now smell of chocolate. The trucks suck up waste from septic tanks around the city and are famed for their stench. So sanitation companies recently decided to infuse the vehicles’ lubricating oil with a powerful chocolate-smelling deodorizer. Most Osakans are happy, although some complained about the choice of scent. “Why did they have to use the smell of something brown?” asked one.