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Drunk Minnesotan crashes motorized La-Z-Boy chair, and more

Dennis Anderson had a blood-alcohol level more than three times above the legal limit when he crashed his La-Z-Boy recliner—powered by a lawn mower engine —into a parked car near his home.

Drunk Minnesotan crashes motorized La-Z-Boy chairA Minnesota man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in a motorized La-Z-Boy recliner. Dennis Anderson, 62, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times above the legal limit when he crashed his chair—powered by a lawn mower engine and equipped with a stereo system—into a parked car near his home. Anderson cited extenuating circumstances—the crash was caused when a girl attempted to board his moving chair, he said. But authorities were unimpressed. “The bottom line is, it doesn’t get him off driving while intoxicated,” said Proctor, Minn., Police Chief Walter Wobig.

Buddhism for Alex Rodriguez? At the urging of girlfriend Kate Hudson, baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez is experimenting with Buddhism, says the New York Daily News. The Yankees slugger, who practiced Kabbalah during his brief relationship with Madonna, apparently didn’t need much urging to adopt Hudson’s longtime faith. Buddhism is “an important part of her life,” says a source, “and it seems like Alex really just wants to make her happy.”

New Zealand bans dead-rabbit-throwing contestA dead-rabbit-throwing competition for children in New Zealand has been banned after complaints from animal-rights groups. Organizers of the annual “rabbit throw” contest in Waiau say the event is lighthearted in nature and, crucially, that the rabbits involved, being dead, do not suffer. But Charles Cadwallader of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said dead animals deserve respect. “Do you throw your dead grandmother around for a joke at her funeral?” Cadwallader asked.

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