Bizarre News-Naked Cowboy-Candidate

July 21, 2009 4:29:51 PM PDT
The stories may be strange, but they're trueNAKED COWBOY-CANDIDATE
NEW YORK (AP) - The Naked Cowboy wants a new title -- Mr. Mayor. Robert Burck is known as the Naked Cowboy. He plays his guitar in New York's Times Square wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, boots and white briefs. Tourists crowd around to get their pictures taken with the Naked Cowboy. He says he'll be tossing his hat into the ring with an official announcement tomorrow. The Naked Cowboy wants to strip Mayor Michael Bloomberg of his post. Bloomberg's seeking a third term.

OLDEST MAN
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Meet Walter Breuning -- who may be the world's oldest man. The 113-year-old Great Falls, Mont., man was born on Sept. 21, 1896. He remembers his grandfather telling him about fighting in the Civil War and learned to read by a kerosene lantern. The Guinness people say they expect to make a formal announcement shortly about Breuning's oldest status as soon as the record is verified. Breuning says he cares more about being healthy than being the oldest. He tells the Great Falls Tribune, "If you're in good health, you've got everything there is." He says his secret is not to eat too much and to stay active.

DRIVE-THROUGH WEDDINGS
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - It's just the thing for couples on the go -- drive-through weddings. Rev. Sharon Burnett has set up shop in a store north of Tampa, Fla. The place is a former dry-cleaning business. Burnett wasn't sure what to do with the drive-up window. Then it came to her -- drive-through weddings. Couples with a marriage license, a witness and 20 bucks can get hitched without ever getting out of their front seat. But the weddings-on-the-go are still just a theory. Rev. Burnett opened her Mother Earth Goddess metaphysical store earlier this month, but has yet to perform her first marriage.

CHESAPEAKE MANATEE
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) - Chessie II? The National Aquarium in Baltimore says a manatee has been spotted in the Chesapeake Bay. The large sea mammals usually don't swim that far north. A wandering manatee was found in the Chesapeake in the mid-1990s and was nicknamed Chessie. He was captured and flown back to Florida because scientists were worried he might not make it on his own when the weather turned cold. Chessie was outfitted with a radio transmitter. Scientists followed his travels for years up and down the East Coast. The Coast Guard is now urging boaters to keep an eye out for the manatee so they won't hurt it.

TWITTERING STOLEN BIKES
BOSTON (AP) - Boston isn't fretting over stolen bikes -- more like tweeting. A new program is using the social networking Web sites Twitter and Facebook to track down missing bikes. The idea is to get the word out as quickly as possible to police, repair shops and fellow riders. Someone whose bike has been ripped-off can even upload a picture to Stolen Bikes Boston. In about three minutes a blast is sent out to followers on Twitter and Facebook.

MOWER DEMO DERBY
INDEPENDENCE, Ky. (AP) - It's a demolition derby with a cutting difference -- riding mowers. Promoter John Peck says every Kentucky county fair his Top Dog Promotions is working with wants the mowers. Peck tells says The Kentucky Enquirer his demo derbies usually have 35-50 mowers. One Kenton Court Fair official says the mower derbies are very funny. For safety's sake, the drivers are enclosed in a roll cage and the mowers don't have any cutting blades. There's no mulching, but plenty of crunching.


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