Strange stories, news of the weird -

Strange stories, news of the weird


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Think President Barack Obama has the best job in the White House? Not according to first lady Michelle Obama. She told school kids yesterday her job is tops. That's because she gets to do all the "fun stuff" but doesn't have to deal with the hard problems. One thing Mrs. Obama doesn't miss is cooking. She tells the children the White House kitchen staff makes food that is "really good." The kids were visiting the White House as part Take Your Child to Work Day.


SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- Cameron Brady is looking forward to plenty of ups and downs today. He plans on riding a roller coaster for 18 hours -- for charity. Brady says he'll be on the Serpent coaster at Kokomo's Family Fun Center near Saginaw, Mich., until midnight. He calls himself the "Wacky Stunt Guy." And he says this wacky stunt will raise as much as $25,000 for a number of local charities, including Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. He figures over the course of the 18 hours he'll do about 250 laps.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- And you thought your belly button was just good for collecting lint. Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center report removing a donated kidney through a woman's belly button. Doctors say the procedure means the 22-year-old Virginia woman won't have a visible scar from the surgery. The kidney was given to a 54-year-old Maryland woman. Medical center officials say the hospital is the third in the country to offer the new technique. The benefits aren't just cosmetic. Surgeons report the belly button approach means a smaller incision and quicker recovery time.


POWELL, Wyo. (AP) -- Old jeans can keep you warm -- even with the holes. But the jeans in question aren't being worn, they're being recycled for insulation. Kids at the Parkside Elementary School in Powell, Wyo., have been collecting old blue jeans. They're going to Cotton Incorporated, which will make insulation for homes built by Habitat for Humanity. National Geographic Kids is organizing the jean drive. The group figures it takes 500 pairs of jeans to insulate the average house.


HARRISON, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas Home Depot has a flying security guard. An owl is watching out for mice in the Harrison store's garden center. Employees say the bird's mother flew inside during a January ice storm and laid her eggs. One of the baby owls is left and it's not such baby anymore. The bird has a four-foot wing span. Since the garden center is open to the sky, the owl will leave, but always comes back. Garden center supervisor John Gallagher tells the Harrison Daily Times the owl is kind of their pet now.

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