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How bizarre
by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-05-23 09:57:09
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A man eats record 25,000th burger

At a ceremony in his honour at a McDonald's in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, he said he would continue to eat Big Macs "until I die".

Bizarre moments is something our world never misses so here some of the latest.Mr Gorske, 57, appeared in the 2004 documentary film Super Size Me, which looks at the impact of a daily diet of McDonald's food. He is thin and his cholesterol is said to be low. "When I was 19 years old I had eaten my first 1,000 Big Macs and I was kind of like, I thought how long before I hit 10,000?" he said before eating the world record 25,000th burger on Tuesday.

"Then it was like boy, by the time I hit 25,000 I will be old and retired. Well wouldn't you know, I'm not super old, I am 50-something, but I am retired and stuff, but you don't dream of living so long as to reach a milestone like that."

Mr Gorske says he eats a Big Mac in 16 bites and keeps track of his consumption on calendars. Every week he buys six on Monday and eight on Thursday and keeps them in his fridge or freezer until he is ready to eat them, he says. He said his wife told him the end will come "when she has to put them in a blender".

Doctors have said they do not recommend Mr Gorske's diet.


DePaul stocks video games for research

bizarre00002For some students at DePaul University and a few other colleges, video games are now part of the curriculum. DePaul is one of a growing number of university libraries housing video game collections for student research into game design, the school said. Other universities with collections include Illinois, Stanford and Michigan. The collection was first proposed by Jose Zagal, assistant professor of computing and digital media, who authored the book, “Ludoliteracy: Designing, Understanding and Supporting Games Education.”

Zagal helped assemble a list of titles for the library, including “Little Big Planet 2,” “Halo: Reach,” “Madden NFL 11” and “God of War III.” DePaul’s collection can be played on the three major platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. “I saw an opportunity to better serve our students,” Zagal said. “I believe video games are a form of culture just like books and songs, so it makes sense for us to have them available in our library.”

Zagal and other faculty require students to research video games as part of the curriculum, the school said. While Zagal’s department has two gaming labs, their hours are limited and games cannot be checked out, he said. Students are allowed to check out video games from the library’s collection, which debuted May 9. The collection is available in DePaul’s Loop Campus library media room, and the library plans to host a game night in the fall to officially launch it, he said.


NASA seizes purported moon rock, halting its sale

bizarre00003A woman authorities said was claiming to sell a moon rock was questioned in Lake Elsinore on Thursday morning as part of an undercover sting by NASA investigators aided by local police.
The investigation, which spanned several months, led to a meeting in a Lake Elsinore Denny's restaurant on Grape Street, where undercover NASA officials agreed to buy the rock for $1.7 million, according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

When the woman produced an artifact, several Lake Elsinore police investigators and NASA agents swooped in. The federal agents took custody of the rock and are trying to determine if it is genuine.
"It's possible this is a moon rock, but it has to be tested first," said Gail Robinson, deputy inspector general at NASA. The woman, who has not been identified, was not arrested, Robinson said.

Sheriff's officials said neither her identity nor any more details of the case have been made available to them. Federal agents told them the case was on a "need-to-know basis.'' The manager of the Denny's, just off Interstate 15, said that police "were in and out" Thursday morning and that the woman was not taken away in handcuffs. "That's all I can really tell you," said the manager, who declined to give his name. "It all happened fast."

Moon rocks are classified as national treasures and owning them is illegal.


Classes resume at Durango high school after prank

Classes resumed Friday at Durango High School after a prank kept students off school grounds since Monday.

The prank involved bales of hay that caused air quality issues. Students in the senior class are suspected of scattering more than 30 bales of hay throughout the halls of Durango High.

School officials said they want whoever is responsible for the hay to come forward. The cost of the cleanup is expected to be more than $100,000.

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