Small bites

Published 8:00 am Sunday, January 22, 2023

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Saved by the bell

Mauricio Henao parked his car at the base of a hillside on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA and got out to answer his cell phone; it saved his life. A few moments later a rockslide — including a giant boulder — landed on the car, compressing it in a manner seconds. It happened in the wake of recent torrential rains; the call saved his life, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Henao was succinct when he described it: “I was in the driver’s seat, walked out, got a call, ran back inside, came out and the car was just totaled,” he told KTLA-TV.




This boa was no scarf

The lady was all set to board her flight at Tampa International Airport in Florida recently but when she put her carry-on bag through the checkpoint X-Ray machine the TSA agents saw that the boa in her bag was not a kind of decorative scarf, it was a boa constrictor, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. She claimed the snake was her emotional support pet; the TSA said, in an Instagram post, “Our officers at Tampa International Airport didn’t find this hyssssssterical! Coiled up in a passenger’s carry-on was a 4-foot boa constrictor! We really have no adder-ation for discovering any pet going through an x-ray machine.”




He lives for his headstands

Twenty-years ago this spry Canadian gymnast, Bruce Ives, started a birthday tradition of standing on his head to celebrate the occasion. He is 82 now and he’s still at it, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records has declared him to be the oldest man on the planet to perform headstands, taking the title away from the previous record holder who was a mere 75. Says Ives,  “In my 60s, when my grandchildren were around in my lawn in the summertime, I just gave it a shot to get them involved in gymnastics as well.  It just grew from there — it became a custom on my birthdays.”




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