Small bites

Published 9:00 am Sunday, July 30, 2023

by John Grimaldi, editorial contributor,

The Association of Mature American Citizens

A toothsome smile

Eleven-year-old Charlie Clinton went fishing in a local pond in Edmond, OK recently and got the shock of his young life when he landed a fish with a human-like toothsome smile. The pacu, a South American relative of the notoriously scary piranha, is known for choppers that look like they’re ready to chew away on a crackling, crispy man-sized meal. Fear not, however. Unlike the piranha, the pacus poses little danger for people. But they can grow to three-and-a-half feet in length and 88 pounds in weight, so the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says, “anglers who catch pacu in Oklahoma are asked to remove them from the watershed and contact their local game warden.”




Don’t mess with this senior citizen

Baseball hero and New York Yankee legend, Casey Stengel, was known for his malaprops such as “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” But he got it right when he said, “the trick is growing up without growing old.” Want proof? Ask California Angeleno Jim Arrington. He was named the world’s oldest bodybuilder by the Guinness World Records in 2015, when he was 83 years old. He’s 90 years old now and he did it again. The referees at Guinness recently declared that he broke his own record at a recent International Federation of Body Building and Fitness Professional League event in Reno, NV. As Arrington put it “I wanted to be a superhero” and he is indeed a superhero, not only for senior citizens.




Hot Dog!

Beenie Von Weenie is proof that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” After years of trying, the dachshund finally was declared The Fastest Wienie of the West! at the 26th Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at California’s Los Alamitos Race Course. Beenie’s owner, Nicolee Leonard, gleefully told KABC-TV, “Fantastic! I’ve been coming every year. And he nailed it. He won a doghouse and $1,000 and the title.”