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February 06, 2019

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If there is one thing you're not expecting while you are quietly jogging on a mountain road it is to be suddenly thrust into a life-or-death struggle. The Colorado man in today's story certainly didn't expect to be attacked from behind, and he definitely didn't expect a fight to the death with his bare hands, but I'm sure the absolutely last thing he expected was WHAT attacked him. And considering his attacker he is lucky to have escaped with his life.

Mountain roads in Colorado can be isolated, quiet and tranquil. They can also put you in close proximity with some of the state's abundant wildlife. And a lot of that wildlife doesn't like the proximity of humans. Like the mountain lion that was stalking this hapless jogger.

The man, who was not identified, was jogging on a trail on the West Ridge of the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, a mountain park about 66 miles northwest of Denver.

The mountain lion attacked him from behind, biting and clawing the man's face, back, legs and arms, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources said in a joint release.

The man managed to kill the animal with his bare hands.

The runner was able to get himself to a local hospital and his injuries were serious but not life-threatening, officials said.

"The runner did everything he could to save his life," said Mark Leslie, CPW Northeast Regional Manager. "In the event of a lion attack, you need to do anything in your power to fight back, just as this gentleman did."


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The Paradogs of World War II

Did you know the British military actually trained dogs to parachute behind enemy lines during World War II? The dogs were trained to do things such as identify minefields, detect the smell of gunpowder or explosives, locate booby traps, and of course, jump out of airplanes, something they seemed surprisingly adept at. One of the success stories a German Shepherd-collie mix by the name of Bing. Bing dropped during D-Day where he displayed exceptional skill in pointing out enemy mines and saving Allied lives. He would go on to be dropped once again into enemy territory to check out a house that was thought to harbor enemy troops, properly alerting his handlers to the threat. Bing would later be awarded the Dickin Medal, which is the highest award a military animal can achieve. Upon his death in 1955 he was buried within a special cemetery near London, and a life-sized sculpture of him was erected.

The Best of the Wurst

1BS 2018A fourth-generation butcher in Germany is celebrating his favorite food by opening what he calls the world's first sausage hotel. Claus Boebel, 48, opened the Boebel Bratwurst Bed and Breakfest in Rittersbach, near Nuremberg, in a converted barn adjacent to his family butcher shop. Boebel said the hotel, which features sausage imagery in nearly every aspect of the decor, has attracted guests from around the world during its first four months of operation. The hotel includes an on-site restaurant with a very narrow focus. "I called it 'Wurst-arant' -- because I serve only bratwurst in this restaurant in many different styles," Boebel said. The proprietor warned his hotel might not be for everyone -- some vegetarians and vegans might find the sausage themed wall art, pillows and other decorations disturbing. He said he has yet to hear any complaints from guests, however. "People who don't enjoy this don't book," Boebel said. "Because they see many pictures on the Internet before."


Lew, a toilet paper allowance during a war isn't exactly bizarre. Everything was rationed during WW II. Didn't you see 'It's A Wonderful Life'? Remember the rubber drives, scrap metal drives, scrap paper drives? If you want something bizarre how about Operation Paperclip, where the U.S. actively recruited Nazis to come to America after the war?
[That IS a bizarre little chapter in U.S. history. Maybe I'll do an issue on that in the near future.]

A Swiss orangutan got knocked up through a fence? Just how long ARE orangutan dicks?

Wasn't there a Jason Statham movie where they tunnel into a bank? Apparently it's a lot more work than they make it out to be in a movie.