April 22, 2005

LinkNews Digest [04/22/2005]

CDC: Bellies are BACK!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that obesity accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths.

According to the new calculation, obesity ranks No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death.

The new analysis found that obesity — being extremely overweight — is indisputably lethal. But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.

Biostatistician Mary Grace Kovar, a consultant for the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center in Washington, said "normal" may be set too low for today's population. Also, Americans classified as overweight are eating better, exercising more and managing their blood pressure better than they used to, she said. (LINK)


Headline Breaks Comma Record:

Car shopper, 81, hits husband, salesman, car, tree, wall
FORT MYERS, Florida (AP) -- An 81-year-old woman preparing to take a test drive at a car dealership hit her husband, a salesman, a car and a tree before running into a wall.

"She must have panicked," said Joe Sica, sales manager at Honda of Fort Myers. The new Honda Accord shot backward after Dorothy Byrum got behind the wheel and apparently stepped on the wrong pedal Wednesday.

The open car door hit her 88-year-old husband, Robert, and the salesman. Then the car struck the parked car, the tree and the wall. The air bag deployed, and Byrum was not injured. (LINK)


DIY Pet Cremation Goes Horribly Wrong

A Belgian man set his flat on fire and ended up in hospital after trying to cremate his pet dog at home.

The man, from Schaarbeek, tried to cremate his dead pet on a barbecue on his apartment terrace. But he used too much petrol and the flames grew out of control, setting a wall alight, reports Gazet van Antwerpen.

Neighbours called the fire brigade when their saw huge flames coming from the second floor terrace. Firefighters managed to control the blaze before the fire got hold and saved the apartment But the householder suffered burns to his arm and needed hospital treatment. (LINK)


NRA Whacko Ted Nugent Urges Extremism

HOUSTON - With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be "hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense."

Speaking at the NRA's annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members.

"Remember the Alamo! Shoot 'em!" he screamed to applause. "To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want 'em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot 'em." (LINK)


Don't Mess With Maine Grandmothers

WYMAN TOWNSHIP -- A hungry bobcat that thought a frail, older house cat sunning himself on a porch might make an easy meal didn't reckon with its 90-year-old owner.

Mildred Luce, who raised eight children and was used to being self-sufficient in this rural township 21 miles north of Kingfield, didn't think twice when she looked outside and saw her beloved cat's head locked inside the wildcat's mouth.

Acting on instinct, Luce rushed out, grabbed a handy aluminum snow shovel and pushed it down on the bobcat's neck. The wild cat held on. "Then I took hold of its head with my hand and pulled on its tail and Smudge popped out," she recalled. (LINK)


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