A Little Friday File Fun (04/18)

April 18, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - They say that a picture is worth a thousand words....

Well, here’s a couple of thousand….

They’re apparently all the rage in the UK – African pygmy hedgehogs.   A quarter the size of a regular hedgehog, they reportedly love being handled (they will fit in your palm) and rarely curl up in a defensive ball – – – and they are as cute as they can be.   MORE at http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/04_03/pygmyhedgWEB1504_468x549.jpg

TALL TALE?   You’ve perhaps heard about studies that suggest that more boys were born just ahead of the two World Wars.   There really hasn’t been a satisfactory explanation for that phenomena – other than the somewhat ominous suggestion that there was a connection between nature’s replenishment of that sex ahead of the devastation of war – until now.  MORE at http://www.planadviser.com/research/article.php/2069

– – – Near Provo, Utah , a tractor-trailer was going too fast for the curve on the hill it was on – – – and the only thing preventing the tractor from falling over the side and crashing into the Provo River here   – – – was a safety chain that snagged the guard rail – – you can see it at http://www.kutv.com/media/news/7/2/7/7273d5c0-bc22-43a8-8719-f8d1f94b9da0/Story.jpg .

...and here's a couple of thousand more...

- - - In Peoria, Illinois , two unnamed teenagers were looking for their 15 seconds of fame - - - by trying to film their 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse airborne - - - while driving through an intersection at 91st Avenue and Beardsley Road here - - - capturing it on video and posting it on YouTube - - - authorities said the car did, in fact, go airborne - - - but the 16-year-old driver lost control of his car, drove off the road and hit several trees before rolling the vehicle - - - and his friends were too scared to record the video with their cell phone camera due to high speeds - - - estimated at 70 to 85 miles-per-hour - - -you can see the "aftermath" at http://media.bonnint.net/az/7/775/77553.jpg?filter=ktar/story1

- - - In Brazoria, Texas , William Johnson, 30, made a couple of suspicious U-Turns at the intersection of Texas 35 and 288 early Sunday - - - drawing the attention of a state trooper - - - who was surprised to find - - - a 6-foot alligator contentedly riding next to the back window of Johnson's car - - - Johnson, who turned out to be intoxicated, advised the officer that there was a water moccasin snake in his car   - - - and that the snake had already bitten him on the hand - - - both reptiles were attended to - - - Johnson told investigators that he found the snake and the alligator on the sides of roads and picked them up because he has an interest in reptiles - - - you can see the alligator in the care at http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2008/04/alligatorcarSP_450x262.jpg