Hot dog champ sets hamburger record
Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The longtime champion of Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Japan's Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi, has set a new world hamburger-eating record.
The 24-year-old, 130-pound Kobayash consumed 69 Krystal hamburgers in eight minutes during the weekend to win the inaugural Krystal Square Off World Hamburger-Eating Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"69 Krystals in eight minutes is astounding," David Baer of the International Federation of Competitive Eating told Chattanoogan.com. "Kobayashi is, without a doubt, the greatest eater ever to live upon planet Earth."
Billed as the Krystal Square Off, 14 of the world's greatest competitive eaters gathered at the 8-minute Saturday event hosted by The Krystal Co. to vie for $17,500 in cash prizes, the largest cash purse offered on the U.S. competitive circuit.
"I feel great. I could eat more -- about 20 or 30 more," Kobayash told the Chattanooga Times Free Press after the event. "Three-fourths of this is mental, your brain has to tell you go to on."
Kobayash won the first-ever title of Krystal Square Off World Hamburger-Eating Champion, the Krystal World Champion's Belt, the champion's crystal trophy and $10,000 in cash.
'Computer rage' a growing problem
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- While all kinds of computer gremlins can destroy data, a U.S. computer recovery company says human anger or error is often to blame.
Ontrack Data Recovery based in Eden Prairie, Minn., has compiled a list of some of the strangest ways people lose computer data, reported the BBC Sunday.
In one incident, while an office building was under construction a steel beam fell onto a laptop that contained all the plans for the building.
In another incident, a man became so angry with his malfunctioning laptop that he threw it into a toilet -- and then flushed the toilet a few times. He might have felt better, but the data was gone.
"Data can disappear as a result of natural disaster, system fault or computer virus, but human error, including 'computer rage,' seems to be a growing problem," said Adrian Palmer, managing director of Ontrack.
The company recommends backing up data on a regular basis -- and, perhaps controlling your anger.
N.Y. woman accused of puppy pilfering
MASSAPEQUA, N.Y., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Nicole King worked at a Massapequa, N.Y., Petco for a grand total of two hours, but before she left, the manager alleges she stole a puppy.
Police said King abruptly quit her job Saturday after refusing to give her Social Security number to the manager. But as she left, the manager noticed a bulge in her pocket and alleged the 21-year-old woman had stuffed a dachshund puppy valued at $1,300 into her pocket.
The manager jotted down King's license number, but police discovered King was homeless and had no known address, reported the New York Post Sunday.
The woman left the puppy with a friend whose mother took it to police.
King was later found and arrested at a Long Island hospital. The accused dog napper is charged with grand larceny.
Youth doesn't deliver mail because of mud
KANI, Japan, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A part-time worker at a Japanese post office has been fired for hiding 267 items of mail items because he didn't want to deliver them in muddy conditions.
"I was tired of delivering mail items because roads were muddy after heavy rain the previous day," the unidentified teenager told postal inspectors.
Japan Post's inspection bureau in Gifu is ready to prosecute the youth for violating Japan's Mail Law, reported the Mainichi Daily News.
The inspectors allege the 17-year-old failed to deliver 267 of about 1,000 items of mail in Kani on Oct. 12.