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March 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM   |   Comments

Sausage is just too meaty for some Swedes

ARE, Sweden, March 20 (UPI) -- A Swede reported a food company for selling sausages with too much meat, officials say.

The unidentified man bought the sausages in the northern ski resort of Are and found that the meat content was labeled as 104 percent, The Local reported, citing a story in Aftonbladet.

He was told more meat is needed to make the sausage than ends up in the product, but he was not satisfied.

The customer wrote to the consumer agency: "Personally I can't accept that anything contains over 100 percent. And this sausage couldn't possibly contain more than 100 percent meat as there are other ingredients stated on the label."

Sausage-maker Trangsvikens Chark acknowledges the labeling can be confusing.

Chief Executive Officer Marcus Farnstrom told the local newspaper Lanstidningen Ostersund it actually means 104 grams of meat goes into every 100 grams of sausage.

"Of course there is a different way to declare the ingredients and perhaps that is what we're going to have to do," he admitted.


Calif. woman nabbed in odd mail attempt

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 20 (UPI) -- A California woman was arrested after driving her car into a motor vehicle facility to mail a letter, police said.

Sgt. Stephanie Selinske of the Costa Mesa police told The Orange County Register that Tamera Grant ran inside the DMV office Saturday and refused to come out for two hours.

Grant came out 7:30 p.m., as a bomb squad arrived, and tried to drive off, police said.

Police opened the car's door and a K-9 dog moved in on her. She was taken to the hospital and treated for minor bite wounds.

Grant later told police she was trying to mail a letter, Selinske said.


Autistic physics genius, 12, in college

INDIANAPOLIS, March 20 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old autistic boy functioning at genius levels in mathematics is studying doctorate-level astrophysics at an Indiana university, his parents say.

Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of borderline autism when he was about three when his parents noticed it was difficult for him to make eye contact with them, show emotion and interact with other people, The Indianapolis Star reported.

What he did do was work with numbers either on paper, a dry erase board or in his head working pi out to 200 digits for fun.

Jacob's parents noticed when they took him to the planetarium he loved looking at the stars and planets, but as his interest in cosmology grew so did his boredom in school.

The Barnetts had a number of clinical evaluations done on "Jake" as he was known and decided to heed the last one made by clinical neurophysiologist Carl S. Hale.

"He needs work at an instructional level, which currently is a post college graduate level in mathematics, i.e., a post master's degree. In essence, his math skills are at the level found in someone who is working on a doctorate in math, physics, astronomy and astrophysics."

So, off Jake went to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis driven to class by his mom or dad.

His professor sees great things for Jake.

"We have told him that after this semester -- enough of the book work. You are here to do some science," said IUPUI physics Professor John Ross, who vows to help find some grant funding to support Jake and his work.

Mom Kristine, who says she is still not sure if this is work or play on his part, sent a video of Jake proposing a "new expanded theory of relativity" to astrophysics Professor Scott Tremaine at Princeton University.

"The theory that he's working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics, Tremaine said.

"Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize."


Restaurant owner bummed over closed sign

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 20 (UPI) -- Papa Foti Pizza owner Kenny Hawk says a mistake by the health department in Fairfield County, Ohio, wasn't as funny as it might have seemed.

In fact, it could have cost him hundreds of dollars, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Someone from the Fairfield Department of Health mistakenly posted a "closed" sign on his pizza parlor in Millersport and his usual weekend business of up to $2,000 dropped to just $700.

"We have apologized profusely," said acting health department administrator Larry Hanna.

Hanna said he has developed a policy to prevent the mistake from reoccurring.

The mix up happened March 11 when health department workers were posting "closed" signs on 13 restaurants whose owners were delinquent in paying their license fee.

A worker wrongly put a closed sign on the window of Hawk's pizza shop. When Hawk arrived at his restaurant and saw the sign, he wasn't amused.

"I'm like, 'what the heck is this?' I ripped it down," Hawk said.

Hanna said in the future, the person responsible for inspecting a restaurant would be responsible for posting any closed notices.

Hawk said his normal weekend sales run from $1,500 to $2,000.

"I can't say 100 percent that sign cause that drop, but it wasn't good," Hawk said.

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