Torch carrier now carries a spelling error
ATLANTA, July 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. woman celebrated her role in the London Olympic Torch relay with a tattoo, only to discover her arm now reads "Oylmpic Torch Bearer 2012," she said.
Jerri Peterson, 54, of Atlanta, Ga., carried the torch through Derby, England, June 30 after she was one of 70 people nominated for the honor by her employer, a hotel chain, for her years of charity work, the BBC reported Thursday.
Returning to America she decided to commemorate the honor with her first tattoo, but the artist misspelled a crucial word.
"I looked at it was so disappointed. I called my husband and he giggled a little bit. Then I started laughing about it and I've been laughing ever since," she said of the discovery.
Peterson said the artist "felt so bad when he found out. He wanted to fix it but I decided to keep it. It's the Oy-lmpics. It's a unique as I am."
Boy, 11, trains for Pokemon championship
ROY, Utah, July 20 (UPI) -- A Utah 11-year-old bound for the Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championships in August said he practices with his mom for 3 hours every day.
Daniel Sargent, of Roy, Utah, said he has been training with his mother for 3 hours each day to prepare for the August world championships in Hawaii, KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, reported Thursday.
"My mom over-practices me," the boy said.
Sargent said his strategy for winning doesn't involve a lot of secret tricks.
"My strategy is I like to practice a lot and to play calmly. If you play too fast, you'll make mistakes," he said.
Hasselhoff amused by ad thefts
BOSTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Actor David Hasselhoff said he got a good laugh from the repeated thefts of his iced coffee ads from Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms stores.
Hasselhoff, 60, said Wednesday he was surprised and amused when he first heard about the rash of thefts of his cardboard likeness from the stores, WHDH-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.
"The first thing I thought of was that I was in trouble and then I thought, 'Oh good they're not accusing me of stealing, they're accusing people of stealing me,'" Hasselhoff said. "When I found out that they were stealing them I laughed really hard because I thought it was pretty funny."
Hasselhoff said he was particularly tickled by WHDH's headline about the thefts.
"I looked at the report this morning that said 'ripped Hoff' and I thought, 'Aw that's nice, they're saying I'm still in good shape,' and then I realized people were stealing me," Hasselhoff said.
Cumberland Farms said it does not know the exact number of stolen ads, but many stores have called seeking replacements.
Bottled message found after 35 years
BELLOWS FALLS, Vt., July 20 (UPI) -- A Vermont man who threw a message in a bottle into the water 35 years ago said he was delighted when the bottle surfaced more than 75 miles downriver.
Sean Keown of Rochester said he and a friend each stuffed handwritten notes into the bottle in 1977 before sending it into the White River, and he recently received a letter from Justin Shepard, 14, who found the bottle more than 75 miles downriver in Bellows Falls, WCAX-TV, Burlington, reported Thursday.
"Before I received this letter, I hadn't thought about it in years I had no idea that I would get it back," Keown said.
Shepard said the letter had Keown's name and phone number, but the number was out of service. He said he was able to track Keown down using Google and sent him a copy of his note from the bottle.
Keown said he plans to make good on his message's promise of a reward for the finder.
"I was thinking maybe a candy bar or a soda, at the time I was in elementary school. Yeah, it's going to be a cash reward now," he said.
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