Canada takes title for biggest fruit salad
MONTREAL, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Canada has claimed the Guinness World Records title for creating the largest-ever fruit salad, weighing in at more than five tons at a Montreal university.
A Guinness representative was on hand Tuesday to monitor the weigh-in of the salad at McGill University and confirmed it beat the previous record of 10,440 pounds created at the California State University at Fresno.
Students and faculty volunteers at McGill produced a giant 11,197-pound fruit salad, most of which was destined for charitable groups to feed the poor, the McGill Reporter said.
More than half of the fruit was harvested from the university's own gardens, the report said.
The salad included more than 5,000 pounds of watermelon, 1,300 pounds of cantaloupe, 1,000 pounds of honeydew melons, 2,250 pounds of pineapple, 220 pounds of apples and 360 pounds of strawberries, the student paper said.
Nearly 1,000 pounds of rinds and peels from the fruit was sent to university and city composting facilities, organizers said.
Snake in dashboard now missing
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Employees of a Tennessee Honda dealer were unable to find a snake Wednesday after a driver got a snapshot of its head poking out a vent.
The vehicle was parked outside overnight at West Side Honda, Knoxville's WBIR-TV reported. Workers there say the reptile may have slithered off on its own during the night.
The driver was on Interstate 40 in Knoxville late Tuesday when he was startled to discover he had an unwelcome passenger. He called for help, and state troopers said they could see the snake inside the dashboard but could not reach it.
The car was towed to West Side Honda so the dashboard could be removed.
"Six years on the highway patrol, this is the first one. But as a sheriff's deputy, I dealt with this quite a bit, but yes this is the first snake call in a vehicle I've answered as a trooper," said John Carr of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
School closed on first day of classes
MONESSEN, Pa., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A Monessen, Pa., school posted differing semester starting dates on its several Web sites, so some students arrived a day early for class, officials said.
At least 10 students showed up for school at Monessen Elementary Center Monday, unaware the school district changed the opening date to Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday.
"I thought it doesn't look like there's quite enough cars here today, but we were early," said Tara Yorty, who drove her daughter to school Monday, only to drive her back home.
The Monessen City School District did not notify elementary school parents it had changed the start date, and posted different dates on its four Web sites, parents and school officials said.
A newsletter sent to parents in the spring listed Aug. 27, Monday, as the first day of school, the newspaper said. Yorty said she received no notification of a change.
Police: Drunken brawl started over toilet
EASTLAKE, Ohio, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio said one man required medical treatment when a group of seven people at a yacht club got into a "knock-down brawl" over a portable toilet.
The Eastlake Police Department said the seven men and women, aged in their 40s and 50s, were intoxicated when they got into a "knock-down brawl" around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Chagrin River Yacht Club, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported Wednesday.
Police said one man was treated at Lake West hospital for an arm injury, WOIO-TV, Cleveland, reported.
Officials did not release details of the incident.
The police department said the case was submitted to the prosecutor's office for review of charges after the brawlers each gave officers different accounts of the incident.
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