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Skateboarder survives collision with deer

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A Utah skateboarder has become an Internet star thanks to a video that shows him colliding with a deer during a race in Colorado.

Ryan Vitale came out of the crash with nothing worse than bumps, bruises and scrapes, KUTV in Salt Lake City reported. The collision took place during the Buffalo Bill Downhill, a mountain race near Golden.

Another Salt Lake City boarder told the television station Vitale was lucky.

"Going that fast and hitting something that hard out of nowhere, you don't have time to prepare,"he said.

The footage has gone viral on the Internet. Vitale himself was not interested in talking to KUTV on camera.


Deer knocks down runner

TWO HARBORS, Minn., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A junior varsity soccer player in northern Minnesota suffered a concussion and other injuries when a deer knocked her down while she was running along a trail.

Kaydi Hooey, 13, told the Lake County News-Chronicle she and her Two Harbors High School teammates were running last Thursday when she heard the other girls start screaming.

"I heard something behind me and I turned around and it hit me," Hooey said. "I was like, 'Oh my God, did this happen to me?'"

Her mother said the hit was "like a football tackle."

"She was hit in the lower back, lifted off her feet, carried a short distance and fell to the ground," Janis Hooey said in an email to the newspaper. "The deer continued into the woods."

Hooey wasn't so lucky. She had a concussion, a gash on her back, muscle spasms and assorted bumps and bruises. She also is riding the bench for a week while she recuperates.

Still, Hooey showed good humor in her Facebook update: "I was swept off my feet by a deer, dumped and now am heartbroken," it said.


Dog that rode in car grill back home

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Animal control officers in Rhode Island say a dog who survived an 11-mile ride while stuck in the grill of a car has been reunited with her owners.

The East Providence Animal Control Center said the small white dog, whose name was revealed to be Suzie, was reunited with its owners Tuesday after the center went public with the story of how she was struck by a car in Taunton, Mass., and traveled 11 miles to East Providence while stuck in the car's grill, The Providence (R.I.) Journal reported Wednesday.

"They saw the news," animal control officer Evan Barlow said of the owners, "and just kind of ran down here and wanted to reclaim the dog."

Officials said the family, who live near where the dog was struck, had veterinary paperwork and a microchip number matching the canine's information.


Study: Bald head can be business winner

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of business says studies show men with shaved heads are perceived as better leaders.

There's apparently something about a man with a shaved head that projects masculinity. Maybe it's the testosterone.

"I'm not saying that shaving your head makes you successful, but it starts the conversation that you've done something active," tech entrepreneur Seth Godin, told The Wall Street Journal.

In one experiment, Wharton researcher Albert Mannes showed 344 people photos of the same man, one with hair and the other with a digitally photo-shopped bald head.

The test subjects said they perceived the bald man as more dominant. Men with thinning hair were perceived as least attractive and powerful.

Mannes' three tests were the basis for his study "Shorn Scalps and Perceptions of Male Dominance," published online and in the coming issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Amazon.com Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, Netscape founder Marc Andreessen, and Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffery Katzenberg, have all sported bald or closely clipped pates.

Topics: Jeff Bezos
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