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June 8, 2007 at 5:15 PM
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Britain's admit ignorance about food

LONDON, June 8 (UPI) -- A survey done by Britain's Linking Environment and Farming charity has revealed nearly 25 percent of adults don't know where bacon and sausages come from.

The survey was given to 1,700 adults and teens in both London and Manchester, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

About 22 percent of the survey's respondents were in disbelief when told that sausages and bacon began life on British working farms.

The numbers rose to about 34 percent among 16- to 24-year-olds, said the charity, which commissioned the survey.

Also, about 29 percent of the adults said they never had set foot on a working farm and the numbers rose to 42 percent in the 16- to 24-year-old category.

"More than half the food consumed in the UK is produced on British farms yet the public, and especially young people, are unable to make this connection," said Britain's National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall.

Goose sent into exile after attack

COLLEGE PARK, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- A goose that had been living on a lake in a residential neighborhood in central Florida was exiled to an animal sanctuary after breaking a woman's foot.

Tracy Wise told the Orlando Sentinel that the goose, nicknamed Mr. Goose, attacked her two Weimaraners while she was walking them. The dogs, responding to the attack, dragged her into Little Lake Ivanhoe.

"That bird spread its wings and started spitting on my dogs, and, honey, that's all she wrote," Wise said.

After learning that Wise was making a formal complaint, the goose's fans moved the bird to Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue in Christmas, about 30 miles from College Park.

The goose had been living on Little Lake Ivanhoe for several years, dumped there with his mate by an unknown owner. The female was killed and her eggs broken by a nest invader. Mr. Goose later developed a strong attachment to a buoy in the lake.

"He was just this little bachelor living on the lake and then he got imprinted on that buoy, and wherever the buoy went he would go," said Sara Flynn-Kramer, one of the goose's advocates.

Racy divorce ads get wheels

CHICAGO, June 8 (UPI) -- A Chicago area divorce lawyer whose billboards have been criticized by some who consider them excessively racy has moved her advertising to the sides of trucks.

Lawyer Corri Fetman, who lost her first billboard when the city of Chicago tore it down for an alleged improper permit, said she is now putting the offending images on the sides of trucks, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

The advertisements feature images of scantily clad models with the number of Fetman's firm and the phrase "Life's Short. Get a divorce."

Fetman denied claims by some critics the billboards seem to encourage people who do not plan to divorce to end their marriages.

A couple in Arlington Heights, Ill., responded to the ad campaign with a billboard of their own, which reads: "Life's short. Your marriage doesn't have to be."

Burglar gets stuck in restaurant roof

RIVERVIEW, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- Police had to rescue a man who was stuck in the roof of the Lucky Buffet in Riverview, Fla., after he allegedly tried to break into the restaurant.

Hillsborough County sheriff's and fire rescue officials attempted to free the man from an air vent Friday, The Tampa Tribune reported.

Authorities said they believe the man got stuck while attempting to enter and burgle the eatery.

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