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Man completes giant puzzle after 6 months

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A British man said it took him six months to put together the world's largest jigsaw puzzle in his garage.


Eric Smith, 73, said he spent 537 hours finding the proper spots for all 24,000 pieces of the puzzle, which combined to create a 12-by-6-foot picture of dolphins and boats, The Sun reported.

"This is the nicest jigsaw I've ever done and I'm really chuffed at how quick I have done it," said Smith, who is believed to be only the second person in Britain to complete the gigantic puzzle. "It has about 10 or 12 different puzzles inside one giant puzzle. I was really pleased to complete it. I've enjoyed spending two or three hours a night on it."

Nude sunbather impales genitals

GOSPORT, England, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in Gosport, England, said a nude sunbather impaled his genitals on a metal spike.


Authorities said the 34-year-old man, who had been drinking with his girlfriend, tripped on his way to the bathroom and impaled his groin on the 8-inch iron spike, The Sun reported Thursday.

Paramedics said they initially believed they would have to cut through the spike, but they were able to lift the man off of the sharp metal.

The victim was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Son tells cops mom makes fake money

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A California woman faces criminal charges after her 10-year-old son told police she counterfeited money in her home, officials said.

Jessie Reed, of Bakersfield, Calif., was taken into police custody with her husband July 4, after her son told authorities she used a computer for illegal activities, the Bakersfield Californian reported.

The boy accused his mother of tampering with identification cards and producing phony cash, a search warrant says.

The warrant says the boy gave authorities copies of the fake cash.

Police said they found phony bills when they raided Reed's home, where they seized computer printers, scanners and disks.

Court documents indicate Reed has been charged with second-degree burglary, unauthorized use of identifying information of another and possessing driver's license/identification to commit forgery.


She is expected in court Friday, the newspaper said.

Virginia sues over road test collision

PORTSMOUTH, Va., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Portsmouth, Va., woman said she is being sued by the state for $75,000 after she backed into another car during a Department of Motor Vehicles road test.

Antoinette Bowser said she learned recently -- two years after the failed road test -- that the state expects her to pay the fine to cover the medical expenses and lost wages of the DMV employee administering the test, The (Norfolk, Va.) Virginian-Pilot reported.

The state's lawsuit claims Bowser hit the car with such "force and violence" that the employee, Geralynn Banks, suffered "great pain of body and mind."

However, Bowser said she recalls the accident as a minor fender-bender.

"I know I walked away. And I know she walked away," she told the newspaper.

Bowser, who has yet to get her driver's license, said she doesn't know how she could afford to pay the fine.

"I don't have $75,000 laying around," Bowser said to The Virginian-Pilot. "I'm just making it like everybody else."

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