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Nov. 30, 2010 at 6:00 AM
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Man says he lost 17 pounds on potato diet

MOSES LAKE, Wash., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The head of the Washington State Potato Commission said he has lost 17 pounds on a 60-day potatoes-only diet.

Chris Voigt, 45, of the Moses Lake area, said he consumed about 1,200 potatoes during his diet, which he said he would end at midnight Monday, The Seattle Times reported.

"I've baked, boiled, broiled, fried, smashed and shredded potatoes," he said.

Voigt said he avoided the toppings that give potatoes a bad name in the health community, including butter, sour cream and bacon bits.

"It seemed as if the potato was being blamed for the obesity crisis, for diabetes, that it was the scourge of the earth," Voigt said. "Then there was the Atkins diet, and the South Beach diet. It made a tremendous amount of people believe that carbohydrates make you fat."

Bull gets loose, owner charged

SANFORD, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Sheriff's deputies in Florida arrested a man on a negligence charge for allegedly not doing enough to try to capture his loose bull.

Sam Smith, 40, who lives west of Sanford near State Road 46, said he tried to catch the 500-pound bull, which had recently been given to him by a neighbor, for about 3-4 hours Sunday before going home and making a plan to return for the animal at first light with someone who had experience roping cattle, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Sheriff's deputies said the bull was posing a potential hazard to motorists on the nearby busy street and Smith repeatedly refused to join in efforts to round it up.

The bull was captured after 12 hours on the loose after it was shocked twice with stun guns. Smith was contacted and arrested when he arrived at the scene.

Smith was released after posting $300 bond.

'Simpsons' teases Detroit Lions

DETROIT, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The 2-9 Detroit Lions had to endure insult added to injury in the form of a quip from "The Simpsons."

Sunday night's episode of Fox's animated half-four comedy featured Moe the bartender explaining to Bart Simpson how it is possible to bet on anything that moves, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"Even the Detroit Lions?" Bart asked skeptically.

"Hey, layoff Detroit. Them people is living in 'Mad Max' times," Moe replied, comparing Detroit to the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the series of films starring Mel Gibson.

The jibe came in the wake of the Lions' 45-24 loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving.

Hotel welcomes goose guest

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A spokeswoman for a Florida hotel said the establishment made an exception to its usual dogs-and-cats-only pets policy, taking in a well-behaved goose.

Jennifer Thomas, 38, of Roanoke, Va., said The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores allowed her goose, Gabby, to stay due to the bird's good behavior and cleanliness, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

"She's just like having a 2-year-old all the time," Thomas said of the diapered water fowl. "She's affectionate and gets into stuff."

Thomas said her 4-year-old water fowl is the only one of her family's pets -- which also include a dog, three parrots and a chinchilla -- to come along on vacations.

"Normally, we only take in dogs or cats. We do prefer domestic pets. But Gabby's grandfathered in," said Susan Keaveney, a hotel spokeswoman. "Everyone here knows Gabby ... and you can see our guests love it."

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