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Oct. 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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10,000 zombies take over Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, N.J., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Asbury Park, N.J., was overrun by more than 10,000 zombies as part of the 5th Annual New Jersey Zombie Walk.

The zombies stumbled from Convention Hall on Asbury Park's boardwalk up Cookman Avenue to the downtown area Saturday, reported.

The Annual New Jersey Zombie Walk set a Guinness World Record in 2010 for the world's largest gathering of zombies when 4,093 zombies were in attendance.

This year organizers said they believed more than three times that record amount would be in attendance Saturday.

"I never imagined that it would ever get this big and that we would still be doing this," said Jason Meehan, 31, of Neptune, who started the walk with his ex-wife, Christina, in 2008. "But not only is it still here, it's getting bigger every year."

The event was family-friendly and continued into the night with several zombie-themed events, including an after party at the legendary Stone Pony.

"This event is always fun, especially for zombie lovers," said Thomas Norman, 39, who has been in attendance at all five zombie walks. "It keeps growing every year and the costumes keep getting better."

Stranger buys veteran flight on bomber

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old Oklahoma City veteran said he was touched when a complete stranger bought him a ticket to fly in a restored World War II bomber plane.

Albert Wheeler, a World War II veteran, was telling war stories Friday in the cockpit of a B-29 Superfortress at Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, Okla., when a 27-year-old Drew Walker decided to do something nice for the man, The Oklahoman reported.

"Al was up in the cockpit and I heard him mention he had equipment like that in the plane he flew, and it kind of sparked my interest," Walker said. "It just seemed like the right thing to do. Just hearing him talk, I think you would understand."

Walker pulled Wheeler's daughter, Susie Eubanks, to the side and told her he was going to buy the veteran a $595 ticket for a ride in a restored version of the bomber plane.

"Dad practically started crying when we told him," Eubanks said. "He said, 'I've dreamed about someday flying in that plane and I never thought I would.' It meant a lot for him to feel that way, and it meant a lot to me, too."

On Saturday, Wheeler showed up at the airport up for his ride with his wife of 48 years, Mercedes.

"I was just so overcome; I really hesitated about accepting it," Wheeler said.

Grocery store grills world-record brat

PRESCOTT, Wis., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin family-owned grocery store grilled a world record breaking 52-foot-2-inch-long bratwurst to celebrate the store's 100-year anniversary.

Ptacek's IGA in Prescott grilled and served up the bratwurst Saturday, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported.

"It started as a meat market 100 years ago, so it made sense to incorporate meat into our celebration," said store owner Pat Ptacek. "I decided, what is the world-record brat?"

The brat was made in-house by Ptacek IGA employees, while the bun was made by Pan-O-Gold Baking Co.

Jimmy Hanson, from Pan-O-Gold, estimated the bun cost about $20,000 to make.

"Sometimes, you've gotta do a feel-good, and one family's gotta take care of another," Hanson said. "Not everything's about making money."

At the event Saturday, the brat, along with an additional brat of nearly the same length, was sliced up and sold for $4 per serving.

As for the record, a World Record Academy spokesman said Saturday the organization was aware of the attempt and it would be an official record-breaker once all the paperwork and photographic evidence was submitted.

Decades-old cheddar for sale in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin cheese maker sold cheddar that is more than 20 years old for a hefty price at a store in downtown Milwaukee.

The cheese was for sale Saturday at Wisconsin Cheese Mart, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

The rare, super-aged cheddar, ranging in age from 20 to 40 years old, was discovered this spring at Zahn Cheese in Oconto as founder Ed Zahn, 73, prepared to retire.

"It's good," Zahn said as he tested a 28-year-old cheddar.

"If there's too much acidity, it can sour and go bitter," Zahn said. "And aging's not going to help it any."

The cheese sold from $60 to $96 a pound.

Cheese Mart owner Ken McNulty called the quality of the Zahn's cheddar after all these years a testament to the cheese maker's skill and the superior milk he used.

"It's really acidic, really powerful," said McNulty. "It's definitely an extreme food."

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