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August 31, 2011

Slo-mo in Tahiti

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Today's PSA (4)

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Source.

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Best. burn. out. ever.

There are a lot of cars doing peel outs in this clip but the hands-down winner is the bright blue Chevy that appears at 6:40 (where it's set to start). Check it out.

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Leg fake

Staff tricked into putting electronic tag on criminal prosthetic limb

TWO security firm workers have been sacked after being tricked into putting an electronic tag on a criminal's false leg.

Christopher Lowcock, 29, wrapped his prosthetic limb in a bandage and fooled workers at security services company G4S who failed to carry out the proper tests when they set up the tag and monitoring equipment at his home in Rochdale, England, the Rochdale Observer reported.

Lowcock could then simply remove his leg - and the tag - whenever he wanted to breach his court-imposed curfew for driving and drug offences, as well as possession of an offensive weapon.

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August 30, 2011

Air swimmers

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Heed your elders

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Nevis arc

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She knows the drill

Traveller pre-empts strip search by getting naked in line

A traveller at a Bermuda airport last week was tired of being strip-searched -- so she took all her clothes off right there in line.

"If you want to see me naked, you can do it right f***ing here," Loukai Phillips told customs officers at LF Wade International Airport, according to the island's Royal Gazette newspaper.

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August 29, 2011

Every night is Hallowe'en

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Tree Rorschach

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Making pencils

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It runs in the family (2)

From Canada's National Post:

B.C. woman hits moose on way to visit sister who hit moose

Two sisters from the northwestern B.C. community of Kitimat have both had close encounters with moose on the loose.

A month ago, Yvonne Studley, 49, was badly injured when she hit a moose with her vehicle, so last Friday her sister decided to visit her in Vancouver General Hospital.

But sister Connie Everitt, 51, also hit a moose and ended up in hospital.

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August 26, 2011

A day in California

More time-lapse video - some of it tilt-shifted.

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Beardly

A beard-measuring shirt

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Via David Thompson

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It's pretty awesome, all right

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Ouch! (6)

Paintball bursts breast implant

A woman is recovering after her breast implant burst when she was shot in the chest during a game of paintball.

The 26-year-old's soft gel implant ruptured under her skin when the ball hit her breast at 190mph, reports The Sun.

It's believed to the first time such an injury has happened in Britain.

It caused UK Paintball, which operates more than 50 facilities nationwide, to insist that women with breast implants wear extra chest protection.

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August 25, 2011

In the Grand Canyon

H.T. Tucson John

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Hurricane season prayer

Source.

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Duct tape

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Turn about's fair play

Victims of Smoking Ban Cut Off Politicians
Lawmakers no longer welcome in bars and restaurants hurt by state smoking policy

Small bar owners angered over losing their butts to the statewide indoor smoking ban plan to give lawmakers the boot.

A newly formed group, Protect Private Property Rights in Michigan (PPPRM), has organized an effort to ban lawmakers from their establishments in protest against Michigan's smoking ban. This lawmaker ban is scheduled to start Sept. 1. PPPRM, which claims to have a membership of about 500 businesses, argues that the smoking ban has been disastrous for Michigan's small bar owners and their employees.

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August 24, 2011

Kittywood

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Unusual buildings

A few of the buildings in this collection of 80+ images have appeared here before but most haven't.

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Mascot wanted

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TGFB (2)

Bacon Soda

Wash down your bacon with bacon. Like a refreshing liquid pork god sent down directly into your mouth, Bacon Soda ($10) is everything you need as part of a complete breakfast. Made by the Frankenstein-flavor geniuses at the Jones Soda Company, the salty soda comes in a gift pack with a bag of J&D's Cheddar BaconPop bacon and cheddar flavored popcorn, J&D's Bacon Lip Balm, and a package of J&D's Bacon Gravy (!).

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August 23, 2011

Facebook

H.T. Paul B

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Check your pockets

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Source

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Fog flow

From San Francisco

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Who wouldn't be honored?

This reminds me of the ballot initiative in San Francisco three years ago to rename a sewage plants for George W. Bush.

Honorary toilets? You read that right.

So it’s come to this: Legion Arts is accepting donations for unusual naming rights at its newly renovated CSPS hall in Cedar Rapids. Here’s the latest from an e-newsletter that went out this weekend. (I’ve underlined the key paragraph for your convenience and/or delight.)

“Thanks to a $4.8 million I-JOBS grant from the state and incredibly generous support from throughout the community, we’ve not found it necessary to attract donors by offering to name various features of the building in their honor.

Until now, that is.

So here’s the deal. I think it’s safe to say that few improvements at CSPS are likely to be more appreciated than the new toilets. Now you can connect yourself to this conspicuous improvement in a tangible way, while helping Legion Arts raise some much-needed operating dollars.

All told we have six shiny new pissoirs (urinals) and 15 sparkling new commodes (toilets). We’re selling the naming rights to each one for $1,000 a pop.

Here’s your chance to honor a loved one, a colleague, a favorite artist or yourself. Use your imagination. You could join with your neighbors to salute a beloved legislator or council representative. Express your respect for a teacher or mentor. Or go in together with a couple of co-workers to surprise your boss. The possibilities are endless.

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August 22, 2011

Payback time (2)

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Glass beach

One of 8 pix of a California beach.

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An interesting triple play

Nice recovery.

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No fear (2)

I wouldn't rely too much on the 'true story' tag.

True story from a Kansas State Highway Patrol officer:

I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S. 166 eastbound at mile marker 73, just east of Sedan, KS. I asked for her driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the documents and handed them to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time.

She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box. Something - body language, or the way she said it - made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She admitted to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she had just one more: a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of.

She looked me right in the eye and said, "Not a damned thing!"

H.T. Bill F

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August 20, 2011

Skate tricks

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Dear Blank

One of six in an amusing collection.

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Chevy for lunch

This is an amusing contest between a Ford and a Chevy.

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How to impress a woman

Doug was working out in the gym when he spotted a lovely young woman walking in.

He asked a nearby trainer, "Which machine in here should I use to impress that sweet thing over there?"

The trainer looked him up and down and said, "If I were you, I'd try the ATM in the lobby."

H.T. Jeff G

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August 18, 2011

Rhymers rap battle

This is about 30 seconds too long but entertaining aside from that.

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Post-It war

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Post-It Battle of the Day: Employees of Ubisoft Montreuil, located just outside of Paris, decided to decorate their windows with Post-It note pixel art. Across the street, the folks at BNP Bank saw Ubisoft's (mostly game-themed) art and decided to one-up it with some creations of their own.

Challenge accepted. Before long, the windows of both buildings were covered in sticky notes.


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Oops (9)

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Who says it tastes like chicken?

Alligator Fat Could Fill Your Gas Tank and Fuel Renewable Resource Investment in the South
Tastes like chicken, runs like diesel

Every year, about 15 million pounds of alligator fat is dumped into landfills as a byproduct of alligator meat processing. It would certainly be better to reuse this gloopy mess for a greater purpose, no? As it turns out, alligator fat is a prime candidate for animal-derived biodiesel, according to researchers in Louisiana.

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August 17, 2011

An interesting string quartet

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Time waster 4

A clever adaptation of Tetris.

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Via David Thompson

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Another MP3 experiment

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The heart mechanic

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from a Harley motor when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.

The cardiologist was waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage.. "Hey, Doc, want to take a look at this?"

The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in. And when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the really big bucks when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The cardiologist smiled and leaned over to the mechanic, "Try doing it while the engine's running," he said.

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August 16, 2011

Ridin' the iron

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Refraction

smsilton took this picture of an M.C. Escher sketch refracted through a drop of water and posted it at reddit.

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FTW (2)

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Apparently it wasn't much of a handicap

Man charged with DUI after winning demolition derby

Moments after winning the demolition derby at the Jessamine County Fair Wednesday night, a man ended up being taken to jail.

Nicholasville Police say 36-year-old David Warner was drunk, so they charged him with DUI.

Police say during the demolition derby itself, they began receiving complaints about Warner, claiming he was under the influence.

As soon as the derby was over, police say they approached Warner as he got out of his car.

Police say Warner was staggering, and having trouble standing up straight.

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August 15, 2011

Making of the Rocket III

This monster is for real and it has an engine 35% larger than the one in my Honda Civic. It's the largest of any production bike as of September 2010.

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Leisure diving

Here at LeisureDive.com, we're dedicated to chilling out. Poolside, with a beverage, and in mid-air.
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Via David Thompson

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Firearms maintenance

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Harlequin romance - 2011 version

He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone. He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear, "Just relax." Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and then moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat.

I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure. When his hands moved up to my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage. And then, as he cupped my breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.

Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine onto my quivering buttocks.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. ‘This is a man,’ I thought. ‘A man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking ‘No’ for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say...’

"Okay, ma'am, you can board your flight now."

H.T. Paul B

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August 12, 2011

What a rush (2)

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Handy ads

This is one of 23 ads from AT&T for its cellular service. They all feature hand-paintings.

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H.T. Mary

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The Forecloser

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The good neighbor

I don't put a lot of stock in this story but it is pretty funny.

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H.T. Jeff G

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August 11, 2011

Motorcycle hijinks

Nice crash bars... I wonder how many sets he's worn out?

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Flaunt it if you've got it

The solar-powered bikini charges handheld devices.

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Ring bearer

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The bottom lines

Nice pix at the link.

Boosting the bottom line: Beach volleyball stars to rent out advertising space on their bikini-clad behinds

Britain's female beach volleyball champions are renting out their rears in an advertising deal that encourages spectators to photograph their behinds.

Zara Dampney, 24, and Shauna Mullin, 26, have turned their bottoms into their bottom line by wearing bikini briefs with a Quick Response (QR) code printed on the back where it will catch the eye of spectators.

When photographed on a smartphone, the code takes the user to a specific website - in this case, for bookmakers Betfair.

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August 09, 2011

Batter up

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More cinemagraphs

Tripwire has a collection of 40 cinemagraphs.

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Hot pursuit in South Africa

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Don't mess with a St. Louis mom

A Plane Saying "Thanks For The Downgrade, You Should All Be Fired" Flew Over The S&P Building Tuesday

At about 11:30 AM on Tuesday, a plane flew by the S&P offices in New York dragging a banner behind it saying:

"THANKS FOR THE DOWNGRADE. YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED."

Awesome.

If you know who's behind it, email us.

UPDATE: It was a lady broker named Lucy Nobbe who hired the plane, according to the Daily. She's a VP for the brokerage side of Wedbush, an investment bank.

From Fortune:

[The woman who sent the plan is a] Midwestern investment banker broker who woke up last night with the need to vent at those who she believes are leading the nation into an economic morass.

"I originally wanted to fly it over Washington, D.C., but learned that you can't do that," says the broker, who asked to remain anonymous for job security reasons [but later told The Daily her name]. "So I chose Wall Street instead, but didn't specifically intend it to fly over S&P. I'm just a mother from St. Louis who feels the only reason we got downgraded was people in politics."

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August 08, 2011

Couch surfing

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Honk for Granny

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Move

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Priceless (3)

If You're Going to Falsely Tell Cops a Guy Sexually Assaulted You, Don't Get Caught on Camera Announcing Your Plans

"Gotcha" moments don't come more classic than the one that happened in Montgomery County recently.

The Sheriff's Office blotter says two officers were called to an apartment to investigate a sexual assault.

"The alleged victim stated to the deputies that her 26-year-old male friend had sexually assaulted her," the report says.

Fair enough, and with that friend standing in the same apartment, no big manhunt needed.

Not so fast: "Upon further investigation the deputies watched a video recording the male had made that showed the female telling him that she was calling the police because he was making her leave the apartment and she would tell the police he assaulted her."

That must have been some look on the woman's face when the dude hit "play."

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August 05, 2011

Trim

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Manhattan in the 40s

Sixty-plus images taken in Manhattan in the 1940s.

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A short tale

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Weird trees

Magnificent & Weird Trees at Dark Roasted Blend.

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August 04, 2011

Big time stop-motion

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Texas pride

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Don't want a pickle

Just wanna ride my motorcyle. Beautiful day for a ride -- now If only ordinary roads came with those handy red & white curve markers.

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A story just begging for some C & W lyrics

Desperate, sick Indonesians use railroad 'therapy'

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Ignoring the red-and-white danger sign, Sri Mulyati walks slowly to the train tracks outside Indonesia's bustling capital, lies down and stretches her body across the rails.

Like the nearly dozen others lined up along the track, the 50-year-old diabetes patient has all but given up on doctors and can't afford the expensive medicines they prescribe.

In her mind, she has only one option left: electric therapy.

"I'll keep doing this until I'm completely cured," said Mulyati, twitching visibly as an oncoming passenger train sends an extra rush of current racing through her body.

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August 03, 2011

The first printed plane

This beats the heck out of a crescent wrench.

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A good comeback

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H.T. Paul B.

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More R/C helicopter tricks

John F. says, ":If you liked spider copter:"

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How to get to Heaven from Ireland

I was testing children in my Dublin Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven. I asked them, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?"

"No!" the children answered.

"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the garden, and kept everything tidy, would that get me into heaven?"

Again, the answer was "No!"

By now I was starting to smile. "Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave sweets to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into heaven?"

Again, they all answered "No!"

I was just bursting with pride for them. I continued, "Then how can I get into heaven?"

A six year-old boy shouted out, "YUV GOTTA BE FOOKIN' DEAD...."

They're a curious race, the Irish.

H.T. Mary

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August 01, 2011

Spider copter

Can he fly that thing or what?

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Wire sculpture

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The Realistic Wire Sculptures of Shi Jindian

They might look like computer-generated images, but Shi Jindian's works are so real you can touch them. Using simple steel wire, the Chinese artist is able to create almost perfect replicas of anything from musical instruments to motorcycles.

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The G-mail man

A Microsoft ad that's - surprisingly - not too horrible.

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Almost two per minute

Report: Man hooks 2,649 fish in 24 hours

A Minnesota man who spent 24 hours straight fishing off a dock on Lake Minnetonka set a new world record to break his 2010 total by more than 500.

Sports by Brooks Looking for more sports scoop? You can count on Brooks to dish it up.

Jeff Kolodzinski completed the marathon fishing event Saturday from his post near Maynard's Restaurant in aid of the nonprofit organization Fishing for Life, catching 2,649 fish, myFOXtwincities.com reported.

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