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May 12, 2013 

Toilet speedster has get up & go

Talk about a can-do attitude. Canadian stuntwoman Jolene Van Vugt sped 46 mph on a motorized toilet — breaking the land-speed record of 42 mph for such a vehicle—at the Nitro Circus stunt show in Sydney, Australia.

“I came out here to jump straight on the toilet,” she told “That was so fun — and I’m stoked to get the record.”


College football or basketball coaches are the highest-paid public employees in 39 of the 50 states, according to


•  At “Orb posts photos of himself partying with Johnny Manziel on Instagram.”

•  At “Derek Jeter transferred to 60,000-day DL.”


You’d have to bet $1,700 to win $100 on the Heat beating the Bulls and advancing to the next NBA playoff round, according to

Can you say slam-dunk?


•  Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World Herald, on Texas A&M increasing Kyle Field’s seating to nearly 103,000: “Actually, in Texas, they’re no longer called football stadiums. The new preferred term is ‘temple.’ ”

•  Michael Silver of, on out-of-work QB Tim Tebow’s lack of NFL job prospects: “It’s as if Tebow is the unwanted love child of Ryan Leaf and JaMarcus Russell.”

•  NBC’s Jay Leno, on the Chicago Cubs threatening to move if improvements are not made to Wrigley Field: “And Wrigley Field said it will move if improvements are not made to the Chicago Cubs.”


The Angels are off to their worst start ever after 33 games — and getting desperate.

As pitcher C.J. Wilson told the L.A. Times: “Maybe we could sacrifice a live goat or chicken or get a pincushion out.”


Unhappy fans of Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia soccer team dug a grave in the middle of the team’s playing field and placed a headstone on it.

And the team is three games over .500! You’d think they were six under.

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