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Oddball occurences

Issue: "Illegal passage," April 15, 2006

Make a memory

Their grandchildren might just think it was a fish story. But William and Vickie Nickel won't be exaggerating when they tell the story about their recent wedding. The Michigan couple tied the knot at the Tippy Dam boat ramp in Brethren, Mich., fully clad in fly-fishing gear with white flowers tied to their vests. The couple said they fell in love while he taught her to fly fish. The pair even made the best use of their time while they waited for the preacher to arrive: The groom got in some fishing and filled his stringer with 10 fish.

Mail me a bride

Since so many South Korean women aren't enticed by the prospects of life on the farm, the men are taking the next step: mail order. Among South Korean men who married in 2005, more than one in three wed a woman from overseas using a broker. Usually the brides come from China or Vietnam-socially repressed countries compared to the westernized South Korea.

Double agents

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Soccer officials in Africa have a funny way of keeping corruption out of matches. The acting secretary general of the Nigerian Football Association, Fanny Amun, said match referees should feel free to take bribes so long as they don't let them influence how they call the matches. "Referees should only pretend to fall for the bait, but make sure the result doesn't favor those offering the bribe," Mr. Amun told Reuters.

Turkey chase

Newport, Ky., city employees have their own Moby Dick. Wandering Wanda, an aptly named wild turkey on the lam in the Cincinnati suburb, has been mocking enforcement officials in the city ever since the fowl started rambling around in February. Since then, local townspeople have tried to aid in the turkey's capture, though city officials are now discouraging that. Earlier, two men nearly caused an accident when they tried to net Wanda in a parking lot.

Rock solid

It's not building your house on the rock, but it's close. And it takes some sand to do it. Mike Mercier of Auburn, Maine, chose an unorthodox method of home building. He made his new 2,300-square-foot residence out of concrete. The walls of his ranch-style home are concrete, but so are the floors, the counter tops and even some of the furniture. There are pluses and minuses for the concrete contractor turned home designer. The walls of the home are so soundproof, the dog can't hear Mr. Mercier's car roll up the driveway. But on the other hand, concrete plus insulation means he'll be saving lots of money on heating oil.

Gun nut

A 64-year-old Georgia man had a rifle and knew what he wanted to do with it after his truck had been towed. The man set out on foot, rifle in hand, to go retrieve his truck from the tower. He got as far as a crowded intersection in his hometown, Savannah, before police confronted him. Officers pointed pistols at him and demanded that he drop the rifle, but he refused. It wasn't until one officer pulled out his shotgun that Floyd Goldwire put down his weapon. Even then, Mr. Goldwire resisted arrest until officers used pepper spray on him.

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