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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "The ABCs of C Street," Aug. 29, 2009

A dog has its day

The bride wore white. The groom wore a tuxedo. The best man wore a collar. When David and Michelle Harding were married at St. Margaret's Church in Northam, England, on July 26, the best "man" was David's springer spaniel Frank. "My friends were quite surprised when I told them that Frank was to be best man," said David, "but most said they wouldn't expect much less." The pastor of the church reportedly approved of the choice and even put out a bowl for the dog. But Frank shouldn't feel too honored by his owner's decision. David told the North Devon Journal that the choice was a matter of diplomacy: "I didn't want to upset any of my friends by having to choose a best man, so I thought choosing Frank would be the best way."

Clean getaway

A service station attendant in Adelaide, South Australia, reportedly grew concerned when an Audi convertible had been in the station's automatic car wash for an hour on Aug. 2. So he made a 3 a.m. phone call to police. The driver of the car, a 39-year-old man from Campbelltown whom reports did not identify, turned out to be fine, except for two things: He had allegedly stolen the car and he had fallen asleep while trying to make it presentable.

Strict limits

It's a good thing there are more than 1.3 billion people living in China. Considering the strict requirements set forth by the Chinese space agency for their astronaut program, China will need a large pool to draw from to fill the positions. What exactly could get a person disqualified? Applicants are out if they or any recent ancestors had a serious illness. Or an applicant could be disqualified for cavities, or even bad breath. "The bad smell would affect their fellow colleagues in a narrow space," a hospital official associated with the screenings said.

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