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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Babies are back," Jan. 29, 2011

The chill of victory

The New Year arrived for Spaniard Ignacio Gonzalez first with exuberance and then with fright. Gonzalez, who lives in Spain's northern Basque country, was amazed when one of the lottery tickets he bought along with 14 other friends turned out to be the winner of a $14 million jackpot. "The New Year was off to a very good start, with a shower of millions, but on the other hand I couldn't find the ticket," Gonzalez told a local radio station. That's when his experience of winning the lottery turned into a nightmare as he turned his house over looking everywhere for his winning ticket. Fueled by the fear of what his 14 friends would do if he could not produce the ticket, Gonzalez became desperate and headed out to his neighborhood's garbage dumpster and emptied its contents onto the street. There, after rifling through bags of refuse, Gonzalez finally found the ticket that entitled him and each of his friends to roughly $800,000.

Game over

One South Carolina man unwittingly has given the rest of the world another reminder not to imitate video games. Or an episode of Seinfeld. The undisclosed man was hit by an SUV on Dec. 27 while trying to scamper across a busy four-lane highway in Clemson, S.C. His friends told police he was a fan of the classic arcade game, Frogger, and was trying to imitate the way the video game character navigates through a maze of traffic on a roadway. Hospital officials in Clemson say the 23-year-old man was in stable condition. During a 1998 episode of Seinfeld titled, "The Frogger," George Costanza attempts to navigate a classic Frogger arcade console across a busy Manhattan street in the style of the video game.

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