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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Terrific and timely," June 29, 2013

Odd exhibit

It’s four pounds heavy and gross, but that doesn’t mean the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum doesn’t want it. A Ripley’s spokesman said the oddities museum would be happy to add the football-sized hairball surgically removed from a 400-pound tiger to its collection. Ty the tiger needed surgery to remove the giant hairball from his stomach in May. When officials with Ripley’s museum in Orlando, Fla., heard about it, they called tiger owner Vernon Yates to see if he’d be willing to sell it. Instead, Yates offered to donate it. According to spokesman Edward Meyer, the giant hairball will likely go on display at the Panama City Beach, Fla., location.

Quick cutter

If Honda’s answer is a 130-mph lawnmower, the question must have been asked by Top Gear. After hearing a request by presenters on the popular BBC car show, engineers at Honda got busy designing the world’s fastest riding lawnmower. Working with mechanics from Top Gear, Honda’s Team Dynamics racing team designed and built the FH2620 and debuted it on the Top Gear website in May. The lawnmower is fitted with a one-liter motorcycle engine, the steering column of a Morris Minor, and the back axle of a go-kart. If the monstrosity proves drivable, it will likely appear on the next season of the show.

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