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April 3, 1991 | Associated Press
A daredevil slid down a ski slope while lying on a bed of nails, news reports said Tuesday. Inge Vidar Svingen, 41, claimed to have survived the run uninjured. For the Saturday stunt, Svingen removed his shirt and lay on a bed of 270 six-inch nails mounted on skis. He then slid 500 yards down a ski run in southern Norway. "I am no masochist," Svingen told the newspaper Dagbladet. "Abroad I am treated like a big entertainer. Here at home, I'm seen as a half-wit."
February 13, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Utah woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her long fingernails has lost them in a car crash. Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident Tuesday. Redmond's nails, which hadn't been cut since 1979, were broken in the crash. According to the Guinness website, her nails measured a total of more than 28 feet long in 2008, with the longest nail on her right thumb at 2 feet, 11 inches.
August 16, 2008
Who is this Joe Morgan that Jim Williams says is part of the best baseball announcing team [Morning Briefing, Aug. 9]? Does Williams get a different Joe Morgan than I do? I would rather listen to nails on a blackboard than the boring, joyless Morgan. Rich Rudy San Diego
May 7, 1989 | READER'S DIGEST, For the Associated Press
Children of all ages love sand. Here are instructions for an easy-to-build wood sandbox that will provide them with years of fun. A hammer, saw and screwdriver are all you'll need. The base for the box is made of patio blocks, available at building product or home centers. The box itself has no bottom, so that rainwater can drain out. Get at least 21 8-by-16-by-2-inch blocks for the base. A lid allows the box to serve as a low play table and also acts as a barrier to pets.
March 13, 1993 | From Popular Mechanics
From the saltboxes that dot the Northeastern shoreline to California's ornate Victorians, wood shakes and shingles are part of America's past. Whether the traditional square butt or the multi-patterned fancy-cut variety, it's hard to beat the beauty of this natural, textured siding. Historically, shakes and shingles were made from many types of wood, including cedar, redwood, oak, cypress, pine, spruce and fir.
March 17, 1986 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
The late mystery writer Erle Stanley Gardner knew a good pipe wrench when he saw one, and he appreciated a good hardware store, too. In the 1940s Gardner would frequently drive 100 miles to and from his Temecula ranch to the San Diego Hardware Co., in the Gaslamp Quarter, to buy hardware items.
Q. I was recently frustrated in painting a bedroom. I was careful, but after the paint dried I found that I had missed a number of spots. After I put the furniture back in place, I found even more. Before I paint another room, I want to find out if there's a trick that professionals use to make sure they don't have to keep touching up a job. N.Y. Anaheim A.
September 3, 2005
Physioc: "Hud, give us the Halo defensive setup." Hudler: "OK, Fizz. From first to third we have Ersty, AK, OC and Q. In the outfield from left to right, GA, Figgie and Vladdy. Bengie is behind the dish and Wash on the hill. Sweet! Nails!" And to think that K-Rod is in the pen, D-Mac is out with the hip problem, Izzy is sitting on the bench next to Hatch, and Percy went to Detroit. I guess Frodo and Pippin aren't ready for the bigs. BRIAN FRANK Camarillo
April 18, 1992 | Associated Press
Religious devotees were nailed to crosses, and flagellants marched through streets beating their backs bloody in Good Friday rituals marking the crucifixion of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church, which claims the allegiance of 85% of the 62 million Filipinos, frowns on crucifixions and flagellations. But the rituals remain popular in this area about 30 miles north of Manila. About a dozen zealots endured crucifixions in several communities.
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