"I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5-pound largemouth bass in my lake."
-President Bush, responding to a German newspaper reporter who asked him to describe his best moment in his more than five years in office.
Yellow BELLY UP. A river in England caused alarm when it suddenly turned bright yellow. Apparently, eight thousand liters of colored juice leaked from a Sunny Delight manufacturing plant and caused the mess, which was classified as a Category One pollution incident, the most serious kind. Dozens of fish were found floating on the surface, poisoned by the mixture of juice and concentrate.
Just Say Fish. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish...and you stop drug dealers? That's the hope behind a $4.8 million project by Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Livestock. It's launching fisheries to provide alternative income for poppy growers who sell to drug traffickers.
Hooked on You. Forbes.com ranked the fishhook as the 19th most important tool of all time. Why? According to the Web site, fishing has given us food without the labor of farming and the danger of hunting…unless you hook yourself, that is. Forbes.com also says that the earliest fishhooks, carved out of wood, are 30,000 years old, and on Easter Island fishhooks were made from the thigh bones of dead fishermen.
Boater Blunders. In an online survey by the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, boaters admitted to doofus-like slip-ups. Twelve percent have slid into the water when launching their boat because they didn't know the ramp was slick. Seven percent of those who jumped from the boat to the dock fell in the water. Twelve percent left on the kill switch and couldn't restart their boats. Two percent have dropped an anchor on their foot, and one percent have squashed someone's foot when driving their trailer out of the water. Doh!
A Swell Review. A rogue wave is actor Bruce Willis' worst critic. During an interview with a German television station to promote his new movie, a passing boat's wake drenched the action hero, putting an end to the interview. Apparently, Willis was good-natured about it, but there's no word about whether the wave was getting even for Look Who's Talking Too.
Not So Magical. Divers pulled magician David Blaine from an 8' aquarium in New York after a weeklong underwater challenge.His attempt to free himself from chains and handcuffs while trying to break the record for holding one's breath underwater went awry. Blaine was nearly 2 minutes short of his goal of 8 minutes, 58 seconds. By the second day, Blaine reportedly was suffering liver failure. What did he prove? That he's certainly not much of a magician and an even worse stuntman.
Blockhead Rocker. The Rolling Stones postponed the first 15 dates of their European tour so guitarist Keith Richards could recover from a head injury. Apparently, Richards knocked his noggin while falling from a palm tree, though it has also been reported that he may have fallen from a waterbike instead-which sounds like a publicity ploy to cover up the stupidity of climbing a palm tree while drunk. Okay, we made up that drunk part, but with this guy it seems likely, right?