In Brief

Park It According to the National Park Service, waterbikers are allowed to use Lake Mead, Nevada. The decision came after a test of these machines concluded that they don't adversely impact a lake that allows motorized boating. In a lawsuit, clean waterway advocates Bluewater Network had requested the study. Allegedly not satisfied with the test results, the group has reportedly claimed it is planning to sue again.

A Deadly Bunch Falling coconuts kill about 150 beachgoers every year, about 15 times more than the number of people killed by sharks annually. But what about all those shark panics in recent years? Reportedly, there hasn't been a significant increase in attacks lately. So enjoy a swim, but watch out for shifty-looking palm trees.

Pledge Allegiance If transom names are any indication of boater sentiment, then this year's boaters were touched by American patriotism. On BoatUS' "2002 Top Ten List of Most Popular Boat Names," Liberty and Victory nabbed the top two spots. With Endless Summer as the only returning entry, the list noted several newcomers, such as Numbers 3 and 4: Aquaholic and Bite Me (apparently, boaters are disgruntled, too). Not surprisingly, previous winner Liquid Asset didn't make a comeback.

Gabby McGills Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass, that irksome, badly crooning mechanical fish that every boater owned? Well, this is much worse: The National Restaurant Association recently introduced a heat-resistant, edible microchip that chefs will implant in a fish as it's being prepared. When dinner is served, the chip speaks, making it seem like the fish is talking, telling diners where and how it was caught and its nutrition information. Patrons will be able to ask their meal questions, too.