Flying Sausage Breaks Man's Nose

Beware of flying frozen sausages.

An Englishman learned that the hard way Monday afternoon, according to British wire services.

"He was driving his car when the offending item came through his open window and hit him on the nose," an ambulance-service spokesman told reporters.

The unnamed man, 46, had left work and was heading home to South Woodham Ferrers, Essex (search), east of London, when the meat missile entered his vehicle.

Despite having broken his nose, and losing a lot of blood, the driver declined to be taken to the hospital.

"It must have been an incredibly lucky, or unlucky, shot to get the sausage through a moving car window," commented the spokesman. "I have never seen or heard of anything like this before."

Police said they were looking into the incident.

— Thanks to Out There readers Melanie N. and Jennifer W.

Thieves Likely Mad Beer Trucks Were Empty

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The last of three stolen beer trucks has been found at the bottom of the Snake River Canyon (search) near the Hansen Bridge.

Dispatchers say it was found Saturday on the Twin Falls side of the river. The GMC Box Truck will be salvaged over the next few days.

It was one of three empty Budweiser trucks stolen from a local distributor sometime after it closed on April 8.

Two of the trucks were found the next day. One was dangling over the Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir (search) canyon rim. A second truck was on its side nearby.

Twin Falls Police Staff Sergeant Matt Hicks says the thieves tried to drive the trucks off the rim into the canyon.

The three trucks are estimated to be worth more than $100,000.

Watkins Distributing is offering $5,000 for information that leads to the arrests of people involved.

Crime Stoppers is offering up a reward of up to $1,000.

— Thanks to Out There reader Kim K.

Teacher Sorry About Smoking Pot With Students

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno High School (search) substitute teacher charged with smoking marijuana with students has apologized for his actions.

Chris Bochin wrote a letter to The Fresno Bee saying he set a terrible example for students. He says that five years of pot smoking made him "mentally powerless."

He was arrested last month after smoking marijuana with five ninth-graders in a science class. The students were suspended for five days.

Bochin has pleaded innocent to charges of giving marijuana to minors and contributing to their delinquency. His case is scheduled to be heard next month in Fresno Superior Court.

His lawyer says Bochin is receiving drug counseling.

— Thanks to Out There reader Greg M.

Great-Great-Granny's Got a Gun

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of bursting into a convenience store demanding money was in the hospital Friday — shot, authorities said, by the great-great-grandmother working behind the counter.

Janet Grammer was filling in for the regular clerk Thursday afternoon when a man entered the store waving a gun and fired two shot at the back wall.

"I think he thought I was an old woman and would just give him the money," Grammer, 64, said Friday. "My life was at stake. I thought he was going to kill me."

So she pulled a pistol out from under the cash register and fired once, hitting the man in the chest.

He fell to the ground, dropped his gun and then fled, leaving a trail of blood. Grammer fired two more shots as he was running away.

The sheriff's report said a man fitting the suspect's description and injury went to a hospital a short time later. He told doctors he shot himself.

The man, whose name has not been released, was being treated at Shands Jacksonville hospital (search) Friday for a wound to the chest. Police spokesman Ken Jefferson said the man faces robbery charges.

Grammer, who has 10 children, 32 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, said she worried she had killed the man.

"All I could think about was his poor parents," Grammer said.

Man Wants Mt. Diablo Renamed

OAKLEY, Calif. (AP) — An Oakley man has asked the federal government to rename Mount Diablo (search), saying the current name, which means devil in Spanish, is offensive to his religious sensibilities.

Art Mijares suggests naming the mountain Mount Kawukum, which he believes has American Indian roots.

"Words have power, and when you start mentioning words that come from the dark side, evil thrives," Mijares told the Contra Costa Times. "When I take boys camping on the mountain, I don't even like to say its name."

To make the change, Mijares would need to persuade federal, state and local governments that it's necessary.

It's been called Mount Diablo for at least 164 years, and references to the mountain permeate thousands of maps, books and historical documents.

The name Kawukum (search) first surfaced in 1866, when a church group tried to change Mount Diablo's name for reasons nearly identical to Mijares', according to San Francisco Bay area researcher Bev Ortiz.

"We abhor the wicked creature to whom the name is appropriate, and spurn the use of the name for anything noble or good on earth," proclaimed the Congregational Church of San Francisco in its newsletter of the day.

The name Mount Diablo grew from the Spanish name given to an Indian village set near a willow thicket in modern-day Concord, where Chupcan (search) Indians staged a daring nighttime escape during an 1805 military campaign.

Spanish soldiers said Indians evaded them only with the help of evil spirits and named the site "Monte del Diablo," or thicket of the devil, which American explorers later mistakenly applied to the mountain.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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