Trash Talking

An Australian man, attached to his cell phone, also became attached to a garbage can when he dove into it to retrieve the phone.

Firefighters in Melbourne, in southern Australia, responded Friday night to a call about a man with his head stuck in a garbage can, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

The man, identified only as John, 18, said his friend had tossed his cell phone into the trash can as a joke.

"We tried reaching it with various things," he told radio station Triple J, "but it came down to me trying to reach through [the garbage can] further, and I could reach through it — I just couldn't get out."

The firefighters tried to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the man, but ended up having to saw the top of the can from around his neck.

"I thought it was more funny than embarrassing," said John, "but now I see the embarrassing side."

Mobile but Mute

A Rhode Island driver might not get his cell phone back at all.

The unnamed Central Falls resident, 35, had his phone taken away by an angry fellow driver, the Pawtucket Times reported.

He told police he'd been on the phone while making a left turn last Wednesday afternoon in Pawtucket.

Another driver pulled up behind him in a Ford, then got mad the cell-phone talker was taking so long to make the turn.

At the next stoplight, the Ford pulled out in front and its driver got out and stomped over to the first man, who was still talking.

He poked the first man in the forehead — and then grabbed his phone.

"You won't be using this cell phone any more," he said before getting back in the Ford and driving away.

Police said they had a suspect but had made no arrests.

The Rhode Island Legislature is considering banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Harvard Students Frolic in Swimsuits, End Up With Painful Rashes

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University (search) undergraduates are in a lather over a party where students donned bathing suits and danced in a sea of foamy bubbles, only to wake up the next morning with painful rashes.

Seven or eight students who attended the annual "Mather Lather" party at the Mather House (search) residence hall were later treated for skin rashes at Harvard's infirmary, according to Harvard spokesman Robert Mitchell.

The party, which drew an estimated 600 students Saturday night, April 16, features a foam-making machine that fills the dance floor with suds.

The foam apparently contains a chemical additive that keeps revelers from slipping but can cause rashes if it isn't properly mixed or washed off soon after exposure.

Harvard freshman Andrew Trombly said he developed rashes on his arms and legs.

"I knew people who had it all over their body and couldn't get out of bed in the morning," he said. "Twenty years from now, it will be funny. At the time, it was kind of painful."

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Buffalo Roam in Baltimore Suburbs

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them onto a tennis court.

More than a dozen police cars as well as a police helicopter were used to herd the roughly 10 beasts, authorities said.

"Somehow they figured it out; I've got to give a lot of credit to the creativity of our officers," police spokesman Shawn Vinson said.

Authorities have identified the owner of the buffalo but did not release the person's name immediately.

Residents in the Baltimore suburb first reported that buffalo were meandering along the road about 7 a.m.

Police shut down several major traffic arteries, including a section of the Baltimore Beltway (search), while they tried to anticipate which way the buffalo would roam.

Officers eventually managed to maneuver the buffalo onto the tennis court about a mile from where they first were spotted.

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Wrinkles, Drooling, Buck Teeth — Beautiful!

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — He's a mutt with a mug only a mother could love. No matter.

Tiberius, a 2½-year-old English bulldog, was crowned "Most Beautiful Bulldog" on Monday and will reign as the canine king at this year's Drake Relays (search), Iowa's premier sporting event.

Tiberius bested about 50 other eye-catching examples of the breed from throughout the Midwest in capturing the annual contest.

"What they look for is the ugliest bulldog you can find ... droopy eyes, protruding teeth, slobbering," said Dolph Pulliam, director of Drake's community outreach and development. "He rides in a golf cart around the track as the announcer announces him as the 2005 most beautiful. ... It is a coveted thing."

Tiberius is owned by Karen and Phil Swift and their three children. The family lives in suburban Des Moines.

"He's very gentle. He loves to be played with and petted," Karen Swift said. "He's a typical bulldog."

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City Water High in Protein

CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — City officials are perplexed over the discovery of mysterious chunks of flesh that have been clogging up city water lines.

A month ago, city officials sent a hunk of meaty-fatty tissue to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (search) for identification.

As they wait for those results, three similar chunks of fleshy material were found on Thursday in another water main during routine flushing, Public Works Director Randy Krauel said.

A city worker discovered the blockage when a diffuser on a fire hydrant became clogged, Krauel said.

Additional flushing removed two other chunks from water mains, he said.

"Again, we're really not sure what it is," he said. "The pieces kind of looked like the first one. There was no hair and no real bone. There were varying degrees of the substance, whatever it is."

He speculated that the flesh likely belonged to an animal that crawled into a water main somewhere.

The new chunks also were sent to a state lab for identification.

Krauel said drinking water was not affected by the blockages and is safe to drink.

Chlorine levels have been temporarily increased as a precaution, he said.

Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.

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