Naked Man on a Boat Sparks Big, Pointless Rescue Effort

Rescue workers thought they were doing a good deed by setting out to save a naked man seen stranded on a boat down by the river.

Turns out, the man was just "Peg Leg," a local who generally resides fully dressed on several small boats tethered near the river, reported Indiana's Evansville Courier and Press.

Reports about the "stranded" man kicked off multi-agency rescue efforts. But when the emergency responders made it on the scene, they noticed he was not stranded and appeared clothed.

"It was an unusual case," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle said. "But it was no big deal."

The man, who identified himself to responders as "Peg Leg," apparently lives on a pair of small boats across the river from Marina Point in Evansville.

He told officials he has lived there for eight months and denied ever being naked.

Thanks to Out There reader Scott P.

Spring Fever Strikes in January

Steamy temperatures are heating up the cages in Russian zoos this winter, leading to some early action between the animal residents.

Mating season typically doesn't start until later in the year when the weather gets warmer, but parts of Russia have seen the warmest winter since they began keeping records in 1879, Reuters reported.

The unseasonable warmth led to some early frolicking between creatures, and it hasn't stopped since.

More recently however, temperatures have fallen to minus 8 degrees in Moscow.

"We are awaiting offspring from the lynxes and camels. Pumas can breed all year but usually in winter they slow down — this year because of the warm weather we will see Puma 'kittens' two months early," said Maxim Kozlov, the curator at Ivanovo Zoo.

That's One Massive Pi

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Easy as pie? Ask Marc Umile, the continent's record-holder for reciting the never-ending, never-repeating decimal places of the mathematical constant pi.

Most people learn that pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, starts with 3.14, but few venture much further into the decimal places.

Umile, 40, has been certified as the North American record-holder by enumerating 12,887 digits.

The performance was certified Friday by Jan van Koningsveld, a top international mental gymnastics competitor who maintains a Web site that lists pi record holders for the world and for each continent.

A filing clerk for a company that deals with Medicare bills, Umile said he memorized the numbers by writing them out by hand, recording them on tape, then listening to them on a portable tape player while commuting, during lunch breaks, and while walking down the street — for 2 1/2 years.

Umile said he happened on the world record list in 2004 and noticed it was dominated by Asians and Europeans.

"It seems like in the eastern part of the world, they really have their stuff together," he said. "I want to help us catch up."

Umile still is far short of the world record of 43,000 cited on Koningsveld's list, set by Krishan Chahal of India, or the 67,890-digit record accomplished in China and listed by Guinness World Records.

But he is a champion at home.

"I was really proud of him that he did it," said Umile's wife, Maryann. "I can't remember a phone number."

Where's Mr. Wallaby?

FLEETWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Berks County Humane Society employees are trying to get the jump on a wallaby.

Residents have reported seeing the creature hopping around town. It's unclear how one ended up about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Wallabies, which look very similar to kangaroos, are native to Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The agency received its first report of a wallaby sighting on Monday from a man who had seen the animal in his backyard over the weekend, humane society officer Dylan Heckart said.

Officials have since set traps baited with food in areas where the creature has been seen, said Heckart.

Members of the public are being advised to keep their distance if they spot the animal.

"They're violent when confined or restrained," Heckart said Tuesday, noting wallabies' powerful kicking legs. "They can definitely injure a human being badly."

The Lehigh Valley Zoo, about 20 miles away in Schnecksville, said it was not missing a wallaby.

Compiled by's Hannah Sentenac.

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